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How Was Hostens Data Center Born?

March 13, 2018 by · Comments Off on How Was Hostens Data Center Born? 

hostens-data-centerIn this special interview with the Head of Hostens data center Engineering we’re going to discover how Hostens data center was born and what the main challenges as well as lessons learned while building and starting to run one of the most modern data centers in the Baltic region were.

Vytautas Skirius, the lead person of Hostens data center, is one of those who spend most of their time at the data center. He knows all its corners so well as if it was his own home. He ensures the stability, integrity, and efficiency of all information systems operations and leads data center engineering projects. Today he agreed to share his know-how and experience with us.

Give us a short overview of how everything started. When was the decision to build company’s own data center made? How did the whole process of setting it up look like? How did facilities, premises, etc. have to be prepared for a DC?

When business is on the fast track and is experiencing growth, the company often finds itself in need of additional storage space for the data. That was the case with Hostens, too. Although we had good partners, in regards to the growing number of customers and increasing infrastructure requirements, we decided to build our own data center.

The whole process took approximately 2 years and started with a strategic step to choose location for the data center. In this case, choosing the right location wasn’t the same as finding premises for, let’s say, office space. The potential location had to fulfil not only such ordinary needs as geographical location, availability or parking options, but also meet really high infrastructure and security requirements.

Eventually, we had to connect all the systems, elements, and parts of the whole infrastructure in order to operate smoothly and serve a common purpose. It’s like all body systems working together to keep a human alive. Actually, that was quite a challenge.

Finally, Hostens data center opened on December 15th, 2015.

Do you remember the day when the first servers were implemented here at the data center? What was the feeling like?

Sure, I can even show you where those particular servers are placed right now. In general, as I remember, the first server setup was a really significant moment. All our team member could clearly understand that it marked the new beginning of providing a top-level service.

Tell us a bit about Hostens data center.

The most important part to talk about is its features.

So, first of all, Hostens data center is set up according to TIER III level. It means that we offer 99.98% availability.

We run the most modern data center in the Baltic region. It is also one of the biggest ones. Currently, 139 server racks are securely housed at the site.

The data center has an ecological and energy efficient new generation “free cooling” system installed. This system takes air from the outside and adapts the temperature and humidity to suit the equipment. No water is used for cooling, so there is absolutely no risk of a leak.

Also, we pay great attention to fire prevention. Our aspiration smoke detection system with a highly sensitivity range (from 0.001% to 20% obscuration/m) is made to detect smoke even at very low concentrations over an area of 2000 m2. For example, if the system detects a burning wire, it immediately provides us with an early warning by pinpointing to the source of that fire. It allows us to react and protect the data center against any possible danger even before the fire has started.

Finally, I would like to highlight the access control. As our data center has an iris recognition option, there is no doubt that it adds an additional layer of protection. Iris recognition is used to authenticate employee or customer identity prior to them entering the site by unlocking facilities with a simple glance.

What is your favourite feature at Hostens Data Center?

Without any doubt, it is the cooling system.

What were the main challenges in developing this data center?

For sure, building a new data center always brings multiple challenges. Talking about the very beginning, finding the right location was the main issue. We had to find the best and the most suitable location for the facility. I remember all those months of analysis and evaluation very well.

Also, other main factors that had to be considered were data center equipment and network infrastructure. It was a huge challenge to find systems that fully met our requirements. As I have already mentioned, all the systems are different, made by different manufacturers, designed for different loads, as well as different climatic conditions, but they all have to work together flawlessly. Data center managers must manage all of these processes, at the same time remain maximum efficient, and still meet strict deadlines. In fact, that was a tough challenge, but amazing lessons were learned.

Are there any funny stories or interesting facts regarding the data center?

To be honest, I cannot tell you any funny stories at all (laughing). Basically, everything is in such control, so well-estimated and secured, that there are no non-standard situations. Interesting facts? Oh, yes. Personally, I’m very interested in the fact that the building where our data center is set up has a special purpose property status. During the World War II, that building was a military factory. Therefore, its structure is of an exceptional strength. In general, our data center is designed as a secure “building in a building” with its own additional walls and ceiling as well as separate access.

Now, when the data center is successfully running, tell us which things have to be considered when building a data center. What should organizations pay most attention to when developing a data center?

I would highlight the following points:

  • It is necessary to evaluate how suitable the potential location of the data center is. There are a lot of things you need to keep in mind: performance characteristics, power availability, geographic issues, and climatic conditions.
  • It is crucial to choose the right technologies for the data center. Before building the data center, you have to evaluate all technical possibilities to be able to choose the most suitable equipment.
  • Strong project management. By implementing a project of such a huge scale and complexity, it’s almost impossible to avoid various mistakes. Therefore, it’s necessary to do your research first, have a clear plan with estimated budgets, deadlines, and precisely follow each stage of the project.

Tell us about your technical expertise.

I have more than 5 years’ experience in data center sector. At first, I commenced my career at another web hosting company here in Lithuania. This helped me to grow as an expert and gave me an opportunity to see how a data center was run from up close. This experience increased my enthusiasm to continue my career working at data centers. At that time exactly when could feel that I had reached the top of my career in this company, I was offered to move to Hostens parent company. I accepted this challenge and today I work here managing its data center.

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GlowHost Rolls Out New Free Graphic Design Tool

March 1, 2018 by · Comments Off on GlowHost Rolls Out New Free Graphic Design Tool 

glowhost-designproSTUART, FLORIDA – Florida-based web-hosting company GlowHost has announced a roll-out of powerful graphic design tool DesignPro as an additional free feature of all hosting plans. The upgrade is available immediately to all new and existing GlowHost customers.

The move comes as part of a newly-formed partnership with DigitalOcto. Its intuitive, user-friendly design allows users to simply ad quickly add professional-grade custom graphics to any web page and includes 1500 unique design templates.

“Through this new partnership between GlowHost and DigitalOcto, businesses will have yet another great way to improve their online presence,” said GlowHost CEO Matt Lundstrom. “We are confident that this new tool will make it easier for our clients to attract and engage with more customers than ever before.”

Lundstrom went on to say that the new suite of graphic design templates available through DigitalOcto will help enhance the user experience on websites and social media platforms where it is implemented. “Visual content is key to getting users’ attention and increasing a company’s reach online,” he said. “To many of our clients, it is the most important thing.”

GlowHost customers will now be able to create more engaging graphics to compliment all of their marketing content. “We see this new tool as being a tremendous asset for enhancing email, blog content, social media posts, ad content, and much more,” Lundstrom said.

Better still, using the DesignPro’s DigitalOcto platform requires no special skills. According to Lundstrom, even users who have never worked with other graphic design tools (like Photoshop) will find this platform easy to navigate and implement.

“Our clients are always interested in being able to reach more new customers and we are constantly thinking of ways we can help them do just that,” Lundstrom said.

Those interested in learning more about GlowHost are invited and encouraged to visit the company website at https://glowhost.com. More information on the roll of of DesignPro DigitalOcto can be found at https://glowhost.com/social-media-templates.

For more detailed information or to speak with a GlowHost representative directly, interested parties are encouraged to call the company’s 24/7/365 support line directly at 888-293-HOST (4678).

About GlowHost.com
Founded in 2002, GlowHost is an award-winning web host that provides highly reliable web hosting services at a fraction of the cost of other high-end managed service providers. GlowHost currently supplies tens of thousands of customers worldwide with dedicated servers located in 16 global datacenters and offers CDN services across 77 global POPs. GlowHost is committed to customer satisfaction offering a 91-day money back guarantee, 100% network uptime SLA and 20 minute support response/resolution. GlowHost is an accredited member of the BBB with an A+ rating, consistently receiving the highest awards from 3rd party web hosting sites.

GlowHost hosting accounts come with more than 300 popular web apps, like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal which can be installed with just a few mouse-clicks. GlowHost offers managed hosting via dedicated servers and cloud clusters and can easily build reliable, custom infrastructure based on their client’s needs, utilizing hundreds of years of combined employee technical expertise.

For more information about GlowHost, please visit www.GlowHost.com.

Hostens Offers Free Hosting Through Its Affiliate Program

July 19, 2017 by · Comments Off on Hostens Offers Free Hosting Through Its Affiliate Program 

Arvydas_Strausas_HostensVilnius, Lithuania – Earlier this week a fast-growing European hosting company Hostens announced the launch of an affiliate program. Along with the program, clients are able to use the main services, such as shared hosting, VPS hosting as well as reseller hosting for free.

The affiliate program allows to earn up a 50% commission of every sale and use these commissions to pay the full amount of hosting services.

Mr. Arvydas Strausas, the CEO of Hostens, commented: “As there is a broad variety of affiliate programs to choose from today, our main goal is to give the most benefit for those who are already using or want to use our high-quality hosting service. It means that the affiliate marketing partners are able to use their bonus in order to cover the whole price of their next purchase here at Hostens.”

According to Hostens CEO, the program is ideal for those seeking to broaden their online business or looking to try out Hostens services for free.

All the interested clients are welcomed to sign up for the program using this link: https://billing.hostens.com/affiliates/. Hostens affiliate bonus is added 31 days after the referred purchase.

About Hostens
Hostens is a division of Lithuanian company “Interneto Vizija” which was founded in 2003 and has quickly grown to serve more than 100,000 clients across Europe. Thanks to loyal customers and their referrals, company had become the largest web hosting provider in Lithuania by 2005. By combining affordable and scalable options with enterprise-level technology, Hostens is able to supply its customers with web hosting, VPS services, and domain registration.

Combining strong technical background of “Interneto Vizija”, Hostens operates a geographically convenient data center located in Vilnius, Lithuania (the geographic midpoint of Europe). Moreover, Hostens data center is built and maintained according to TIER III international standard. Hostens online presence is located at hostens.com.

GlowHost Delivers Superior Safety and Security Services Through Free Upgrade

November 4, 2015 by · Comments Off on GlowHost Delivers Superior Safety and Security Services Through Free Upgrade 

glowhost-mcafeeSTUART, FLORIDA – In the company’s ever-increasing effort to provide a superior hosting service to its customers, Stuart, FL based GlowHost announced this week the inclusion of the McAfee Secure Trustmark security suite in all tiers of service. The upgrade is available to both new and existing customers and is fully optional and customizable.

“Customers now have the option of accessing McAfee Secure Trustmark right from their GlowHost control panel,” said company CEO Matt Lundstrom, adding that users have the option of turning it on or off at any time and displaying its marker on any page of any website.

“Safety is a huge concern for our customers as well as their site visitors,” Lundstrom said. “McAfee Secure Trustmark increases engagement by showing visitors that your site is safe.”

That level of confidence is especially important for sites that routinely handle sensitive customer data, particularly ecommerce sites or those that deal regularly with onsite monetary transactions.

“When the customer sees that ‘buy’ button, they need to be able to trust that their information is secure,” Lundstrom said. “Trustmark adds a layer of trust that leads to fewer cart abandonments and increased revenues.”

McAfee Secure Trustmark performs both daily and weekly scans to detect more than 12,000 known vulnerabilities. The entire process is executed remotely without the need for additional hardware. Only when a client’s website is certified to meet McAfee’s strict security standards is the actual trustmark icon is displayed. “It’s not just a picture inserted into a page,” Lundstrom said. “If the trustmark appears on the site, the site is certified secure by McAfee. Period.”

Since its inception in 1987, McAfee has grown to become the world’s largest dedicated security company and has been one of the most trusted names in Internet security for more than two decades. The inclusion of this latest and most powerful suite of security applications is helping to position GlowHost as a leader in web hosting services for every hosting need from individuals to businesses of any size or description.

“Check with many of our competition and you’ll find that Trustmark is offered as a premium upgrade. At GlowHost, we’ve decided that it’s a valuable enough addition to make it available across the board at no extra charge,” Lundstrom said.

Those with questions about McAfee Secure Trustmark or are interested in signing up with GlowHost for industry-leading web hosting services are encouraged to contact customer support via the corporate website: https://glowhost.com.

“We want as many people to learn firsthand why customers think we make some of the big players in web hosting look like amateurs,” Lundstrom said.

For more information on the McAfee Secure Hosting from GlowHost, please visit https://glowhost.com/upgrades/mcafee-secure-from-glowhost

About GlowHost.com
Founded in 2002, GlowHost is an award-winning host that aims to provide highly reliable web hosting services at a highly competitive price, and has grown to become one of the world’s foremost web hosts for individuals and businesses alike. GlowHost currently supplies tens of thousands of customers worldwide with shared web hosting, cloud virtual dedicated server hosting, dedicated server hosting, and cloud hosting solutions, all available on a network designed for stability and the security of mission-critical data. GlowHost also offers a popular reseller web hosting solution. Across each of these distinct service types, GlowHost is committed to customer satisfaction, offering three Iron-Clad guarantees – a 91-day money back promise, 100% network uptime agreement, and up to 99.999% uptime hosting depending on your chosen solution.

GlowHost is an accredited member of the BBB with an A+ rating, consistently receiving the highest awards from 3rd party web hosting sites; as well as unbeatable connectivity and server connections; with “multi-homed” bandwidth to give an experience unlike any other company. On top of that, GlowHost offers robust pre-installed scripts, cPanel Control panels to pack your pages with quality features, and even business class email services that control the odds and ends of your business usually for less than your daily cost of coffee.

For more information about GlowHost, please visit www.glowhost.com.

Hosting Ireland Announces ICANN Accreditation Status at ICANN54

October 22, 2015 by · Comments Off on Hosting Ireland Announces ICANN Accreditation Status at ICANN54 

Hosting_IrelandHosting Ireland one of the fastest growing domain registrars in Ireland announced today that it has received ICANN Accreditation, a major stepping stone in the company’s development.
The week that ICANN, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is holding it’s public meeting in Dublin, known as ICANN54, Hosting Ireland signed the ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement.

‘ICANN Accreditation is a significant milestone for Hosting Ireland and tells the online community that we are serious about the internet and assures clients that we maintain best practise and quality standards when it comes to domain name registration… Says Jonathan Bate – Managing Director Hosting Ireland… It’s a highlight that we’ve been able to achieve our accreditation for the week of ICANN54, the week has been a great success for Dublin and has proved to be an ideal platform to continue to build the momentum behind Hosting Ireland’s success….’ Will Harrison – Technical Director Hosting Ireland commented…’It’s taken many months of hard work to ensure we could meet the strict ICANN accreditation criteria, and we feel this will be of real benefit to ourselves and ultimately our customers…’

Hosting Ireland is also an accredited registrar for the IEDR (.IE), EURid (.EU) and Nominet (.CO.UK and .UK) registries. Over the last five years Hosting Ireland’s domain name registration business has grown rapidly and ICANN accreditation will ensure Hosting Ireland is now able to continue that growth by developing direct relationships with many of the new registries that have launched over the last twelve months.

For more information on Hosting Ireland ICANN domain registrations please visit www.hostingireland.ie/domain-name-registration

About Hosting Ireland
Hosting Ireland is a leading domain name registration company and is an accredited registrar for .ie, .eu and .co.uk domains. In addition, Hosting Ireland provides cloud hosting services and solutions to small medium enterprise, public sector and corporates across Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe. Hosting Ireland specialises in cloud website hosting, virtual and dedicated server solutions. For more information visit: www.hostingireland.ie

About ICANN
ICANN’s mission is to coordinate and ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet identifier system. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an identifier into your computer – a name or a number. That identifier has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation that supports and coordinates participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. ICANN promotes competition and develops policy on some of the Internet’s unique identifiers. ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the top level of the Internet’s identifier systems, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit: www.icann.org

DediMonster Launches Virtual Private Server Special

September 30, 2015 by · Comments Off on DediMonster Launches Virtual Private Server Special 

vps-specialCypress, Texas – Texas-based web hosting service DediMonster announced the launch of their Virtual Private Server hosting service with the promise of delivering industry-leading VPS services that is easily scalable to accommodate small to medium businesses (SMBs), developers, and startups.

What is Virtual Private Server (VPS)?

A virtual private server (VPS) is an offsite remote-hosted virtual machine that is sold and maintained by Internet hosting companies as a standalone, private, and secure file storage and management service.

VPS runs a unique copy of a server operating system and allows customers access at superuser-level to it. This lets authorized users install and manage any software designed to run on the virtual machine’s operating system.

“The flexibility to scale the VPS solution is perfect for future growth.  The limited time online special offer helps new companies get started and introduced to a high quality web host,” said Greg Merecka, DediMonster President.

The offer Merecka referred to is the company’s current 50% off promotion on new VPS service. The promotional rate is being offered as a means of introducing companies and developers to the service at an attractive, cost-saving introductory rate.

“We are confident that people will be impressed with the service and want to continue once the promotional period expires. We are committed to keeping the quality of the service high and the cost low for the foreseeable future, even at regular rates,” Merecka said.

DediMonster.com provides an industry leading scalable cloud service over a platform that utilizes true Virtual Machine technology. It has the resources needed to power all facets of a client’s business or application with advanced security. The company is a FindMyHost.com approved web-hosting company with a long list of satisfied customers.

“Our reliability and quality is verifiable through FindMyHost. Their testing processes are ongoing and adhere to the highest of standards. That gives us great incentive to continually provide superior service on every possible level,” Merecka said.

The current 50% off promotion is available for a limited time through the company website.

About DediMonster.com
Dedimonster.com is the industry leader in Remote Desktops, VPS/Cloud Servers and Dedicated Servers with locations in the USA, France, United Kingdom and Netherlands. Dedimonster specializes in providing top-notch, human-oriented website hosting services. Our aim is to make the hosting service as easy to use as possible by providing excellent round the clock Customer Support, 99% Uptime Guarantee and Connectivity.  Dedimonster is fast growing & flourishing company with a core focus of providing customers with a more personal approach rather than them being counted as numbers and being treated differently.

For more information, please visit www.dedimonster.com.

 

Hostwinds.com

August 17, 2015 by · Comments Off on Hostwinds.com 


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Atlantic.Net Launches First International Data Center in Toronto, Canada

July 29, 2014 by · Comments Off on Atlantic.Net Launches First International Data Center in Toronto, Canada 

atlantic-canada-datacenterORLANDO, FL – Atlantic.Net, a high-powered SSD cloud VPS hosting solutions provider, announced today the opening of their first international data center, located in Toronto, Canada. To assist in the expansion, a second center also launched in Dallas, Texas. These state of the art data centers offer integrated colocation for telecommunication companies headquartered around the world, affording customers access to domestic, around the clock support from the United States, and now, Canada.

The Toronto center is fully equipped with high-speed fiber connections and upstream connections to Tier-1 bandwidth providers, making for an unadulterated first step into international territory. The center is carrier-neutral, allowing customers to receive prioritized delivery, as well as providing an exceptional network and superior upkeep to Atlantic.Net’s large roster of Canadian customers, and international users alike. The building is operated by Cogeco, a billion dollar data center operator, which allows Atlantic.Net to employ natural resources, making the international data center an energy efficient and green facility.

As these centers attest, Atlantic.Net is expanding their reach for customers who want a secure, reliable data center with a native backing. “We chose Toronto and Dallas because both locations ensure that our customers have a domestic location to provide the highest-quality support,” explained Marty Puranik, Founder, President and CEO of Atlantic.Net.

In conjunction with the international center, the Dallas center is positioned in the heart of Dallas for stateside support for the international center. It is located at the Univision Tower, 2323 Bryan Street and boasts 4500 (kW) utility power capacity with 1450 (kW) UPS power capacity and 3890 (kW) generator power capacity. There is also an N-N+1 UPS redundancy and, N+1 cooling redundancy – all operated by Digital Realty Trust, a multi-billion dollar data center operator.

Atlantic.Net will continue to focus on international expansion to better service their global consumers. Now, the company currently has three open facilities, with plans to continue expansion to hot spots of the cloud ecosystem in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific countries. Read more

VIP Shuttle in a Lamborghini Aventador at HostingCon 2014

June 9, 2014 by · Comments Off on VIP Shuttle in a Lamborghini Aventador at HostingCon 2014 

GlowHost at HostingCon 2014STUART, FLORIDA – Innovative hosting provider GlowHost (www.GlowHost.com) announced today attendees to the 10th annual HostingCon in Miami June 16-19 can now secure VIP shuttle rides in a Lamborghini Aventador.

HostingCon is the premier industry conference and trade show for hosting and cloud providers.  Each year it brings together the web hosting industries best and most important people for three days of training, networking and good times.

It’s going to be hot in the middle of Miami-June, so why not arrive in style with one of the coolest machines on the planet?

GlowHost will be offering free local shuttle services around The Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami Convention Center and South Beach areas on Monday and Tuesday of the HostingCon event.

A limited number of VIP tickets will be available, where you can schedule a time for your ride.  To stay tuned in how to get your VIP tickets follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Google+.

During the event there will be opportunities to take photographs for keepsake and unforgettable experience.

About GlowHost.com
Founded in 2002, GlowHost is an award-winning host that aims to provide highly reliable web hosting services at a highly competitive price, and has grown to become one of the world’s foremost web hosts for individuals and businesses alike. GlowHost currently supplies tens of thousands of customers worldwide with shared web hosting, cloud virtual dedicated server hosting, dedicated server hosting, and cloud hosting solutions, all available on a network designed for stability and the security of mission-critical data. GlowHost also offers a popular reseller web hosting solution. Across each of these distinct service types, GlowHost is committed to customer satisfaction, offering three Iron-Clad guarantees – a 91-day money back promise, 100% network uptime agreement, and up to 99.999% uptime hosting depending on your chosen solution. For more information about GlowHost, please visit www.GlowHost.com

About HostingCon
HostingCon is the premiere industry conference and trade show for hosting and cloud providers. In its tenth year, HostingCon connects the industry including hosting and cloud providers, MSPs, ISVs and other Internet infrastructure providers who make the Internet work to network, learn and grow. HostingCon is an iNET Interactive event. For details about HostingCon, visit www.HostingCon.com.

Approved Web Host Hostwinds Joins i2Coalition

May 28, 2014 by · Comments Off on Approved Web Host Hostwinds Joins i2Coalition 

i2coalition-hostwindsHostwinds, LLC., a web hosting company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is staffed by a group of individuals who daily fuel their commitment to generate the highest level of service and support in the industry. Hostwinds is a motivated and driven team that strives to remain ahead of the competition by living the promise to Provide and Truly Serve.

Hostwinds was founded in 2010 and quickly moved forward into the marketplace with the purpose of changing the hosting industry and introducing a new set of standards. We observed other hosting companies around the globe, studied their successes and mistakes. We observed a saturated industry with some hosting companies offering incredibly low pricing, but sub-standard service and support. Others offered great service and support, but charged a premium price.

Our passion grew to improve upon how a hosting company should truly operate and support their clients. We quickly began to design solutions so we could address the flaws in both models and develop one logical solution. We became experts in this industry and learned what it really costs to provide great hosting services. We took the best of two extremes and formed it into one great company who believes in their clients, works hard to help them excel and fights for any cause that will help their ideas develop and grow freely in the internet marketplace.

Hostwinds has grown steadily and learned quickly that the consistent pursuit of a specific set of standards and practices is the main thread that holds many great organizations together. This pursuit is also a magnet which attracts organizations and businesses to each other. As Hostwinds began to study and appreciate the mission of the i2Coalition, it was only natural for our organization to bind our common threads of belief with theirs to help propel the collective best interests of an industry, its professionals and users to insure an accurate and educated voice is heard. Read more

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