From 28th May 2009, JSWeb offers Revolutionary Cloud Hosting. Hosting that ensures your website (Zen Cart) is kept up and running 24/7/365!
Traditional Hosting Vs Our Cloud Hosting
With traditional web hosting your website files sit on a single hard drive, inside a single server connected to the internet via a single network connection - this type of hosting has been around since the beginning of the internet and hosts the majority of the websites online today.
The problem with this type of single approach is that if anything goes wrong with the server or any of its components the website(s) on that server go off line until a technician can diagnose and fix the problem. This is known as having multiple "single points of failure" - where any single point could cause the service to fail.
Welcome to cloud, where things are handled differently... (the final piece of the puzzle)
Firstly each "server" has more than one hard drive - in a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) configuration so that data is instantly replicated from one hard drive to another.
Secondly each server is part of a larger array of clustered servers, data is also replicated across this array.
If any server should fail then intelligent routing software instantly uses another server to serve your pages to visitors.
But the cloud magic doesn't stop there...
Your databases are stored on separate servers - each server with multiple hard drives and clustered exactly like the webservers. Your FTP software will still see all your files stored under the correct folders but they are actually stored on different physical machines.
The benefits of Cloud
- No single point of failure.
- Your website is scaled across multiple servers as soon as it is uploaded - complex load balancing means that visitors to your website get to your pages as fast as possible
- databases are handled on separate server clusters
- email is kept separate too.
What about traffic and Bandwidth?
Traditional hosting on a single server means that you are limited in terms of disk space, memory and processing power - if another website on the same server suddenly explodes with traffic, or your website traffic spikes you can see a huge decrease in performance and sometimes downtime as the server struggles to cope with the demand of serving the pages.
With cloud hosting you are part of a "pool" of servers and their resources are at your disposal should you require them. Any increase in traffic or database load will mean that the cloud will allocate more resources to your website seamlessly and automatically. It is this scalability that makes the cloud ideal for websites that have unusual traffic requirements (blogs that can get huge traffic spikes (bandwidth) due to Diggs etc) or forums that can struggle with too many people online at once.
Until now it has only been the very large internet companies (Google, Amazon, Yahoo! etc) that could place their website's on cloud type cluster serving technology, but now you can experience the same scalable technology...
All of our servers are monitored 24/7/365 by our NOC (Network Operations Centre) to ensure they continue to run smoothly. In addition to our own monitoring we also use the services of 'Hyperspin', a widely respected third party monitoring company, in order to provide an up-to-the minute picture of the infrastructure from the perspective of you, the customer.
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