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  • Web Hosting

    What and/or who do you use to host the WAS?

    Is there an Alpha host for UK/European users along the lines of Zebra in the US?

    Cheers
    Andy

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    Re: Web Hosting

    Hi Andy

    I am using a VPS with Fasthosts currently running four separate applications using 4 separate instances of the WAS. Working very well and very scaleable.

    Let me know if you want any further info.

    Kind regards

    Glen
    Glen Schild



    My Blog

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    • #3
      Re: Web Hosting

      ZebraHost will have a UK facility soon. Please contact clive@zebrahost.net for details.

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      • #4
        Re: Web Hosting

        Thanks Guys,

        How much are you paying with Fasthost and do they manage it or do you have to - I am a non techie!

        I have e-mailed Clive and will put the details here when I get a reply

        Cheers
        Andy

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        • #5
          Re: Web Hosting

          Hi:

          We can offer dedicated servers in London. Hyper-V will be available in the London datacenter in 2 - 3 weeks End of August 1st week in September). Pricing will be similar to our US pricing.

          We currently have a number of UK and Euro customers with sites on our servers in Houston.
          Affordable Alpha Five, PHP, MySQL Hosting.
          Serving Webmasters since 2000.ZebraHost

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          • #6
            Re: Web Hosting

            Hi Andy

            Sorry for the delay in responding. Server costs start from just under £40pm and can be instantly scaled if needed. You have to manage the server yourself. I currently have 4 applications running under 4 instances of WAS each with their own ip address. None of the apps are intensive web apps and performance is pretty good even at the lower (cheaper) end.

            From what I hear many have plenty of good to say about Zebrahosting. My problem is the UK/European Data Protection Laws. For three of the apps running I cannot store the data outside the EU without potentially breaching the DPA rules and regs.

            There is a potential to do so IF Zebrahost adopt the US Safe Harbor principles which I don't believe they currently do (or at least I cannot see it on the web site). Even then when I checked with the Information Commissioner all they would say is that this MAY be okay! So when it comes to client sensitive data for me "May" is not good enough.

            The new UK Data Centers may get round this but I would want to know about redundancy (and where the backups are stored)
            Glen Schild



            My Blog

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            • #7
              Re: Web Hosting

              Glen:

              We will have hyper-V Nodes with separate dedicated backup servers available in the London UK datacenter within the next 2 weeks.

              You will have the option to have your data backed up to a backup server in Texas or in London or both.

              Backups are encrypted. You get the encryption key. Lose the key and even we would not be able to help you recover the data.

              So from a security point of view backing up to the Texas datacenter should not fall foul of the European regulations. Disclaimer: Check with your lawyer.
              Affordable Alpha Five, PHP, MySQL Hosting.
              Serving Webmasters since 2000.ZebraHost

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              • #8
                Re: Web Hosting

                Originally posted by ZebraHost View Post
                Glen:

                We will have hyper-V Nodes with separate dedicated backup servers available in the London UK datacenter within the next 2 weeks.

                You will have the option to have your data backed up to a backup server in Texas or in London or both.

                Backups are encrypted. You get the encryption key. Lose the key and even we would not be able to help you recover the data.

                So from a security point of view backing up to the Texas datacenter should not fall foul of the European regulations. Disclaimer: Check with your lawyer.
                Hi Clive

                Thanks for the update. As you have UK location for backup as well it would be a non issue.

                The problem over here is that there have been many well publicised data breaches mostly it has to be said due to stolen laptops not having encryption or cd backups going missing. These often end up with massive fines for the organisations involved and the latest one this week ended up with a fine of £2.3 million (around $3.5 million!) and that was because of a backup that was breached outside of the EU!

                So as I am personally registered under the data protection act you can probably understand why I will take no chances with this!

                Kind regards

                Glen
                Glen Schild



                My Blog

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                • #9
                  Re: Web Hosting

                  TYI

                  To backup data outside the EU [ co-location] a hosting provider should read this and other related documents [Data Protect Rules EU].

                  http://ec.europa.eu/justice/policies...s/index_en.htm

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                  • #10
                    Re: Web Hosting

                    Originally posted by bea2701 View Post
                    TYI

                    To backup data outside the EU [ co-location] a hosting provider should read this and other related documents [Data Protect Rules EU].

                    http://ec.europa.eu/justice/policies...s/index_en.htm
                    Thanks Eric. This is very useful info.
                    Affordable Alpha Five, PHP, MySQL Hosting.
                    Serving Webmasters since 2000.ZebraHost

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                    • #11
                      Re: Web Hosting in UK

                      Just to let everyone know that our First Hyper-V node is up and running in the London Datacenter.

                      With 24 cores, it is the most powerful of all our Hyper-V servers. It has 15K RPM drives and plenty of RAM and is behind an ASA hardware firewall.

                      We have also installed a backup server in the same datacenter for those who want their backups to remain in the UK.

                      Backups are automatic and are encrypted.
                      Affordable Alpha Five, PHP, MySQL Hosting.
                      Serving Webmasters since 2000.ZebraHost

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                      • #12
                        Re: Web Hosting

                        Hi Forum
                        I have had a US Based Hyper V with ZebraHost which has been excellent in operation, speed and support. We are a small UK base developer so we have just moved to ZebraHostís new UK base service.
                        The new hyper V is working great, the setup and transfer was handle quickly and all our files were transferred by ZebraHost without a hitch. The new hyper V is much quicker than our US based Hyper V as it is closer to us and is using the very latest hardware.
                        Add all of the above to ZebraHostís excellent technical support and all round service which is the best I have come across, and I have dealt with a lot of hosting companies in the past 15 years, ZebraHost is in our opinion the best supported Windows based hosting package available.

                        ZebraHost top of the pile by a mile

                        Robert Hoggan
                        Touchdry Ltd

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