How Data Center Redundancy Affects Your Web Hosting Services08/22/2012
When asked to select the most important web hosting plan feature, most business owners and individuals would choose reliability. Although some people require specific software features, additional technical support, or lightning-fast hardware at an affordable price, every single webmaster needs, above all else, for their web hosting to be online – all the time.
At Certified Hosting, we know how important uptime is to our customers. At the data center and infrastructure level, our expert technical team has intelligently designed the Certified Hosting network to provide maximum stability and uptime for your web presence.
One way we achieve our 99.999% network uptime guarantee is through redundancy. Read on to learn more about what redundancy is and how important it is to choose a high-redundancy network to support your web hosting services.
The role of redundancy in reliable web hosting
In the current economic climate, people often use the term “redundancy” to refer to employment. Redundancy means that a member of staff or an entire department of a business is no longer required, and in order to save money, a business is forced to relieve them of their duties. So how does this translate to the world of web hosting?
Simply put, some equipment in our two data centers is not used on a day-to-day basis – it is redundant. For every power source, switch, router and firewall, there is another identical piece of equipment sitting idle in our facility. If the core network backbone and front-end equipment were called “N,” our approach to network design would be N+1. But rather than looking for places where we can eliminate redundancy to lower the cost of operations, reliable network design is about finding new opportunities to introduce even more redundancy into the network.
Although much of this equipment is idle for the majority of the time, it provides a valuable failsafe. If a significant device were to stop working, a redundant device would spring into action, keeping the network online with no noticeable service impact.
There are many reasons hardware devices in a network stop working. Here are a few common reasons devices go offline:
- End of Life – Network hardware does not last forever, and devices do not always sound warnings when they are about to fail. If something simply stops working, it must be replaced without interrupting service.
- Maintenance – Sometimes, primary hardware needs to be taken offline for updates, patches, and general maintenance.
- Malicious Attack – There are a lot of people out there who attempt to breach server security. Some people are looking for confidential data, while others simply want to cause trouble. Although robust perimeter security can minimize this threat, it is an occasional cause of hardware failure.
A professional web hosting data center is full of redundant hardware that is not regularly used. However, when the time comes for this hardware to spring into action, it is nothing less than essential.
High-redundancy web hosting plans from Certified Hosting
Even with the best features and functionality, unreliable web hosting services are worthless. At Certified Hosting, we give every single one of our customers a robust 99.999% network uptime guarantee.
At Certified Hosting, we currently provide a range of web hosting services, including shared hosting, virtual private servers (VPS hosting), and dedicated servers. Each service is implemented on best-in-class hardware and supported by a dependable network infrastructure that ensures your customers can always access your web presence.
In addition to redundant networks across two data centers, we also monitor our facilities 24/7/365 to spot potential issues and remedy them before they affect availability.