Custom Hosting: Ask us, we might surprise you
Here’s something you might not know about: We offer custom hosting solutions.
So what do you mean when you say you do custom hosting?
That’s a good question, and this is something we get asked a lot. But let me back up for just a second.
Fact is, not many people realize that we’re actually much more than a web host (in the traditional sense). Sure, we’re sort of famous when it comes to Windows shared web hosting services—it’s pretty much been our marquee service for the past thirteen years. You could even say the same thing about our dedicated and, more recently, VPS offering. But if there’s one thing we do best, it’s actually building infrastructure, and supporting web hosting for developers is just one aspect of that. And when I say building infrastructure, I’m talking about everything from designing datacenters from the ground up, to building server clusters, to something as minor (relatively speaking) as setting up a configuration with OS flavors we don’t normally offer.
And that’s probably the key phrase here—what we don’t normally offer.
How many times have you shopped for hosting and you had to jump around from site to site looking for a host that supported the exact configuration you needed, especially for something that might be a little complex. It can be tedious, and we often hear from our own customers that they’re using two, three different hosts because each one supported a different need.
So we started doing something a while back but never really advertised, which is: Hey, we have the staff and ability to support a ridiculous range of hosting solutions, so lets offer up our expertise as a service. If we don’t normally offer it, lets do it if we can.
And what we quickly found was that this made things a whole lot easier for our customers, especially small-biz IT departments that needed something that might’ve seemed a little weird at first to ask from a “web host,” like hosting a Google Mini appliance, or something more complex, like building out a server cluster or setting up a Virtual Private Network—stuff you’d assume a so-called “IT host” would have to help you with.
So if you have a hosting need that you’re not sure we can support or you don’t see offered on our website, feel free to ask us. Fact is, there’s a decent chance we’re already doing what you need with a ton of other customers.
Check out our custom solutions page, and take a look at a few of our more common requests, like network load balancing, and contact us if you have any questions or if you’d like a free quote.
Also, be sure to check out our VP of Research and Innovation, Justin Russell, in this month’s Technically Speaking video where he talks a bit about our custom solution offering, and the talent behind the team we’ve put together to support it.
Have any questions or comments? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below.