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Yippie! Finally it’s coming. Our Premium Hosting is now available for sale. As the answer to what you’ve been looking for this long, our Premium Hosting will cover anything you may require for a successful website online.

Let’s say PHP5, PERL5, MySQL5, AJAX, the popular Ruby on Rails, MS-SQL 2005, .NET 3.5, Cold Fusion MX 7.0, ASP 3.0 – we have them all! Beautifully packaged in our Premium web hosting plans, those latest technological standards complete the plans in two main platforms, UNIX and Windows.

UNIX SPECIALTIES
For Unix enthusiasts, we have specified three different Premium plans with the latest standards for UNIX – Advance, Professional, and E-Commerce. Our Premium UNIX is completed  with the latest features of UNIX you’ve been wanting such as PHP5, MySQL5, PERL5, CGI, AJAX Support, and Ruby on Rails (Professional and E-Commerce).

Provided with sufficient ample of resources, you’ll be able to create a wonderful website depending on your dreams and wishes. With storage ranging from 5 GB for Advance to 25 GB for E-Commerce and bandwidth ranging from 150 GB for Advance to 500 GB for E-Commerce, you are just one step away from success.

And remember, with E-Commerce plan, you will have your very own Dedicated SSL Module and Dedicated E-Commerce setup. So choose your UNIX plan now! Starting from only $10.95/month, you wil get nothing more than satisfaction.

Windows Lovers
And Windows seekers, Premium Hosting is also here for you with three different plans – Business, .NET, and Ultimate. Following UNIX offers, we include the latest Windows technologies too on stage. We have specialized the features in each Premium Windows plans.

When you require for simple but perfect use like ASP 3.0, PHP 5, PERL5, MySQL 5, MS-SQL 2005, and AJAX support, we offer you to use our Business Windows, starting from only $12.95/month with 5 GB storage and 150 GB bandwidth.

But if you require for .NET features, we have Windows .NET with .NET framework 3.5 and ASP.NET 2.0. Starting from only $15.95/month, you already get to use 15 GB storage and 200 GB Bandwidth provided. Additionally, it is completed with MySQL5, MS-SQL 2005, and AJAX support.

Last but not least, we have Ultimate Windows with everything in it. How? Starting at only $19.95/month, have Cold Fusion MX 7.0, ASP 3.0, Custom DLL Components, PHP5, MySQL5, PERL5, AJAX Support in one. You also receive 25 GB storage and 300 GB bandwidth to build your online kingdom.

There Is still Even More for You…
To even complete the Premium web hosting better, we have purchased 20 IBM Xseries Blade Servers with an upgraded Storage Area Network to improve access and uptime. We have Acronis® disaster recovery system and a muliti-tiered OC48 network backbone. Using our Quick Fix ticketing, you are guaranteed an hour reply for your Premium account tickets. Only full satisfaction guaranteed! Take advantages from it now and save your valuable time…

~G4br13lle~

Get ready for an upgrade! We proudly inform you that we will perform MS-SQL upgrade for your accounts. All accounts using MS-SQL 2000 will be upgraded to either MS-SQL 2005 or MS-SQL Express 2005. We have specified the upgrading process.

All accounts using our old cluster (old plans) will be upgraded to MS-SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. Moreover, those having accounts in our all new Premium Hosting (the new cluster) will use the MS-SQL Server 2005 Standard. What’s so special about both MS-SQL 2005?

MS-SQL Server (SQL 2005 Express)

From the first of many pluses, The Express edition is a fast and easy way to develop dynamic applications, which is easy-to-use and lightweight. With MS-SQL Express 2005, you’ll be able to build robust and reliable applications. Simple but powerful application development is in your hand.

It offers you with attractive features for website development and performs fast There is full-text search features to provide powerful query capability over textual data. Additionally, You can also easily load databases to a hosted environment with XCopy feature. Native XML is also supported inside the database to ensure Web environment easily interoperates with other applications through Web services.

Another plus is that SQL Server Express cooperates with SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services to create interactive reports. Complicated reports with tables and charts are no longer impossible tasks to do as SQL Server Express reduces the complexity with graphics and integrate them in applications.

And What about MS-SQL Server (SQL2005 Standard)?

Many users recognize MS-SQL Server 2005 as the successor of the previous version, MS-SQL Server 2000. Just like the Express edition, it also has many advantages you can take from.  For example, the native XML support, that helps to manage XML data. MS SQL Server 2005 has the massive support to manage efficiently the Extensible Markup Language data.

It also has embedded some database file extensions to the T-SQL engine to allow further embedding  in any XQuery inquiries in T-SQL.  Moreover, MS SQL Server 2005 clearly identifies new file extensions named XML and DML, permitting modifications on the query based on the XML data.

Additionally, it delivers powerful and productive management tools for DBAs and simplifies management with integrated management environment to monitor and manage plus adjust all  databases and associated services throughout your enterprise. An extensible management infrastructure (easily programmed) using SQL Management Objects (SMO) is also provided, enabling you to customize and extend their management environment and build additional tools as you’d like to.

That’s why we decide to upgrade our MS-SQL into the 2005 Standard and Express, clearly nothing more than to provide more awesome web hosting experience for all users. So prepare now for perfection…

~ Gabrielle ~

Basically nowadays, since http 1.1, one IP address can host many domain names. For examples: abc.com, def.com, ghi.com, etc are shared in one IP address like 77.898.232.10. This has been common and transparent to most users.

To know how many domains are hosted in one IP, you can reverse your IP address and use domain check. Reversing IP is the easiest way to find all the .com, .net, .org, .biz, .us, and .info domains hosted on one IP address. Enter an IP address and you will get the list of domains hosted on the same IP.

What is actually the purpose of it? It is definitely because shared IP, used for many domains, affects  your site from the purpose of SEO and website filtering issue. How is it so?

From SEO Purpose

One method done by popular search engines like google, yahoo, msn, etc of detecting a website is based on its IP address. Usually, if websites are in the same IP address, search engines will consider that it is most likely they are operated by the same individual.

So unfortunately, search engines will devalue links from web sites pointing to other web sites hosted on the same IP address. On the contrary, search engines will highly value links from web sites hosted on different IP addresses as they consider the domains are operated by different individuals.

However, an outstanding Search Engine Optimizer will be able to ensure that all of their domains are registered under different registrars with different registrants. They do not use the same template on more than one web site and erase all traces showing that their sites are operated by the same individual.

But anyway, it will be better to prepare for precautions right?!

And from Website Filtering Issue,

Usually, many domain names that are hosted within the same IP address (shared IP) will  also gain problems when there is website filtering based on IP address. Why? It is because when a website is blocked based on its IP address, it will result on overblocking of the other websites hosted under the same IP too. Shared IP host many domain names. That means if one website is blocked based on its IP, the others will get blocked too as they share the same IP.

Take as an example when abc.com contains adult contents in the websites. And when there’s website filtering to block adult sites based on IP address, the other websites in the same IP will also be blocked. No matter they have no pornography at all, they will also get the effect from overblocking as they share the same IP. I am sure you have no willing of this happening to your website.

So What?

Well, if you think your site is unimportant, then no need to consider about it. However, if your website is very critical and all your life is in it, I suggest that reversing IP is very necessary to be done to find out what other domains are hosted under that same IP, IF your site is hosted within a shared IP address.

~Gabrielle Capstick~

Hello there! Here we’re again to provide you with the transparency of our Uptime record in November 2008. As we did in October, our availability was averagely 99.99% as guaranteed. And now, let’s evaluate our uptime in November to keep track on it.

November 2008 Availability Chart

Service % Time OK % Time Critical
FTP 99.990% 0.010%
HTTP 99.989% 0.011%
MySQL 99.992% 0.008%
SMTP 99.989% 0.011%
POP 99.990% 0.010%
IMAP 99.989% 0.011%

from the record in November, the uptime was tracked in several different services including FTP, HTTP, Email, and MySQL service as done in the previous month.

From the FTP service, we reached 99.99% of uptime and had 0.010% critical time record (downtime) tracked. The downtime recorded was resulted from the regular maintenance scheduled to improve all of our servers.

For the http service (website uptime), availability reached 99.989 out of 100%. There was 0.011% of service outage when there was regular maintenance to improve server performance.

Email service including POP, SMTP, and IMAP reached 99.99% in average for November, with only 0.001% unavailability recorded for regular maintenance.

And our database service even reached 99.992% uptime recorded and just had 0.008 unavailability tracked in the servers averagely from the scheduled maintenance.

Averagely in November, from all services in all servers, the availability of Host Department servers reached 99.989% out of 100%, which is rounded off to 99.99%.

It has been shown that so far, Host Department still meets their uptime guarantee. Well anyway, see you guys next month 🙂

~Gabrielle~

Hello everyone! Over these years, Host Department has proven to provide the
best web hosting service for all of you with rock solid network and outstanding
service. We are now here for you to show the transparency of our Uptime Fact.
Average Uptime Record October 2008
Service % Time OK % Time Critical
FTP 99.994% 0.006%
HTTP 99.996% 0.004%
MySQL 99.996% 0.004%
SMTP 99.999% 0.001%
POP 100.000% 0.000%
IMAP 100.000% 0.000%
As pictured in the table, in October, Host Department averagely reached
99.994% out of 100% uptime for FTP service. There was only 0.006% critical
time when there was scheduled maintenance and data center migration.

On the other hand, the http service reached out of 99.996% availability and was in
0.004 % critical time in October for the website service. It was because we have scheduled
maintenance resulting in the service outage. 

For email services including SMTP, POP, and IMAP, we were available for 99.999% in average
in October, interpreting that we were passing over our uptime guarantee. 0.001% critical time
was for the regular maintenance.

Our database availabilty, MySQL, reached 99.996% averagely in October with 0.004% critical time
when there was scheduled maintenance and server migration.  

The Point from the Uptime Record
These uptime record is provided for all of our readers so that you can evaluate
 on how we rock on our uptime and we can keep improving our service now and then.
We will continuously update this record in each month in our blog at
http://www.hostdepartment.com/blog