Local Internet service provider RSAWeb has announced the availability of its Managed Hosting Servers product, which combines the benefits of both virtualisation and cloud computing in one customisable solution.

Designed for customers who have outgrown their current shared hosting needs or that want to manage and sell multiple hosting sites themselves, the solutions are available in several variations targeted specifically to software developers, eMarketing specialists and smaller Internet service providers (ISPs).
“Many South African companies are realising the benefits of and are migrating towards highly scalable and customisable cloud platforms,” says Mark Slingsby, technical director at RSAWeb. “Most effective marketing campaigns are currently being deployed online and this, coupled with the fact that businesses are finding more creative ways to interact with their customer in the online space, and you have higher growth in traffic to their sites – growth which needs to be managed.”
Businesses are seeking a solution that offers support and scalability on demand, as and when it’s required, he adds. “Our hosted server solution is an option for companies that require support for unpredictable traffic spikes and dips with high levels of customer service on the back-end, freeing up their current IT staffers to focus on strategic business solutions instead of technological ones.”
RSAWeb’s Managed Hosting Server solutions have been structured to allow users to manage their hosting environments through the MyRSAWeb control panel in exactly the same manner they would a shared hosting, but with the added benefit of having their own dedicated resources.
These solutions run in a virtualised environment, which allows for instant migration to new hardware in the event of a fault. Resources can also be provisioned dynamically, which means that, unlike in a traditional dedicated server environment where users would have to migrate the entire server to a new set of hardware, as soon as more resources are needed, they are simply switched on.
Slingsby says it is this ability to react quickly and dynamically to user demands that differentiates the RSAWeb solution from others. The incorporation of the use of SAN/Cloud storage makes virtualisation more dynamic, storage can be purchased on demand with 99.9% uptime with users realising the true benefits to a virtual storage environment at the flick of a switch.
“Because our offering is built using a SAN/virtualisation combination, we can reduce the risks faced by businesses every day as the architecture of our environment allows for higher levels of redundancy and a reduction of down-time in the event of hard- or software failure.”
RSAWeb’s solutions are also highly scalable in that the process of installing new servers or allocating additional resources to a particular server is dramatically shortened and simpler to effect.
Furthermore, says Slingsby, it is the efficient utilisation of resources that reduces energy consumption in data centre environments where a 70% reduction in energy consumption can be achieved.
“This could prove to be a key deciding factor with companies facing exorbitant increases in monthly expenses as a result of Eskom’s recent price hike,” says Slingsby. “Further, in today’s climate, it will be the companies that proactively explore avenues in lowering their costs who will make it out on the other side of this phase with both legs firmly on the ground.”