To celebrate our continued recognition as a Kentico Hosting Partner, we wanted to give you an insight into how we do web hosting here at NetConstruct.

Our clients often ask us how and where they should host their website and to be honest, there’s more than one correct answer. With so many factors to consider – performance, location, security and cost to name a few – it’s essential to spend a meaningful amount of time discussing the options.

One of the most common situations we find ourselves in is the on-going debate – in-house vs. public cloud vs. private cloud. Providers like Microsoft Azure and Amazon S3 have grown exponentially in the past 5 years, hitting the desirable spot between cost and performance. Sure, they’re affordable for a self-hosting business, but are they really the best option? When you take the time to list out everything that you really need such as backups, security policies and 24-hour support, we’re not fully convinced.

We’re 13 years into our partnership with one of the largest International hosting providers – Rackspace – and we’re constantly looking for ways to improve and build on our offering.  We like to say that we’ve managed to formalise the many variations into 6 key packages (the reality is, we can always change those to match the requirements) ranging from a simple, multi-tenant platform through to a dedicated, fully load balanced web farm with MSSQL cluster, DDoS mitigation and global CDN - as well as everything in between. Through our continued investment into the 200+ websites we host on behalf of our clients, we’re able to offer huge economies of scale to really compete with the public cloud and in-house solutions, as well as provide what we think is an all-round better service.

We’ve been doing this for so long that our focus now is recommending the best package, not the most expensive. When deciding a package, it’s important not just to consider hardware costs, but also to think about licensing. Most enterprise-level content management systems come equipped with a license cost per server, so straight away we’ll want to know about traffic levels and customer behaviour to make sure you’re not wasting money on equipment you don’t really need.

So where do you go from here? We’re not saying no to an in-house solution, or to avoid the public cloud at all costs, we’re simply saying let our experts help you make that decision.