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Is Storm Internet the host for you?
By Brian Wu
Storm Internet is a web hosting company based in the UK. From its beginnings as a Windows-based hosting provider, the company has grown its team of talented individuals to offer more hosting plans and other services. The company is proud of its customer services. It boasts an 85% customer retention rate and it is rated as one of fastest hosts on fasthosts.net.
Storm Internet provides a wide variety of hosting plans as well as custom services. The company mainly targets its services to small businesses on a variety of budgets.
It offers various shared hosting plans. Both Linux and Windows based systems are available, each of which offer many different features. These include hosting for at least one unique domain as well as unlimited e-mail and FTP accounts. Both sets of plans include support for common scripting languages including PHP, Perl, and Python. Windows plans specifically support ASP.NET and SQL Server as well as expert support in these areas.
Storm Internet also offers managed server hosting for both Windows and Linux. The servers vary mainly by the amount of RAM, disk space, and processor speed. All plans offer an optional hardware RAID along with unlimited bandwidth and at least 2 dedicated IP addresses. Each plan comes with a choice of operating systems including several Linux distributions and Windows versions as well as support for cPanel, WHM, and Plesk.
Finally, the company offers cloud hosting plans. When selecting this plan, the customer can select from a variety of server parameters including disk space, RAM, and number of CPU cores — in addition to operating system. Instead of sharing resources with other cloud hosts on the same server, customers can opt for private cloud hosting. To get private hosting, the customer must contact sales for a quote.
Storm Internet also offers numerous non-hosting products for its customers. These include services for disaster recovery, business continuity, and VPN. For customers interested in ecommerce and other applications needing secure communications, the company also provides domain and organization level SSL with varying warranty amounts and issuance speeds.
Storm Internet's infrastructure is based on servers that use Intel processors. The company's datacenters are located in the UK and are ISO certified. The datacenters that have Tier 4 classification as well as PSN and N3 compliance. They feature high speed data connections as well as redundant power and network connections to help ensure reliability. Storm Internet is also proud of the fact that its datacenters are eco-friendly and use renewable energy sources whenever possible.
Storm Internet provides backup services for its cloud and managed servers separately. The plans vary by the amount of space needed. The company does not just create backups but also considers performance impacts of the storage. It offers customers the flexibility to choose which directories and drives to backup as well as assistance in the recovery process for no additional fees.
Storm Internet offers expert support 24/7 which can be reached by phone, e-mail, or online chat. Its team proactively monitors customer servers and performs server health and performance checks. Customers can also specify a procedure to execute once a particular alert is triggered.
Storm Internet offers at least a 99.8% uptime guarantee for most of its plans. This guarantee is supplied via its team of system administrators along with datacenters featuring redundant data communications and power supplies.
Most of the company's plans bill the customer on a monthly basis with discounts available for paying at least 3 months up-front. Since pricing is not listed for some plans, the customer will have to contact sales for additional details. Customers can make payments multiple ways including PayPal and most major credit cards. Note that credit cards may incur additional fees.
Storm Internet offers a wide variety of web hosting and other services, featuring high-quality datacenters and a support team dedicated to helping customers. Small to medium sized business needing high-quality hosting may find Storm Internet to be great choice.
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