Reseller Hosting Explained

Written by Ashish Jain

Reseller Defined:

The term Reseller according torepparttar dictionary means to sell again i.e. to sell a product or service torepparttar 134339 public or to an end user, especially as an authorized dealer, while making sure that you make a profit onrepparttar 134340 sale.

Reseller Hosting

Reseller hosting is no different either, a reseller buys a Web hosting package from a hosting company and tries to sell it independently. The profit forrepparttar 134341 reseller lies in eitherrepparttar 134342 discount or inrepparttar 134343 commission s/he gets from selling an account.

For example: The reseller might purchase a package whose features are valued at $100 for $90. So,repparttar 134344 reseller stands to make a $10 profit on sellingrepparttar 134345 package to customers. Normally asrepparttar 134346 customers increase, so doesrepparttar 134347 profit margin forrepparttar 134348 reseller.

Or, you can get some money by earning commissions from a hosting company. This happens when you refer potential customers torepparttar 134349 hosting company. Ifrepparttar 134350 customer signs up withrepparttar 134351 company then you earn a small recurring commission untilrepparttar 134352 customer usesrepparttar 134353 services. Most web hosting companies try to outsource their services to resellers as it helps them to extend their business reach withoutrepparttar 134354 cost of marketing and sales and also helps them to concentrate onrepparttar 134355 business side of things.

What can be resold

As a reseller you can decide what kinds of services you can sell. You can provide shared, dedicated or co-location web hosting or merchant accounts, store fronts etc.

If you go with hosting then it might be useful to offer some other hosting related services like domain names, search engines etc.

Of course, if you have problems selling these value added services inrepparttar 134356 beginning then you can sell them later.

The cost and resources involved

The cost of becoming a reseller andrepparttar 134357 equipment and people required in order to be successful depends on many factors.

If you just plan to earn commission by referring people torepparttar 134358 hosting company by usingrepparttar 134359 Internet, then you do not have to put up a lot of money, all you need is an Internet ready PC and an Internet connection.

For a small start-up not a lot of money and resources are required. You can purchase a good reseller package from a hosting company by paying them some money upfront. All that is needed is a decent computer that can managerepparttar 134360 accounts of customers and a good Internet connection.

It is advisable to start small if you are very new torepparttar 134361 concept of web hosting and reselling. Then you can expand as you go on and start getting more and more customers in which case offering domain registration is also a very good way to make profits.

Clustering Solutions and Zero Downtime Hosting Pitfalls

Written by Godfrey Heron

Title: Clustering Solutions and Zero Downtime Hosting Pitfalls Author: Godfrey Heron Email: Word Count:1452 Copyright: © 2005 by Godfrey Heron Article

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Clustering Solutions and Zero Downtime Hosting Pitfalls

There are a number of benchmarks, which we may use to evaluate hosting companies. One of these is, reliability.

Like most things in this life, reliability in web hosting is typically a function of how much we are willing to spend for it. In essence, a “cost-effectiveness” equation needs to be determined and solved.

Reliability can be measured in terms of percentage availability. Industry personnel will talk of reliability in terms of system availability with three (99.9%), four (99.99%) or five nines.(99.999%).

Typically, web-hosting availability exceeding three nines wasrepparttar 134339 purvue of extremely large companies with multiple layers of redundancy built into their network and software systems. However technology has now brought high-availability theory and cost-effective reality into alignment.

High availability can be achieved by removing, as far as possible, any “single point/s of failure”, or, where this is not altogether possible, minimizingrepparttar 134340 time spent in a “failure” situation.

One ofrepparttar 134341 ways in which small businesses and ISP’s can reasonably avoid single point of failures is by employing server farm clustering and load-balancing solutions.

Webopedia defines server farm clustering as follows:

“A server farm is a group of networked servers that are housed in one location. A server farm streamlines internal processes by distributingrepparttar 134342 workload betweenrepparttar 134343 individual components ofrepparttar 134344 farm and expedites computing processes by harnessingrepparttar 134345 power of multiple servers.

The farms rely on load-balancing software that accomplishes such tasks as tracking demand for processing power from different machines, prioritizingrepparttar 134346 tasks and scheduling and rescheduling them depending on priority and demand that users put on repparttar 134347 network. When one server inrepparttar 134348 farm fails, another can step in as a backup.”

It is important to note, that typically, web servers, which are load-balanced in such a manner, display one external IP address torepparttar 134349 public Internet, while using internal network IP’s to communicate between repparttar 134350 clustered servers and load balancer. Now this is indeed fantastic! Not only do you receive web site peak demand scalability with web server clusters, but you also haverepparttar 134351 built-in “high uptime availability” component which is so important.

However this is only half ofrepparttar 134352 picture. There are very important cautionary notes to keep in mind.

Where web hosting is concerned, availability depends on two things:

1.Hardware reliability (RAID drives, server clustering etc) withinrepparttar 134353 Data Center;

2.High Bandwidth Internet Connectivity torepparttar 134354 Data Center / Network Operating Center (NOC).

Now, with all your well thought out server clustering solutions, what would berepparttar 134355 result, if, (as had recently occurred in a very high profile web company), a fire inrepparttar 134356 Network vicinity had causedrepparttar 134357 entire Data Center to shut down power for hours. Or, a bandwidth provider torepparttar 134358 NOC had router problems. All your websites would be showingrepparttar 134359 dreaded “Page Cannot be Displayed” page.

The ideal solution therefore would be to employ clustering solutions with servers in entirely different Data Centers with different bandwidth providers. Redundant Data Centers eliminaterepparttar 134360 NOC itself being a single point of failure. This scenario becomes interesting at this point, because repparttar 134361 difficulty of addressingrepparttar 134362 potential problems now increase exponentially.

We now have to deal with DNS caching,repparttar 134363 concept of failover, and how static and dynamic web applications respond to failure events.

Failover and Load balancing are frequently used interchangeably, however they are in fact quite different.

·Load Balancing refers to physically sharing servers capacity, so that one server is not overloaded and swamped with requests.

·Failover however, isrepparttar 134364 process that manually or automatically switches a failed server or bandwidth provider to a standby server or network ifrepparttar 134365 primary system fails or is temporarily shut down for servicing.

As such, failover software is an important function of mission-critical systems that rely on constant accessibility.

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