The Ins And Outs Of Web Hosting, Dedicated Services

Many companies that find that their business is growing significantly will choose to invest in a web hosting dedicated service. This is because, as a business grows, its existing webspace allocated by its hosting provider is likely to prove inadequate for meeting the increased flow of traffic to its website. If this sounds familiar then you should certainly read on.

What is a Web Hosting Dedicated service?

In Web hosting, dedicated service is something which many people think is a complicated concept, but it really couldn’t be simpler. It refers to the event in which a service provider will provide an entire server for exclusive use by only one client. This exclusive use of a server can be extremely beneficial for a company, especially as they are given total control over the server. Additionally, a company will be able to decide which operating system is used and will be given full administration rights of the server.

The Benefits of Web Hosting, Dedicated Services

Web hosting dedicated services have a number of benefits which make them attractive to business owners. One big advantage is that users of these services are likely to experience a much more reliable service from their server due to the fact that the server is maintained in a climate controlled data centre by support staff.

Providers of dedicated web hosting services will usually provide clients with round the clock technical support in order to ensure that the server runs smoothly on a 24/7 basis. Providers will also incorporate additional important features such as firewalls, security and updates into the package purchased by a company. These features should be discussed between the client and provider and negotiated suitably before any contract is created and signed by either party.

Perhaps the biggest benefit presented by web hosting dedicated services is that they enable high data bandwidth without becoming congested. This is ideal for growing businesses that are forming particularly large client bases and have an increasingly large amount of traffic regularly visiting their websites. If a website takes too long to load, a potential customer will go elsewhere. This is no secret, and businesses must act now to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Overall, web hosting dedicated services are so beneficial to companies due to their reliability and their ability to manage high amounts of website traffic. They are able to be so reliable due to the fact that the server is managed by a team of support staff on an almost constant basis, this allowing for smooth running around the clock.

Dedicated web hosting services are becoming increasingly popular amongst businesses in the UK and abroad and this is certainly a result of the incredible benefits they provide to companies. There are many web hosting dedicated providers and by using the Internet to search for a suitable service, you should be able to do so quickly and effectively. Many companies are concerned about how much it will cost them to invest in this impressive technology, but fortunately prices are constantly coming down, enabling the majority of businesses to be able to afford them.            

Netcetera shows their hand at ICE e-Gaming Show 2011

Netcetera, one of Europe’s leading managed hosting and datacentre providers, announced that they are attending the International Casino Exhibition for e-Gaming in Earls Court, London, from 25th to 27th January 2011, where they will be part of the Isle of Man delegation on stand No. 5530.

“The Isle of Man actively encourages e-gaming and offers a world-class telecommunications infrastructure, low-tax incentives as well as a superb business environment.” said Tim Cass of Netcetera. “It’s our third year at ICE, and as it’s the largest event on the e-gaming calendar it will be an excellent networking opportunity.”

Netcetera’s Isle of Man Datacentre, The Dataport, offers the e-gaming industry the most-advanced and cost-effective facilities for housing IT infrastructure available anywhere offshore including the following products and services:

  • Over 16,000 sq foot of Datacentre Space available offering server co-location from single shelf to custom suites, purpose designed expandable space tailored to individuals needs
  • Fully resilient N+1 services including power, air-conditioning and network
  • 24/7 experienced support
  • Low-latency communications circuits – only 10ms from peers at the major European exchange point and Tier 1 transit providers
  • DDOS mitigation
  • Cloud Hosting
  • Complimentary range of Managed Services

In addition Netcetera offers:

  • Experience in e-Gaming industry hosting services
  • Consultancy in design and implementation of secure infrastructures
  • Dedicated account managers & e-Gaming-savvy executives
  • ISO9001 and ISO27001 accreditation
  • Isle of Man Government Approved Disaster Recovery Provider

If you would like to arrange a meeting in advance or to receive complimentary tickets, please contact us.

We look forward to seeing you there!

About Netcetera:
Formed in 1996, Netcetera is the largest web host on the Isle of Man and one of Europe’s leading managed hosting and data centre providers. Netcetera provides co-location, dedicated servers and managed infrastructure services to businesses in over 60 countries worldwide. A 16,000 square foot ISO27001 certified facility located in the Isle of Man, enables Netcetera to offer any business enterprise level co-location and hosted solutions. From single server co-location and Disaster Recovery to fully customised dedicated servers, Netcetera can provide companies with the IT systems they need. Companies are able to focus on their core business instead of managing servers, networks and firewalls often at significant cost savings. Reliable, cost effective services are delivered with leading technologies, superior quality bandwidth and expert IT personnel along with well defined processes to ISO9001 standard. For more information please visit

Netcetera Voted Most Popular Web Host for December 2010

We are delighted to announce that Netcetera website hosting has been nominated in the Top 25 Most Popular Web Hosting awards held by Web Host Directory UK. The award, which is based on the number of votes a company receives and the amount of times their profile has been viewed each month, has been won by Netcetera for three consecutive months now.

Here at Netcetera we strive to give our customers the best value for money, which is why we are always launching innovative products, unbeatable offers and investing in the latest technology for our customers. We are very pleased to see that customers are responding positively to our efforts.

Web Host Directory, established in 1997, is a brand of Serchen Interactive and a market leader in the hosting industry providing free resources and information for customers researching web hosts online.

To vote for Netcetera this month please visit the Web Host Directory UK awards here.

Introduction To Managed Web Hosting

Managed web hosting is a certain type of hosting that entails being given an entire server. It shares much in common with a dedicated server, with the difference being that maintenance service and technical support are also included. Managed hosting involves your server being maintained by your host, saving you the expense and hassle of doing so yourself. This means that the provider can carry out all administrative and maintenance duties. All of these advantages make managed web hosting a perfect choice for those who want good quality, reliable hosting that affords them some freedom, while also not having to deal with the complicated technical issues of managing a server that requires experience and ability.

Managed hosting is ideal for individuals who lack the technical knowhow to manage their own server, or for organisations that lack the time or capital to invest in server administration. Unmanaged servers are sometimes a better choice for those individuals and companies that have a high level of expertise in server maintenance and administration, as well as sufficient hours and resources to maintain them, but even these people often prefer to leave it to the experts.

Managed web hosting is more expensive than a dedicated server because of the additional support that comes with it. On the other hand, it also provides greater reassurance. It is for this reason that many people choose managed hosting services when they are just starting out, before moving on to dedicated servers once they have gained some technical expertise and their company has grown to the extent that it makes sense for its website to have a server of its own. This may also allow you to save money.

Finding the right websites offering managed web hosting

If you are looking for a site that offers managed web hosting, you will have several key priorities. You will want to find a competitively priced managed hosting package that allows you to host the number of websites that you would like to have hosted, whether you have one website or more than five – indeed, the best such firms will be able to host an unlimited number of websites on one package. The best such companies will also offer plenty of web space on which to host your site. The best companies offering managed web hosting should also offer a large amount of bandwidth and numbers of emails.

The best company will have a strong reputation as a result of having spent years providing customers across the world with dedicated servers, managed infrastructure services. Such a company will use “best of breed” technologies, offering superior quality bandwidth and expert IT personnel along with well-defined processes to deliver reliable, cost-effective services.

The managed web hosting company that you choose should be able to provide the best possible services for your money, delivering solutions that meet the needs of your business regardless of its present size. It should offer everything from single server co-location to fully customized dedicated servers, provide companies with all of the IT solutions that they require to concentrate on their core business instead of managing servers, networks and firewalls, often saving significant amounts of money.

Everything You Need To Know About Managed Web Hosting

Web hosting is a service that allows users of the web users to display web pages on the internet. It offers the technologies and services that websites need to be shown on the web. Choosing the right type of web hosting for your website can be a confusing process. You will have to decide between free and paid hosting as well as between shared or dedicated hosting. Other hosting solutions are available, including virtual private servers (VPS) or cloud hosting. It can leave you overwhelmed to have to choose between these options.

Managed web hosting may make most sense if you expect your website to be popular but you do not yet have the staff or knowledge to deal with the administration and maintenance of your server.

What is managed web hosting?

Managed web hosting involves the web host taking care of the server’s operation so that you don’t have to do so. The term ‘managed web hosting’ used to be specifically applied to dedicated hosting. Although this remains a high prevalent use of managed hosting, managed services can also be applied to other hosting solutions such as cloud hosting, co-location or VPS.

Managed hosting can make a great deal of sense if you lack the knowledge to set up a server space of your own or in order to allow you to concentrate on your core business. A managed hosting solution is also a good solution if you don’t have the time to manage your server.

Reasons to choose managed web hosting

Managed web hosting tends to be used for two basic reasons. Individuals and businesses use it to reduce the amount of IT work that it needs to perform on the server to keep it maintained.

If your website is especially popular, you may require a more robust solution for web hosting. The business owner or staff are likely to prefer to focus on their business rather than the hosting solution, and simply do not have enough knowledge to properly administer the server space. They will appreciate being able to rely on managed hosting that ensures that everything is properly set up.

There may not be sufficient time to administer the server as needed even if the resources are available, as a business owner may prefer to dedicate such resources to other tasks. In situations where there is not enough time to devote to the server, managed web hosting can therefore be greatly convenient.

Finding the best company offering managed web hosting

If you are looking for a company that offers managed hosting, you will have several key priorities. You are advised to check what the web hosting services include as part of the basic cost. Some companies provide particular services as part of the basic cost, while others are available as an optional extra and only paid for whenever you need them. They may incorporate such services as trouble shooting, server monitoring, on call maintenance, hardware upgrading, software upgrading, software installation, backup services, security auditing and control panel set-up. You will also appreciate being able to find a company that has a strong reputation, with a long list of satisfied clients.

We’ve got a computer room with all our servers in it. Why should we use a datacentre?


A Data Centre is a facility that is exclusively dedicated to looking after computers and in turn, the data and programs that are stored on them, such as websites, emails, financial transactions or customer relationship management (CRM) applications. The computers that are usually used in a Data Centre are a specialised type of PC used by businesses called servers.


Because servers have become such an integral part of most types of business activity, it has become critical to protect them in a secure and well-maintained environment. Any company that has experienced website downtime or has been unable to send or receive e-mails for a few hours, will know how costly it is to their business, both in lost revenue and reduced productivity.

Some businesses still keep their servers in the basement of their building or tucked away in a corner of the post room. This is the equivalent of a bank keeping its cash in an unlocked shed in the car park.

Data Centres not only look after servers with special security measures such as CCTV and 24 hour security guards but also make sure they are kept in the best possible environment by ensuring they are kept at constant humidity / temperature levels and supplied with an uninterruptable power supply, so that even if there’s a mains power failure, your servers – and your business – keep on running.


In assessing whether using a Data Centre makes economic sense, you may want to ask the following questions:

  • How much would we save if we consolidated all our servers in one location?
  • How much does the space used for servers cost us?
  • How much will it cost us if we need to expand our current IT infrastructure in the future?
  • What would be the cost to the company if we lost our servers to a power-cut / theft / fire / flood?

The answer to any one of these questions may in itself provide the financial case for using a Data Centre. In addition, there is usually a compelling risk management case as well. Our Data Centre has been designed with security and redundancy of essential services in mind, which means that even if there’s a mains power-cut or a major problem with connectivity from an Internet Service Provider, we have backup systems in place to make sure your servers and IT systems remain online.


To speak to one of our Hosting Specialists about what our services can do for you, or to arrange a Data Centre Tour of the Netcetera Datacentre in Ballasalla (virtual or in-person) or for any other queries, please fill out our Enquiry Form, Request a Brochure or call 0800 061 2801


Netcetera is Netcraft’s 2nd most reliable Web Host for September 2010

Netcetera have once again been listed in the Top 10 of most reliable web hosts worldwide.

We have recently bolstered the reliability and performance of our network and service functions by investing in a comprehensive infrastructure upgrade. The investments were driven by significantly increased adoption of the company’s business hosting accounts, often used by UK developers and resellers for ecommerce, transactional and programming functionality for businesses.

Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of fifty leading hosting providers’ sites. The performance measurements are made at fifteen minute intervals from separate points around the Internet, and averages are calculated over the immediately preceding month. Netcetera ranked 2nd in the world according to real-time data displayed at:

Want to improve the reliability of your hosting?

To speak to one of our Hosting Specialists about what our services can do for you please fill out our Enquiry Form, call 0800 061 2801, Request A Call BackChat Online or Request a Brochure.

What is Colocation?

In general, colocation is moving or placing things together. In technology, colocation is the renting of physical space in a service provider’s data centre premises.

Data centre colocation allows an organisation to save money by housing and running parts of its IT infrastructure off-site instead of building and managing an in house data centre. For example, a business might colocate its corporate servers; colocation, as opposed to managed hosting or dedicated hosting, describes an arrangement where the hardware and software remain owned and managed by the business but is housed in a service provider’s datacentre to reduce overhead costs incurred by things like cooling, power, physical security, insurance and connectivity . Colocation providers also provide technical monitoring and physical support which is called “remote hands and eyes” which saves the organisation having to attend site for routine or emergency tasks.

Colocation can also be spelled “colocation”, “collocation” or “co-location” and abbreviated as “colo”.

Netcetera has been selected as one of the Top 25 Most Popular companies at Dedicated Server Directory for August 2010

Netcetera has once again been selected as one of the Top 25 Most Popular companies at Dedicated Server Directory UK for August 2010!

This is a great testament to the quality and cost-effectiveness of our range of  Windows VPS servers and our range of Managed Dedicated Servers.

Need to improve the performance of your web hosting?

To speak to one of our Hosting Specialists about what our services can do for you, or for any other queries, please fill out our Enquiry Form, call 0800 061 2801, Request A Call BackChat Online or Request a Brochure