Our servers are stored at two separate locations for security and redundancy. Each has a dedicated 10Mb link to the Internet with a 100Mb burst rate capacity.
The servers are located at a 'Tier 1' facility, the highest level location of access on the Internet. The switch is the junction of the European Tier 1 network and is joined by two transatlantic links to a Tier 1 network in the States. In short there are a few comparable locations for hosting a server in the UK.
Physical Security: All servers are located in a secure building with both physical and electronic security including securely sectioned areas. All Network Operations Centres are protected by secure key card entry control, CCTV monitoring and recording and a NACOSS approved intruder detection system.
The core routers are protected by intelligent redundant border firewalls providing constant monitoring of network packets. The firewalls provide complete control over TCP/IP information entering or leaving the network.
Resilience Through Redundancy
The server has a number of fail safe mechanisms, including:
RAID 5/10 Hard drives:
- If one hard drive fails the others seamlessly continues operating, the drives are also striped for database performance.
Redundant power supplies:
- If one supply fails the other continues to supply electricity.
Redundant Network cards (NIC):
- If the network card fails another on board continues to provide connectivity.
UPS and Power Generator
The servers have a UPS and generator protection providing 20 minutes of UPS with auxiliary diesel backup power generation.
The computer itself is a dual Pentium Xeon 2.4Ghz NT server, with 36Gb Fast and Wide SCSI RAID 5.
The computer is supported remotely by VSI-thinking and has an onsite support contract from the network provider and the hardware supplier. Our technical expertise in server administration ensures a level of performance and security above that of a managed solution. We perform regular OS updates, application patches, firewall updates, virus file scanning and updates and monthly disk defragmentation.