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VPS Cloud Hosting: Server Management Overview

UnitedHosting only sells fully managed solutions. This means that a full server management plan (that other providers charge 60+ per month for) is included with your cloud server at no extra cost. We are also confident you will find the quality of our 24x7 server management and support second to none.

Fully Managed Cloud Server Hosting

Managed Cloud Hosting Overview

Where most providers will hand over your server as a 'default install' we are different! Your managed server will be provisioned by our experts ready to use with all software installed, updated, secured and optimised for your specific needs. From day one your server will perform just as you need it to perform and you can rest assured that it is fully patched and security hardened at all times. Moving forward our team will monitor your cloud server 24x7 ensuring it is always optimised and performing exactly as it should be and in perfect health.

Initial Cloud Server Deployment

We do not expect you to understand all the tasks below, but we felt it important that you see the amount of additional provisioning steps we take with your server before it is handed over.

Initial Operating System and Security Tasks:

CentOS 64bit Server InstallInstall latest CentOS 5 64bit operating system.
CentOS Cloud ServersRemove un-necessary operating system (non hosting related) software packages.
Secure CentOS HostingSecure default operating system groups and remove unnecessary system users.
Cloud Server Management SecurityModify system file/folder permissions to secure system directories and binaries.
cPanel tmp hardeningHarden temporary data paths (e.g. /tmp directory hardening).
Process Resource Monitor, Brute force detection, maldet scannerInstall socket, process, resource system monitors, & brute force detection system.
CSF Managed Server FirewallInstall and configure customised Advanced Policy Firewall (CSF Security firewall).
Close ports not required for hosting servicesClose all ports which are not required by core hosting services.
PCI compliant cloud server hostImplement tweaks and fixes for known PCI failures to ensure PCI compliance.
Remove software versionsTweak & harden common services to minimise information broadcasted publicly.
Smartd disk configurationConfigure Smartd, a hard disk failure early warning alerting system.
CentOS SSH hardeningModify default SSHd server configuration files to address common security issues.
Install mod_security to cPanel serverInstall and configure mod_security to filter common web based attacks.
Install Log Watch Cpanel Cloud ServerInstall 'Log Watch' software to pro-actively monitor access and error log files.
MUNIN and MRTG graphing and reportsInstall and configure MUNIN / MRTG system performance graphing and analysis.
Install System Integrity Monitor SIMInstall custom software to automatically monitor and restart services as required.
Up2date software packages on CentOS ServerInspect installed software packages to ensure they correct current versions.
cPanel up2date automatic updatesSetup automatic update procedure to ensure the operating system is maintained.
Back door inspection serverBackdoor Inspection: inspect and verify server for sanity from known backdoor exploits.

Installing Cloud Server Hosting Environment:

Install Cpanel VPS optimisedInstall latest Cpanel and Web Host Manager (WHM) VPS Cloud optimized versions.
Install cpanel updates and patchesInstall latest hotfixes, as well as bug fixes and in-house patches for Cpanel WHM.
cPanel server configure branded DNSSetup bind DNS and configure your branded Nameservers ready for use.
Linux Apache LAMP EnvironmentCheck, install and update latest LAMP versions (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP).
Zend Optimiser, Nginx, Varnish on cPanel ServerInstall Zend Optimiser and any required web caching (e.g. Nginx and Varnish).
Harden FTP, SSH, Sendmail and other binariesSecurity Harden FTP, SSH, Sendmail, POP3, SMTP, IMAP, and other protocols.
cPanel licensing, Softaculous LicenceInstall any required software licences (e.g. Cpanel Softaculous, r1soft, spamexperts).
Login and configure control panelLogin to web interface and complete any web based configuration steps.
Setup automatic updates for Cpanel WHM softwareSetup automatic updates for Cpanel WHM software (stable branch).
PCI compliant cpanel cloud hostingImplement known inhouse patches and fixes to ensure PCI compliance.
Audit all hosting software and servicesRun through audit checklist to ensure software and services are correctly deployed.

Final Cloud Server Monitoring and Backup Tasks:

24x7 Cloud Server MonitoringConfigure 24x7 service monitoring and alerting systems.
Cloud snapshot backups and templatesConfigure customers chosen backup method and schedule.
Initial backup seed snapshot r1soft onappRun initial backup snapshot and check and confirm integrity of first backup.
SpamExperts Cloud Server Spam Assassin HostingSetup customers chosen spam filtering system (SpamExperts or SpamAssassin).
Audit backups and monitoringRun through final checklist to ensure system health monitoring is active.

Ongoing Cloud Server Management

Server management is a never ending task. Our team will continue to monitor and maintain your cloud server 24x7 so it is always up to date, secure and performing as you need it to be.

24x7 cloud monitoringMonitor service performance 24x7 to ensure your cloud hosting is performing optimally.
PHP and MySQL updatesMaintain LAMP versions per customer requirement (e.g. PHP / MySQL updates).
Tweak Apache, PHP and MySQL configuration for performanceOngoing tweaks to Apache, PHP, MySQL configurations for performance tuning.
CentOS cPanel Security ReleasesStay on top of security releases to ensure your system is always patched and secure.
Linux Cloud Operating System UpdatesRegularly check integrity of CentOS and ensure up2date is current.
cPanel automatic updates stable releaseEnsure cPanel is maintained to latest 'stable' release version.
Regular scheduled server auditRegular system wide audits to verify the server environment integrity.
Server Load Spike managementReview server logs and system reporting to manage and mitigate load spikes.
Cloud backups offsite disaster recoveryRegularly check integrity of server backup snapshots for disaster recovery.
cloud hypervisor failoverMaintain cloud hypervisor nodes so your server can always failover.
Cloud Server Host System ManagementProvide any additional system administration per customer requirements.
24x7 cloud hosting technical supportTrue 24x7x365 inhouse support is available to you for any assistance you require.

Cloud Server Management Summary

We understand you have a choice when it comes to finding a cloud hosting provider. We hope that our website demonstrates that UnitedHosting goes the extra mile to ensure you receive a managed service like no other. Our aim is simple - to provide a fully managed service, ensuring you should never have to worry about your web hosting again. You can concentrate on your business leaving UnitedHosting to concentrate on your cloud server and maintain a 100% uptime record for your website. Allow us to earn your cloud hosting business, contact us today.

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