Web Hosting and Email Service companies are part
of the highly competitive Hosting industry. Finding low cost, high
reliability solutions for data storage is key for service providers who
store other companiesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ data.
ABHost, a business web hosting company based in Bellingham, WA has
found just the right low cost and scalable storage solution they had
been searching for. ABHost turned to Coraid Inc., maker of EtherDrive
Storage Blades back in October as their means of storage expansion.
Bert Bennett, Business Manager for ABHost says, “EtherDrive storage
blades have been a simple, efficient and solid performing way for
ABHost to expand its storage needs. I have found no comparable
alternatives to EtherDrive – not with its ability to scale, and certainly
not in cost. Besides EtherDriveÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s scalability, the product provides an
elegant solution to allowing independent servers to share data
ABHost utilizes a dual Apache server scheme, serving thousands of
customer domains. One server on-line with a hot standby server
connected via a heartbeat. If the on-line server goes down the standby
server simply mounts the EtherDrive storage and the web hosting is
maintained without a service outage. This configuration works well with
EtherDrive Storage Blades as they are extremely flexible and can match
any scheme. As far as data protection is concerned, ABHost uses a Linux
RAID 5 configuration. “We are extremely pleased with how EtherDrive has
performed in RAID 5, it provides us with peace of mind in knowing that
our customerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s data is available and protected,” said Bennett.
ABHost provides hosting services to businesses that include web hosting
and e-commerce solutions. ABHost serves over 13,000 domains worldwide
and is continuing to grow. Future expansion of ABHostÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s storage pool
will be done utilizing EtherDrive Storage Blades. ABHost started using
EtherDrive because of the low cost. They continue using EtherDrive
Storage Blades because of the simplicity, efficiency and performance.