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Our Servers

Professional website management starts with the server. If the foundations are not secure and stable then a reliable service cannot be provided. We have been operating our own servers for nearly fifteen years, and find this is the most reliable way to host our clients' sites. Although we are happy to work with alternative providers, our preference is to make use of our servers, since we have tailored the setup and know it inside out. Working with other hosting providers only serves to increase the admin overhead for us, and can introduce unknowns that affect reliability.

We currently host our servers with Linode, who we find provide an excellent, reliable and highly flexible platform. Our preference for operating system is CentOS. CentOS is an enterprise-grade Linux operating system, based on RedHat Enterprise Linux, with stability and security as its core tenets. Our main servers keep very carefully to the philosophy of CentOS, and do not run any packages which are not maintained by their long-term, and highly stable setup.

This can mean that the software, although always fully updated for security, can lack recently developed features, or not support the necessary software at all. This can make running some software impossible on a CentOS server that is operated in this way. For this reason, we also run servers that make use of a slightly more relaxed philosophy, enough to enable the latest versions of software packages, and alternative packages, to be installed.

One particularly poignant example of this is Magento. Magento cannot operate on the former setup, and was the primary reason for us deciding to provide our hosting environment in this way. We call the former setup "Strict", and the latter "Latest Stable".


Tinúviel

Tinúviel is hosted in London and provides our core services. She uses a strict policy and is highly stable. All email operates out of here.

  • Location: London, UK
  • OS: CentOS 7.3
  • Package Management: Strict
  • Repositories: Base, Extras, Updates, EPEL
  • Services:
    • Apache
      • HTTP
      • HTTPS
      • PHP 5.4.16*
    • MariaDB
    • Postfix
      • SMTP (for local delivery)
      • SMTPS (for local delivery)
      • Authenticated SMTPS Relay
    • Dovecot
      • IMAP with TLS
      • POP3 with TLS
    • WebMail
      • SquirrelMail (HTTPS)
      • Roundcube (HTTPS)
    • phpMyAdmin (HTTPS)
    • SSH
    • SFTP
    • Let's Encrypt

* This version of PHP has the functions of php 5.4.16, but is fully security patched. This is how CentOS operates to offer maximum stability, as with RedHat Enterprise Linux which is its upstream provider. Versions of software packages only change with the major releases of the OS.


Melian

Melian provides caching for websites that operate from Tinúviel. This increases the speed of sites which are set up on this facility by serving the pages directly from memory instead of having to generate them each time on Tinúviel.

  • Location: London, UK
  • OS: CentOS 7.3
  • Package Management: Strict
  • Repositories: Base, Extras, Updates, EPEL
  • Services:
    • Varnish Cache
    • NGINX (HTTPS termination)
    • Postfix (outgoing mail only)
    • SSH

Bungo

Bungo takes a slightly more relaxed approach to the software that is available, in order to support the latest version needed by the likes of Magento. Bungo is currently on hiatus.

  • Location: Not currently hosted
  • OS: CentOS 7.3
  • Package Management: Latest Stable
  • Repositories: Base, Extras, Updates, EPEL, IUS
  • Services:
    • Apache
      • HTTP
      • HTTPS
      • PHP 7.0
    • MySQL
    • Postfix (outgoing mail only)
    • phpMyAdmin (HTTPS)
    • SSH
    • SFTP
    • Let's Encrypt

Fastred

Fastred is our first venture in to housing a server in the US. His current job is to act as a base for cloning new servers from, and to provide some ancillary services where necessary, such as checking the uptime of other servers.

  • Location: Dallas, Texas
  • OS: CentOS 7.3
  • Package Management: Strict
  • Repositories: Base, Extras, Updates, EPEL
  • Services: None (internal only)

Further Information

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  • More information about Sharp Hosting can be found on About Sharp Hosting.
  • Details of our services can be found starting on the Homepage.
  • Details of our clients can be found on Our Clients.