13 October 2008 23:06pm
I am revamping my current ecommerce website. The site's quite large - maybe a couple of thousand products should be on the new site - and it's critical that any hosting is PCI DSS compliant.
Problem is, I know very little about how to go about choosing a hosting company. I would want it UK based, and managed with backups etc as standard, but I have no idea about bandwidth etc. Linux or Windows are both compatible with the ecommerce platform I'm going to be using.
I understand that for sites like mine, where the platform will be running off of the server, a dedicated server will be needed? I realise this drives the cost up, and am happy to pay a medium level price.
I'm not necessarily asking for specific reccommendations or a sales pitch from hosting companies. What I would like is some pointers on what I would have to look for, so that I don't get caught out.
I'd appreciate any thoughts!
Technical Project Manager (MBA, MBCS, CITP, CEng) at Naxtech.com
14 October 2008 09:51am
simple pointers are quite tricky as many of the choices depends on the structure and platform that your site is currently running on. Not everything works on every type of server. I'd probably have to talk to you directly to be able to even guess the type of hosting you need.
Chief Executive at Netalogue plc
14 October 2008 22:09pm
If you contact Andrew Robathan at Netalogue I am sure he will be able to advise you on PCI your ecommerce hosting query.
Director at Pink Digital Ltd
15 October 2008 08:29am
try rackspace or donhost for hosting.
As for PCI, I doubt whether you would ever be able to meet the requirements hosting your own server and you would be better to outsource this to a payment gateway like Protx or SecPay for complete security.
15 October 2008 10:32am
without knowing the exact platform you are using at the moment I could certianly help with managed hosting which adheres to certifications like SAS 70 Type II, PCI DSS, and Safe Harbor. Is this something you'd be interested in?
Marketing Manager at NetBenefit
15 October 2008 15:56pm
Understand that you don't want to be inundated with managed hosting provider sales pitches but NetBenefit hosts a number of ecommerce websites from high street retailers to music download sites. We will be exhibiting at ecommerce expo 28-29 October at Olympia. You might find the event of interest. In the meantime, I would suggest you think about bandwidth requirements, security, back up and restore services, how your website will scale as it grows and whether you want to use a Content Delivery Network to scale to meet any seasonal demand your website is subject to. Are you going to use technology partners for guided navigation or Zoom functionality? Will you need additional servers for this technology or perhaps user acceptance testing? Consider a managed hosting provider that can offer dual site hosting for increased resilience/business continuity.
NetBenefit is PCI compliant and works as a technology partner in conjunction with our retail customers, design agencies and technology providers such as Endeca and Akamai.
If you would like to talk to one of our consultants to discuss your options - and not receive a sales pitch, please do let me know!
NetBenefit marketing managerhttp://www.netbenefit.com/netbenefit/Managed+Hosting/managed+hosting+solutions/Ecommerce+solutions
Consultant at TBJ
21 October 2008 13:15pm
Happy to offer advice on your hosting needs certainly in the enterprise ecommerce area - some good case studies can be seen at: http://www.hostway.co.uk/enterprise/managed_hosting/client_case_studies.asp
If I can be of assistance please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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