Afrihost Dedicate Themselves to Cloud Hosting
Thursday, 09 May, 2013 at 11:00 - Product News
Advocates of traditional dedicated and rack hosting in South Africa have claimed that Cloud Hosting cannot deliver the same level of performance. Unfortunately, the rest of world disagrees and we intend to fight the stigma by beefing up our Cloud Hosting services, as international hosting trends move towards more advanced Cloud Solutions.
In simple terms, conventional dedicated hosting may have fixed access to resources, but cloud infrastructure makes additional resources instantly available to dedicated hosting clients. Cloud products are far more flexible and scalable, with minimal downtime (if any) during upgrades or changes. As more infrastructure is added (cloud blades), the total processing power is increased, for the potential benefit of all hosted servers.
Our Cloud infrastructure also makes dynamic use of three storage options: Solid State (SSD), Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA). The Cloud controller dynamically manages file storage on servers according to the amount of requests to ensure that popular content is more quickly and easily accessible.
Cloud hosting also has better backup features and vastly improved redundancy over its conventional dedicated predecessor. New cloud servers can be deployed in less than an hour, while physical servers can take up to 48 hours to be configured and physically connected to data centre infrastructure.
Using the cloud's blade infrastructure, hardware failures can immediately be mitigated by failing over to other blades (which are also easily replaced) - while physical server failure requires the physical replacement and possible reconfiguration of components, resulting in unnecessary downtime.
In line with our future vision for hosting, we will be offering a more expansive range of Dedicated Cloud solutions, as well as revising our current offerings to cater for a wider range of options from personal to corporate requirements. Our brand new Enterprise-Grade Cloud products offer superior technical specs to current physical dedicated packages - at a fraction of the cost.
We will also be sweetening the deal by slashing excess web traffic and disk space charges on Cloud Hosting packages. Additional Web Traffic usage will now cost only R3.50 per GB*, reduced by 50% from the current rate of R7 per GB while Excess Disk space will be cut by 64% from R2.50 per GB to 90 cents per GB, bringing our rates well within international standards.
As an additional benefit to existing Cloud Hosting clients, current Gold and Platinum Cloud clients will be upgraded to Enterprise Cloud Bronze and Gold respectively to enjoy more resources and better performance, while still saving R100 per month! We will also be dropping their Management fee for both regular and enterprise cloud hosting from R1,000pm to R500pm.
*(for new and existing clients who are hosted at MTN data centres)
Click here for more information and technical overviews of our Cloud products.
Afrihost Makes Sharing Easy!
Tuesday, 07 May, 2013 at 10:37 - Product News
Who says that sharing has to mean getting less? We believe that it's much easier to share web hosting when there's plenty of resources for everyone. With that in mind, we've Introduced Unlimited Web Traffic on Shared Hosting!
As of 1st May, we have completely removed excess bandwidth charges on all our Shared Hosting products. This means that clients will no longer be charged a per GB fee when their bandwidth usage exceeds the package limit, effectively removing all web traffic limits on Shared Hosting products. For existing clients, all excess usage after the 1st May will be zero-rated.
We are extremely confident that this will make our Shared Hosting offering an extremely attractive option to SA Web Hosting clients, while saving many of our existing clients a little extra on their monthly fees. After all, sharing is caring.
Afrihost Turns Two into One
Friday, 03 May, 2013 at 11:00 - Press Releases
Why complicate DSL by managing two separate products? We've made it simple by combining super fast Capped DSL with DSL line rental for our new Capped DSL Bundles. It's the very best of the internet at a sublimely affordable price.
We will be offering our clients who have their Telkom DSL lines managed by us the opportunity to bundle selected Capped DSL products into one awesome packages, saving up to 51% on their current DSL monthly fees. We will be offering bundles only on selected Capped DSL products initially. Existing clients wishing to take advantage of the offer can convert their Capped DSL products in ClientZone to the bundles offered, while new clients can sign up directly on our website and elect to move their DSL lines to Afrihost to take advantage of the offer.
|Package||Line Only||Data Only||Bundle||Saving|
|1Mbps + 50GB||R149pm||R399pm||R297pm||R251pm (46%)|
|2Mbps + 75GB||R279pm||R595pm||R497pm||R377pm (43%)|
|4/10Mbps + 100GB||R399pm||R790pm||R697pm||R492pm (41%)|
|20Mbps + 300GB||R499pm||R2375pm||R1497pm||R1377pm (48%)|
|40Mbps + 400GB||R749pm||R3165pm||R1997pm||R1908pm (49%)|
Afrihost Stamps their Authority on VDSL!
Thursday, 25 April, 2013 at 11:30 - Press Releases
They say the best things in life are worth waiting for. Many eyes within the broadband community have been eagerly watching us to see how we would price ourselves in the VDSL market. With many of our competitors benchmarking their pricing around Telkom's initial offering, we are about to blindside our competition with the most competitive VDSL offers available.
Our prices are up to 56% lower than our closest rivals, with savings on some products ranging between R1500 and R2700 over other major competitors.
We will be offering a full suite of VDSL products, including Line Rental, Uncapped Bandwidth and Bundles, which will be available at Consumer and Business levels. Our Capped DSL is already VDSL capable.
Uncapped VDSL accounts will follow similar business and shaping policies to their ADSL counterparts, with Uncapped VDSL products being semi-shaped (according to available capacity), while Business VDSL Packages will be guaranteed unshaped during office hours. Turbocharge sessions will also be available to Consumer Uncapped VDSL accounts.
Our VDSL products will be available for sign up on our website by the end of next week.
Uncapped VDSL Packages
|Package||Line Rental||Data Only||Uncapped Bundle|
Business VDSL Packages
|Package||Line Rental||Data Only||Uncapped Bundle|
Afrihost Doubles Down!
Monday, 15 April, 2013 at 15:29 - Product News
We have long been known as a market leader when it comes to bandwidth pricing. From introducing ADSL data at R29 per GB back in 2009, to our recent aggressive bundle pricing on Consumer and Business Uncapped Bundles - all eyes are on us, and with good reason!
Despite offering the cheapest monthly ADSL product on the market at R0.00 for 1GB, we will now be giving our paid Capped DSL clients DOUBLE the amount of bandwidth for the same amount of money, effectively slashing our prices by 50%! We will be adding 100% more data to ALL our paid Capped DSL clients' accounts. So a client who currently pays for R29 for 2GB, for example, will get a second 2GB added onto their account each month at no extra charge. We will also continue to honour and offer a FREE GB on all capped accounts (which can be activated in ClientZone). This means that a client paying R29 for 2GB will actually receive 5GB in total each month for the duration of the promotion.
Capped clients will now be paying from as little as R4 per GB on higher packages, the lowest per GB price on the SA broadband market. New clients can sign up for the packages from today, and existing clients will receive the additional data as of 1st May.
The offer will run until the end of July 2013 at which point it will be revised or extended.
For more information on Afrihost's Capped DSL promotion, click here.