server solutions

Servers are the backbone of most businesses and are the most valuable assets a business can have. They house precious data and run business-critical applications and services. HOSTAFRICA provides fast, reliable server hosting in South Africa, and around the world.

In fact, we were one of the first providers to bring cloud services to South Africa. HOSTAFRICA’s founder, Michael Osterloh, brought his expertise from Germany where he was Managing Director of one of the largest virtual server providers in the country. Now HOSTAFRICA is an established hosting company leading in cloud server solutions in South Africa.

Our systems are German engineered and run only on enterprise hardware. More importantly, Michael strives to provide nothing less than world-class service and support. We offer a comprehensive server portfolio. We’ve listed our servers below in ascending order of server hosting cost.

Server Solutions

virtual servers

Not everyone can afford or needs an entire physical server. Cloud server software virtualises a physical server securely, isolating each user with their own share of resources. This allows clients to only pay for the portion of resources they use, making it affordable to all to buy server hosting online. HOSTAFRICA offers 3 kinds of virtual server solutions.

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linux vps vps hosting

VPS is short for virtual private server. These are lightweight system containers that only run Linux, as all VPS's on a server share the same operating system. This makes them the most economical and cost-efficient virtual server available. VPS's are great for running websites too large for web hosting, and most lightweight applications.

We only offer VPS hosting in South Africa, so if you're looking for a server hosted in the USA, UK or Germany, our cloud server solutions may be better suited to your needs.

kvm cloud cloud server hosting

Cloud servers are virtualised with different server software that gives each virtual machine its own operating system. Subsequently, cloud servers themselves are more resource intensive, which increases the server hosting cost. However, this is also their greatest strength as cloud servers are compatible with all applications and can handle complex, resource-heavy processes.

HOSTAFRICA offers cloud server hosting in South Africa, USA, UK, and Germany. We also offer the choice between Linux Cloud Server hosting and Windows Cloud Server hosting.

physical servers

Dedicated server hosting is the most powerful server solution there is. You get an entire physical bare metal server to yourself, minus the complications of acquiring and housing it in a state-the-art Data Centre. We take care of this for you. Dedicated servers are perfect for businesses that need high IOPS, read/write speeds, all CPU processing power, and the ability to tailor their server precisely to their requirements.

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managed servers

Servers are an extremely specialised technology and since they contain irreplaceable data, it’s imperative that they’re managed by qualified experts. If you lack the time or server management skills to manage your own servers, you’ll be happy to know HOSTAFRICA offers managed server solutions.

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Clients who need more CPU power, memory or disk space than our web hosting or virtual machine plans offer for their websites, will benefit greatly from our managed cPanel server solution. So will resellers who are used to managing cPanel accounts using WHM. The Managed cPanel option may be added on to our Linux and Windows Cloud Servers, as well as our Dedicated server offerings.

We provision a sever with cPanel and WHM installed, manage full server and cPanel accounts backups via Acronis, server and security updates, server related faults, and provide 24/7 support via call or ticket. Other management features include Outbound Spam Filtering service, adding dedicated IPs, and 24/7 server monitoring e.g., disk space, CPU/Memory usage, server uptime. Lead time to deployment is 24- 48 hours.

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For those who need to spend their limited time focusing on running their business instead of complex server management, HOSTAFRICA provides a managed solution for 50% of the Dedicated Server price (R3,000/month minimum). This includes managed Windows OS updates, 4 hours of system administration per month, 24x7 monitoring, day-to-day management assistance, daily backups, custom backup retention, regular security audits, and priority 24/7 technical support.

In conclusion, our managed server solutions give you peace of mind that your servers are expertly managed and secure, so you can rest assured and focus on your bottom line.

customized servers

Every individual and their business or online endeavour is unique. While we tried our best to tailor our plans to accommodate as many requirements as we could, you might find your needs aren’t met by any of our plans. At HOSTAFRICA, we understand the need for flexibility and custom requirements, and will make a concerted effort to accommodate you. We offer the following customisations on our server solutions.

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More resources and add-ons

For your convenience, you may add-on SSD storage, CPU vCores, RAM, IP addresses, VLAN, backup plans, and bundled cPanel accounts to any of our servers. Simply add them at checkout or submit a ticket to our helpful support team.

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Request a custom plan

All our virtual servers; VPS Hosting and both Linux and Windows Cloud Servers are eligible for custom plan requests. Simply click the “request custom plan” button at the bottom of the pricing table and our expert support team will see if they can accommodate you.

Cape Town and Johannesburg hosting locations

Managed cPanel servers

Yes, we are happy to provide custom nameservers. We also allow other non-standard customizations once investigated and approved by systems administrators. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our support specialists.

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Customise your OS

We support the following operating systems: CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, FreePBX, SNG7 & 3CX . If you have another OS in mind, you are welcome to request custom mounted ISOs on your Linux Cloud servers. However, it’s important to note that we will not provide support for any custom OS related issues.

connectivity options

Having a fast and reliable network is absolutely vital for any server. However, enterprise networking hardware is costly and requires skilled engineers to set up and maintain. At HOSTAFRICA we take care of all the networking costs.

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Uptime is a priority; we work hard to provide consistent service. We boast Juniper backbone routers, 99.9% + network availability, multiple upstream networks, 24x7 system monitoring, and protection against single network connectivity failure. Additionally, we have peering agreements with multiple providers which allows the shortest and quickest route to your audience.

Furthermore, HOSTAFRICA offers another connectivity option to add-on to any of our servers. For those organisations who have their business infrastructure on multiple servers and wish to keep their internal traffic private, a virtual local area network (VLAN) is perfect for you. Simply add it on to your server plan at checkout or contact our helpful support team. Our Data Centre will configure our switches and get your servers connected in good time.

server questions?

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When it comes to server hosting, the most important thing to remember is that there is no one-size-fits-all. The right server solution for you depends mostly on your budget, resource, application requirements, and server location (as this affects latency).

If you only need to run some lightweight applications and have a small budget, our VPS Hosting would be your ideal selection. This is the cheapest, most economical option. Our VPS hosting is only located in South Africa.

If you require no kernel (operating system) limitations, for instance, you intend to run a VPN or tunnelling software that requires unique kernel modules, then it would be better to choose our Cloud Server hosting. As each server runs their own OS, it’s highly compatible and a good choice for more resource-intensive applications and complex processes. Our Linux Cloud Servers are located in South Africa, UK, USA, and Germany.

If you need to run Windows, our Windows Cloud Server will serve you well. It boasts the same benefits and server locations as our Linux Cloud Servers.

If budget is not a concern, but CPU power, high IOPS, and customisation is, then our Dedicated Server would be your best choice. These bare metal servers are as powerful as it gets.

Reliable bare metal (physical) servers are very difficult and expensive to buy, house, set up, and maintain. It comes with huge up-front expenses. Server hosting providers like HOSTAFRICA solve these accessibility problems for the public. We buy and import servers from trusted, authorised suppliers. Additionally, we can afford the considerable server hosting costs in state-of the-art Data Centres around the world.

These Data Centres provide high redundancy and fibre speeds, clean power, rack space, cooling, DDoS protection, enterprise networking hardware, and 24-hour security — they literally have a no-fly zone, biometric access, mantraps, and more.

After we buy and house the servers, our expert systems administrators set up, virtualise, secure, and maintain them according to different needs. So, the public can effortlessly buy server hosting online from us just as they would buy anything else these days. It just takes a few clicks.

Essentially, we buy and host the servers, and clients rent them from us for a monthly subscription that renews automatically. Better yet, this gives clients the freedom to cancel, upgrade, or downgrade their server hosting to suit their needs at any time. Simply head over to one of our server hosting pages and order a hosting plan. Fill in your registration details, add payment, and your server with its respective resources will be deployed.

Physical (bare metal) servers and server hosting costs are extremely expensive. Server providers like us only use top of the line enterprise hardware for hosting, and it’s usually imported. Depending on the specs, simply buying one bare metal server can cost anywhere from R50,000 to over R100,000+. However, costs don’t end there. These servers need to be hosted in secure Data Centres around the world. These Data Centres charge based on server rack space and power consumption. In South Africa, one full cabinet with power will set you back another R12,000 per month. Don’t forget to include data traffic, hands on support for hardware changes and server reboots, insurance and replacement parts on hand.

Hence, it’s quite clear now that very few can afford server costs on their own. This is what makes our purpose as a server hosting provider so important. We carry all the up-front costs, set up, secure, and maintain these servers, then provide it to the public for incredibly affordable prices.

Cloud (virtualisation) technology allows us to divide these bare metal servers into virtual servers and only charge clients according to their share of resources. This makes it super cost-effective for everyone.

Our economical VPS containers cost as little as R110 per month and up to R4,100 per month. Our Linux Cloud Server hosting costs from R130 to R4,900 per month. Our Windows Cloud Server plans include Window Server licence, costing from R490 to R5,700 per month.

Lastly, our Dedicated Servers (bare metal servers) cost from R1,600 per month for our low spec server up to R3,500 for our high spec server.

Servers make the digital world go round. They store irreplaceable data, run business-critical applications and services, allow companies to operate and people to collaborate across continents; host websites, online stores, and web technologies; the list is extensive. If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that data should be protected at all costs.

It’s absolutely vital to make regular backups of your servers. If that seems rhetorical to you, you will be horrified to know most people simply do not give it a second thought; until of course, they lose their data, and the regret comes crashing down on them.

How often your servers should be backed up depends on how critical your data is, how often your data changes, and how much you can spend on your backup service.

Ideally you should create 1 full backup a week, and schedule daily incremental backups. As the name suggests, incremental backups store small amounts of data regularly, specifically only the changes made since your last full backup was created. This saves considerable space and money. It’s also important that your backups are stored externally, meaning don’t store the backups of your server on the same server.

HOSTAFRICA’s Acronis™ backups are ideal for safeguarding server data with full and incremental backups. These backups are stored in a different Data Centre to where our servers are hosted and can be managed using our top-quality backup manager.