Handy Networks review
This review cover a general impression of handynetworks.com webhosting features like support, data center, price, control panel & more. Brand #8998, listed from 2008.
About Handy NetworksThe Handy Networks story begins when owners Mike Griffin and Jay Sudowski were both participating in a beta testing program for NetObjects Fusion, a popular graphical web design application, in 1997. While working on the software program, Mike and Jay began a friendship that would ultimately lead to a successful business venture.
At the time, both Griffin and Sudowski were operating small hosting reseller businesses and doing freelance web design work. Soon after meeting, they agreed to pool their resources and started offering shared, reseller and dedicated hosting solutions, specializing in fully managed Microsoft Windows® Hosting Solutions.
Shortly thereafter, Mike, who had been operating a successful Mail Boxes Etc. franchise in the San Francisco bay Area, moved to San Diego. With this move, Handy Networks, still an informal business venture moved its operation
in-house and began to offer its first co-location services along with its portfolio of other hosting services.
Building upon the success of its current operations, Handy Networks was formalized as a LLC in February of 2000.
At the same time, Handy Networks became one of the first adopters of the Hosting Controller web hosting control panel for Microsoft Windows Server 2000®. The founders of Handy Networks worked directly with the Hosting Controller development and management teams and provided valuable feedback that helped to guide the course of the product.
To meet the growing needs of its current and future customers, handy Networks, LLC moved its base of operations to the Denver Metro area in the fall of 2001.
By the spring of 2002, needing still more server space for its ever expanding client portfolio, Handy Networks, LLC moved its operations to the Ventures Online data center, located in the Denver Tech Center. By the spring of 2003, Handy Networks became one of the first adaptors of WebHost Automation’s Helm control panel platform. Handy Networks was able to leverage the powerful Helm control panel and provide their customers with more powerful, but less complicated hosting solutions.
In the winter of 2003, Handy Networks moved to Data393’s data center in the Denver Tech Center.
Over the next few years, Handy Networks, LLC experienced substantial growth and had many remarkable milestones. They became one of the first Microsoft® SPLA (Service Provider License Agreement) providers; they began offering self managed Windows® and Linux® server solutions; expanded on their fully managed Windows® offerings and ventured into complex N-tier, load balanced managed dedicated server solutions.
After an in depth search lasting nearly a year, Handy Networks found the ideal location for its own private data center and began renovations in December of 2006. Renovations included upgrading the power, cooling and network infrastructure to support increased power densities. The completed result was a 4,000 square foot raised floor data center space with UPS and Caterpillar generator backed power, N+1 Liebert downflow cooling, and fully redundant Juniper and cisco powered network.
With renovations complete, Handy Networks, LLC moved its data center and administrative operations to its current location in the prestigious Qwest Communications Tower in Downtown Denver, Colorado in February of 2007. Since moving into their own data center, Handy Networks has experienced a period of great customer and infrastructure expansion. During the spring of 2008, several additional redundant cooling units were brought online and an additional UPS system is slated to come online during the fall of 2008. In August of this year, staffing was increased to include onsite Linux Specialists. Handy Networks continual investment into its infrastructure and staff translates to greater customer care and the ability to offer more clients the Handiest of Hosting solutions.
Today, Handy Networks, LLC is proud to offer their customers a myriad of hosting options including multi-domain shared hosting, self managed Linux® and Windows 2008® dedicated servers, fully managed Linux® and Windows 2008® dedicated servers, single server co-location, private cage co-location, hosted Microsoft Exchange Server® and hosted SQL Server applications. Handy Networks customers enjoy access to a large variety of hosting automation platforms including cPanel, DirectAdmin, Helm and DotNetPanel. Additionally, handy Networks is pleased to offer customers completely customized hardware solutions based on the SuperMicro platform.
2007 - We move into our own data center facility in downtown Denver.
2006 - We get a totally new look! Bigger and better things are on the horizon; stay tuned.
2005 - We obtain our own IP space from ARIN and multi-home our network to Savvis and Data393 for additional redundancy and performance.
2004 - Data393 acquires Ventures Online, and we move into Data393's multi-million dollar data center facility.
2001 - We make the move from California to Colorado, and move all of our servers to Ventures Online.
2000 - Handy Networks LLC registered in California
1998 - We begin offering hosting under the domain thehostingplace.com
1997 - Mike and Jay start working together on hosting and web design projects.
Data Center Facility
All of our servers are housed at our own data center facility in downtown Denver. At our data center facility, we have over 4,000 square feet of raised floor and another 2,500 square feet of office space to support our day to day business operations and on-site staff.
Located in Denver's central business district, the building we occupy has power feeds from multiple substations. Electrical service is connected to our Mitsubishi 375KVA UPS, which delivers conditioned power to the data center. In the event of a utility power failure, our diesel generator will immediate start up and begin carrying the entire data center load. Building life safety systems are backed up by two separate generators.
Cooling and humidity is controlled by 7 air handling units featuring N+1 redundancy. The HVAC units keep the operating environment in the data center at 70 degrees within 45% humidity with variation of no more than 4 degrees to temperature and 4% humidity. To ensure that optimal cooling and air circulation is available at all times, air flow studies are conducted and an analysis with infrared heat sensing cameras is performed on a regular basis. We also have local and remote environmental monitoring systems in place.
Our data center facility is located in a building that has 24x7 on site security. After business hours, all individuals entering or exiting the building are required to present building credentials and sign in with onsite security staff. Upon doing so, they are only granted elevator access to the floor they need access to. Additionally, we have our own security system which consists of access control systems within our office suite and remotely monitored video surveillance.
Fire Detection and Suppression
Fire detection within the data center is provided by an early detection alarm system monitored both within our office suite and by the building's 24x7 security staff.. The data center has detectors installed both above and below the raised flooring. The fire suppression system is a pre-action, dry pipe which would discharge water only from the appropriate locations when the heat in the data center increases enough to trigger a fire sprinkler head. The discharge of a sprinkler would signal the emergency power-off switch, which would simultaneously turn off the commercial electrical power to the data center and switch to UPS power.
We maintain a fully redundant, enterprise class network, end to end.
Edge and Core Infrastructure
Our network is powered by redundant Juniper routers and Cisco 6500 series switches. All of our edge and core equipment is interconnected in a full network mesh to provide maximum redundancy and stability.
IP Transit / Connectivity
We maintain direct connections to tw telecom, Level(3), Internap, Comcast and RMIX. Through these providers we maintain local peering in Denver to the following networks:
- Level(3) x2
- tw telecom
- UUNET / Verizon Business
- Global Crossing
All critical network infrastructure is monitored on 60 second intervals, both internally and externally to our network. Any potential issues with our network infrastructure are immediately escalated to company management.
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