Web Merchants uses 4 servers.
1. Websites are hosted on a dedicated server based at the Data Centre in Auckland. This is connected to Chorus’s fibre network, which guarantees lightning fast website load times NZ wide.
2. Emails are hosted in Perth Australia and generally have a 4 – 8 second delay between sending & receiving an email due to the distance between your computer and the server in Perth.
3. Weekly website backups are stored on a server in San Fransisco, USA
4. A backup virtual private server in Sydney is on standby should a disaster hit the primary Auckland data centre.
For those who like the finer details, this method cannot not be mixed or switched as hosting a website in Perth or San Fran would dramatically slow down website load times. When it comes to website page speed the hosting server has to be as close to your customer as possible.
The Benefit to separating the servers is that in the event of an earthquake, natural disaster, power outage etc. Services can be redeployed to different locations so your businesses website & emails are never down.