Serious host? – How to check?
Many hosts boast of having their own “Internet network”. But how do you distinguish the truth from the lie?
First of all, what does it mean to have your own Internet network? You’ve probably heard of the term “canvas”. Indeed, the Web is often compared to a spider’s web!
The Web is partly a grouping of networks hence the allusion to a spider’s web.
Let’s try to summarize this without going into too much detail 🙂 A network on the Internet has “one number”. This is called an “ Autonomous System ”, abbreviated as AS (in French “Système Autonome” ). This allows one network to communicate with another using the BGP protocol.
When a host has his own Internet network, it shows that he is serious and that he is not a simple reseller! It usually has its own routers, its own servers etc. The customer is therefore assured that the host manages the service from A to Z without going through a third company. Usually, the end result is better for the customer.
So how do you know if a web host manages its own network and its own servers?
Here’s how! (For this example, we will simulate a new customer looking to find out if PlanetHoster has its own network)
1- Go to http://whois.domaintools.com/planethoster.net
2- Click on “Server Stats”
3- Click on the ip address (in this case it will be “18.104.22.168”)
4- You will see near of “ASN” the Autonomous System (AS). If you see the name of the host there, it means that they manage their own network! (For the case of PlanetHoster, it manages its network well and its Autonomous System is AS53589 )
It’s all well and good to have “your own network” but how do you know if the network is of quality or not !?
Well, the beauty of the Internet is that it’s hard to hide! It’s easy to dig deeper and know the details of a network.
1- Go to http://bgp.he.net/ASXXXXX (replace ASXXXXX with that of the host in question).
For PlanetHoster: http://bgp.he.net/AS53589
2- You will see in the “Peers” section the networks to which the host in question is connected. Generally the networks which appear there will be the “Internet providers” of the host in question (this allows the host to be connected on the web!).
3- The more networks that will be listed, the better. This means that the host is connected to many networks and therefore logically the customer will have more stability (less cutoff since there is redundancy!), More speed (the routers of the host will choose the route faster) and much more!
What sets PlanetHoster apart from the majority of the “big” popular hosting companies, most of which have their own datacenter and Internet network?
1- Our network is connected to the 5 most important Internet networks (Tier 1 / Tier 2): Level3, Tata, Telia, Tinet, Cogent
2- We perform peering in several Internet exchanges.
3- Our network is fully optimized to take into account latency and lost packets thanks to Noction’s intelligent platform.
4- Our equipment is of the latest generation (everything is connected via several 10gbps links).
5- Real-time information portal that allows you to monitor your hosting services 24/7 (in real time): https://my.planethoster.net/fr/service-status.