Web Hosting Interview - Hosterion October 2023

Web Hosting Interview - Hosterion October 2023

Adrian Andreias, CEO and founder at Hosterion

HostSearch interviewed Adrian Andreias, CEO and founder at Hosterion - a leading high performance web hosting provider.

  • HOSTSEARCH: Hello there and thank you for being with us today. Can you please introduce yourself and your company Hosterion?
    ADRIAN ANDREIAS: Hey! My name is Adrian Andreias. I am the founder and CEO of Hosterion. I live in Cluj-Napoca, the capital city of Transylvania region and here is Hosterion’s headquarters as well. I have a background of software engineering and I have founded Hosterion in 2004. Initially, the company was named Elvsoft and we offered a wide range of web services: web design, web development, SEO, domain name registration, and web hosting. Since many years ago we have specialized exclusively on web hosting, domain registration and cloud computing. Given my background, we still do a lot of software development, but just internally for our cloud and web hosting service automation. We’re 20 people at Hosterion, working full time and offering 24/7 phone and email support. Besides excellent performance, our customers choose us for our extraordinary customer support service.
  • HOSTSEARCH: Could you give us an overview of Hosterion's products?
    ADRIAN ANDREIAS: Shared web hosting is our workhorse and many of our customers choose it because it is affordable and headache-free for small businesses. Any online venture must start with a domain name. We actually have 781 domain name extensions (or TLD’s) offering our customers a lot of options, from the classical .com to new TLD’s like .io, .restaurant, .dog or .fun. We have a specialized hosting solutions for WordPress and for Magento, managed VPS servers - where you actually get a system administrator included, dedicated servers for maximum power and freedom. Customers can choose from the full-featured Google Workspace solution, where you have not only email in the well-known Gmail interface, you get all the collaboration tools from Google, or our own reliable business email hosting which is not priced per user, but per storage, making it more affordable. IntoVPS, which is another brand of Hosterion, offers cloud computing services, including hosted Kubernetes clusters.

    All our services include our anycast DNS hosting service with servers in 17 locations. This offers better performance and resiliency to cyberattacks. We also include a dedicated IPv6 even with the lower priced package.      
  • HOSTSEARCH: What is the benefit to the users who are using your Dedicated Server? How do others?
    ADRIAN ANDREIAS: We use modern brand-new servers, and we customize the hardware for the customer’s precise needs. Does she need powerful CPU’s? Lots of RAM? NVMe or a lot of storage space? We can deliver it. Optionally, customers can choose our management service. This means that they have their a system administrator from Hosterion configuring software on the server for their needs and monitoring the server 24/7.
  • HOSTSEARCH: I noticed that you're offering the WordPress Pro hosting service. What are the advantages for customers using this service?
    ADRIAN ANDREIAS: For demanding WordPress sites and WooCommerce shops we offer a premium WordPress hosting service. When customers start using our WordPress Pro, they are simply amazed by its performance. In the backstage of the WordPress Pro plans, we have high performance servers that are intentionally underloaded, NVMe storage, high CPU and RAM resource allocation. And many other features, like DDOS protection, your private Redis server for caching, WordPress Toolkit to easily manage your WordPress installation, PHP X-Ray to debug performance issues. Backed by our 24/7 phone and email support, which includes migrating WordPress for free for new customers.
  • HOSTSEARCH: What hardware and network are you using?
    ADRIAN ANDREIAS: Our servers are exclusively brand-new Super Micro. We love this brand, and he has not failed us. We have a resilient network based on spine-leaf and BGP architecture. We choose our networking partners based on reliability and performance right to the end-users’ workstations and phones.
  • HOSTSEARCH: Can you tell us more about Premium web hosting at Hosterion?
    ADRIAN ANDREIAS: Our Premium web hosting plans are designed for websites that consume a higher amount of resources (CPU and RAM) and are fit for websites built with a wide range of technologies and programming languages, e.g. PHP, Python, Ruby, Node.js etc.
  • HOSTSEARCH: What is the LiteSpeed Web Server (LSWS)? How does it work?
    ADRIAN ANDREIAS: LiteSpeed is a high-performance commercial web server that works as a drop-in replacement for Apache. It’s so good that we include it with all our web hosting plans, from the very minimum Basic package to high-performance WordPress Pro plans. LiteSpeed provides all the modern protocols, like HTTP/2, and modern compression algorithms, like Brotli. Its smart cache makes websites fly. And it really shines with our WordPress Pro accounts where you have your private Redis caching service for LiteSpeed to use as in-RAM caching storage.
  • HOSTSEARCH: As the CEO and founder at Hosterion, how do you see the European hosting market growing in the near future?
    ADRIAN ANDREIAS: We have seen constant growth of the market over the years. The major events that have challenged humankind in recent years are pushing more businesses and more processes online. For this reason, unlike other industries, web hosting and cloud computing markets continue to grow.
  • HOSTSEARCH: Is there anything you would like to share with our visitors who are looking for a hosting company in Europe?
    ADRIAN ANDREIAS: This applies for any online site: host it close to your end-users. European customers can choose the location of servers to be in London, Amsterdam and Bucharest. For US customers we have servers in Dallas and Fremont.
  • HOSTSEARCH: That will be all for our questions, thanks very much for your time today!

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