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Setup a Rednundant/Failover Hosting Environment

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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Greetings,

I own a very small web hosting company.  It started as a way to manage some of my IT Clients websites and create a little revenue stream.  Below is what i currently have :

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
IIS 6
DNS
MySQL 5.2 CE
MSSQL Express 2005/2008
Icewarp Merak Mail 9.3.2

As you can see we have put a lot of eggs in one basket.  I am looking to take our hosting to the next level and build even a website for hosting packages.  I am wondering what the best approach is to create a hosting environment that utilizes 2 office locations to create failover and redundancy for DNS, Websites, Mail and Databases.  In essence i want my NS1.domain.com pointing to an IP sitting in one location and my NS2. domain.com pointing to an IP sitting in another location.  This will help with failover.

I started off going down the cPanel/Enkompass route.  I had Windows Server 2008 R2 setup for Enkompass.  However, they just made this a free package, so the tech support on setting it up is limited.  I ran into issues with IP addressing.  They said they dont support NAT, so i was wondering how i was going to create a secure domain controlled environment utilizing Public IPs??  

I also looked into Plesk, but they told me they dont support any failover or redundancy.   I spoke to one of their engineers and asked them how their customers are creating a redundant/failover environment with their application, and he couldnt give me an answer???

I am willing to go the Linux or Windows route, but I am discovering its probably best to offer both anyways.  

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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