Blacknight Cloud Hosting

Are you ready for the Blacknight Cloud

A cloud VM from blacknight gives you an easy to use, simple to manage scalable solution to meet the most demanding of websites.

The large number of pre-configured VM templates means you'll be up and running in minutes whether you're after a linux system or a Windows box installation is a breeze with a simple click of a button.

  • Scalabality.
  • Linux / Windows templates
  • Jumpbox preconfigured systems mean you can be up and running with your favourite applications in minutes. (WordPress / Joomla / Drupal / Magento and many more)

What are the benefits of cloud hosting?

Traditionally a server would be physically placed and require a lot of electrical fail safes to ensure it stayed running. Physical maintenance and servicing added to the running costs of traditional servers. With a cloud virtual server you have a much more availability. You are in complete control an require only a network connection to administer your server. Backing up, restoring, rebooting complete in seconds with a click. You can even save your configured server as a new template for use again. Virtual disks and cpu's don't fail and you can add or remove components with ease using our cloud control panel.


Blacknight's cloud offering run on Dell Blade servers and ensure a green energy footprint. Each blade server comes fully loaded with 128GB of Low Voltage dimms, 4 x 8 Core AMD Processors. We are utilising the latest in Fluid Data from Dell Compellent for the SAN giving us 80Gbit/s of SAN connectivity back to the Blade network. Each Server has 20Gbit/s of backbone connectivity to the storage network giving us unparallelled performance compared to others in the market still using 1Gbit/s iSCSI and 4/8Gbit/s Fibre Channel.


We have partnered with OnApp who support Xen and KVM currently. In the coming year they will also support Hyper-V and VMware ESX. For our initial cloud launch we have chosen Xen as we have built 10s of Private Clouds for customers over the past few years using Xen technology so we have indepth knowledge of the platform. Even our original VPS platform prior to 2008 was using Xen and UML before that so the skills and approach to virtualisation using these technologies in house are un matched in the Irish market.

By choosing Xen we can avail of Paravirtualisation and full Hardware assisted virtualisation where required. Both types of virtualisation have their own merits. Most of our Linux templates will run on Paravirtualisation and the Windows templates all run on Hardware assisted virtualisation. The main benefit of Paravirt is that the native kernel drivers can be used in the Guest OS unlike HVM where there have to be drivers and kernel modules in the kernel or Windows OS that understand the "devices" HVM presents to the Guest OS. For windows there are GPL'd windows drivers available for HVM which allows Windows to run with good performance on top of Xen.


CDP Online Backup

Have you thought about your backup requirements?

Hard drives fail. Having a copy of your precious files spares tears.

Even the most tech savvy users delete files by mistake.

Some Viruses can be really nasty, overwriting files or even holding them hostage for ransom (no joke). See, told you they were nasty!

Blacknight offers a fast, proven, easy to use online backup solution to store your files safely.

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