TL; DR: Alpha Net was launched just months after its founder, fresh from graduate school, arrived in Orlando in 2001. The company owns its infrastructure, which allows staff to develop personalized web solutions that scale in step with customer need. Through future expansion into Africa and relationships with hosting providers worldwide, Alpha Net is providing customers with a continually growing stream of resources catered to businesses around the globe.
Abu Sufian Haider has been fascinated by STEM since his middle school science fair days. While other kids would whip together a baking soda volcano and call it a day, Abu’s innovative spirit drove him to showcase his ingenuity through projects that received multiple national awards in Bangladesh.
It was around the same time that he established a Junior Science Club that operated in multiple Bangladesh school districts. Through this club, Abu was able to connect with other young science buffs who would help him establish his now-thriving web hosting company, Alpha Net, in 2001.
But Abu’s inventive streak didn’t end with Alpha Net. In addition to founding the company, he’s kept busy with multiple successful projects, including an online bookstore; a directory of martial arts schools; and a national archive of books, authors, and publishers in Bangladesh. In 2016, he was nominated by Endeavor Insight to participate in a study for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as one of the most influential entrepreneurs in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
Today, Abu is channeling his inner inventor to evolve Alpha Net into an even more robust provider of high-quality hosting and domain services. The company, which boasts datacenters in the U.S., U.K., and Bangladesh, currently serves thousands of individuals and businesses of all sizes around the globe. The company-owned infrastructure allows Alpha Net to create personalized solutions designed to grow in step with the customer, including white-label reseller options. With plans for expansion into Africa and partnerships with worldwide providers, Abu isn’t dialing down on innovation any time soon.
Personalized Solutions Through Company-Owned Infrastructure
Alpha Net owns its infrastructure, which makes it possible to customize solutions based on individual need. The company’s headquarters are located in Orlando, where Abu moved after completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electronics from a university in India. The hosting company’s Orlando office is located next to its primary Tier 4 datacenter, though the company also owns a secondary facility in Dallas.
Abu told us the company’s U.S. facilities feature “building-within-a-building” designs. That means they boast for increased protection against the elements, redundant power, multiple network service providers, redundant cooling and fire suppression, and network operations centers staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Alpha Net also maintains server infrastructure in Bangladesh and the U.K., which Abu said enables the company to better serve customers around the globe. From the beginning, Abu’s mission has been to provide the best support services possible in an industry notorious for the opposite.
“We founded Alpha Net after noticing the industry had a lack of support,” he said. “One of the things that make us unique is that we offer services in the U.S. and other countries, which puts us in the position to customize services to the customers’ requirements and have a strong support team that we’re proactively improving all the time.”
A Range of Services Designed to Grow in Step with the Customer
As a comprehensive provider of web solutions, Alpha Net’s goal is to create maximum value for businesses as they expand. “We cater to our customers,” Abu said. “As they grow, we grow with them.”
That starts with the company’s very first domain registration. A memorable domain name is key to a successful beginning, and Alpha Net has helped thousands of clients register and activate their domain names before they’re snatched up by someone else.
The company’s domain services provide complete control through secure access to management tools that allow customers to change DNS settings, forward domains, update registrant information, and prevent domain theft.
Looking to save some cash? Customers who choose to host their site through Alpha Net receive a discount on registration prices, as do those who purchase pre-paid bulk domain registration packages. Need a hand with the look and feel of your site? Alpha Net’s team is happy to provide professionally designed website templates tailored to a range of industries.
The company’s hosting services, — which range from shared hosting plans to dedicated servers — are comprehensive enough to serve individuals and companies of all sizes at different stages of growth. The company’s dedicated server packages, for example, come in a variety of flavors with managed and unmanaged options for Windows and Linux servers.
“If they move up from shared hosting to virtual servers, we set it up for them; if they require multiple virtual servers in one location, we can provide them with that,” Abu said. “If they require multiple servers at multiple locations or integration with the public cloud, we can do it, and occasionally they move up to dedicated servers.”
White-Label Reseller Hosting with Free Training Options
Abu said Alpha Net aims to make it easy for web designers and tech companies in Bangladesh to resell hosting infrastructure packaged with domain registration options and free SSL certificates. Abu said the service allows these businesses to add to their product portfolios, develop credibility, and capture the attention of new customers.
Customers looking to offer their clients complete web hosting infrastructure may turn to Alpha Net’s Managed VPS solution, intended for web development companies that provide hosting to clients in Bangladesh. The service includes a dedicated web server and access to Alpha Net’s primary and secondary DNS servers, plus unlimited email accounts and a web-based control panel.
Plans vary by resource limits but support unlimited client accounts. A free five-day trial is available for those looking to take the service for a spin before making any commitments.
Alpha Net also allows users to become domain registration providers through its Domain Reseller Accounts. The company offers three domain reseller packages: A Starter Package with five domains, an Advanced Package with 15 domains, and a Corporate Package with 25 domains. These options reduce registration and renewal costs while allowing resellers to provide a better, more comprehensive service to their clients.
As with the company’s reseller hosting solutions, Alpha Net’s Domain Reseller Program can be branded with any company’s business name and logo to build credibility and customer confidence.
Partnerships with Local Providers to Increase Service Worldwide
Now that Alpha Net has established itself domestically, Abu is looking to further its global reach, with plans for expansion into Africa in the near future. The move may very well prove lucrative: According to an August 2018 report on cloud infrastructure in the Middle East and Africa, the market is predicted to grow from $2.8 billion to $4.7 billion (in U.S. dollars) over the next five years.
“Initiatives by governments and corporations to promote emerging technologies, such as the cloud and analytics, are expected to propel the Middle East and Africa cloud infrastructure services,” the study’s authors stated.
The company is also planning to make it easier for customers around the globe to leverage its solutions. “We’re launching partnerships with entities in other countries that will provide support in regional languages and customized pricing in local currency,” Abu said.
For Abu, who has already gone from managing science fairs to leading a successful Bangladesh hosting company, the transition seems to be the next logical step.