Removing Barriers to Entry: JVM Host’s Budget-Friendly Approach to Reliable, Customer-Centric Java Hosting

Removing Barriers to Entry: JVM Host’s Budget-Friendly Approach to Reliable, Customer-Centric Java Hosting

TL; DR: JVM Host is a budget-friendly provider that specializes in hosting Java applications. The London-based company’s wide range of Java-optimized shared, virtual, and dedicated solutions offer scalability, while a customized Java Control Panel keeps management flexible. With enhanced features, including integration with cPanel, the customer-centric company is working to offer the best Java hosting services possible.

As Julius Caesar once said, “Experience is the teacher of all things.”

Today, more than 2,000 years after his death, the Roman general’s words still ring true. And, if the primary source of knowledge is experience, the individuals who founded JVM Host must have started the company armed with significant expertise. After all, they worked as sysadmins for several Java hosting companies before deciding to offer a better solution under their own brand.

“These years of experience in Java hosting industry became an important factor to our success,” said Alan Zabron, Co-Founder and Senior Sysadmin at JVM Host. “We decided to focus on improving client satisfaction and adding on JVM and application server management features that were not provided in cPanel.”

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JVM Host specializes in budget-friendly Java application hosting.

In part, improving client satisfaction meant bringing Java hosting to a more accessible price point, enhancing scalability, and offering superior support. That’s why JVM Host now focuses on providing budget-friendly options for hosting Java applications, including shared, virtual, and dedicated servers. The wide variety of solutions allows the customer to adjust its tech solutions based on current needs, easily upgrading, downgrading and changing packages.

The company’s custom Java Control Panel also improves flexibility, ease of management, control, and monitoring. With enhanced features planned for the control panel, including integration with cPanel, the customer-centric company is continually striving to offer the best Java hosting experience possible.

A Wide Range of Java-Optimized Shared, Virtual, and Dedicated Solutions

Founded in 2010, the JVM Host team has witnessed a number of industry shifts over the years. One, which certainly works in the company’s favor, is Java’s sustained popularity. “Java is still being developed and used, so the challenge is just to let prospective clients know we exist,” Alan said.

According to The State of the Developer Ecosystem 2018, a survey of more than 6,000 developers from 17 countries, respondents rank Java as the most popular primary programming language. And, since the 1994 introduction of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), Java can run on nearly any system — making it even more in-demand.

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JVM Host features a rich portfolio of Java Hosting solutions that include backups and continuous upgrades.

JVM Host offers a comprehensive suite of Java hosting solutions and is always working on extending its offerings based on user and market needs. The company’s base offerings — Shared Java Hosting with private JVM and VPS Java Hosting with private JVM — are available for reasonable monthly fees. The former provides users with a managed environment with frequently requested hosting features and a customer control panel, while the latter may be managed or unmanaged and provides full control over the system.

The company’s dedicated servers are optimized for Java with custom solutions available as needed. Dedicated packages include free preinstallation of software; including, but not limited to, JDK, Tomcat, and MySQL. To prevent downtime, the company uses enterprise-class drives, RAID technology, and redundant power supplies housed in a Tier III datacenter.

Gain Superior Flexibility with a Custom Java Control Panel

JVM Host developed its own Java Control Panel as a custom, easy-to-use management solution for customers. “We developed our own control panel to avoid dependence on third-party support,” Alan said.

Ultimately, the company didn’t want to go back and forth with third-party providers, constantly asking them to introduce new features based on feedback from JVM Host customers. Depending on an external provider simply wasn’t flexible enough to serve the needs of customers, and conflicted with the company’s vision of a practical, useful Java hosting control panel.

And, because continuous upgrades of Java, application servers, and operating system packages are vital to the security of user accounts, JVM Host provides users with the latest versions of the Java Development Kit, servlet containers, and application server software. Users can easily upgrade all software within the Java Control Panel.

“Our ideology could be written as ‘Care for the client, listen to what he or she wants, and do it whenever possible,’” Alan said. “I think being a small company helps us to work like this as we know many of the clients — they are not so anonymous as they are in bigger companies.”

Customers agree. “I have to say that you have gone above and beyond,” said Barry Johnson, a client based in Tampa, in a testimonial on the JVM Host site. “I have been in IT for small and medium companies for over 15 years and have had to use many different server hosting companies for any number of reasons. This is the first time I have had this kind of positive experience.”

Scalable Solutions, Prompt Support, and a Best-Price Guarantee

JVM’s Best-Price Guarantee program ensures that clients will receive the lowest possible prices on comparable services, without any hidden fees or long-term contracts. Alan said the guarantee stems from the company’s long-time goal to remove barriers to entry into the Java hosting market. “If a client pays less than everywhere else and still gets a product that matches his requirements, then his or her ROI should be optimal,” he said.

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Flexible, budget-friendly solutions allow for scalability.

The company’s pay-as-you-go plans provide customers the flexibility to change their minds as needed to scale in step with business growth. “Clients like to have a possibility to upgrade and downgrade, and we offer such a path with a shared cPanel hosting plan with private JVM that is upgradeable to VPS and then dedicated servers,” Alan said. “They also can order a domain and SSL certificate, if needed, and manage all the products in a single client area.”

JVM’s proactive support approach includes weekly VPS filesystem backups, and weekly and monthly cPanel account backups. Customers can verify the authenticity of the company’s uptime guarantees using UptimeRobot. In the case that service interruptions do occur, JVM Host’s reliable support staff provide prompt and efficient customer service.

“Our focus on support will save clients time, although there are clients who prefer to solve problems by themselves and only revert to support as a last resort,” Alan said. “We also care for performance by monitoring it and upgrading hardware and software when necessary.”

Coming Soon: Enhanced Features and cPanel Integration for JCP

Alan told us that JVM Host has big plans for the future of the company, including changes to its popular Java Control Panel. “This March we will improve two important things in Java Control Panel: It will be integrated into cPanel as a plugin, and users will get access to the API,” he said. “Using the API, a client will be able to automate management of his or her JVM and application server.”

The control panel and upcoming API offer various features, including the ability to perform restarts, change properties, set up a Watchdog timer, view performance graphs, change proxy settings, and retrieve logs.

“We try to implement additional small features not available in cPanel environment as needed by clients whenever we are sure they will not lower the security level,” Alan said. “We call it being elastic. From time to time, we review similar websites and discuss whether we should upgrade our offerings.”

In that way, JVM is using its industry experience to continually upgrade its services — just as the company has done since day one.

Christine Preusler

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