SkyHost is a Russian hosting service provider serving Russian clients since 2004. Today, this RIPE NCC member offers various web hosting and cloud VDS plans along with dedicated server rentals, colocation, domain registration, SSL and code signing certificates, DDoS protection, network equipment, and server management services. SkyHost has two Tier III data centers in Russia that play host to its equipment and servers. SkyHost’s website is inRussian but its client area supports 25 additional languages.
Features and Ease of Use
SkyHost offers four shared hosting plans – Light, Office, Master, and Professional that come with:
- CloudLinux OS
- cPanel control panel
- Free Comodo SSL certificate
- Access via SSH, SFTP protocols
- Fast SSDs
- Automatic backups
- ionCube and Zend Guard support
- Access to cron scheduler
These plans come with unlimited traffic, MySQL database, FTP accounts, and mail accounts. However, they differ in terms of SSD storage (5GB – 25GB), and the number of sites you can host (one – 50). These plans offer you the choice of multiple PHP versions (4.4-7.0) and modules, and support Python, Perl, Ruby, and Java. To manage your domain’s DNS records, you’ll also get access to the DNS hosting zone editor.
Apart from its shared hosting plans, SkyHost also offers three 1C-Bitrix hosting plans, three file hosting plans, seven cloud VDS plans, six Windows-VDS plans, six highload VDS plans, and six dedicated server rental (in Russia and Europe) plans. It also offers colocation services and lets you rent dedicated servers with GPU. SkyHost offers 99.9% guaranteed uptime.
Offering dedicated servers with GPU on rent is a unique feature of SkyHost. You can use these servers to speed up machine learning in neural networks or your work with videos. Such servers can be also used for game projects, CAD, HPC, and other applications.
The company also offers IPv6 addresses and support. Apart from being more secure than IPv4, IPv6 also brings several benefits your way. Some of these are multicasting (that permits bandwidth-intensive packet flows such as multimedia streams to be sent to numerous destinations concurrently, thus saving network bandwidth), simplified network configuration, and support for new and valuable services like VoIP, peer-to-peer networks, etc.
Full root access via SSH to give you complete control of your hosting is another unique feature of SkyHost. The company also offers KVM-over-IP/IPMI, thus letting you enjoy network flexibility and the ability to control your server remotely.
Pricing and Support
SkyHost’s shared hosting plans are quite cheap. You can save further by opting for the annual or higher billing periods and get a free domain (.ru or .рф) in the process. You can pay for these plans in RUB (Russian Ruble) via PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, JCB, MNP, WebMoney, QIWI Wallet, PJSC Sberbank, etc. The available billing periods are monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, annual, biennial, and triennial.
The company offers a 14-day free test period for its shared and 1C-Bitrix hosting plans provided you pass SMS verification.
SkyHost’s customer support can be reached via phone, email, live chat, and ticket system. The company’s live chat wasn’t available when I tried but my query submitted via the ticket system was promptly answered.
SkyHost has a knowledge base that offers limited self-help. For its existing customers, the company also offers a “Network Status” page where customers can log in and check network updates and issues, if any.