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Managed Web Service: Introduction

The Managed Web Service is designed to provide University users with a versatile infrastructure on which to run websites. In the range of services provided by UIS to run websites it fits between the VM service, which provides hardware and network only, and Falcon, which provides pre-installed, pre-configured content management.

The Managed Web Service provides Unix-based web hosting which:

  • is similar to commercial web hosting providers
  • doesn't need significant Unix knowledge
  • provides delegated management

What you get

On request customers get a new server in the Managed Web Service: each server has at least one (preferably more) Site administrators, who are responsible for the site's operation. The Site administrators manage their MWS Servers via the MWS Control Panel and are expected to install and support the content as required.

A server in the Managed Web Service has the following characteristics:

  • A server with 1 Core CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and 20Gb of disk space on modern SSD storage (10Gb of which is available
     to the user, the rest is used for other purposes like snapshots)).
  • A public IPv4 address and a public IPv6 address
  • A simple web-based control panel to control all the features of the Managed Web Service
  • Integrated with University DNS services, making relevant host names automatically available.
  • Integrated with UIS authentication and authorisation: UIS password via Raven for access to the control panel, UIS password for interactive login to sites, Lookup groups for access control.
  • Backups and user access to frequent file system snapshots as standard.
  • Geographically-diverse dual-location high-availability as standard.
  • A cost of only £100.00 a year (no VAT for University institutions).

Each server hosts one or more websites (between which the above resource will be shared).

Last updated: March 2016

Support for New Managed Web Service

The documentation for the managed web service is at