As recently announced, we have ripped-out our Plesk Automation based Hosting Control Panel and replaced it. Now we’ve completed migrations, customer access has been restored to https://hcp.hahosting.com
So why? What happened to Plesk Automation?
Last year we engaged with Odin to use their Plesk Automation control panel, which allows multiple hosting accounts on multiple servers to be controlled via a single login. This was live for DNS hosting, and any new web hosting (within the last six months) has also been on there.
Odin now belongs to Ingram Micro, who are making Plesk Automation End-of-Life, and are no longer actively supporting our licence or application for their new partner program, essentially leaving us up a smelly creek without a Plesk-Paddle. Whilst Odin (Ingram) and Parallels (Plesk) both have alternatives “soon”, we felt disheartened and have decided to cease using Odin products at this time.
We have been deploying MSPControl (formally WebsitePanel) for our new Hosted Exchange 2016 service, so it was a no-brainer to extend it for DNS and Web hosting, as it shares much of the ethos of what Plesk Automation had (single login, multiple servers, multiple services).
Last week we were able to migrate 400+ DNS zones from Plesk Automation to MSPControl without interruption, and this week we’ve migrated a dozen-or-so hosting customers, allowing us to switch off Plesk Automation for good.
MSPControl allows us to deploy DNS, web hosting, email hosting, Exchange, SharePoint, MySQL and MSSQL to customers all from a single login. Since being re-released by Virtuworks, the panel is getting constant updates, and new features are being added all the time.
We have also taken the opportunity to switch from MySQL to MariaDB – the true Open Source fork of MySQL. In addition, MS SQL Server 2014 databases are now available.
Finally, with MSPControl, we are able to offer Hybrid Hosting, where you have a dedicated web server, but perhaps use our cloud for DNS – again all under a single control panel login.
Just so you know – if your web hosting was previously on “linuxplesk”, “picard”, “janeway” or “serverb”, it will still be there for the time being. We are looking to slurp all these hosting accounts into MSPControl over the coming months. DNS for all customers is on the new panel now.
“But I have a dedicated Plesk server!”
If you have a dedicated server running Plesk Panel, that remains unaffected – our relationship with Parallels stays the same, and the standalone Plesk Panel will continue to be available and supported by us.
We’d like to thank everyone for their patience while we replaced what is essentially an entire hosting platform, especially those customers who had to raise tickets to change DNS entries. We’re very excited about what MSPControl can do – we’re already looking at its integration with Hosted Skype for Business, Hyper-V servers, and Hosted Desktops.
An enormous amount of work has gone into this project. Thanks for your support, and thanks for choosing HA Hosting.