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What is Symbiosis?

Bored with setting up web and mail servers from scratch? So were we and developed our Symbiosis system which makes it very easy to handle those routine tasks.

Setting up a new site

As easy as:

Connect to your server

Create a folder, ie mybriliantsite.com

Copy PHP or static files from your desktop

Have a cup of tea (optional)

Features of Symbiosis
  • Host PHP, Perl/CGI, htaccess files and MySQL
  • Host other Linux technologies
  • Host any number of mailboxes
  • Simple local anti-spam service
  • Documentation supplied
  • Ideal for beginners and a time-saver for experts

How can I get it?

Symbiosis comes as standard with all new Bytemark servers, so if you're a recent customer or have re-imaged your system recently, it's ready to go.

What technologies does it support?

You can easily host PHP, Perl/CGI, htaccess files and MySQL, including any custom modules and settings that you might need. You have root access, so you don't need to ask permission to host new domains, different PHP settings, or create a database. You can even host any other Linux technology such as Java, Rails or Erlang.

Can I do email too?

Yes, you can host any number of mailboxes under a domain, including forwarders, IMAP/POP3 boxes and autoresponders. There is a simple local anti-spam service based on Spamassassin, but if you need managed filtering you can quickly elect to pass your email through our anti-spam service.

How do I use it?

Go to our documentation site to get started.

I'm a Linux wizard - isn't this dumbing down?

Yes! But even if you know exactly what you're doing, do you really want to do the same configuration legwork for every system? The system is open-source, you still retain root access, and can make any changes to the system that you like, and we'll even try to support you.

If you don't want the system installed, you can of course pick a standard Debian, CentOS or Ubuntu install when ordering or re-imaging your system.

Team Profile

Nick Thomas
Software Developer

Nick Thomas

Nick is a recent Biology graduate who has applied his coding talents to improving our rack database. He studies Japanese, dances a mean salsa and is practising hat tricks.

Joined: 2008

“We purchased our first server with Bytemark just over 18 months ago and they have provided us with a faultless service. We've been particularly impressed with their technical knowledge, their support team and their use of Debian really sealed the deal for us when we signed up. We're currently in the process of moving all of our hosting requirements to them”

Paul Rogers
GPMD Website Architects

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