The AOServ Platform is a web hosting automation software suite that was developed by hosting providers
for hosting providers. It addresses every technical aspect of hosting including security,
AO Industries started hosting commercial web sites in July of 2000. By
February of 2001, we had outgrown our manual methods of account and system
maintenance and had to choose between two possible paths: we could continue to
focus on immediate support and forego improving the business infrastructure, or
we could use the experience we had gained to completely reengineer our methods
of account creation and maintenance. We chose to reengineer our system to
place all control in to our clients' hands. The result of this decision is the
The AOServ Platform gives the client a very fine level of control over almost
every aspect of their account, including accounting data,
and reseller accounts.
The system allows access from several different layers. These layers, from the
most abstract to the most granular and technical, are the Control Panels,
the AO Shell,
the Simplified Client API,
and the Full Client API.
The Control Panels are
brandable web-based control panels that our resellers may use for their customers. A copy of the control panels
are integrated with the AO Industries website for use by our clients.
The AO Shell is a command interpreter based on the
Bourne shell syntax. It provides command line control, scripting capabilities, and
SQL-like select statements.
The Simplified Client API is an easy-to-use Java API
that gives developers the ability to control the system from their own code. The methods are invoked
using standard Java classes and primitives, allowing for easy development.
Being pure Java, this layer is ideally suited for Servlet, JSP, and EJB developers.
The Full Client API is low level access
into the system. This layer is much more powerful than the Simplified Client API,
but also has a much steeper learning curve. Java programs using this layer are exposed to a wealth of information
about their accounts and may concurrently access the Simplified Client API and
AO Shell tools. Every detail of the accounts may be accessed and managed with
logical, clean, strongly-typed objects and methods. This API is also pure Java and may be used inside any Java virtual machine.
We expect and hope that this system will never be completely finished.
We will continue to expand the system to support the latest features of all the
software and hardware we employ. While backward compatibility is important,
our priority will be optimal functionality with the current system.
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