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Hostcomm Helpdesk

The Hostcomm Helpdesk is your main point of contact when you need support for any of your services. Here, we can deal with your calls, emails or web chat enquiries.

Any problems or issues can also be logged with Hostcomm using your secure support account on our website. Our web-based ticketing system also includes an automatic problem resolution and escalation procedure which is completely visible to our customers.

Support Services

  • Helpdesk telephone tech support
  • 24 x 7 remote monitoring
  • Web-based interactive tech assistance
  • Online reporting of outages and progress to resolution
  • Online engineer support
  • Hardware replacement & configuration help
  • Campaign planning support
  • Initial and ongoing training


Problem resolution and escalation

Hostcomm has a problem resolution and escalation plan with procedures in place to help deal with any unresolved issues.

The plan is triggered when a resolution ticket reaches a certain threshold and the issue is still not resolved. Your account manager will be informed of every escalation and will take responsibility to personally oversee the case until the problem is fixed - evaluating your situation, facilitating the issue at a global level, and acting as an advocate on your behalf.

Our escalation procedure is as follows:

  1. Mean Time to Respond: You should receive a Hostcomm engineer response within 15 minutes of logging a ticket via the client portal, phone or email. If you don't receive a response within 15 minutes, you should contact your account manager.
  2. Mean Time to Isolate: The mean time to replicate and isolate the issue is 1 hour. If this doesn't happen within that time, the issue will be escalated to the Technical Support Manager.
  3. Mean Time to Repair: If the issue isn't fixed within 2 hours, it will be escalated to a Hostcomm Director.

Service Level Agreement

Hostcomm provides a service level agreement (SLA) that records a common understanding about services, priorities, responsibilities, guarantees, and warranties.

Each area of service already has the "level of service" predefined. The SLA will specify the levels of availability, serviceability, performance, operation, or any other attributes of the service, such as billing. It's important to note that the "agreement" relates to the services the customer receives, and not how the service provider delivers that service.

Hostcomm's SLAs include a definition of services, performance measurement, problem management, customer duties, warranties, disaster recovery, and termination of the agreement. In order to ensure that SLAs are consistently met, these agreements are often designed with specific lines of demarcation and the parties involved are required to meet regularly to create an open forum for communication.

Hostcomm’s network infrastructure is largely based on Cisco Systems equipment. Cisco is the global market leader in IP communications and Hostcomm is an accredited partner. This allows us to design, supply and support any solution based on their products. The in-house experience in networking and IP telephony ensures that we can offer a service where standards are consistently upheld.

Network Security and Performance

The Network Operations Centre (NOC) is located in Leicester and is where your technical support team is based and new recruits are trained.

The NOC has a fibre leased line which is used to access all of our servers spread over four main data centres in the UK and Europe. Using our network monitoring applications, any downtime can be kept to a minimum. The server health information, that relates to our infrastructure and client-dedicated servers, can be monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

The NOC also has a data centre which is currently undergoing an upgrade to allow Hostcomm to host some services in-house.

Service Monitoring

Hostcomm continually monitors its support services for any areas of weakness so they can be addressed quickly. Hostcomm doesn't lock clients into lengthy contracts but has a policy of encouraging loyalty through good service. On this basis, our service must be exceptional.

Logged ticket statistics are analysed every three months for average response times and satisfaction scores. Any areas that fall below our standards can be looked into andquickly improved.

Data Back-ups

Call centres are required by Ofcom to keep call recordings for at least six months. And, as part of our service to clients, Hostcomm offer secure contact data and call recording storage and back-ups as standard.

All of our hosted call centre services data is stored in a secure MySQL database on your dedicated server platform. This includes all uploaded lists, call records, campaign settings, call-back details, client details and notes.

To reduce the risk of data loss, through server disk drive failure on your hosted dialler or call centre service, Hostcomm has several backup options. 

But, we know that one size doesn't fit all. So we offer five configurable backup options with all our services upon request, including free configurable backup protection. 

Backup options

To reduce the chance of any data loss, simply tell us which of these backup services you require:

  1. Periodically request a MySQL backup and call recordings archive from Hostcomm technical support 
  2. Request read-only access to your MySQL database where you can download your data to a schedule or manually. This needs to be done when your server is not in use.
  3. Download key data from the admin interface such as lists, callbacks and client data. Call recordings can be automatically transferred overnight to a server local to you. If the MySQL database is kept to a small size (by archiving call details), this can also be transferred overnight to you.

​Mirrored server

Configured as a master and slave set-up, your data is copied to the slave server semi-live and acts as a live server replacement in the event of a primary server failure.

Data is always up to date within one minute and call recordings are copied across to the slave server nightly.

Hardware RAID disk array

This ensures all your data is spread over more than one disk drive. In the event of a disk failure, another disk can take over.

​Hostcomm Call Recording

Manual Call Recordingback-ups can be done to your organisations server so that you have complete control and visibility of call recordings. 

Alternatively, Hostcomm can transfer all your call recordings using FTP for fast, efficient back-ups.

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