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Server Admin Service Level Agreement / Terms of Service


This Service Agreement is hereby entered into by and between BestServerSupport, a Brick7 Company, hereafter referred to as BSS, it's technical support team and 'YOU' hereafter referred to as Client. When a client signs up for our services from our order form or by making at least one payment to BSS for our services, you agree to the following Terms and Conditions of Service.

Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Our goal is to provide fast, comprehensive troubleshooting and resolution for any issues that you have with your server(s). Our engineers have extensive training and hands-on experience with a wide range of hardware, operating systems, and server software applications. BSS will make every attempt to provide support for any issue that you may encounter, however we can only guarantee resolution for issues which we have necessary experience and/or training for. These items are listed below.

Access to Servers

BSS requires administrative access to your server(s) in order to provide services to you, as well as access to hardware maintenance and technical support personnel at the data center should be granted. If proper information is not provided, or updated to BestServerSupport, we can not be responsible for any issues in your server whatsoever.

Covered Issues

Operating system will be installed with the latest updates & security patches. Manual updates, security patching, security policy configurations, OS re-installs, and troubleshooting OS issues is also covered. OS re-installs may incur a fee of $25 - $75 (depending on os) unless they are due to faulty hardware. BSS will provide support for all software which comes installed with supported control panels. in our servers.

Software

Considering the number of available software applications on the internet today, it is simply not possible to be able to know them all. While our engineers are very good at researching issues for unsupported software, we cannot guarantee a resolution for issues with any software other than what is normally provided, such as, but not limited to: WebsitePanel, IIS, ASP.Net, Cpanel/WHM, Fantastico, Webmin, Plesk, Direct Admin, Virtuozzo, OpenVZ, mySQL, PHP, Apache, Litespeed Web Server, APF Firewall, CSF Firewall, IPTables, etc. If it's a "normal" add-on/upgrade, it's covered. If you have a question about supported/unsupported software, contact our support department.

Non-Covered Issues

BSS will not provide technical support or troubleshooting for any custom software applications. If you have custom-coded software installed on your server, it will be your responsibility to install, maintain, and troubleshoot it, unless a custom service contract has been arranged with BSS. BSS will not be responsible for any software you attempt to install in your server. If you need something installed, please open a ticket in our helpdesk and ask tech's for help. When we say "server management" this means we will manage issues in your server, and related to your server, and not individual accounts or domains, as this would be next to impossible to do.

If support request is beyond the scope of "normal" server management it will not be covered. Beyond "normal" means any support requested from tech's that would not normally be done on your machine, or that could cause issues.

Other

BSS also provides support for 3rd Party Software, DNS, server migrations, security audits, load balancing, and all add-on services which are available for purchase. NOTE: Most server admin plans include 3rd party software support. If in question, please ask.

Exceptions

BSS will make available all of our technical resources to support your server(s). However, it is your responsibility to make every attempt to resolve basic issues (i.e. adding websites & email accounts through a control panel, rebooting your server, pointing DNS, enforcing proper AUP, managing your clients, etc.). BSS retains the right to determine how much support we will provide. If a Customer abuses our support policies, causing a degraded level of support for other customers due to the frequency and nature of their own requests, BSS may be required to give the abusive customer a lower level of priority in the support queue and/or require payment to troubleshoot specific issues.

Response & Resolution Time

We guarantee a response time and resolution time as indicated on each plan, which will apply to all "normal" server management issues, per operating system/control panel used. If support request is beyond the scope of "normal" server management it will not be covered. Beyond "normal" means any support requested from tech's that would not normally be done on your machine, os, control panel, etc.

Per Ticket Support

If current monthly ticket average indicates you may go over your allotted tickets, we may ask you to upgrade your plan or purchase a top-up bundle. Small ticket overages will be billed after each billing anniversary date at the rate of $3 per ticket. Or you can purchase a discounted Top-Up Bundle (must be used during current billing period) Or for best value, you can upgrade your plan. On no expiration per ticket plan, you must reload your plan.

Live Chat Service

All chat operators are trained according to the the procedures and information you provide us, and the information on your site. Training typically takes from 2-7 days to train our operators depending on the scale of your business. Understand that as with any service, things do change and therefore it is a continuous learning process. As long as you provide us the required information, there should be no issues.

Levels of Service

Level 1 - only works on end user issues without access to WHM or SSH

Level 2 - This is an intermediate support level which requires server access for performing support operations like account migration, control panel upgrades, troubleshooting of medium DOS / DDOS attack, troubleshooting issues related to mail server, web server, DNS server, MySQL server, log analysis, etc. no admin tasks

Level 3 - This is an admin level support which requires server access to handle complex issues and provide analytical solutions. Critical server wide tasks are performed like performance tuning of servers, server audit and server hardening, server migrations, complex 3rd party software installations, etc

Terms of Service (TOS) - Scope of Services

All services provided by BSS may be used for lawful purposes only. The client agrees to indemnify and hold harmless BSS from any claims resulting from the use of the service that damages the client or any other party. BSS will be the sole arbiter in determining violations of this provision. Also prohibited are sites that promote any illegal activity or present content that may be damaging to BSS.

Liability Limitations

BSS is not liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, punitive, or other damages (including, but not limited to, economic losses, lost profits, lost revenues, or lost data) resulting from the use of BSS services by customer or any third parties, regardless of the form of action or theory of liability, or any loss of data resulting from delays, nondeliveries, misdeliveries or service interruptions.

Billing Cycle

All client billing cycles are based on the day that you signed up for service initially. The client will receive an invoice every month approximately five days from the day their account becomes due. All clients are to make the full payments on or before due date in order to avoid service interruption.

Prices

Prices are subject to change without notice. However your price will remain the same as when you signed up, during your contract period.

Cancellation of Service

You may cancel the Agreement at any time by providing us with written authorization to cease the Service, by sending a cancellation notice via our help desk, at least seven days before invoice due date. No other form of cancellation will be accepted. You agree to the auto-renewal of your account as long as you have not submitted cancellation request. This means that your account will continue to be paid for on a monthly basis until you have received a confirmation of service termination from BSS. No service will be provided after your Service Plan has been canceled. Your account is NOT canceled until you submit a cancellation request to the cancellation department via the help desk in the members center. Your account will continue to incur monthly charges until this is done, or 60 - 90 days after last payment - After this time period, your account(s) will be terminated and removed from our servers. We will then send a final invoice notice. If we do not hear back from you within 72 hours to make arrangements for payment, your account will incur additional fees, and sent to collections. NO EXCEPTIONS.

NOTE: Not canceling through our ticketing system, or canceling your paypal subscription, or moving your service elsewhere, is NOT a valid method of cancellation--nor is BSS even aware if such occurs.

Billing & Refund Policy

Except as specified elsewhere in this agreement, all payments to Brick7 are final and non-refundable. This includes the one-time setup fee and all subsequent charges or fees regardless of usage. Refunds will be made where we are legally obligated to do so. We may also provide refunds at our discretion. If you believe you have been overcharged or falsely billed, you must communicate these concerns to our Billing Department within twenty-eight (28) days of such overcharge or false billing.

If you signed up on one of our promos, and you miss a payment without informing us ahead of time, your monthly fee for service will revert to our regular pricing. In addition, if you are consistantly late, our automated system will apply a late fee on the first day invoice is past due.

Bank Assisted Disputes

("Chargeback"), Payment Disputes or Payment Reversals. Initiation of any complaint or Bank Assisted Dispute (chargeback) against us constitutes a severe breach of this agreement. A "complaint or chargeback" shall be defined as initiating any form of complaint or chargeback with PayPal, your credit card issuer or bank. Upon receipt of a complaint or chargeback, or threat thereof, BSS will immediately suspend or disconnect all Services provided to the Customer. If we do not hear from you within twenty-four (24) hours of such suspension, we will immediately cancel and terminate all Services provided, not just the Service that is being disputed. There will be an automatic minimum $35 chargeback fee added to your account. We will then initiate proceedings with our collections agency to collect and recover the full amount for services. In the event our collections agency is involved, the Customer agrees to pay a "Collections Fee" of not more than $150.00 USD in addition to the total of all charged back services.

Service Interruptions

BSS shall not be responsible for any delay or failure in performance, where the delay or failure results from reasons beyond the control of BSS. This includes but not limited to "act of God", riots, acts of war, fire, theft, power failure any mechanical, electronic, or communications failure or other disasters.

Client Privacy

At no time will any client's sensitive data be given, made public, or used in any manner other then what is intended or is necessary for BSS to do their job. Please rest assured that all of your sensitive data is safely protected and in good hands when you use our services. Please refer to our privacy policy for more details.

Jurisdiction

This contract and agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the Indian Constitutions, and the Rajkot, Gujart, India will be the final Jurisdiction.

Modifications to this Agreement

We reserve the right to change the Agreement at anytime, in whole or in part, at any time. Where you disagree with the updated agreement, you will be able to cancel and terminate services at the end of your current billing period. If you reject the updated agreement and fail to contact us within seven (7) days giving notice of your rejection in writing, it will be assumed that you acknowledge and agree to the updated Agreement and agree to be bound by the updated terms. You acknowledge that any changes or modifications shall not constitute grounds for non-payment.
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