Service Level Agreement
By submitting the online order form below, or by using Host NIT service, Customer hereby agrees to the following Service Level Agreement (SLA). Customer agrees that it shall comply with, and require its clients to comply with, this SLA.
Unless otherwise specified in this SLA, the usage of “us”, “we”, “our”, and “ours” shall refer to Host NIT host, a Texas business, and all its parents, subsidiaries, successors, and assigns. The usage of “Customer,” “you”, “your”, “they”, and “them” shall refer to the Customer of Host NIT . Moreover, in this SLA, “Host NIT ” shall refer to Host NIT, and all its parents, subsidiaries, successors, and assigns.
1.1. “Network Uptime” is the total time in a calendar month that the our network is available through the Internet, provided that Customer has established connectivity. We take responsibility for network availability within its network and for network outages from its bandwidth and connectivity provider, except when such network outages are excluded by Section 3.6 of this SLA; however, Host NIT shall not be liable for any upstream problems outside of its network. We guarantee is that its network will be available to Customer free of Network Outages, that render 100% packet loss, 99.8% of each calendar month.
1.2. “Network Outages” or “Unscheduled Downtime” is any unplanned or unscheduled interruption in service availability during which Customer is unable to access the services as described in the section titled “Network Uptime” above.
1.3. A “Network Outage” is defined as a period in which 100% packet loss to our network is experienced, which is determined to have been caused by a problem in Host NIT Network as confirmed by us. Downtime and outages are measured as the total length of time of the unplanned interruption in service availability in a calendar month.
1.4. “Scheduled Downtime” is any of Host NIT scheduled interruption of Services, for the purpose of network upgrades, or replacement of any equipment in order to provide you with better service. Scheduled downtime occurs during notified downtime periods, with as much advance warning as possible.
2. “SLA Network Violation Credit” occurs when our network uptime guarantee is not met. As stated in paragraph 1.1 above, Host NIT guarantees 99.8% uptime for shared hosting, reseller hosting, and Master Resellers hosting.Host NIT will review claims of SLA violations during normal business hours of the first through seventh day of the month, and will apply any applicable credit to Customer’s account within two billing cycles after we receives Customer’s credit request.
Performance Credit Exclusions.
Notwithstanding any contrary provision in this SLA, Host NIT's shall not be liable to reimburse in any form for failure to meet any of the guaranteed service level where such failure arises from any one or more of the following:
3.1. Scheduled downtime, maintenance, or upgrades, including without limitations the following:
Maintenance by local public telecommunications and telegraph service providers on access circuits between Host NIT and the clients’ Web sites; Software maintenance made globally on our network.
3.2. Emergency maintenance or upgrades, where such maintenance or upgrades are required by the occurrence of any events outside of Host NIT control;
3.3. Failure of access circuits to our Network, unless such failure is caused solely by Host NIT ;
3.4. Erroneous SLA outages reported as a result of outages or errors of any Host NIT measurement system;
3.5. Problems outside of our network (upstream providers, or client’s inbound connection) not effecting 100% packet loss to our network, and interruptions or failures of individual service caused by Customer, Customer’s agents or employees, Customer’s clients, or other third parties, to Customer’s service. These interruptions and failures include, but are not limited to, the following:
- inaccurate configuration,
- third-party software,
- Customer’s abuse or over-utilization of resources,
- acts or omissions of any person for whom we are not responsible, or
- any causes whether similar or otherwise outside Host NIT's control;
3.6. Circumstances beyond Host NIT are reasonable control and force major events including but not limited to the following:
catastrophic incidents, vandalism, lightning, power failure, fire, flood, earthquake, acts of nature, emergency, acts of any governmental body, war, insurrection, sabotage, armed conflict, terrorism, embargo, riots, curfew, strike or other labor disturbance, industrial disputes, interruption of or delay in transportation, unavailability of or interruption or delay in telecommunications or third-party services, virus attacks, worms, Trojans, spy ware, ad ware or other mal ware, failure of third-party software (including, without limitation, e-commerce software, payment gateways, chat, statistics, or free scripts) or inability to obtain raw materials, supplies, or power used in or equipment needed for provision of this SLA;
3.7. Services or communications protocols other than hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP).
3.8. DNS (Domain Name System) issues outside the direct control of Host NIT;
3.9. DNS propagation;
3.10. Customer’s acts or omissions (or acts or omissions of others engaged or authorized by customer), including, without limitation, custom scripting or coding, e.g. CGI, PERL, HTML, PHP, etc., any negligence, willful misconduct, or use of our services in breach of Host NIT Terms of Service, Acceptable Use Policy, or No-Spam Policy;
3.11. Faults caused by the client’s equipment, applications, interconnected equipment, networks, systems or gateways and / or the acts or omissions of the Customer, third-party components whether within or outside Host NIT network or the acts or omissions of local exchange carriers or failure of third party services;
3.12. Outages elsewhere on the Internet that hinder access to your account or services. We are not responsible for browser or DNS caching that may make your Web site appear inaccessible when others can still access it. We will guarantee only those areas considered under the control of Host NIT; or
3.13. Disconnection and / or reconnection of the services due to non-payment of any charges payable to Host NIT or where the services are disconnected by reason of it being used for any illegal, unlawful, or other objectionable purpose described in the TOS, AUP, or No-Spam Policy.
3.14 Customer moving from the server where downtime occurred to another one of our server in the same calendar month.
4. Nature of Credits; Sole Remedy.
4.1. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this SLA, the total amount credited to the Customer in a particular month under this SLA shall not exceed the total hosting fee paid by the Customer for such month for the affected service.
4.2. Credits are exclusive of any applicable taxes charged to the Customer or collected by Host NIT and are the Customer’s sole and exclusive remedy with respect to any failure or deficiency in service or in the availability of the Customer’s Web sites.
5. General Terms.
5.1. You and Host NIT staff agree that only measurements carried out by Host NIT personnel shall be used for the calculation of unavailable time and Host NIT records shall be conclusive evidence of that unavailable time. The client’s sole remedy in relation to a breach of this SLA shall be limited to the service credits provided accordingly in this SLA.
5.2. This SLA shall not apply during any trial or free period of the services, and this SLA does not come into effect until after the end of the first month of the applicable services has been provided. The SLA shall apply during the normal initial period during which the Customer is available for Host NIT 30-days money-back guarantee, as provided in the TOS, as amended from time to time; provided, however, that Customer’s right to a 30-days money-back guarantee shall expire, according to its terms, if the Customer continues service beyond the first thirty (30) days.
5.3. This SLA does not relieve the Customer from the obligation to pay the Customer’s balance in full when it is due. SLA credits are always applied within two billing cycles after the month in which the downtime eligible for SLA credit occurs.
5.4. This SLA is subject to Host NIT Terms of Service (TOS), as it may be modified from time to time. In the event of any conflict between any term or condition of this SLA and the TOS, the TOS shall govern and the conflicting portion shall be construed in accordance with applicable law as nearly as possible to reflect the original intentions of the parties to this SLA, and the remainder of the SLA’s provisions shall remain in full force and effect.