About Us


We here at EngineHosting specialize in load-balanced, highly available, clustered web-hosting solutions. While our solutions are highly optimized for clients in need of ExpressionEngine hosting, they work equally as well for other dynamic web applications based on PHP and MySQL. We provide only fully-managed web-hosting solutions, including extensive on and off-site backups, and monitor all of our network operations with in-house and extensive 3rd-party global-monitoring locations. Our primary focal points as a web hosting solutions provider are Security, Performance and Stability. Every choice we make is based on these three goals.

We currently operate out of four state-of-the-art data centers in three different cities in North America: Minneapolis, Minnesota; Edina, Minnesota; Fremont, California, and Reston, VA.


In 1998 Nevin Lyne founded Gippy's Internet Solutions, a technology consulting company focused on primarily the high performance web server needs of a group of niche industries.

In 2002, Nevin Lyne and Rick Ellis met, and setup a deal which opened pMachineHosting.com in October of that year, to provide secure and stable hosting for the growing community of pMachine Pro, Rick Ellis' original blogging/CMS tool.

In 2005, we shifted our primary data center location to Minneapolis, Minnesota from our single location in Fremont, California, keeping the Fremont location in place, and starting our voyage away from non-load-balanced web hosting solutions to fully load-balanced web hosting in the process.

In 2007, pMachineHosting.com changed its name to EngineHosting.com to better communicate our focus on fully load-balanced, clustered web hosting solutions for ExpressionEngine, and other apache/mysql/php based web applications which continued the tradition of our focus on Security, Performance and Stability f or our web hosting clients.

In 2007, added a marketing agreement with Userscape, Inc. the makers of the advanced helpdesk web application, HelpSpot, again focused on providing hosting services to a market with a critical need of our three business focuses, Security, Performance and Stability.

In 2008, we expanded to a third data center location with an eye towards disaster recovery and off-site backups conducted over fully private metro-optical ethernet connections. This data center location is directly linked to our primary data center for higher performance and full security of data in transit between the two locations, rather than relying on routing across the public Internet. Our support/help desk systems are also run out of this data center.

In 2009, we continued our focus on our primary goals by moving our infrastructure into the cloud computing world by fully using the advanced technologies of VMware vSphere. This included automated high availability, "Live migration" of any service between physical servers or storage arrays, and the full separation o f our services from the underlying hardware that drive our infrastructure.

2012 and beyond: We will be introducing more exciting new products and services for our clients and partners, and continuing to push our focus on providing o ur clients with solutions rather than excuses.

Lead Staff Members

Julie Lau - Director of Operations
Her web experience started in college with web site development in 1995 while she was getting her BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Mills College, and continued while assisting the Department of Immunology at the Mayo Clinic with their web site development needs. She now has a Masters of Science in Immunology from the Mayo Graduate School and continues her love for the Internet by making sure everything at EngineHosting flow smoothly.

Nevin Lyne - Director of Technology
For over 25 years, Nevin Lyne has worked with servers and networking in a number of technology sectors, as well as over 30 years of computer and online experience overall. His clients have included small businesses, to enterprise level institutions like the Mayo Clinic. In 1998, Nevin founded Gippy's Internet Solutions, a provider of hosting and web-based services and solutions for a very select group of clients. As the Founder and Director of Technology of Gippy's Internet Solutions and EngineHosting, Nevin has assisted thousands of clients in obtaining top performance for their web properties.

Laurie Ruggles - Director of Client Operations
Laurie has worked in technology for over 25 years beginning as a technical user advocate, technical analyst, and a technical writer then moving to operations and management for technology companies. Laurie works daily to improve the EngineHosting experience including support and developer relations.