The only one comparable to VD is DataShack, although I've never been with them so I can't comment on their service but price wise it seems similar. Check out dedicated server offers, they list their specials almost every day. Good luck.
That is a fair price and I had no downtimes with Volumedrive, good network times and fair hardware doesn't cost anything after a first setup.
Hardware is cheap, people are expensive.
All hardware eventually fails -- if you want an army of techs available to deal with that hardware failure in a timely manner, the host has to price the server at a rate that allows for the tech payroll to be covered.
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Servers on the East Coast are significantly more expensive. One of the main reasons behind this is that the electrical cost is pretty high here. I have done some quick searching at data centers around here, and the best I've found for $50 is a Pentium 4.
Go look at Joe's datacenter. Been with them for a while now. While the initial going was rough due to my dedi having to be reinstalled I believe four times due to the tech not understanding how to setup software raid 1 properly, and their recent power outages, the stability has been great. Haven't had a single problem that they haven't dealt with promptly and on my own time frame.
A whole bunch of polar ice needs to melt for that to become the east coast of North America.
From memory, the dual core Opteron Volumedrive sells was pretty low end anyway. It was a very old CPU. Maybe use an Atom from Interserver or HoneLive? You won't get 4gb RAM, but 2gb should still be good enough.