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  1. #1
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    Please recommend a great managed dedi provider

    Who would you recommend for providing great managed dedicated servers?
    I need to buy my server this week.

    My budget is $200 a month for the beginning.
    Can scale up when site is generating an income.

    I need the following:
    : USA based.
    : Fully managed service.
    : Option to add more RAM and hard drives as my needs grow.
    : FFMPEG
    : RAID (maybe 10)
    : Allows bulk mailing.

    Any advise will be appreciated as i am new to this.

    Thanks
    Mark

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    Mark,

    Just my advice here: A great management company needs to pay really good and very skilled staff. There people need to be kept up to date and to be great, there should be shifts covering 24/7
    So in my opinion, your budget is too low for a great management firm. For $200/mo you cannot get 24/7 server management done by really skilled people.
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  3. #3
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    Thanks swiftnoc,

    I understand your point.
    Once the site is generating $ i can up my budget.
    But for the beginning $200 would be close to my budget.

    Who would you recommend?

    Mark

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    Go for HostDime. 100% managed dedicated servers with online chat and very responsive staff.
    My experience with HD has always been positive and great.
    Good Luck
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  5. #5
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    Can't see you getting that many HDD's or hardware RAID for that money. If you lower your expectations on the hardware then Gigenet are good for fully managed hosting 24/7, but for that money with that spec you are looking at an unmanaged service.

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    Thanks GSalam,

    I will contact them now.

    Mark

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    Thanks jimsefton

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    Marks,

    I think you should have no problem finding a suitable managed server for $200.00/mo although raid10 maybe unreachable with that budget you can aim for raid1 with a backup drive option.

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    have you searched the offer section ?
    they are few that i found to be good, WT, KH, Softlayer, and singlehop.. others may be good too.
    try to chat with the staff and see what they offer in their dedi service
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  10. #10
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    Thanks for your replies and suggestions.

    Mark

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    Check out DedicatedNOW and HostDime. You will just need to pay around $75 for them to install video modules like FFmpeg/Mencoder.

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    If you back down on the Raid 10 then I think your current budget is fine for finding a fully managed server with the rest of your specs. As for the bulk emailing make sure you read the TOS and I would even contact the host directly and tell them what you plan on doing and make sure they are OK with it. Better then setting everything up only to be closed for TOS violation.

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    Raid 10 and Fully managed for $200? Hmmm... not impossible but kinda hard to get by with your budget. Lay off the RAID 10 thingy and you might be able to get a decent provider with your budget. You won't find any PREMIUM providers with that budget but a decent one is always available. (without the raid 10)
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    Liquidweb are the best I have come across, fully managed 27/7/365 support, repond within minutes, sometimes 1/2 to 1 hr max, charge you absolutely nothing for installing scripts like FFMpeg, give great support for 1/3rd party scripts based on best effort policy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HostXNow View Post
    Check out DedicatedNOW and HostDime. You will just need to pay around $75 for them to install video modules like FFmpeg/Mencoder.
    Thanks for the mention, we actually don't charge to install "FFmpeg/Mencoder" anything which may take longer then 1 hour to install we consider a valid chargeable installation

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