What is considered a good ping number?
Here are some of my results from a 56K/Win98 connection:
1) Minimum = 236ms, Maximum = 250ms, Average = 181ms
2) Minimum = 221ms, Maximum = 240ms, Average = 227ms
3) Minimum = 221ms, Maximum = 310ms, Average = 257ms
1)Minimum = 206ms, Maximum = 246ms, Average = 228ms
2)Minimum = 210ms, Maximum = 230ms, Average = 215ms
3)Minimum = 195ms, Maximum = 210ms, Average = 204ms
1)Minimum = 210ms, Maximum = 212ms, Average = 211ms
2)Minimum = 172ms, Maximum = 190ms, Average = 183ms
3)Minimum = 195ms, Maximum = 208ms, Average = 203ms
According to that ping Dialtone Internet has better
results than rackspace and catalog. Also
I am going to let you know that for $39 dollars
more the second server in your post is P3 650?? PHP and SQL are
very, very CPU intensive. Plus a big thing
that is very expensive that Dialtone Internet uses is ECC
memory rather than PC100, ECC will auto fix errors
on the memory that will cause Linux to crash
under heavy traffic load. Plus you can upgrade the memory
at any time.
I got a friend that has a server at Dialtone Internet
and from the Linux stand point and security he said he is
very happy with their expertise, they support you 24/7 and only
when you break something on the server, you will have to
pay them to fix it.
As far as speed, you may want to trace route your potential
host from different countries, a good source is tracert.com
who has pages to tracert from
different ISP's all over the World. Oh I traced tracert.com
site and I think they are hosted at Dialtone Internet too,
if that means anything.