I currently have a co-located server with XCalibre in the UK, but have decided to move elsewhere to get a better deal. I'm going to (probably) co-locate my current server and also add a dedicated server. Layerdtech seem to have some great deals and some good reviews, but are based in the US. Will this give me any problems? Will I be better off choosing a UK host for a dedicated server. The Uk host I have looked at is VirtualISP. Has anyone got one of their dedicated servers? I realize there are a lot of posts about their offer of unlimited bandwidth to resellers - really not bothered about that. Just want to know how their dedicated servers perform. I've had so many headaches with downtime and slow speeds over the years. I really just want a server that will run fast and not give me problems!
hi there. We have most of our servers in the US, but are currently looking in the UK for a couple of reasons. We have always (for 7 years now) used US providers because their support appeared to be better and pricing was much better, however with Google now focusing more on local markets (and some of that being by way of IP addresses) some of our clients complained that their sites were not showing up in the Google UK search results. This has caused us a problem, so we are looking for UK servers for clients who need a strong uk presence.
We use Liquidweb and Rackspace for dedicated. Personally I wouldn't colocate in the US if you are in the UK as you're asking for headaches there
I think dedicated server can be done in the US. I have tried to test speed with a few of the US-based servers from UK and they do give decent results.
However, I think colo a server in US might be a no-no. Firstly, the shipment of your server might not justify the cost. Secondly, colo usually don't come with hardware fixing or it might come with an extreme price. Your warranty of the server might also not be appliable in US.
So Dedicated server. Yes while Colo I won't take that.
Yeah, sorry, didn't make that clear - I was always gonna keep the colo in the UK for just the reasons you specified. It was just the dedicated server I was looking to the US for. The search engines would be an issue though!
I am British, had a dedicated with Pipex in the UK and got years of grief. Switched over a month ago to liquidweb in the US after reading recommendations on this site and I am 110% glad I did. I could not ask for more. Take advantage of the currency rate!
I'm not sure I understand the search engine issue. If you have a dedicated server you can have your own ips and assign any domain name and extension to them. If I undertand the rules correctly Google looks for the domain extension for inclusion in their regional directories and if you have an address in the UK you can get a UK domain which can then be assigned to any IP anywhere in the world. Have they changed this policy? (Entirely possible - I haven't looked into foreign domain names in a couple of years)
BethSG, this is not quite correct, but I can understand why you would think it. Basically we have some customers who have .co.uk domains. These sites show highly after SEO on Google.com, but when searched for under Google.co.uk they don't show up. After digging deeper, and posting on some SEO forums, it turns out that its well known that Google uses IP addresses to determine the country that a server/site is running under. I've written to Google about this, but not had any reply as yet.
We have quite a few servers in the US, and have no intention of moving everything into the UK, but its just one caveat that we tell our own (web design) customers when we're doing a site for them.
I used servers in Ezzi.net and Layered tech before we started our own network in Europe and the only problem was Latency. Don't even bother if your using it for VoIP. Until you have tried checking your email on a UK server you haven't seen how fast broadband really can be. It takes less than 1/2 second to check all 5 emails accounts and almost 3 times that on a US server.
USA: 100ms (at best)
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mwright - thanks for the clarification on the IP issue. I thought Google had been brought to task over that practice a while back and forced to go just by the .country extension but I guess not. Da boogers! LOL
Seems rather unfair that you can't host your site where you want without being penalized by the big Google machine. Price and latency in a perfect world should determine server location, not a search engine. /me ends grumble LOL
I like NAC.net (or rather 15minuteservers.com). My only grumble is that they don't have telephone support, but they do answer queries by email quickly. They've a good range of server types too.
My server has a round trip of around 75ms from where I'm working at the moment, and from home it's similiar (if not lower due to the peering arrangements - take a look at their map - http://www.nac.net/networkmap.asp).