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Thread: Recommendations

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    Hi all,

    I've been looking through a lot of companies, and everybody and their grandmother seems to have nothing but IDE drives or if they have SCSI, they dont' have unmetered bandwidth. Can anyone recommend a good company for something like this:

    Dual Xeon 2.4+
    2x73 GB SCSI (optional RAID 1)
    2 GB DDR RAM (or faster - ECC etc.)
    Unmetered 10 or 20 Mbps
    Windows 2003 standard
    MS SQL Server 2000 options
    IP addresses - 5 or so - less important - 3 minimum
    Decent SLA - 99.5%+
    * Optional web analysis software (not free stuff - something like Urchin or
    ClickTracks is good)

    I'm really most interested in the companies - I've heard great things about CrystalTech and ServerMatrix, but there are far too many out there and I just don't want to get burned. The above is a ballpark of what I need - any recommendations on companies?

    I'm having a real hard time tracking something like that down. I thought it would be easier... Silly me

    Thanks for any input,


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Indiana, US
    What kind of budget do you have for this server?

  3. #3

    Not too worried

    I'm not too worried about the budget - I'm more worried about reliability.

    But, I'd like to keep things under $1,000 a month if possible. Less is always better, but you get what you pay for as well.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Indiana, US
    Well you're definetly on the right track with that budget. But I think providers like Rackspace will actually charge you more than $1k (because of the high bandwidth requirements).

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    New York City
    Are you looking for managed services as well? That's a decent budget for that system, and you should have no problem getting what you want.

    Sam Machiz / Director, Product Development / Ubersmith
    smachiz[at] / [direct] 212-812-4194

  6. #6
    I'm hitting a wall with everyone offering boxes with IDE drives, or if they have SCSI, bandwidth is metered.

    Any suggestions on decent hosts/providers?

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    North Yorkshire, UK

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    I'm starting the emailings/contacts now. I've got an offer in email, and waiting for a couple others. Still looking of course. Need to do my homework before I jump the gun anywhere. I'd have an easier time setting up a DAW or NLE I think.

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