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    Help Choosing a new host

    Currently my business is hosted with Rack Force, and so far I have had a fairly positive experience with them. Especially the fact that they have great support.

    My business is a very small (less then 10 clients) web hosting company, however, one of my clients is getting a lot of traffic right now, and I am experience a need for more bandwidth.

    However, I cannot afford their bandwidth options, and I have long outgrown a 1.5mbps connection.

    Basically my needs fall in line with the offerings of any major company in the $100 range.

    My business is not profitable, so keeping the costs as low as possible is key. I am still spending about 75% of the monthly costs out of pocket, so I cant justify getting a server from theplanet or rackspace or one of the other highly reputable companies.

    Basically I need:
    Fully dedicated box with at least 2ghz of CPU and 1gb+ ram, 80gb+ hdd, etc. I also require Plesk 7.5 since thats what I run currently.
    Bandwidth/Hardware upgrade options would be a plus, affordable backup solutions would be nice also.


    So far I have found the following deals:

    Server Beach Power 2200
    Cost as needed: $149/mo
    Pros:
    Option for unmetered 10mbit, 2000gb base
    The Prices are ok...

    Cons:
    Backups Cost Extra (a lot extra for a full disk mirror)
    Plesk Costs Extra (as expected)
    Shady Support Options

    1&1 Root III
    Cost as needed $119
    Pros:
    Includes SSL Cert (mine expires next month)
    Includes Backup storage space equal to disk size
    Plesk Included in Cost
    Datacenter located in NY ( I am located in philadelphia, along with my client base)
    A bunch of other Perks (firewall, recovery tool, serial connection, etc)
    2gb ram
    3ghz cpu
    Additional IP's only $1 ( i need 5 Ips total)
    Cons:
    Questionable Reputation
    Questionable Support
    No bandwidth upgrade options
    Only 1500gb as opposed to 2000gb ( I can always get additional boxes)
    Max of 8 ips per box (not a big deal)

    Layered Tech
    Cost as needed $70-100
    Pros:
    Price
    Cons:
    Reputation ( I have never heard of them, they seem really small)


    Basically, as you can tell, Im leaning toward 1&1, I was almost certain I was going to go with them until I read a few negative reviews here. I have a feeling their support isnt as bad as it seems, and I have a way of getting what I need when it comes to talking to customer service people on the phone.


    The ability to upgrade a box as needed would be nice (server beach and 1&1 dont really offer this)

    Backups included in price would be fantastic

    The ability to upgrade to more bandwidth as needed would be great to prevent paying expensive overage fees.


    I know im asking a lot but 1&1 seems to blow all the other deals out of the water.
    Last edited by werkkrew; 07-26-2005 at 02:45 PM.

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    If you are happy with your current host, I would stick it out with them. No need to rock the boat over a few dollars.

    Sirius
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    I am happy with their service and support, but their bandwidth options are essentially impossibly expensive.

    Not to mention, when I told them I was considering leaving and asked if they could be flexible on their bandwidth options, they basically told me, "see ya" and didnt even try to retain me as a customer. I didnt feel valued at all.

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    Originally posted by werkkrew
    I am happy with their service and support, but their bandwidth options are essentially impossibly expensive.

    Not to mention, when I told them I was considering leaving and asked if they could be flexible on their bandwidth options, they basically told me, "see ya" and didnt even try to retain me as a customer. I didnt feel valued at all.
    That's not a good sign... I am a stickler for stability, sometimes costing an arm and a leg is a good thing.

    Sirius
    I support the Human Rights Campaign!
    Moving to the Tampa, Florida area? Check out life in the suburbs in Trinity, Florida.

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    werkkrew,

    Layeredtech seems to have a decent rep. around these forums, theres an issue every so often but it's normally user-error from what I can see publically.

    That said: What is your maximum budget? (obviously you're attempting to keep costs low) but does that mean <150? <200?

    You can find quite a few servers for <150
    I personally use steadfastnetworks.com - you can pick up a 2.8ghz box there with a terabyte of bandwidth (level3/savvis) for 139.95 a month which is decent (compared to ev1 or TP where you'll be paying about 150-200)

    Also: Check with each provider and see if they'll offer you a backup solution, some might throw one in free of charge.
    David
    Web hosting by Fused For businesses with more important things to do than worry about their hosting.

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    Check out sigmaservers.com. They are very reasonable and can probably match your needs with that price range.

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    we are with Hostdigit.com and so far so good not only fully managed support but also pro active monitoring They called us last night inform us tha we had a server issue and server needed reboot. They also sending us ICQ msgs and Emails when some thing wrong and they working on it.

    my 2cents

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    Plus hostdigit also offered me 30min "call back" service with my order.so i can email any time and have call back within an 30min to my cell phone. i think its great

    my 2cents.

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