Originally Posted by Hoztzing
I would recommend geting a layeredtech.com or softlayer.com server and then hiring somebody to manage it for you. Most hosting companies that offered "manage" are either expensive, unreliable, or have really really bad service.
The expense is there for a reason, if you want good service you have to pay for it ... and there's nothing better than having your hardware and software managed under the same roof. The two must work harmoniously together for a successful hosting experience, so why seperate them?
I'm not going to say that third party management isn't good, but what I will say is that 99% of the services out there are reactive
, meaning the problem has already occurred, and the downtime is happening before the management company are fixing the problem. With real, proactive server management, the necessary work is carried out before it becomes a problem, and downtime is avoided.