Originally Posted by yo blair!
I'm hosting about a dozen small business websites that we do web design services for and am looking to bring on more in the future...downtime and problems with email are my biggest concerns.
I've narrowed down my shortlist to these two companies for dedicated hosting, knowing that rackspace appears to be the more solid of the two but also may be around $200/more per month when I crunch the numbers. Both company's have been great with answering questions and message boards and review sites speak well of both.
Am I comparing apples to oranges here in terms of being worth the extra money or not to go with Rackspace?
Are their any other hosting companies in the same league with these two, especially rackspace?
I'm really sold on SmarterMail vs Exchange (for clients that don't need access to multiple calendars, etc)...any comments from experienced users?
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN ADVANCE!!!
I've recently been talking with RackSpace to purchase some dedicated servers from them. It's been nothing but a pleasure dealing with their sales representative, Jerry Howell, at RackSpace. He has been extremely helpful.
They always start high in price and then you can negotiate with them to lower it. You need to play their game and not settle for the price they offer at the beginning. However, I currently host with The Planet and I have never been treated as good as RackSpace has treated me.
With RackSpace you are building a long lasting relationship and paying for their excellent support and uptime. RackSpace isn’t for everyone, even they say that. To my understanding, their prices are higher than other providers because they prefer to deal with people that are well established than someone just starting up that may shut down or downsize in the near future.
I would strongly recommend RackSpace and talking to their sales representative Jerry Howell. If their prices are not suitable for you, my next suggestion is The Planet.
I hope this helps. Good luck!