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Old 08-21-2006, 09:39 PM
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Rackspace...this a good deal?


I was quoted a price of $900 for a server with single opteron 250 proc, 2 GB RAM, 2x146GB SCSI hard drives. Sounds really steep. Any thoughts?



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Old 08-21-2006, 09:53 PM
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What kind of management with that?

That's a pretty steep price IMO, you can probably get that price down a fair bit if you deal with them however. Of course there are other providers out there too...

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Old 08-21-2006, 09:55 PM
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Not the intensive management package...there were some other things they threw in for a total of $1970 for 2 servers total with that configuration. Sounds really steep.

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Old 08-21-2006, 10:26 PM
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I recently quoted a similar server, but with the 2x 72 gb scsi's and got it in under $500 a month. But that was with an 18 month commitment.

RackSpace is expensive - any price comparison to other proviers is out the window, but as far as RackSpace prices are concerned that sounds a little high. If you can get your salesman on the phone and you're willing haggle and prepared to sign a contract you should be able to get better than $900

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Old 08-22-2006, 04:16 AM
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You don't choose Rackspace if you aren't prepared to pay the price. They offer premium services, and are suited for companies that need the VERY good reliability of their services.

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Old 08-22-2006, 06:27 AM
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Rackspace is also for companies with more money than sense.

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Old 08-22-2006, 08:31 AM
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Rackspace is also for companies with more money than sense.
haha, nicely put.

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Old 08-22-2006, 12:43 PM
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$500 a month seems fairly reasonable, but $900 a month seems like you're paying a reputation premium for Rackspace. I hear good things about them, but that $400 jump is big.

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Old 08-22-2006, 12:45 PM
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That's definitely high, even for Rackspace.

...Unless there's a significant amount of other hardware/software included with that.

EDIT: I've just reviewed a recent proposal from them, and... It's actually not really waaay out there for Rackspace. Wow.


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Old 08-22-2006, 02:19 PM
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haha, nicely put.
Seconded.

To the OP, simply get on the phone and start haggling with them. Personally, I wouldn't go with them but if your heart is set on it...

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Old 08-22-2006, 02:21 PM
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Rackspace charges out your sister's wazzoo.

That said, you actually DO get what you pay for (I am in no way affiliated with them, I have experience with them through a former employer). They are 100% on the ball and you will not have downtime, provided you didn't completely destroy your server on your own.

However, if you are comfortable with paying less and committing for an extended period, by all means do that. Managed hosting is managed hosting, and you're going to get the same basic QoS regardless of who you use. The thing is that for $900/mo you get what you pay for. For $500/mo you get $900 worth of managed hosting.

Bottom line: they're excellent, but so are a hundred other managed hsots that are a lot cheaper.

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Old 08-22-2006, 02:54 PM
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Well, when you make $30K a month from single e-commerce website, you don't think that rackspace is expensive.... 100% uptime is what you need and you will not bargain about few hundreds...

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Old 08-22-2006, 07:28 PM
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A fool and his money are easily parted.

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Old 08-22-2006, 07:38 PM
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Rackspace's prices are outrageous.

I've had serious hardware issues with them in the past, and have spoken to half a dozen or so of their vaunted support staff regarding various Linux and networking issues I've had to deal with on their servers. They generally know what they are doing pretty well, but you'll constantly get bounced around from one rep to another, with no consistent account management on their part. I would hardly rate them top of the line, though. I can't speak to the quality of the network, but from what I hear it is quite solid.

But, a server with those specs could be had for around 40% or less of that price, from plenty of reliable data centers.

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Old 08-22-2006, 09:50 PM
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Rackspace is also for companies with more money than sense.
ha

i also agree that Rackspace is a bit on the expensive side, but I hear the quality of their servers and support is great.

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btw, shouldnt this be in a dedicated server talk forum?

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