Need a managed dedicated server -- Which hosts are 'currently' recommeded?
It seems like companies that were in favor six months ago or a year ago, often fall out of favor.
I am looking for a dedicated server with roughly these specs:
8 Gig Ram
Raid 10 (Sata or SAS should work for this server - disk size is irrelevant, just want extra speed and redundancy of raid 10)
Those are the main requirements, which I would hone down based on what the DC offers.
The key is that it is a managed server, I don't want to self manage or use a third party Linux admin company.
I need a company that is known for extended up-time, not having frequent, short network outages.
Quick response and resolution on support tickets.
If you guys can give me some of the companies that are currently in favor that fit the above, then I can do further research on those companies.
What type of management do you need? Some hosting provider expect you to at least understand some basic skills on handling the server while others expect you to have only shared hosting equivalent knowledge.
It won't be a bandwidth intensive site, so nearly any bandwidth pacakage will work.
Cpanel is a must, as that is what we are using on other servers (in house and out - VPS and dedicated). We prefer to have the consistant platform both for knowledge, as well as ease of moving accounts from server to server.
We are capable of doing some management. For instance, I am not looking for them to install or configure vBulletin or moodle or applications, but I would turn to them to install and configure xcache, etc., as well as things like kernel updates, server hardening, etc.
As to Budget, I have some flexibility. Good, fast support and good uptime is more important to me than the cheapest price.
This server will primarily be serving the US, but at some point it might be used for some of our western European customers. So, if it was US only, I would think Dallas is a nice central locations, but an East coast server might be better for serving both markets.
The site(s) will not be download intensive, but instead by running things like moodle, vbulletin and possible some streaming video.