My 1 years contract with 1&1 is up, and since they are terrible (I guess that's what I get for renting a server that's only $99.00 per month), I want to get a server from a host that's closer to home.
One of the many issues I have with 1&1 is that, from Indiana, and most other places in the Eastern time zone, the ping in Call of Duty 4 from my server is over 80ms when my connection is good (and far worse when it is bad). Therefore, I want something as close to Indianapolis as I can get (Chicago seems to be the best bet).
Now I know that Limestone is a great server host, and I know several groups that use them and love them, but the ping to their servers is worse than the ping to my crappy 1&1 server, so they are out of the picture.
It looks like LiquidWeb and Gigenet are both very good, but it's hard to configure anything good for under $200.00 per month. Since the dual core CPU in my 1&1 server spikes at the slightest provocation, and can't handle much of a load, I was wanting a good Intel Quad Core, and since I may want to install Windows Server 2003 in a virtual machine I was wanting 4GB of RAM. Gigenet seems to have the best deal on such servers, but before I make a decision I want to know if I have any other options, and what the quality of the service is from those providers.