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Need Help – New Dedicated Server Host

The current company (which shall remain nameless for the moment) that I lease servers from has had a rough month. There have been two times that the service has been down for over 2 hours (each time). This has been a bit rough for me to explain to some of my customers. I feel the need now to switch to a different host for my servers. Here are some of my requirements:

  • Must exist in a virtualized environment
  • Must offer CentOS 4/5 or RedHat Enterprise 4/5
  • Must give full root access

Does anyone have any suggestions? Has anyone used Myriad Network VDS’s? Thanks in advance for your input.




21 Responses to “Need Help – New Dedicated Server Host”

  1. I was thinking about switching to Amazon EC2. I am happy with my dedicated host provider, but it’s too expensive for what I need. I was wondering if you have any thoughts on elastic computing?

  2. David Tucker says:

    EC2 will revolutionize the hosting industry eventually, but it has some limitations now. First, it does not use static IP’s so, it cannot be mapped to a domain directly. If you use a Dynamic DNS host, it can work. Second, the server does not persist. If it shuts down, you lose your data. This means that you have to have a method to handle that (S3 is ideal for that). Third, you have to pay for bandwidth – which takes the cost a bit higher (specifically if you are serving video). This makes EC2 more expensive than some other solid options. However, the benefits of EC2 cannot be denied. I am also considering EC2 in my options.

  3. I’ve been pretty happy with my move to MediaTemple DV…followed their performance tuning articles in their knowledge base and everything’s been humming along pretty nicely.

    EC2 is pretty awesom I’d have to say. One cool thing is that you don’t have to build your image from scratch, they have public images that are shared that you can use as your starting point. The drawback of no persistant storage in your machine instance can be a big one, but tools like JungleDisk help in that case, backing up your files to S3. Dealing with database-driven sites is also a little more complex at the moment as you really don’t want to store the db on the same machine either (for the same reason…you lose everything if your instance goes down for some reason). If you can handle the bit of extra work you have to do in those cases, I think it’s worth it, I’m currently considering making the jump myself, especially once Amazon gets their SimpleDB set up going.

  4. Joe Rinehart says:

    David,

    I’ve had great luck with HostMySite. I’ve set up multiple dedicated boxes with them, and my own site uses one of their virtual dedicated plans. Their service has been good both on the sales side (I went from filling in the online form to online in like 2 hours for my VPS) and on the support side (If you call, you’ll normally get a real person pretty quickly who has more than half a brain).

    -Joe

  5. James says:

    Hi,

    We have been using viaverio.com for 10 years and have been so impressed with the technology and service that we moved all our accounts to their servers.

    They are a US-based company which was purchased by the global japanese telecom (NTT) a few years ago. Since then, we have been able to order/set up VPS accounts in minutes in Virginia, California, Japan, and Germany.

    A nice feature of their plans is no limits on monthly traffic.

    Good luck

  6. Joe says:

    I have used Hostmysite for a couple years. Have a dedicated box and multiple VPS accounts. Support is top notch!

  7. ryan says:

    i’m looking at developing an app with blazeds but taking a look at server hosting plans and who how i set up tomcat is a bit of a mystery to me? does anybody know of a host that specificly supports it, or would i have to just get a root account and install and look after the puppy myself?

    a bit off topic but, some help would be great…

  8. David Tucker says:

    @ryan – Unfortunately I do not think that any hosts are offering BlazeDS yet. However, there are plenty of hosts that offer Tomcat, JBoss, or WebSphere hosting. This would only leave the deployment of BlazeDS. A simple search for “tomcat hosting” reveals many options. I haven’t used any of these, so you would probably want to ask others who have used them.

  9. Are you sure it is servers and not router issues?
    Not the cheapest – my recommendation would be Memset.com for Dedicated servers (not the cheapest but excellent support)
    Based in the UK

  10. Hosting says:

    I am using hostgator for more than 1 year and I am happy with them. With servers and with support…

  11. travesti says:

    Yes. Hostgator’s support is very good. I am with them for 3 years.

  12. hostankara says:

    I als like hostgator for support. They are perfect.

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