So you’re looking for a reliable, cost-effective dedicated server hosting provider. With thousands of web hosting companies offering dedicated servers and dedicated server hosting solutions, which one do you choose? Which one is best for your business, organization, or personal use? Should you choose unmanaged, semi-managed, or fully-managed dedicated server hosting solutions?
Yes, choosing a dedicated server hosting provider can be frustrating, time-consuming, and in some cases, a costly mistake. But you can avoid the frustration, save time, and get the best value for your money.
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Karl Zimmerman, CEO of Steadfast Networks said “To continue our growth, we decided to acquire a hosting company in New York that focuses on dedicated server, colocation, and VPS hosting. Although we already offered colocation hosting services in New York, acquiring The New York NOC gives us better economies of scale by allowing us to offer more services and reduced pricing for the New York hosting market.”
The acquisition also allows Steadfast Networks to offer content delivery network (CDN) services as part of The New York NOC offerings. Zimmerman explained that The New York NOC acquisition also offers Steadfast Networks customers additional options for geographic hosting distribution and redundancy, enabling the company to offer CDN services.
Colocation hosting is where you provide the servers and the hosting company provides the rack space, network, connectivity, and on-site support as needed. Colocation customers often build their own servers, customized with the hardware, software, and components they want to use. Then they ship their newly built servers to a colocation hosting provider.
Colocation hosting providers charge per server, per half rack, per whole rack, and per cage. A per server charge is typically indicated as 1U. A full rack can hold 42 1Us. A half rack can hold 21 1Us. Of course that number can vary depending on the size of the server. And a cage can hold, well, it depends on the cage size and how much space the data center has allocated for cage space.
With dozens of cities claiming “best unmanaged dedicated server hosting,” Chicago tops the chart with one of the fastest growing dedicated server hosting companies in the industry. SingleHop is clearly the “best unmanaged dedicated server hosting company in Chicago” with its impressive quarter after quarter growth and annual growth by 100% or more. The dedicated server hosting company offers its unmanaged dedicated server hosting with “a la carte” options including Quick Reaction Monitoring, Event Notifications, Server Backups, Kernel & OS updates, Spam Filtering, and other services that can be added according to the customer’s specific needs and interests.
If you have been following Dave on Web Hosting, you’ll see a list of blog posts related to SingleHop (search for SingleHop) on why they are one of the fastest growing dedicated server hosting companies. And you’ll see why I think they are quickly becoming a leading dedicated server hosting company. Read my SingleHop company profile post to learn more or check out the SingleHop alternatives I mention below.
Are there alternative unmanaged dedicated server hosting companies in Chicago that are paving the way with high quality hosting services? You bet. Head on over to Steadfast Networks. By default, you’ll get basic management (not quite semi-managed, but basic enough to be considered unmanaged). Steadfast Networks has multiple data centers in Chicago (like SingleHop) and offers a variety of features and options. Both are high quality dedicated server hosting companies that can get customers started quickly by providing solutions for just about anyone looking for an umanaged server offering.
Why Steadfast Networks
The reason I didn’t list Steadfast Networks first is all their dedicated servers come with basic management. That said, I still think if you are looking for an alternative to SingleHop, take a look at Steadfast Networks and use the basic management services included with every dedicated server. Plus you get a 100% uptime SLA, 4-hour hardware replacement, and a full suite of On-Demand services such as Security Assessment, DNS Management, and Anti-Virus Protection. In addition, Steadfast Networks has made the Inc. 5000 list: See the Steadfast Networks Ranks in Top 1000 on Prestigious Inc. 5000 List press release for more information.
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