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Choosing a dedicated server hosting provider – Part 2: A Focus on Availability

March 16th, 2010

lies-truthOkay, I admit - choosing a dedicated server hosting provider is not easy, hence the reason I had to write two blog posts instead of one. That and I received a lot, and I mean a lot, of feedback from industry leading dedicated server hosting providers. I know all of them well and what makes the companies they represent different from other hosting providers. But instead of me rambling on about what I think is best, read on to learn what each of them had to say in my initial interview. Then choose the dedicated sever hosting provider that’s right for you, your business, and your organization.

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Choosing a web hosting reseller provider

March 15th, 2010

Customer Support NerdBecoming a web hosting reseller can develop into a profitable business. Many web designers, application developers, and graphic artists (and others) resell web hosting services to their clients. Many entrepreneurs start their own web hosting business to earn additional income. But to get started reselling web hosting services, they first have to choose a web hosting reseller provider.

But how do you know which web hosting reseller provider to choose? How do you know what services to look for or what makes one provider better than another? Which web hosting reseller provides the best profit margins, best support, best tools, and so on?

To start, look at a web hosting company’s age and reputation. Everything else will fall into place such as support, tools, and profit margins.

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Steadfast Networks Launches New Colocation Website

March 15th, 2010

Chicago Colocation Hosting ServicesSteadfast Networks Launches Chicago Colocation Website To Showcase Colocation Services

Steadfast Networks recently launched a new website http://colocationchicago.com/ dedicated to showcasing the company’s colocation hosting services. Although Steadfast has been offering colocation hosting services in Chicago through its parent website (steadfast.net), Karl Zimmerman, CEO of Steadfast, says, “The new Chicago Colocation website is the best place to visit for more information on Steadfast Networks colocation hosting services and to learn about our new 48,000 sq. ft. facility opening soon.”

New colocation hosting leasing options

The new site also features Steadfast’s new colocation leasing options. Zimmerman says new colocation leasing options allow customers to use a lease-to-own program without having to purchase equipment upfront. In addition, The Chicago Colocation website provides pricing on 1U server options, half and full rack colocation hosting options, and add-on services customers can use to enhance their colocation hosting experience.

100% uptime guarantee

Chicago Colocation also offers a 100% uptime guarantee - the same guarantee provided by Steadfast Networks. Colocation hosting customers have access to Steadfast Networks’ fully redundant network options and services with 24×7x365 support from their advanced team of colocation hosting experts. Steadfast Networks provides its own network product with a 100% network uptime guarantee, as well as easy access to many third party carriers including Level(3), NTT, nLayer, and PCCW.

Learn more about Chicago Colocation

For more information on Chicago Colocation’s colocation hosting services or new colocation leasing services, visit http://colocationchicago.com/.

Learn more about Steadfast Networks

For more information on Steadfast Networks, visit http://steadfast.net/.

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DedicatedNOW Announces 100% Uptime for 2009

March 15th, 2010

DedicatedNOW Managed Dedicated Server HostingDedicatedNOW Achieves 100% Uptime for 2009 Calendar Year

DedicatedNOW, a leading managed dedicated server hosting company, recently announced a 100% uptime for all of 2009. According to Josh Ewin, Director of Sales and Marketing at DedicatedNOW, the 100% uptime in 2009 is due to the investment in the company’s infrastructure, engineering support, and backbone providers. “DedicatedNOW maintains a state-of-the-art data center in Clifton, New Jersey, just 12 miles from New York City, with easy access to major backbone providers for optimum network bandwidth.”

Achieving 100% network uptime

Part of DedicatedNOW’s 2009 100% uptime success is due to their own dark fiber ring connecting two redundant pops in 111 8th NYC and 165 Halsey (Equinix) NJ. “Our core consists of Dual Cisco 6509 SUP720-3BXL routers, fully meshed to multiple aggregation switches for maximum uptime,” says Jason Silverglate, CEO of DedicatedNOW. “In addition, our cooling systems offer an accurate and reliable control of humidity, airflow, and room temperature that improves the working conditions for delicate electronic equipment.”

DedicatedNOW also uses redundant power systems including an inline power backup, using industry standard Liebert UPS systems and onsite Caterpillar generators with four days of standby fuel. In the event of a power outage, DedicatedNOW’s power management system kicks in the UPS systems and within seconds the generator is automatically fired up to power the facility. The Liebert UPS systems control and constantly monitor the quality of power so that all equipment receives filtered and clean power for 100% uptime reliability. DedicatedNOW’s engineers also test the UPS and generators weekly to ensure maximum reliability.

Learn more about DedicatedNOW

View the DedicatedNOW profile to learn why DedicatedNOW is a leading provider for managed dedicated server hosting services.

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Steadfast Networks Launches Green Initiative

March 12th, 2010

steadfast-logoSteadfast Networks Announces Carbon Neutral Hosting Services

On Tuesday, March 9, 2010, Steadfast Networks announced its environmental green initiative by implementing a 100% carbon offset for staff commuting, office usage, core infrastructure, networking equipment, shared web hosting, VPS hosting, and backup services. Steadfast Networks is certified “carbon neutral” by Carbonfund.org, an environmentally-friendly organization that helps businesses reduce and offset their climate impact.

Reducing trash by using local vendors

Amadi Server Hardware VendorSteadfast Networks receives 90% of its equipment from a local hardware vendor, Amadi Systems, allowing the dedicated server hosting company to reduce emissions typically associated with transporting hardware and servers. Steadfast orders their equipment from Amadi Systems with no packing materials, resulting in a significant reduction of trash. Steadfast Networks says all paper and cardboard products, equipment, hardware, and servers building-wide are recycled.

Karl Zimmerman, President and CEO of Steadfast Networks, says, “Not having to unpack equipment has increased the speed of operations and made our Chicago hosting services and data centers run more efficiently. Highly efficient network systems and dedicated server hosting also reduce carbon outputs, and those are options we also offer to customers who want to reduce their carbon imprint.” Zimmerman also believes that people who are passionate about caring for our world are loyal to companies who share that same sense of responsibility.

Learn more about Steadfast Networks

For more information on Steadfast Networks’ green initiative, or to suggest more ways to reduce the carbon footprint, visit http://steadfast.net/corporate/green.php.

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Turnkey Internet Purchases New Data Center in New York’s Tech Valley

March 1st, 2010

Turnkey Internet Dedicated Server HostingTurnkey Internet Opening Another Data Center in New York

On February 2, 2010, Turnkey Internet announced the purchase of a former government building in Colonie, NY, with plans to upgrade the facility into a 12,000 server data center, built to federal government specifications.

President and CEO of Turnkey Internet, Adam Wills, says, “New York is a great location for hiring qualified staff and reliable green-friendly power sources and high-speed fiber optic Internet connectivity. It has provided us with the ideal centralized geographic location to meet the demands of our clients across the globe.”

New data center specifications

Turnkey Internet’s plans for upgrading the facility include increasing power and cooling capacity. The facility also features redundant green-friendly electrical systems, multiple high-capacity fiber optic Internet connections, video surveillance, and state-of-the-art biometric security protocols. Servers will be protected behind 1-foot-thick concrete walls.

The data center will also include fully-managed colocation suites for businesses looking for secure, reliable, enterprise-class connectivity for their own servers and equipment. The new Turnkey Internet data center is scheduled to open later this year Q3 2010.

Excerpted from Turnkey Internet News.

Learn more about Turnkey Internet

To learn why daveonwebhosting.com chose Turnkey Internet as a top pick for virtual private servers, read the Turnkey Internet directory post.

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Choosing a dedicated server hosting provider – Part 1: Focus on Support

February 23rd, 2010

Customer Service Support SkeletonSo 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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Choosing a web hosting provider

February 9th, 2010

choosing-a-web-hosting-providerChoosing a web hosting provider can be a daunting task, but with a little guidance from people who run and own hosting companies or have experience with multiple hosting companies, the task becomes less and less frustrating.

There are thousands of web hosting providers out there trying to get your attention. How do you know what to look for when choosing a hosting provider?

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Steadfast Networks Acquires The New York NOC

February 3rd, 2010

steadfast-logoOn Monday, February 1, 2010, Steadfast Networks, a Chicago based dedicated server hosting company, announced its acquisition of The New York NOC, a hosting provider based out of New York.

In a previous blog post, Steadfast Networks was included as one of the Best Unmanaged Dedicated Server Hosting Companies in Chicago. Steadfast Networks acquired The NY NOC hosting provider to extend its dedicated server and colocation hosting services into the  New York area.

thenynoc-logoKarl 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.

Customers located in New York and the surrounding areas are encouraged to visit thenynoc.com to view all The New York NOC website hosting services including dedicated server hosting, colocation hosting, and VPS hosting.


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What is colocation hosting?

February 3rd, 2010

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.

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