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Best Unmanaged Dedicated Server Hosting in Chicago

February 2nd, 2010

SingleHop Dedicated Server HostingWith 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.

Why SingleHop

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.

SingleHop Alternatives

Steadfast Networks Dedicated Server HostingAre 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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SingleHop Continues Innovation With Server Management LEAPtoolbar

January 21st, 2010

SingleHop Continues Innovation With Server Management LEAPtoolbar

Leading Chicago based managed dedicated server hosting company SingleHop continues its quest for producing innovative high quality server management tools with the addition of LEAPtoolbar, part of the hosting provider’s LEAP Total Server Control System.

LEAPtoolbar sits in the user’s browser window and provides instant, one-click server management control. Users can access LEAPtoolbar via mobile, desktop, or web-based desktop (web-top) access.

According to SingleHop, LEAPtoolbar offers quick links for common server management functions including:

  • Submitting, reviewing, and updating support tickets
  • Monitoring bandwidth usage
  • Rebooting remote servers

Additionally, LEAPtoolbar can be used in popular browsers including Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

Becoming a Dedicated Server Hosting Leader

SingleHop has quickly become a leading dedicated server hosting provider offering innovative tools, products, and services to customers, making it easier to manage and run a server, especially when compared to other managed dedicated hosting providers.

SingleHop’s VP of Operations Andy Pace says LEAPtoolbar is “designed to maximize convenience for the user, while maintaining strict standards of login security. One-click browser access for support tickets enables us to respond more quickly in critical moments, and gives our clients added time, freedom, and control.”

Visit to learn more about LEAPtoolbar and SingleHop’s other innovative server management tools.

To learn why chose SingleHop as a top pick for managed dedicated servers, read the SingleHop directory post.

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January 19th, 2010

dedicatednow-logoCompany Name: DedicatedNOW


Year Established: 1997

Founder: Jason Silverglate

Location: Clifton, New Jersey

Web Hosting Services: Dedicated Servers, Managed Dedicated Servers

Control Panels Offered: Parallels, cPanel

Why I choose DedicatedNOW for dedicated server hosting.

You’ll see a trend here at Dave On Web Hosting. Many of the hosting companies I write about have been established since the mid to late 1990’s. DedicatedNOW was established in 1997 and has been providing dedicated server hosting and managed dedicated server hosting to thousands of small to large businesses. But you are most likely reading this post because you want to know what makes DedicatedNOW a leader in providing dedicated server and managed dedicated server hosting services. Okay, so what makes DedicatedNOW one of my top choices for dedicated server and managed dedicated server hosting?

There are multiple reasons DedicatedNOW is a top choice.

  1. Flexibility
  2. 100% uptime SLA
  3. Dynamic Support
  4. Affordability

DedicatedNOW does not charge RackSpace or Peer 1 pricing, but you get a 100% uptime SLA in addition to superior support services including Dynamic Support team and proactive monitoring. And there’s absolutely no intimidation factor involved. You can get a dedicated server fully managed based on your specific requirements. DedicatedNOW makes it easy to get started with low pricing options, ideal for those individuals, companies, and organizations that want to get started with dedicated servers.

2009 100% uptime

Recently DedicatedNOW published a 100% uptime for all of 2009. I will post more about DedicatedNOW’s 2009 100% uptime in an upcoming blog post.

Want to know more about DedicatedNOW? Contact me to learn more.

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Server Intellect

January 19th, 2010

Windows Dedicated Servers, Managed Servers, Shared Web Hosting, Virtual Private Servers, and Virtual Dedicated ServersCompany Name: Server Intellect, Inc.


Year Established: 2003

Founder: Eric Pratt

Location: Orlando, FL

Web Hosting Services: Windows Dedicated Servers, Managed Servers, Shared Web Hosting, Virtual Private Servers, and Virtual Dedicated Servers

Primary OS: Windows

Control Panels Offered: HELM (Free with all dedicated server packages)

Why I choose Server Intellect for virtual dedicated servers.

If you have read any of my previous articles on, you know that I think website design and usability plays a significant role in the way a hosting company runs its business. That said, Server Intellect has done an amazing job at designing their website and providing the right content to educate current and prospective customers. Server Intellect provides Windows hosting only, but they do it right. They give you all the possible Microsoft Windows options you could possibly need.

You get more for your money.

Server Intellect gives you everything you need for high-performance Windows hosting. Whether you need a dedicated server or virtual dedicated server, you get speed, power, plenty of memory, and access to the latest in Microsoft technology.

US based support is the real deal.

Server Intellect is a true all-American company. All employees work out of the Orlando, Florida office. Server Intellect does not use outsourced employees located in other countries. When you reach an employee of Server Intellect, whether it is by phone, email or live chat, you know you’re talking to an employee working out of a US based office.

Since it’s a Windows based hosting company, all Server Intellect technicians have earned or are currently pursuing a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certification, and have already obtained or are in the process of obtaining a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification. Now Server Intellect requires their technicians to obtain their MCP certification within 180 days of employment. That’s serious. You know you’re in good hands with certified Windows technicians.

Customers come first at Server Intellect.

Customer Service is a top priority at Server Intellect. Understanding the customer’s needs, providing a solid foundation and allowing customers to continue to select the services they want, has always been an important part of the foundation of the company’s success. See why the company has experienced continuous revenue growth ranging between 200% and 300% annually for the past three years? Server Intellect currently serves thousands of customers from over 90 countries worldwide, making them a leader in Windows hosting services.

Server Intellect is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in the Microsoft Partner Program with a Competency in both Networking Infrastructure Solutions and Advanced Infrastructure Solutions with the Hosting Solutions specialization. In November 2008, Server intellect was named Netcraft’s Most Reliable Windows Web Host.

Want to know more about Server Intellect? Contact me to learn more.

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Liquid Web

January 19th, 2010

Company Name: Liquid Web


Year Established: 1997

Founder: Matthew Hill

Location: Lansing, Michigan

Web Hosting Services: Dedicated Servers, Managed Dedicated Servers

Control Panels Offered: Parallels, cPanel

Why I choose Liquid Web for dedicated server hosting.

Liquid Web has been around since 1997. I first learned about Liquid Web in 1999. At the time, they were one of the few pioneers in the hosting industry. In the early days, Liquid Web did not have reliable services. Support was not responsive and servers would go down periodically. But one thing they did have going for them, and continue to do so today, is their branding.

Whether it’s from word of mouth, site referrals, or general advertising, Liquid Web was and continues to be upfront and center for customers looking for a dedicated server or managed dedicated server solution. But you cannot rely on branding and marketing tactics alone. Liquid Web quickly realized that and decided to make some significant improvements around 2004-2005.

Since then they have built their own data centers (now up to three) and drastically improved support by introducing Heroic Support (move over Fanatical Support) and Sonar Monitoring. I’m a fan of innovative marketing and branding. And if you’ve been reading any of Dave On Web Hosting blog posts, you’ll know that one of the most important features of any web hosting company is the usability of their website. Visit Liquid Web and you’ll see all the dedicated server and managed dedicated server hosting products and services are well organized and easy to find. The site provides plenty of nicely written content to support their product and service offerings.

Want to know more about Liquid Web? Contact me to learn more.

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What is cloud hosting?

January 12th, 2010

What is cloud hosting?

Cloud hosting is highly scalable, near-infinite storage space, bandwidth, and backup capabilities. Cloud hosting utilizes sophisticated virtualization technology software on a cluster of servers. A website or application can sit in the cloud and run on multiple hosting nodes that are monitored and adjusted according to the space, bandwidth, and backup needs of the website or application.

Related: Cloud Computing

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The Rackspace Cloud

January 12th, 2010

the-rackspace-cloud-logoCompany Name: The Rackspace Cloud


Year Established: Somewhere around 2004 (read the rackspace cloud about page to learn why I say “somewhere around 2004″)

Founder: Two web developers and the support of Rackspace (with a bit of Fanatical Support).

Location: Houston, Texas

Web Hosting Services: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Computing

Control Panels Offered: Maybe custom or something developed in-house?

Why I choose The Rackspace Cloud for cloud hosting services.

I’ve been in the hosting industry for over a decade. In the early days, The Rackspace Cloud’s parent company, Rackspace, mailed these incredible marketing pieces that described their Fanatical Support and what made the company different than other hosting companies. As a marketing professional (and someone who follows top hosting companies daily), their marketing piece stood out and was immediately ingrained in my mind. Since then I have continued to follow Rackspace’s development including The Rackspace Cloud, their cloud hosting and cloud computing division.

Rackspace is not your ordinary web hosting company. And they tend to be a bit on the expensive side. But as the old adage says, “you get what you pay for,” certainly holds true with Rackspace. Many companies moving to the cloud for their hosting needs (SaaS companies, for example) make the move to Rackspace for a cluster of dedicated servers, backed by a 100% uptime guarantee and a team of fanatics that will go way out of their way to provide you with top-notch support. There are other companies that will do the same. Take a look at my top web hosting companies list for a list of said companies.

Before you head over to The Rackspace Cloud website, take note that the site caters to businesses of all sizes.  And then for you web developers out there, they offer some impressive cloud computing services in addition to cloud hosting services. Suppose you are building an application and want to run some benchmark tests or user load testing or whatever it is that you fancy coders do. The Rackspace Cloud is your best place to visit should the need for cloud hosting or cloud computing be needed. And for the SaaS in you (you know what I’m talking about), take a peek at The Rackspace Cloud’s cloud hosting services.

As typical with anything related to Rackspace (just like the marketing piece I received in the mail nearly a decade ago), The Rackspace Cloud website is designed extremely well. Easy to use, easy to navigate, all the right colors and content. It’s simply a great site and one of the many reasons I like Rackspace. For a list of criteria a company must meet before being featured here at, read the top web hosting companies list.

Want a $25 discount on your first month? Contact me to find out how.

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SingleHop Launches New SnapShield™ On-Demand Firewall

October 8th, 2009

SingleHop Launches New SnapShield™ On-Demand Firewall

SingleHop, a leading managed dedicated server hosting company, is at it again with their latest innovation for on-demand server management tools. SingleHop launched their new New SnapShield™ On-Demand Firewall in September, adding to their already advanced array of innovative tools.

According to SingleHop, the on-demand firewall system enables small and medium sized clients to quickly deploy an advanced Cisco-powered™ hardware firewall, for a fraction of the cost of having their own dedicated hardware firewall. SingleHop clients will enjoy the seamless control of their on-demand firewall due to its direct integration into LEAP, the web-hosts’ comprehensive server management software accessible online, on a desktop application and through various mobile devices including Android, iPhone and Blackberry.

SingleHop’s President & CEO, Zak Boca, says “With the addition of SnapShield, LEAP now offers a set of features unmatched by other server providers. Clients now can deploy an affordable and advanced hardware firewall in less than a minute, something that used to take days and is simply not available with many of our competitors.”

SnapShield™ On-Demand Firewall Features Include

  • Application awareness
  • SSL and IPsec VPN
  • Intrusion Prevention
  • Automatic anti-virus, anti-spam and anti-phishing protection

SnapShield is available currently inside the LEAP web-top interface. SingleHop plans to offer mobile firewall deployment and configuration via LEAP mobile within the next six months.

Excerpted from SingleHop’s News page.

To learn why chose SingleHop as a top pick for managed dedicated servers, read the SingleHop directory post.

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Turnkey Internet Launches Green-Friendly Hybrid Web Servers

October 8th, 2009

Web Hosting Company Turnkey Internet Launches Green-Friendly Hybrid Web Servers

TurnKey Internet has added a great new line of servers, the Green-Friendly Hybrid Web Server Line. These fully-managed hybrids offer the performance and reliability of TurnKey’s dedicated servers, with increased energy efficiency at an affordable price. Adam Wills, President and CEO of TurnKey Internet, says “The hybrid server finds the perfect balance of price, performance and reliability and it’s very environmentally friendly.”

A dedicated web server is often sitting idle between tasks. Even so, it still consumes the same amount of electricity as when running at full capacity. TurnKey Internet’s Hybrid Web Server Line solves this problem.  Hybrid servers provide the same performance as a dedicated web server for up to 8 clients on one machine translating into less use of electricity per client. This should be great news for all businesses and individuals who are concerned about our environment. Through TurnKey Internet’s Hybrid Web Server Line you can purchase a high-quality web hosting solution that saves money and reduces the carbon footprint.

Green-Friendly Hybrid Web Servers Features Include

All of TurnKey Internet’s hybrid servers are backed by 24×7 gold-level, fully-managed support previously only available on their dedicated line. With a choice of Windows or Linux, each hybrid server includes free cPanel or Plesk, bare metal off-site back-ups, a managed firewall, system administrative assistance, security monitoring and auditing and free server migration assistance.

Excerpted from Turnkey Internet News.

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

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What is the best managed dedicated hosting company?

September 23rd, 2009

Top web hosting companies differentiate themselves by offering unique features, services, and characteristics. There isn’t just one hosting company that I consider as “the best managed dedicated hosting company.” Instead, there are several managed dedicated hosting server companies that rank high on my list.

The list of top managed dedicated hosting server companies


Turnkey Internet





Steadfast Networks

What makes these companies worth choosing?

1. Each company brings something unique to managed dedicated server hosting including network, hardware, software, and peering technology.

2. Each company has a track record of superior services including testimonials and awards.

3. Each company does not go by price alone. Instead they focus on quality, quality hosting for customers and clients that rely on network, hardware, and server uptime.

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