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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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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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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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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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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 www.leaptoolbar.com to learn more about LEAPtoolbar and SingleHop’s other innovative server management tools.

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


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DedicatedNOW

January 19th, 2010

dedicatednow-logoCompany Name: DedicatedNOW

Website: http://www.dedicatednow.com/

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.

Website: http://www.serverintellect.com

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 daveonwebhosting.com, 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

Website: http://www.liquidweb.com/

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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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 daveonwebhosting.com chose SingleHop as a top pick for managed dedicated servers, read the SingleHop directory post.

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