can anyone offer a definitive answer on whether sales tax is applicable on the purchase of a physical server if that server is being colocated and leased out to customers as a dedicated box, with that customer paying sales tax?
I signed up for a basic dedicated server (carbon.aeflexmedia.com/22.214.171.124) from Gigenet back in September. It's now almost May, and I've got one simple thing to say about Gigenet - they are incredible.
I had a small issue when first getting the server, where I was supposed to have VPN/KVMoIP access and didn't have it, but a quick phone call to their support team, and a couple of hours later, I had the server setup with VPN and KVMoIP. Aside from that, as well as a few tickets regarding IP/PTR requests, I haven't had to use the support very much, but when I do contact support, replies come typically within 5-10 minutes, sometimes even less.
The network is incredible, definitely the best network in the Midwest, maybe even the US. It's never down, and latency is always low to my location in suburban Chicago, on both DSL and Cable. If there are any issues, their team are always willing to solve the issue.
The server's an Intel Core2Duo E7200, with 2GB of RAM, and a 250GB Hard Drive. The hardware is top notch, and I haven't had any issues with it. The server also has KVMoIP/IPMI, which is accessible through the control panel, as well as through VPN.
What's the deal with these guys? I'm getting treated as poorly by these guys as I did by 365 Main. Been trying to get in touch with my rep for my Fremont colo for two weeks. Everybody is on vacation, nobody picking up their phones. Does anybody know who manages XO's colo sales/customer representatives?
I have just started working with an IT company. I have no prior knowledge of IT solutions. I would greatly appreciate any links where i could learn about Dedicated/Virtual Servers, Web Hosting, Co-Location, Bandwidth and any other Telecommunication information. Im not a total retard and I do understand computer systems such as hardware and how the components work.
Has anyone else here had issues recently with the Zone.NET online sales chat? Over the last 36 hours it's been saying that the chat is online, but I'll sit in the queue for hours at a time without a reply.
I opened up a chat session earlier today and got a response, however they never replied to any of my questions - is there anything up over there?
Is their pre-sales support usually this poor? Before contacting them I checked out their reputation on WHT and they looked like their product and support were top notch.
Being in Australia can sometimes make speaking to live chat a bit difficult, however I've tried at various times through the day/night and at all times it's said the live chat was online.
I've never written a review before neither have i really remained active on these forums, but i'd like to give you my small updated review of Gigenet if it would help.
I can honestly say i've only been with these for a week at the most thus going to give a monthly update on my hosting experience with Gigenet. If you don't fancy reading through this whole post then let me make it quick for you, i've purchased a dedicated server from them and they're fantastic - i would highly recommend them to anyone. But if you fancy reading through my so called detailed review then feel free to read on.
I ordered at about 10pm GMT (what time this is in the US i do not know) but i woke up the following morning with all the details i needed to start working on the dedicated server. The time was 23:23:51 when i receieved details for the server so the setup was a little under 1 hour and a half. I'll let you discuss the setup time, but i thought it was fantastic. The Support
I'm very new to the web hosting industry (i've had experience with resellers before) so i've required a lot of help from their sales and support - which i can happily say has been the best experience i've had from a company such as theirselves before. They've been able to reply to all my support tickets within 5 minutes and i've started about 5 different tickets on numerous occasions requiring help, they gave a prompt reply with everything i needed to know.
Brilliant support staff and very helpful, just what you'd want to pay for. The staff make sure you're happy with the support they have given you, fantastic support usually very detailed helpful responses. Just like to say a personal thanks to each staff member for being polite and helpful with all my requests. Not forgetting the sales staff either, Brandon Hale - very helpful guy, i'm sure the others are as well. The Pricing
I'm assuming it's not the lowest pricing in the world, it's always possible to find better deals elsewhere but i would seriously pay more for the service Gigenet has to offer, it's well worth it. If the service they have provided so far is going to continue which i'm sure it will, then i'm going to be using these guys for years to come. The Uptime
It's just what you'd expect for a weeks of hosting really, 100%. But the service they run is definately professional so i can't see any problems persisting, but i'll update you all with this information as time passes. I've not met any other problems as of yet either, but again i'll update you on my progress.
Again, i can't emphasise enough how happy i am to be a customer of Gignet's and i'm going to be a customer for a while to come. I hope this small review has been of any help to anyone currently researching Gigenet. I also really apreciate the fantastic service Gigenet has currently provided, so i thought i'd show some apreciation and post a review for them.
We have servers in many DC's FDC, Singlehop, DedicatedNOW, ThePlanet, but no one set up our servers faster than Gigenet. I placed the order and 2 hours later I get my server login details and all the plugins I needed were also installed. I also read on their website that 95% of the servers get deployed within 2 hours which is great! I have contacted support 2 times and they replied quickly and they did exactly what I asked for. So far so good and will update everyone in a couple of months on how everything goes.
Our website, hosted in Canada, came under DDOS attack 4 days ago and our IP immediately got null routed. I understand this action.
As Gigenet is reputed for being good there, I contacted them, among other suppliers of remote protection.
A first chat with Derek at Gigenet.com was pretty good, despite I got disconnected a few times due to my internet connection problems. Derek quickly supplied a test IP, and I sent the website there. Unfortunately (!) the attack had stopped and he could not see anything. Then I got disconnected and could not connect again before the morning In the morning I sent an email to Derek as he was not online, asking him some details about the setup, especially technical modifications we would have to make to our scripts.
I had to wait TWO days to get a reply, more than short. I emailed him again.
I connected again yesterday on Gigenet, could catch Derek 2 minutes, he said "I reply to your email quickly". I told him we are waiting his reply to subscribe to their proxyshield protection.
After 2 hours wait, I went to the gigenet chat again and John Lee helped me a lot, replying to my questions, but the last one "must be replied by Derek", he said. Concerning the price and concrete setup. He told me that Derek will reply immediately after his conference.
I went to bed as I am in another TZ, thinking that I will get his email during the night. Morning; NO email. And now the chat is closed until Monday. So I sent an email to "sales", asking in short if gigenet is a serious company or what. FOUR DAYS offline due to attacks!
Mister Ameen Pishdadi kindly replied me right now "We are not interested in working on this project with you as you are not being attacked on the demo account we gave you.
When you have a real attack please contact us."
What is this crap? As soon as we are attacked we are null routed and I promised my hosting company we won't connect the site again without protection!
And gigenet does not sell their program (at $1300 by month, first level!) as a PREVENTIVE action?
I am more than disappointed by this so called "good company". If somebody could tell me an email of a HIGH executive, thank you. Writing to "firstname.lastname@example.org" will probably be without result.
how TB10 is VS Gigenet? I have Gigenet as my host and for DDOS protection. Due to the sluggish times, I've been hit hard on my primary income earning sites. Since I am paying Gigenet for both hosting and DDOS protection, my costs have gone up quite a bit. I was thinking of moving my two servers over to TB10. It would considerably save me a nice some of money. I only have one question. Is TB10's service (hosting and DDOS protection) as good as Gigenet?
Its mainly a pricing issue. I'd cut around 1500 a month in hosting costs.
Im currently hosted with Staminus, I left dedicatednow in the past because of the way they handled the ddos attacks, if they were too big they would just give up very easily.
Thats not something I was ok with. Im wondering now if maybe things have changed or where I should go? I am currently with Staminus but they are too over priced for me. I want to move to a nice 8 core somewhere else that I don't have to tack on hundreds more just to stay online.
Does anyone know of a reseller (as gigenet doesn't sell them directly AFAIK) of VPSs at the gigenet datacenter?
I need a new VPS for a new project and I'm looking at one located in the midwest and Chicago seems a perfect location. My project isn't big enough to require a dedi, but I was hoping to find a vps company who has nodes at gigenet.
Both are great companies which causes me to have a hard time deciding which to choose..10TB -Resold servers from SoftLayer, which is a plus -SoftLayer offers small to mid range DDoS protection if I am not wrong -Cost efficient -Reputable -And many more..Gigenet -Cost efficient -Owns their own datacenter -Offers a wide range of products and add-ons for a low cost/minimum cost -Solid SLA -Reputable -And many more..
I am also considering going for both, but I still need one of them for a start..
Personally I like 10TB more, for no particular reason, just liking it, but I can't resist what Gigenet offers too.. I wish to go for both too..
I've decided to move from LSN (review coming soon) to a new home, but I'm not quite sure where to put them. (To avoid any confusion from the title: My babies are my websites, not servers if someone would mistake this thread for being a co-lo ).
I've looked at choopa and gigenet as they have gotten good reviews and when looking at the outage reports forum here they don't seem to have had many reports.
For some reason my gut feeling says "go with Gigenet", considering all reviews I've read about them has been extremely good, not to mention the uptime they've had. I'm not sure how accurate these statistics are, so please correct me if wrong.
The things that makes me worried about choopa are:
* 12 Months contract
* "The May Incident" of Choopa from the link above. 833 minutes of downtime?? But an average uptime of 99.94% over 1114 days seems very good considering whatever happened in May 2008 killed the statistics.
* Haven't heard much about the company and google wasn't very helpful finding reviews. Seen gigenet here and there and heard great things about their ProxyShield. Hey, even WHT use it.
The only falling point I can see on Gigenet is the price. I'd have to pay $1,471 compared to $798 with the newest offer from Choopa ($673 more a month, $8076 more a year). The 100Mbit unlimited is $1000 compared to Choopas $500. If I'd want to upgrade in the future, I could get almost four servers at Choopa for the price of two at Gigenet.
Does any of you think $673 extra pr month with Gigenet is justified? Would the service be _that_ much better?
I`d like to say hi to everyone on here and well, bring it to your attention of a dodgy host, Flubberhosts.com if this is how they treat a possible client and then hit then with real expensive vps`s that they say are pipes, then you have there telephone support, states 24/7, well i`ve just spent 12 mins and 40 secs ringing it and nobody wants to pick it up, mind you though it is 11:36pm GMT, so there you go, if you want a "company" that abuses possible clients, has NO telephone support and is way expensive then feel free to contact them, I just thought you ought to know before you thought about purchasing from them, ...
I was on WHT when i saw the banner ad of highvelocity and landed on the specials page and saw Core2Quad server. I opened live chat as it said in the banner ad for free stuff and upgrades.
Dave from hivelocity came on chat and we started negotiating and after a while i was offered Core2Quad, 8GB, 750 GB, 500 GB, 1500 GB with 100 mbps etc. for $184. I said okay and asked him to send me the quote so i can buy it in evening or the next day as I had to get approval for the funds from the boss.
To my surprise I got the approval etc. for 3 months pre-pay but I did'nt get the quote from Dave which was prmoised to me by Dave in 1 hour after live chat session. I in evening went agaion on live chat and no response. After waiting alot on livechat i opened a support ticket and it has not been answered till now.
Today i again went on live chat and after 15-20 mins of waiting Ron came up with the following chat we had:
Please wait for a site operator to respond. All operators are currently assisting others. Thanks for your patience. An operator will be with you shortly. All operators are currently assisting others. Thanks for your patience. An operator will be with you shortly. All operators are currently assisting others. Thanks for your patience. An operator will be with you shortly. All operators are currently assisting others. Thanks for your patience. An operator will be with you shortly. All operators are currently assisting others. Thanks for your patience. An operator will be with you shortly. All operators are currently assisting others. Thanks for your patience. An operator will be with you shortly. All operators are currently assisting others. Thanks for your patience. An operator will be with you shortly. All operators are currently assisting others. Thanks for your patience. An operator will be with you shortly. You are now chatting with 'Ron' Tapan: where is Dave ? Ron: Hello. How may I assist you? Ron: Our sales representatives are unavailable at this hour. However, if you could provide me your requirements, along with your email address, your full name and phone number, I can have one of our sales representatives get in touch with you as soon as possible. Tapan: i already had detailed talk with dave yesterday and he was going to send me a quote in 1 hour Tapan: there's no quote Tapan: no email Tapan: i even opened a support ticket Tapan: there has been no reply to it Tapan: is this the top notch service dave was refering to ? Ron: dave is away at the moment Ron: May I know your full name please Ron: also let me know if this email is good for you email@example.com Ron: I will have dave to get back to you on this Tapan: Tapan Bhanot Tapan: firstname.lastname@example.org Tapan: i am trying to contact him since yesterday Ron: Thank you tapan Ron: and we are sorry for the delay Ron: do you know his email ? Tapan: no Ron: email@example.com Ron: you can send him an email Tapan: ok Tapan: are you sales also ? Ron: I will also have him to get back to you on this Ron: nah Tapan: ok Ron: I am from tech support Tapan: ok Tapan: ok thanks bye Ron: Bye
By the looks of this you can imagine the High Level of Support Dave was telling me about. I opened the livechat for a sales staff and a tech support guy is answering the live chat. This is really good!
I've had server with LT, Sago etc. and nowhere I have seen such crap at pre-sale level. How would they expect customer to return to them when they are behaving like this at the first step ?
I have had a bad experience with a servepath sales rep, I wonder if the entire company acted in such ways as its really really bad and stupid way to do business.
2 days ago I wanted to subscribe a dedicated server. I looked around and found servepath and decided to go with them initially. Went through their online chat and the sales rep gave me a quotation after several questions from me. Took the sales rep more than 1 1/2 hour to give me the quotation. The sales rep said it took 3 days to get the server ready for me..which seemed long but I asked him to send me the quotation anyway. While I waited, I did more research on the company and looked for other potential companies.
It seems that there were lots of complaints about servepath's customer service, So I looked elsewhere and that's where I found SingleHop instead. I had some issues with the billing but the co-founder - Dan Ushman emailed me and assumed me that they don't charge until the order is processed (since it was not processed yet, they cancelled it and I made another order). It took them no more than 3 hours to get the server up and running! This was impressive compared to servepath's 3 days to get the server up and running.
All went well until the servepath sales rep emailed me asking why I haven't reply him on the quotation. I just told him that I signed with another company. He then replied:
I put those quotes together on the spot for you as you gave me your word you were going to sign that night. Do you consider that respectful business etitquete?
So I replied like this:
I understand your frustration, but I waited for almost 2 hours before I got the quote, I was in a hurry so I decided to sign up with another company and after doing more research. I believe its natural in business you may not necessarily get the business all the time, as a sales person you should know that.
He further replied:
When someone gives me their word – I believe them.
So I replied:
There was not at any point I promised to sign up with you. I did mention I chose the package and decided what I wanted but did NOT promise I wanted to sign up with you.
Apart from the reason that you sent in the quotation > 1 hour, you also mentioned the server could be ready within 3 days only. As I wanted the server fast, I decided to go with another hosting company who could (and DID IT) in less than 24 hours. I hope you understand this. I'm thankful for your time.
And he stopped replying my mail after that. From what you can see, this sales rep really has a bad attitude. I'm no sales person but if you give a quotation to someone, it does NOT mean you will get that sale. And even if the person DID promise you, that's not the right way to react. He should ask me instead why I didn't choose servepath and how to improve their package, etc so that they can serve pple better..and not shoot the customer..
So guys, don't ever deal with servepath, you will regret it. Take my word, go with SingleHop, they did an excellent job.
I was looking into getting a cabinet to host a few servers and saw that their is an ad on the colomax.com main page saying $499 for a locking cabinet with 2x20amp circuits. This seems like a great deal and I gave their sales staff a call. The sales guy who picked up seemed confident he could get me this quote but had to double check. This seemed odd since its being advertised on the main page. I went through the process of asking him for more info and he got back to me for a quote for $100 more. Has anyone had a similar experience with colomax? I've heard so many good things about colomax and nrsoftware, I'm suprised they are doing false advertising.
Here is my GigeNet review. I am about 8 months with them and I thought I own them one review. I applied for managed dedicated server and in few hours I got message that my server is ready. It was windows 2008 data center box with Hyper-V which I use for VPS hosting. Soon after it was setup I had problems with routing my VPS machines to outside world. I got response in 3 minutes with solution . After that I requested support many times, on different issues, like setting up my own BW monitoring for VPS, windows licensing, firewalls, CPanel (I have some Linux VPS too), and each time I got prompt response from their very kind support. I really have feeling they have 3 people working just for me.
Later on I bought another server, requested all kinds of stuff from them like transferring IP blocks from one server to another and changing CPU on live server (with 15 minutes of downtime, I don't know how they did that ), and they were prompt and professional every single time.
In the past I had few horror stories, but finally I found dedicated server company which is almost too good to be true.
I really recommend them to everyone, especially if you can get one of theirs special offers, when they basically give you all above mentioned for the price of unmanaged server.
I had a quick firewall question because I am a little confused on the subject. When I spoke with Gigenet, they told me that their firewalls are "Dedicated" as opposed to Softlayer's firewalls, which are shared. I spoke with Softlayer concerning this and they gave me the long way around it but it sounded like it was a shared firewall.
My question goes out to past or present customers, does anyone know if this is true and if it is, does it really make that much of a difference?
Never ever go for gigenet.com if you want a dedicated server. Here is the story:
I needed a VPN access to their infrastructure and asked to their sales if this is possible with them, because i loved it with softlayer. They said yes. 1 week after i ordered a bargain basement server to see their service quality and so. After i got my server and instructions to login to server and their client portal, i realized that there was no VPN available for me. After a few days of talks with their sales and techs along with a cancelation request, they confirmed to make it available for me.
They opened up a vpn access and a put a nic card on the box. Everything was dealed and was going good. Then i recieved an email from gigenet sales Brandon Hale that they processed my cancelation request and pulled the server offline immidiately (at the begining of the month where i paid for full month) and they cant refund me my money.
Gigenet is an epic fail. Here is a list of reasons:
1) Sales and Techs have lots of communication problems.
2) Sales promise all the things but never make it happen after you order the things.
3) Their infrastructure is very unfriendly. You get like four different passwords for each interface you get. one for support one for portal one for vpn, etc etc...
4) They cut off the connection immidiately when you place a cancelation. They dont even wait for the remaining days for the month.
my conclusion is, if you really in need of a quality service just go for softlayer.
This post is not a bump up post for Softlayer but SL is the win.