Steadcom 4-5 Month Review
Apr 24, 2008
I've been with Steadcom for a few months now, and I greatly their services. Such great deals have been offered to me. Each time I talk with the staff, I seem to want to use their services longer. I'm currently working with my own free hosting company and I entrust my uptime and reliability to Steadcom. I've had no problems with either of those aspects and it seems like their network is as fast as Google. If you find a better deal than this, it would be a miracle. I am working on obtaining up to six months with them for my next payment. I would fully recommend Steadcom and their services. I give it all of my reputation and respect as a business owner to acknowledge such outstanding services.
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Jul 26, 2008
I just thought I'd post a quick review of SteadCom. I've been with them for a month now and have two dedicated servers with them.
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Jul 3, 2008
Pre-Sales - Despite bombarding them with questions they remained extremely helpful and patient.
Setup - Servers were online within a few hours - very impressive!
Support - To say the support I have received is exceptional would be an understatement. Dimitri, Andrew and Gabriel will assist you until you are 100% satisfied and then some.
The ticket response speed puts a lot of companies to shame. Most tickets are answered in a few minutes and by few yes I really do mean 2-5 minutes.
Conclusion - If you were thinking of signing up with them think no more and do it now! Look no further! You're not going to get much better than this.
I say all of the above having had experience with many server companies over the past few years.
I¡¦ve been with Steadcom for 2 months now and my experiences with them so far have been awesome.
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Jul 9, 2008
Domain Hosted With Them:
There¡¦s not a lot in the blog since I¡¦ve been busy and it¡¦s new.
[url]„³ Live VPS status.
My VPS Specs.
I took advantage of their 50% OFF deal and this are my specs:
512 MB Guaranteed RAM
1024 MB Burstable RAM
20 GB Disk Space
700 GB of Premium Bandwidth
HyperVM VPS PowerPanel
3 IP Addresses
For $26.97 per month
The Support is so FAST, is like if they are waiting for you to submit a support ticket. I submit a ticket, then I go to check my new emails and guess what, Steadcom already answered the ticket! 4 minutes after I submit the ticket, incredible! Also, their answers are very helpful. I am sure that Steadcom has a lot of clients to take care but I feel like I am their only client and I would like to give special thanks to Dimitri Despointes for all the help.
This is what I get with the ¡§uptime¡¨ command via SSH.
01:14:29 up 61 days, 58 min, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.03, 0.00
The VPS has been up since the first day that I paid for it, 100% UPTIME. The speed of the VPS is very fast, the connection too, I have downloaded some big files (backup files) and the download speed is just very fast, the downloads are done in a couple of seconds.
If you are looking for a new VPS Provider, I recommend Steadcom. I am sure that you will have the same great or better experiences that I am having with them.
I would like to give a review of this company again, i have been with steadcom over 7 months now and this my second review of them.
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May 19, 2008
So i figured i would let everyone know how Steadcom is.
Uptime:It has been excellent, only have in these months only two outages critical it got 99.9% uptime.
Speed: the server is fast, so fast it seems like a dedicated box sitting beside me. My ping time is only 100 ms from my country is really pretty good.
Performance: I only run two site with low traffic. I have never had any issues critical for the moment, only with a one software i have pretty high load but i think is for my CPU limit + optimizacion mysql and lighty on my end.
Billing: Pretty good for the most part, auto-charges my credit card for each month's payment so I don't have to deal much with billing. No complaints.
Support: Really good. No complaints. My last ticket was in december last year and for the moment i dont have any critical problem. Just a small problem,the CPU limit,no burst CPU time, they limit a litle much I think sometimes I got a high load.
Conclusion: They are very professional and have a nice setup for provisioning new clients and maintaining their systems. Notifications of scheduled maintenance are always sent out to affected clients, so there are no huge surprises. I would recommend them to anyone and for the money, it's a pretty good deal. I hope you or anyone else may consider them if looking for a VPS provider in the future.
I am pretty happy with the services from Steadcom. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking for affordable, reliable VPS hosting. So if you are in need of a vps/dedicated, then these guys are the right people to pick.
Summary: Steadcom's customer service is consistently far above and beyond what I expect in their price range. They were very flexible in customizing a hosting plan to my exact specs. VPS server performance has always been very good. But above all else, their customer service is absolutely spectacular -- they really treat their customers well, and to me, that is the single most important aspect in choosing a host. I get enterprise-grade white-glove treatment on what is by all means a low-revenue plan.
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Nov 22, 2007
The full review:
About seven months ago I started shopping around for a VPS provider to handle the growing traffic from my Wordpress sites and allow room for several new projects I was launching. After trying several other VPS providers, I found a promo in the VPS Hosting Offers forum and gave Steadcom a shot.
Billing: Right off the bat, Steadcom was willing to customize a package (and a promo) to my exact needs. It wouldn't be proper to quote my exact package here, as Steadcom has since completely revamped their packages. But I will say that they were very accommodating to my needs, including the multiple changes I made after the fact. My billing is always correctly invoiced and hassle-free. Frankly, I wish my wireless provider would take note.
Performance: I run two medium-traffic Wordpress installations, a light-traffic SMF forum, and two light-traffic DokuWiki wikis. I have never had any issues (SMF did slow to a crawl for two days, but that was due to a configuration error on my part). My sites are peppy and responsive.
Uptime: When I first signed up there were apparently some issues with my node (though I never personally experienced any trouble), resulting in a last-minute notice of "5-15 minutes of planned downtime". This downtime occurred during off-peak time. Ordinarily I might balk at such short notice; however, if a node is in need of physical maintenance, I would rather my provider pull it down for 15 minutes with short notice than let it go on unreliably for a few more days.
More recently, Steadcom (along with some other big-name hosts) was affected by a power incident at their reputable upstream provider. As a result, my sites were knocked out for several hours. For being knocked offline by extraordinary circumstances beyond their control, Steadcom automatically issued me a credit. That tells me a lot about how they view their customers.
Customer Service: Put simply, I'm treated as if I'm their only customer. The guys at Steadcom have, since my first day dealing with them, absolutely rushed to take care of whatever issue I have raised, no matter how small. They took the time to answer all of my pre-sale questions thoroughly. They helped me out with a minor DNS hiccup at GoDaddy. When they noticed me rebuilding my OS several times (no reason, just experimenting), they emailed me to ask if there was anything they could help me with.
When I wanted to change my plan (multiple times, in fact), it was done without any hassle. Every ticket I submit gets turned around very quickly. I am reasonably certain that Dimitri and Gabe sit around the NOC 24 hours a day just waiting for tickets to come in.
As much fun as it is to rave about how great their customer service is, the real-world implication is that these are the guys that I want in my corner when something goes wrong. Good customer service is the difference between "OMG my sites are down and nobody's doing anything about it" and "My sites are down, but I know my provider is rushing to get them back up". Anybody who has ever had a hosting provider for any length of time knows that 100% uptime is impossible, and that even the best host in the best facility can still get knocked down by DDOS, extreme weather, sabotage, or what have you. Knowing that your host is staffed by competent individuals who actually care about their customers makes all the difference.
Overall: Steadcom has been great. Although I frequently enjoy complaining about whatever vendor has managed to annoy me with subpar service this week, I'm hard-pressed to find anything bad to say about these guys. I heartily recommend them.
I have been with steadom for a month and can give a quick review.
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Apr 8, 2008
I purchased a Enterprise A plan and got a great deal on a promotion they had - Under $50.00 USD per month.
Support has been very good. Friendly, helpful and they definately know what they are doing. Ticket responses are very good. I did submit one ticket just after midnight (pst) and a tech responded and fixed the issue.
According to hyperspin reports, my vps has had 100% uptime for the past 30 days.
Ping times are very good from west coast Canada. Generally between 65-85ms. I know this is not THAT important, but my customers think so - and if they are happy, that makes me happy.
I have had no issues or concerns with Steadcom, and would definately recommend them.
3 months after my previous review, and I still have nothing but good things to say about SteadCom. Eclouds has been nothing less than helpful, even taking the time to help me with things that were not SteadCom's fault.
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Aug 31, 2008
About a month ago I have upgraded from my VPS to a full dedicated server with SteadCom, so I will post a review about the dedicated server in a few months, however the experience so far with the new server has been great.
SteadCom is very kind, professional, and fast to respond. If you are looking for a great host with reasonable prices, look no further than Steadcom.
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Nov 2, 2007
SteadCom was my first VPS host, so I really have no other company to compare them to.
However, the company so-far, seems decent.
Not going to lie, SteadCom has gone down a few times, for only having them one month.
Usually the outages were resolved within an hour's time, and it hasn't been that big of a deal. I understand that it can be hard to maintain a few hundred VPS's at a time, so I try to accept it.. But that's my only complaint so far.
This is the best factor. Response times have been amazing. I can submit a ticket, and usually get a response within 5 minutes. That is amazing. They keep me posted with the status of the ticket, etc. They even have a sense of humor
SteadCom had me off the ground within 2 hours of creating the account.. That would have been shorter but I messed up twice, so I can't hold this against them.
All-in-all, I am satisfied with SteadCom, and hopefully the few downtimes will decrease and not happen again... I would recommend them to anyone looking for a starter-VPS. The speed, both up and down, has been wonderful
This being my very first VPS server I'm very pleased with the service that Steadcom has provided me. I highly recommend this VPS provider to anyone that is looking for a VPS.
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Sep 27, 2007
+ Very completive prices and doesn't require long term contract to save 30% on their plans.
+ Have used several support tickets on an unmanaged account and have always received very quick responses averaging about 4 mins after submitting.
+ Very fast servers, at first I was looking for a VPS on the East Coast do to my location but after comparing Steadcom to other providers on the East Coast their plans being the most economical and the very fast even to NEW YORK/PA.
+ No surge added to control panel (DirectAdmin, CPanel) you pay the license fee that those panel charge.
- I have not found any real negative issue with Steadcom, the only possible issue was a lost email with login details to HyperVM but this could have been an email filter issue and it was resolved in 4 mins with a support ticket.
So far this VPS host has been top notch and I look forward to doing business with them into the long term future. If your looking into giving VPS a try or looking for a new VPS provider give Steadcom chance to show you their 5 star hosting & support. With pay as you go plans and no contract pricing while you still save a discounted price you can't go wrong with trying this provider for at least a month to see how they measure up to your current provider. Moving from shared hosting to VPS with steadcom has been a great move, only wish I did it sooner.
This is a quick review of the VPS provider SteadCom, www.Steadcom.com
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Oct 13, 2007
I purchased a VPS from Steadcom (www.steadcom.com) about 2 weeks ago. I have there Beginner A | VPS plan which includes 256MB of RAM, burstable to 512MB. 10GB of disk space, and 300GB of bandwidth after a upgrade. The reason i purchased the VPS was to host a proxy. Anyways to start of the review. I ordered the server around 1AM eastern. I recieved root information in about 10-20minutes. After about an hour I received another email with my DirectAdmin information. Hosting my first proxy i was looking for suggestions on what script to use, PHProxy, CGI Proxy, Zelune, ect... I ended up speaking with the owner about which would be best for me. I decided to use Zelune, after I had uploaded the script I had a few errors on my site which the owner was more then happy to help me with. Overall I have had 0 downtime in the 2 weeks I have had the VPS.
No network hiccups, hardware issues, control panel problems, or anything so far.
Basically my stay with SteadCom has been flawless. Two thumbs up for SteadCom .
- Quick Summary
Fast and Helpful Support
Superb Network performance and stability
Very competitive pricing
5/5 Stars - Highly Recommended
About one month ago, I was having some problems with my hosting company and was looking for another one on these forums and found a really good one at last.
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Jul 11, 2007
This was SteadCom.com and I bought an Intermediate VPS plan, which offerd me 384MB standard and 768MB burstable RAM and performance was awesome.
Before them, I've used two well known and reliable companies but one of them tried to close my site and the other blamed my service provider, but with SteadCom we had a similar problem and it's now solved.
They may be a new company but they respect their customers.
I didn't have any downtimes since I've started to host my site on SteadCom and our connection to our site is very fast.
They've got a really helpful support.
As a result of these facts, I give 5 stars to this hosting company.
Anyone been hosted with steadcom.com?
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Mar 12, 2009
Their new promo thread on WHT sounds attractive. Was wondering if anyone got experience with them.
I've been with SteadCom for about a year and a half.
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Apr 18, 2009
Reliability - 5 - To me this is the most important. As with any VPS, there will be the occasional issue every few months or so. SteadCom handles it QUICKLY, typically WITHOUT my intervention, and keeps me up-to-date with accurate, HONEST reports. Gotta love that. My servers have not been down for more than a few minutes every few months. Can't beat that.
Customer Service - 5 - Quick & Knowledgeable customer service. This is a company that will go well out of it's way to assist. I always feel like I am a valued client when I deal with SteadCom. I've never gotten the 'robot copy/paste' emails, but I always get personalized replies. Love it!
Server Speed - 5 - Off all the VPS plans I have, they are the fastest. No questions. Pages pop quick & MYSQL is speedy. In my opinion, I cannot tell the difference between their VPS & my dedi's.
Peripheral Issues - 5+ - To me peripheral issues are the multitude of little things that make the difference between 'good' and 'GREAT'. Just a few things that I've liked....
A) When I needed a new server FAST, I had one up and running almost immediately after I gave the specs. They customized a server for me...mem, HDD, CPU, everything to what I thought I would need. They didn't throw me a canned plan....they took the few minutes to ensure I had what I needed.
B) They are always more than happy to LISTEN, and to SHARE. SteadCom actually went into a dying server from another company I used to do business with, troubleshot it & kept it alive long enough for STEADCOM to move my clients to the safety of another server. Find me another company that would do that.
C) They understand what 'Full Managed VPS' means. With some VPS companies I might as well have taken a part-time job with them as often as I was in the VPS. With SteadCom, when I've had issues, they typically tell me proactively, repair the issue, and let me know what it was. I can sleep at night...and I like to sleep...
I think that would about cover my experience with SteadCom. I don't want to bore you all with too many details, but lets just say that when I find something good I stick with it, and I believe I'll be sticking with SteadCom for a long time....(Sorry, just love that dancing bananna!)
I'm here to tell you my experience with steadcom.com shared hosting service. I have been them since 29 April 08 so thats not really 1 year but will be like in 2 weeks.
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Mar 28, 2009
Speed - First I tell you the speed of my website, it's open fast (really fast for me actually)
Downtime - there is a couple of downtime and hardware/cpanel/diskspace error that make me can't use my website but not like every month and sometimes downtime is like 2-3 hours I can't open my website :/ and sometimes only when I open ticket they will check it and resolve my problem. Thats is not good enuf for me :/
Support - support is decent thats mean sometimes good (maybe when they online?) and sometimes is not. Sometimes support will answer my ticket after 2 -5 hours. :/ this guy Andrew neill is really a good support tech (very good I must say). I think he has work there since last year and other staff I know is Dimitri (CEO) and Grotman (sales?)
Price - This is the best part. They can be flexible If I use all my bandwidth they allow me to upgrade and when I don't need extra bandwidth they allow me to downgrade. Sometimes I pay $11 or $20 a/month depends on my bandwidth
So overall I rate them:
Downtime/Other error: 2/10
The sad part is starting next month I need to find a new host because this host don't work for me anymore because third party problem, otherwise this host is superb and I will still be with them.
I've been with SteadCom hosting for over a year and have several VPS's with them. Their service/support as well as the intangibles have been nothing short of outstanding.
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Jan 28, 2009
Here are a few highlights:
1) I had a dying server from another host. I contacted SteadCom late afternoon, and they had a VPS with my specs (not a canned plan) up a short time later. Then they proceeded to troubleshoot the dying server & kept it up long enough for them to move my accounts. They did not charge me for moving my accounts, or for assisting on keeping a dying server up to keep my current clients satisfied. OUTSTANDING.
2) Support is never far. I email, and typically I get a response in a few minutes. Their tech support is knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. I always feel like a valued client.
3) As I've shifted my business plan & needs, they have always been there to provide assistance and advice. Most recently I had a need for a small, fully managed server for just a few specific accounts. Again, they were equal to the task, outlining what they would provide, providing a quick setup, and again exceeding my expecations.
4) They have never been anything short of honest. If there is an issue, they will tell you exactly what the issue is, repair the issue, and get you up and running quickly. I've never had 'Gee, that is not our issue' from them. They just take ownership of the situation and do what is needed. As with any server, downtime cannot be avoided, only the length of the downtime can be controlled. My server has never been down for long, and when it has, they have absolutely been stellar about getting it back up, running normally, and letting me know exactly what the issue was.
With Steadcom, I really feel like I have a partner. With several VPS companies I've been with, I might as well have been on their payroll as much as I had work on the servers. Steadcom knows what FULLY MANAGED means, and typically exceeds my expectations.
I've signed up with Wiredtree for a Managed VPS 12 days ago.
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May 5, 2009
I know it's not enough time to write a review. But I decided to write my first impression then keep you updated by writing a new review at the end of each month, so expect one at 12 February.
For now, these guys are simply the best I've tried.
They reply you in 15 minutes or less and if it took them more, 20 minutes or something, then be sure that they're investigating your problem. If you can't wait for 15 minutes, then go ahead and give them a call on their toll-free number and they'll be with you second by second. Their support wont just solve your problem, but they'll educate you telling you what caused the problem and how did they fix it.
I'm solicitous about security. But with these guys, I finally sleep peacefully knowing that my VPS is well secured.
I joined Limestonenetworks back in 2008 when it was a small company. At the time they offered the best price on the server I was looking for, so I took the plunge. The first 2 months were great, I enjoyed the stable network, and responses from the support team were fairly quick (1-2 hours response time). From there on it was all downhill, my servers were constantly down, and the support team took longer to answer my tickets. I didn't think this was a big problem, so I stayed with Limestonenetworks even though it was having problems with their network. Near December an incident occurred that really pushed me over the edge. My servers had been down for hours, so I opened a support ticket, and one of the agents replied and told me that the downtime was due to an upgrade in their network.
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Jul 31, 2007
Again, I came to conclude that it could be far worst, so I stayed, one of the reasons was that I didn't want to switch my game servers over. It's important to keep in mind when you are running game servers, IPs play an important part because that's where you get your traffic. Near January the network upgrade at Limestonenetworks was still taking place which caused my bandwidth meter to stop working. This really scared me because I didn't want to get charged for overages due to the fact that my servers were receiving DDOS attacks, and I wouldn't know when to close the ports.
This incident actually turned out to be positive for me because even though I went over my bandwidth quota they didn't charge me for overages. I was very happy because this was like a late Christmas present, so now I was even more happy to give my money to Limestonenetworks. Now you might ask the question, how is this going downhill? Even though they didn't charge me for the overages, I still lost many clients who were angry at the fact that their game server were down.
In the end this network upgrade actually cost me 3 clients who were paying ~$60 per month. I let this slide because at this point I already had two servers with Limestonenetworks and I really didn't want to switch over due to the fact I would lose my IPs. The next month, February, was no different, I had more issues with Limestonenetworks. Starting of this month I was getting large DDOS attacks, which kept pushing my bandwidth over the quota, and I ended up paying close to $200 dollars just for bandwidth overages.
At this point they started to nickel and dime me for every single penny they could get of me. I don't know if they were having financial problems, or if it was due to another reason. Again in March I went over the quota, but at this time they told me that I had to pay per gigabyte which would result in a $500+ charge in bandwidth, and after talking with multiple agents, I was finally able to reach an agreement. They had changed a policy all of the sudden due to the fact that they knew I was a good customer and would keep paying for the overages.
The problem I had here was that I didn't mind upgrading to plan after I knew how much bandwidth was going to be used, since they don't offer any sort of DDOS protection, and game servers result in large DDOS attacks occasionally. I understand that Limestonenetworks was not at fault, but by making me pay per gigabyte was a bit harsh, since I had never been late on a payment, and had multiple servers. Try to remember that I stayed with this company even though I lost multiple clients because of their network outages, but they didn't care about this, all the care about is nickling and diming customers.
From that point on I have been living on the edge because I don't want to pay for an upgrade before hand due to the fact I don't know how much bandwidth my server will be using. Even if I upgrade to a different package it does not offer an insurance due to the fact that if I receieve a large DDOS than I orignally predicted, I would still end up paying per gigabyte.
This company has turned from having potential to just making their customers run away. Now the other problems I had with Limestonenetwork is the support they offer, which has been declining since I joined. The associates are very rude and don't really care about the customer's experience. I didn't include every problem I had with Limestonenetwork because it would make it a very long read.
Network - 10/10
Downtime - 5/10
Customer Service - 2/10
Overall Experience - 4/10
Would I recommend this company? NO, I urge everyone to stay away, unless they like to deal with problems on a daily basis.
Also from reading other topics on this forum, I personally believe that Limestonenetwork is overselling and their network can not handle the load.
This is my 1 month review on the company vt6 (vt6.co.uk). There is no doubt about it, they have the fastest reply times and most helpfull support. I started out on the basic plan and have just paid for the next one, i was upgraded allmost instantly but as i found it was no benfit to me i asked to downgrade and was again instantly downgraded and my money refunded.
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Jan 4, 2009
As for the quality of the VPS, it is perfect. they dont cramm VPS's onto one server so each VPS runs smooth without any problems. Iv also had no downtime at all. Iv been with a few VPS's before this and none come close to pure quality and fantastic support that vt6 provide.
That is all for my one month review on this perfect company that i would deffinitly recommend to anyone seeking low cost quality VPS's (Or hosting that i assume will be exatcly the same)
The speed seem good because all my sites still under development.
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Oct 15, 2007
The support is poor because I send ticket to cancel hosting and get money back and they did not process the ticket.
The Cpanel version is very old and I lost some new features of cpanel.
Now the cpanel does not have button to change password . I unable to change my password now.
6/10 for lunarpages.
For those who care to read on:
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Apr 26, 2009
I came to use Liquidweb thorugh a string of random REALLY bad luck. From "Managed" VPS that ended up not getting patched and fried due to a security exploit (PowerVPS) to a RAID failure, during a backup, causing total data loss and backup loss (RockMyWeb's VDNet). I was ready to pull my hair out. So I decided to kick out the bucks for a Liquid Web VPS Plan 2 (with a great price from a special found here). All I can say is it was a night and day difference.
The server is fast. Remote access to this VPS is a fast as my dedicated server in the office. I thought moving to cPanel was going to slow things down but this thing flies! Wow!
The service is fast. I call support and a person picks up the phone. No e-mail. No long hold times. I call, someone answers, no need to transfer to a higher tech, it's just fixed. Wow!
The one downfall. And it's only a downfall if it's not what you want. cPanel only. I'm a big DirectAdmin fan, but I'm learning my way around cPanel again.
Until I'm ready to do dedicated (I'm guessing it's coming in 2k8) this thing is awesome!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
1x Web Hosting Talk for hooking me up with Liquidweb.
1x Web Hosting Talk Community for reviewing Liquidweb.
1x Liquidweb for the awesome service!
1x VDNet. It may sound strange but they did answer e-mails faster than anyone I had ever seen (multiple replies in under two mins). They had a great price, but bad luck drove me to change. I'm glad I did, but I wouldn't have a hard time recommending VDNet now that they fixed the problem that caused the loss of my server. (and they did give me a month free) They really did give good value for the price, and offer DirectAdmin which Liquidweb doesn't.
Anyone else care to share?
I'm not a fan of emoticons, but I did it out of love for you guys. Feel free to hammer the server a bit and tell me how fast the pages load. They're pretty quick here in Costa Rica:
CR Solutions Group Costa Rica Web Design.
I have been with SoftLayer a month now, and this is my review of their company. I will start with my pre-sales experience, going into hardware, their network, server, portal, accounting/sales, and support .
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Mar 15, 2008
[[[[[[[ PRE SALES ]]]]]]]
I started out looking for a new server by looking at some good dedicated hosts. I saw SoftLayer offered the new Nehalem series, so I went for it. Their sales team is excellent beyond all reasons -- the staff are personal and do NOT try to take your money; instead, they find the best-fit solution for you and work with you by calling you, showing you their specials, and talking to managers.
[[[[[[ HARDWARE ]]]]]]]
The Hardware at SL is top-notch. There's no problem with it, it's clearly stated in the portal what type of motherboard, HDs, RAM, etc are in the server and it's top-notch Supermicro hardware. I've never seen a problem with it, and I have seen the certificate of passing benchmarks as that is done on all SL servers by default.
Their provisioning system is excellent, I got my server in 2-3 hours at MAX. WOW! It is all inside the portal too; you can view the status (PE_BOOT, OS_RELOAD); it's clearly there and excellent. We finally got VIRTUOZZO (thanks natecarlson ) working with it too.
[[[[ SERVER ]]]]]
What can I say? This is the new Nehalem series. I think the deal I got was quite good, I brought several SL servers before I switched to this one, and it did take a while to get it down to this price (especially for SL quality, damn!) :
-Intel Dual Quad Core (2x) X5570 Nehalem 2.93GHZ w/ HT
-12 x 300GB SAS 15K Seagate Cheetah HD's in RAID 10
-12GB DDR3 RAM (to start)
-4000GB Monthly Bandwith
-1GigE Port Speed
-64 IP Addresses
-Monitoring & Automated Reboot
$1,100 a month -- which I think is good for this type of server.
It's blazing fast and 0 problems.
[[[[ NETWORK ]]]]
I started in their Dallas, TX datacenter with a Dual 5450, but decided to get a 2U server with SAS HD's. Sadly, they said they were out of stock in Dallas. They said they can get me an EXTRA DISCOUNT if I went to Washington DC. I live an hour or two from DC, so it was good for me. I debated, and talked to them, they said it was a great place and I went with their Washington D.C datacenter .
It's fast. Blazing fast. They have like 100GBPS connectivity -- with many backbone providers. I've never seen so many . I'm liking the nework speeds and it really is nice.
[[[[ PORTAL ]]]]
The best part. They have their 'manage.softlayer.com' and their mobile 'manage.softlayer.mobi' portals. They are excellent. I don't even need support, and when I do, it's there. I mean, I'm STILL exploring their portal system. It has so much stuff; "Instant cPanel Licenseing, Instant Firewall, Upgrades, IP's, OS reloads, Installs, Backups" -- I love it. It makes my life a lot easier and quiker. I've had a server with ThePlanet, HiVelocity, and more and SL portal blows them all away
[[[ SUPPORT ]]]
The support is great. In the times I need it, it's there. Within 15 minutes I get a response and usually in under an hour, a resolution. It's excellent in what they provide at an unmanaged rate, and the $3 tickets are great in my opinion for those quick issues that you just can't figure out. They even helped me with a bit of PHP help!
[[[ ACCOUNTING AND SALES ]]]
It's there any time I needed it. I got servers upgraded, downgraded, reclaimed, removed, created, OS reloaded, invoices adjusted, and it's there. They respond within 1 hour usually and it's great for a sales team. Personally it's awesome how they have excellent teams for support and sales! The reps are VERY nice and friendly too, and they offer some nice discounts .
[[[ OVERALL ]]]
I give SoftLayer a 10/10+. They are everything I expect from a provider (heck, they are better than most managed providers I've been with) and more. I urge you to try them out, they will try to fit your budget as good as you can do it.
I'd first like to follow up with my end at GNAX. I ended up going down to them on the 31st to pick up my colo server and get my refund. All went generally well, except for the "I'll be back in 5 mins" that took more than 30 mins for some sales/billing guy to get me my stuff. Signed some papers, and my money was refunded in full. In the end, a happy ending with GNAX.
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Oct 9, 2009
Now, while all that was ongoing, I moved over to a dedicated server at Softlayer quick as I could because I knew with 100% certainty that Jeff would have my service terminated when I posted the chat log of him threatening me - a controversial decision I still stand by for what it's worth.
First, lets talk about sales with Softlayer. My God - I have never seen anything like this. With GNAX, sales would consist of me sending a ticket and waiting days, or it getting closed randomly, then having to wait more and more. A 48-hour max setup time with GNAX ended up being 5+ days and still no setup. Softlayer. I was doing Live Chat with an agent who was extremely helpful. Too move the process along quicker, I asked if I could call and speak with him, and sure enough, he game me a toll free number and I spoke with him through the entire ordering process. Not only was he extremely knowlegeable and helpful, but he also pointed me to a special I was unaware of where I got double the RAM and a second hard drive for free. I ended up ordering a dual core Xeon setup, but I actually got setup with a quad Core Xeon X3220. No mistake they said, they were just out of what I ordered so they gave me a quad core for the price of a dual core. And all of this happened in less than 4 hours. Yep, that's right. I went from on the phone with sales to having my brand new quad core for the price of a dual core with twice the RAM and HDD for free in under four hours. I was actually shocked. After being with GNAX so long, I had no idea that anything even under a 24 hour wait was possible (which it wasn't with GNAX btw), and they didn't hold my order because of being short on inventory like GNAX did - they just gave me a free upgrade with no delay!
With GNAX, I have never been able to be in such control of my server as I am now with Softlayer. With GNAX, lets say, I wanted to change or add reverse DNS for an IP, I would have to send a ticket and wait hours and hours and hours for them to do it. With Softlayer, I login to the portal, and click click type, click and it's done and live. All by myself! Their portal is the most powerful thing I have ever seen and it allows me to do and see everything.
Their support, I'm convinced, is second to none. I once had three days of downtime with GNAX because of a hardware problem (their hardware) they just couldn't fix. The motherboard has gone bad and I had to wait three days for them to find another identical motherboard to replace mine with. Apparently, they don't like to keep hardware on hand in case of emergency. In the mean time, I was faced with a lot of pissed off people who couldn't access the server for three days while all GNAX did was "we're looking, we're trying". Three days downtime is unacceptable, GNAX's support is just horrible. Phone support is essentially non-existent. When, on occasion, people pick up the phone, I'm simply told to submit a ticket and they'll get to it - when it's convenient for them. Support with Softlayer is drastically different, I can call support and pick their brains on technical problems for as long as I need. Recently, something went wrong when I was moving IP addresses around with my servers, and I was able to submit a ticket, call them, and they resolved it while on the phone with me. Some other small issues cropped up, and I replied to the ticket as it was non-urgent, and they had it fixed it about 20 mins. THAT people, is how support. Again, after being with GNAX for so long and having to wait hours, and sometimes days for support, having things fixed on the phone with me or via ticket in under 15 mins really caught me off guard.
Sales - part two.
Incredibly impressed with the sales and support I have seen so far, I recently ordered a second server. Again, I did this over the phone and was given an amazing deal - one not even on their site! In the end, it'll save me about $60/month on my second server. Pretty decent I say.
They have a forum! That's not what's cool in itself, but it's cool that its integrated into my portal account. Now, GNAX has a forum too, but you first have to email GNAX and ask for their blessing to sign up there.
Another nifty thing about Softlayer is their developer API. Their API enables tons of cool things, like I can see my uptime and bandwidth usage from within WHMCS. With GNAX, I would have to go find which one of my logins for their seemingly hundreds of disintegrated services. Having everything being in one place and under one login with Softlayer.
Basically, if you need a dedicated server provider, choose Softlayer. Leaving GNAX (well, being forced out) and moving to Softlayer is the best thing that has ever happened to me an my company.
Alright, Ive been with them for a little over two months and I have been with them before. Their support is excellent, their servers' are excellent, their network is excellent, their portal is excellent, and not having to deal with Cogent directly is a joy.
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Apr 9, 2009
I first singed on with them 11/9/08 till 12/29/08 everything went well I closed my account simply because I didn't need the server again.
My current server with them as of this post is $199.00/mth and I get the following
CPU : Xenon X3230 Quad Core @ 2.66 Ghz
Ram : 4GB
OS : Server Standard 2008 64 bit
1000 mbps 2 TB of bandwidth
Washington, DC Data Center
2x 250GB SATA II
Having a server with them has been nothing short of amazing zero downtime caused by them and most anything a managed host will do they will do for you free. I was having issues with routes and simply asked them and within ten minutes they had changed it according to what I would prefer. I have had a DoS attack before that was pushing 800 mbps of traffic and they sent me an email and I opened a ticket and they blocked the attackers' addresses at my switch. Very quickly and not much damage was done. Overall I'm very pleased and I would recommend them to anyone.
Here is my review of Virpus after being with them for 1 month.
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Aug 22, 2008
So far I have not experienced any outages and I am going to have to give them a 10 on that as I have seen many threads in the outages about them but it appears they solved that issue and I was never effected by any of those.
I will give the support a 8 as sometimes on off times it could take up to about 30 minutes for the first response which is great but then after that the responses tend to be around 2 hours or so. Overall though the support is great!
I signed up with there plan that was cPanel included and had double bandwidth and ram. I was thinking it was too good to be true and that the VPS was not going to be quality, but I am glad I was wrong!
The performance of the server is overall great so far. I have had no issues as far as the server being anything but fast. I will have to commend them on having great hardware and not overselling there services like a lot of the VPS providers these days.
I would highly recommend them as they have been a great provider overall and I hope that they keep up the good work in the future.
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I wrote an initial setup experience review of downtown host including support w/ transferring my sites a few months ago. Now I am going to extend the review with reliability, speed and performance.
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Aug 14, 2008
So far, the support and helpfulness has been the same. Rarely does support wait longer than 10 min to respond to questions. They are always responded with a great attitude.
Reliability of all my sites has been 100%. I have seen no downtime at all since I got my account. Truly fabulous. The only time a site has gone down was not their fault...it was my fault...for messing up the database they restored it within minutes after I sent a high priority technical support ticket too.
Speed and performance go hand in hand. Sites are quick and responsive. Just as responsive as a content management system on any dedicated in my opinion. Download speeds are always the same. Never does the download or upload speed fluctuate by more than 10 kbps up or down from the average (totally unlike dreamhost where it would fluctuate as much as 400-500 kbps depending on the day).
All scripts I have used have responded very quickly without any problems that I would encounter with dreamhost (like cut off scripts due to time it took the servers to run through them).
Man, it seems just like yesterday that I initially signed up for a VPS from SolarVPS, but the truth is, I have been with them for just over 6 months now.
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Apr 21, 2009
What can I say about SolarVPS besides that they completely rock! Not to mention Douglas, but we won't go there
The network at SolarVPS is nothing short of amazing. I get lightning fast speeds and rock solid performance no matter the time of day. I have not experienced even one network hiccup in the 6 months that I have been with SolarVPS. I constantly get compliments from people about how fast the network really is.
SolarVPS uses nothing less than the best hardware. The VPS node that my VPS is located on has Dual Quad Xeons and performance is amazing. They do not overload their servers and use SLM parameteres with Virtuozzo instead of the old school UBC. I know that I can use all of my resources without battling with other VPS instances on the node.
Solar's support is by far outstanding. I have never had to wait for extended periods of time to get an answer to even the most complex questions. I can rest assured that no matter the time of day, or night, there will always be a Solar rep there to answer even the stupidest of questions, in a very timely manner. Unlike some hosts that I have used, Solar's support understands my questions and gets them taken care of instead of giving nonsense responses to try and buy time to get the job done.
The Overall Experience
The overall experience at SolarVPS is awesome. I know that I can trust my online business in their hands. SolarVPS is highly recommended to anyone who needs rock solid performance with extreme reliability.
Support - 10/10
Network - 10/10
Hardware - 10/10
The Staff - 10/10
Just a warning... Watch out for that Douglas character that mans their live chat.
I've now been with Serveraxis for nearly 36 months and will make this fairly short and sweet - my experience with Serveraxis has been great. Uptime has been excellent with the vast majority of downtime coming from things such as a simple reboot for kernel upgrades. I think in those three years there have only been two cases of unscheduled downtime. Both times Serveraxis kept it's clients well informed and the downtime wasn't major - I believe due to hardware failure. There has been no unscheduled downtime for the past two years on my server, both of those cases were quite a while ago.
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Apr 14, 2009
Their prices are very reasonable (and have even gone down once or twice) and the few times I've needed support they have been very responsive. They have also increased the amount of bandwidth and disk space multiple times at no additional cost to it's clients during the three years I have been with them.
On the whole, I think Serveraxis is phenomenal for users that just want an unmanaged VPS with rock-solid uptime and a great company behind them.
I wrote a review of Tzulo last month before that attack occurred and the thread was lost along with all the other data. So I am writing a review again as I feel they deserve this.
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Mar 29, 2009
I rented a VPS Large package in March in 2008 through their reseller and a few months later I was shifted to Tzulo as the reseller changed.
Tzullo servers are really great. They are quad core, their customer service is really great. I do own dedicated servers from other companies and Tzulo customer service is the best among all the web hosting companies I have experienced. I have contacted them via their ticket system and crazy hours like midnight and have gotten a helpful reply from them within 5 - 30 minutes.
I run two dedicated gameservers from the VPS I bought from them and I have never had any problems with their hardware. The net connection is really good also because there is never any lag on behalf of the server, I know a person who connects to my gameserver from australia and he gets a latency of only 250. The VPS's are based in Chicago.
They are really cheap considering they are based in USA. I have never seen cheaper reliable hosts in USA. They even offer a $10 'novice' VPS for people so they can check and experience the servers.
They offer linux and windows including control panels like hypervm and virtuozzo. You can do free re-installs, restarts, repairs from the online control panel.
Recently I recommended them to my friend also and he bought the medium package from them and it got activated within minutes of his payment confirmation.
Overall, my experience with them has been the best and that is why I am going through and writing this review again, I highly recommend Tzulo to all of you if you are looking for a good quality cheap VPS.
my website is on digitallinx vps from abt 4 months. and in these 4 months i experienced 100% uptime. speed is pretty gud too. and most imp thing i liked abt them is their support that is great. they reply in timely manner no matter wat time of the day and they r really professionals whatever issue i had they always helped me. never heard no from them. i think space and bandwidth can every host provide but professional support is the most that we need. i ll stick to them as long as i could.
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Jan 18, 2009
2.100% uptime (that's what i experienced)
what can i say, you get what you pay for but i think this is expensive!
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May 1, 2009
i fell to the trap of unmetered bandwith. its true, it was really freaking fast speed.
BUT, ram is limited. especially if you run cPanel. i advise people not to use it.
Tickets were answered very fast. usually within 2~5 minutes. even faster at times.
downside: a bit expensive. even though unmetered bandwith, this is shared. also its tough to push much traffic because of the lack of ram. i think if you bought something with 1gig ram, you can find cheaper VPS.
also you are completely on your own with this VPS. nothing surprised i knew this going in. But then i discovered other services that provided managed VPS at even cheaper price! these were reputable companies too. Next time im just gonna go with managed service. wasted too much time compiling and learning how to do stuff.
I give : out of
I found lot of the reviews on here inaccurate. They are actually not bad.....but imo a bit expensive.
From the moment that I signed up with them to now they have been on top of everything. Right after I created the account it took about 15 minutes for my site to be transferred over from GeekStorage and up and running on their servers. They respond their tickets very quickly, most of the time in less than 10 minutes.
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I have not had many issues with them; the only issue I can recall was when a bot posted some weird scripts on my site. Even though my site was the only one attacked Tyler was very quick to respond and even offered me one on one support via Messenger. The problem was resolved with a quick password change.
Not only do they provide excellent support but they keep in contact with their customers. They email me from time to time to see how things are going and if I need any additional help. Most importantly, their servers are blazing fast and by no means do they overcrowd them. I can run Wordpress and Invision Power Board with no hiccups.
If anyone is in need of some quality inexpensive shared hosting then I would defiantly give StableHost a try.