Reliable and inexpensive dedicated server


I am looking to dump GoDaddy, the company I was with for the last 5 years or so. Yesterday my dedicated server went down for at least 5 hours. I was not impressed with the support I received and at the end they informed me that my hard-drive is probably about to die and that I needed to move. They want me do do it on my own or charge me for their support, even though, as I pointed out to them, that they sold me a lemon and I am only half-year half through my lease term. Instead I am looking for a new provider, that will send less promotional emails and will provide a better support. My current needs are not that great but I do need a dedicated server.

Any suggestions?

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asked Nov 4 '10 at 22:04
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My suggestion - take a close look at the chatter on and review the latest offers there. They have a specific forum for latest offers.

Given the phrase "my current needs are not that great" you may want to consider virtual private servers - a good unmanaged xen vps solution will bring you pretty far. review vps vs dedicated? for some insight.

I've used (dedicated & vps), (vps) & (vps) with good results.

answered Nov 4 '10 at 22:42
Jim Galley
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My 2c...

If the needs are not great at the moment and you would love to expand, I would choose a VPS instead of a Dedicated Server. The advantages of VPS's Dynamic allocation of CPU, memory, Disk generally outweigh the Dedicated Server approach..

I have used VPSNOC, and they seem to have one of the best Servers

answered Nov 4 '10 at 23:06
Shree Mandadi
599 points
  • I need direct root access because I run a few scripts that convert audio and video. Is it possible with VPS? Also I have multiple sites, can I add any number of site to the same plan? Thanks – Usabilitest 13 years ago
  • @slatecaster A VPS is effectively a complete self-contained server. You can choose your own operating system and install whatever you want with full root access. The only difference between a VPS and dedicated hardware is that there is not a 1:1 mapping between "servers" and physical machines. The hosting company will run multiple VPS instances on single, high spec multi-processor machine. Your VPS gets a guaranteed chunk of memory, disk space and processor time. – Dan Dyer 13 years ago
  • Yes, root access is a standard feature of a VPS (only a few outliers don't offer it), and apache or most other web servers can easily be configured for multiple vhosts. – Hedge Mage 13 years ago
  • IN some cases, a "managed" VPS (like eapps, for example) may put some restrictions in place (example: you can't change from apache to nginx since doing so would break the virtuozzo provisioning panels) – Jim Galley 13 years ago
  • Which is not a virtual server ;) Virtuozzo containers are virtualized sandboxes, not virtual servers. – Net Tecture 13 years ago
  • jimg's comment is accurate for managed VPS solutions like those offered by MediaTemple. – Hedge Mage 13 years ago
  • After having checked and worked with a couple of VPS options, and their limitations. VPSNOC is where I have stopped on my search.. @slatecaster: Yes, almost all VPS's have root access. You can install all the software that you wish.. The only limitations are, If you are working on building any Drivers for hardware, In that case, Local servers are what you need and not the hosted ones. – Shree Mandadi 13 years ago


First of all, don't dispair -- GoDaddy is famous among web developers for being one of the worst hosting services out there. It's not you, it's them.

I'm with others who said you'd likely be better off with a VPS (virtual private server).

I highly recommend as a provider. Linode is extremely stable. Their pricing is reasonable, and their service outstanding. In addition to using the official support venue (their ticketing system), you have the option of hanging out in the company IRC channel and get answers from other users and help from Linode staff.

Note: I have no affiliation with Linode, I'm just a web developer and ecstatically happy Linode customer.

answered Nov 4 '10 at 23:11
Hedge Mage
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  • I've also heard good things about linode. – Jim Galley 13 years ago


In the days of cloud-computing being all the rage, it makes little sense to stick with dedicated servers that are somewhere not in the scaling-out cloud... ability to have your (even single) server sit behind a load-balancer and a minute's notice scale out to multiple servers indefinitely, is priceless.

Depending on your platform check out Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Rackspace, or a ton of other cloud-computing providers

answered Nov 6 '10 at 11:14
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I've been using since 6 months Hetzner and haven't had any problem so far.

answered Nov 4 '10 at 23:10
Filippo Diotalevi
2,573 points


I switched to slicehost VPS, but you have to do all you administration and installation.

answered Nov 5 '10 at 00:48
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Amazon Web Services is launching a free service that will be available to new customers starting November 1. The free service will give AWS customers a free Amazon EC2 Micro Instance for one year. It means that developers get a year to use Amazon S3, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing and AWS data transfer. AWS maintains that the free service allows new users to run anything they want in the cloud. That means the ability to launch new applications or test existing applications. So why not trying it out FREE for a year while you looking for alternatives?

answered Nov 5 '10 at 10:10
Alan Ma
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