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As many of you know, I've moved from having my own datacenter to having my customer facing servers at ServerBeach. I've been generally very impressed, though the machine I'm using right now is not quite good enough for what I need to be doing. As part of the upgrade process, I was given the deal that gets announced next week and asked for permission to tell others about it. Its a great deal for a very good system. Although they have several offerings, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows servers, and hardware that ranges up to the dual processor+dual core (a total of four processors) AMD 64 bit machines;
I'm getting I just got (provisioning time was less than 30 minutes) the following:
Dell PowerEdge 430
Intel Pentium 4 3ghz HyperThreaded
160gb SATA hard disk
Linux (CentOS - a good RHEL clone)
2000GB data transfer per month
I actually plan to add another one just like it in their other data center (this one is in Virginia, the other one I'll use is in LA) for failover.
Regular cost on this is $169/month* + $99 setup.
I'm getting a price of $149/month* + $0 setup.
* The "month" is actually a 30 day period, which works out to an extra month about every 5 and a half years, oddly enough. This is strictly month to month, there is no commitment.
Note that what makes ServerBeach different from other places like Rackspace, is that they offer what amounts to a "Model-T" approach. They provision it for you with a clean OS install and hand it over. You are responsible for backups, configuration, firewalling, security, software installation, monitoring, and everything else. They offer FTP space on their network if you want to pay for it for backup. If it breaks, they'll fix the hardware and if need be reformat the drives and reinstall the operating system. They do have a free "rapid reboot" if you need -- it takes about 3 minutes. They also have a "Recover" mode you can access from their website. This will take the server down and put it in a mountable drive on some kind of master system. It takes a few minutes and you get emailed a login name and password. That allows you to change whatever you screwed up (like locking yourself off with a firewall mistake) without having to wait or pay for support.
In short, ServerBeach is a great way to have a very fast server connection pretty cheap -- IF you know what you're doing.
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