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February 17, 2004

Rackspace vs. ServerBeach

I have a server at rackspace, got it on some kind of deal a few years back where you could get an older machine for $150/month. A great deal at the time, but the machine can no longer handle the usage on the site.

Lowest priced machine on rackspace now is $270/month for a AMD 1.3 Ghz with 512 Meg ram. Hoping we can get into something with 1G of ram, but to get that at rackspace is ~$1000/month. I have liked the rackspace fanatical support, they are good. You can always get a person on the phone to help solve an issue. They also have a good record for uptime. Is it worth it?

I've looked at serverbeach many times. For $150/month we could get a better machine. The uptime assurance is less (40 mins/month of downtime) and they only have email support. Moving from rackspace to serverbeach seems like a step into a high-risk situpation, but hard to ignore the savings.

I'm attempting to work with rackspace on getting pricing on a machine configured for our needs . . . haven't heard back yet. Maybe there will be some middle ground where we can get just what we need for a reasonable price.

Update
Rackspace has agreed to give us a beefier machine for $275/month. It's not as astronomical as what was on their site, but still not cheap. The thing I love about rackspace is their technical competence and alertness. They don't ignore their machines, are constantly pushing out informatin and packages about security issues. If they are working to keep me informed about changes I should be making on the machine it's less for me to worry about.

I looked seriously at colocation, an alternative to having a dedicated machine. It appears that to pay for the space and bandwidth it's around the same price as a dedicated machine. You do get more control of the machine, but still are relying on the datacenter for connectivity. At this point, for this client, I think I'd rather have someone else responsible for the hardware and be watching out for the machine.

Posted by mike at February 17, 2004 9:16 PM