Douglas Muth on 3 Feb 2010 11:09:50 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Looking for a new hosting company

On Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 2:02 PM, Rob Moore <> wrote:
> We are doing some shopping around for off-site web server (Linux-based)
> hosting in the Philadelphia area. I am wondering if anyone out there in
> PLUG-land has any recommendations? Places to consider or places to avoid? We
> need someplace that is “world class” (i.e., reliable backup, lots of
> bandwidth, high SLA, etc.) yet still affordable.

Is it necessary to be in the Philadelphia area?  (see my console comment below)

I'm not clear what your requirements are, but for anything smaller
than several boxes, I'd recommend a Linode, which sells VPSes:  Some of the positives are:

- You can get to a console via AJAX or SSH

- They can (and have) seamlessly migrated running VPSes between
separate host machines when the host machines developed issues

- You get root and your choice of distro

- Pretty good uptime.  I've been a customer for a couple of years and
have only had one multi-hour outage in that time period.

Their smallest possible VPS is $20/mo.

As for backup, I'm of the belief that the best way to do it is to do
it yourself.  You could do nightly rsyncs to a place like,
or any other *NIX machine. (including say, the ones in your office)

-- Doug
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