I recently switched a few non heavily-used services and utilities that I had previously been hosting with a large VPS company over to RackSpace Cloud Servers. In the past I’ve heard wonderful things about RackSpace’s ethical and down-to-earth business practices and I myself was personally lured in because of their fair pricing. And of course, because I’ve been using Cloud Files for a while now it seemed like a no-brainer for me to go with the same company.
In the past I have always recommended VPS’s (Virtual Private Servers) for users who outgrew shared web hosting and needed the control and flexibility of a dedicated server without the overhead or expense. With a VPS server you have complete and total “root” access, and are able to configure web, database, and application services to fit your needs; whatever they may be.
Recently we came across ChunkHost – a new VPS server provider that is currently in the process of beta testing a line Xen virtual servers. As part of this beta debut ChunkHost is allowing users to provision a VPS server in the Los Angeles region, complete with 512mb of RAM, 20gb of disk space, and 600gb of monthly transfer for free.
When establishing an online presence for yourself or your business/organization, there are a number of important components that help your content stand a better chance at being found and becoming successful on the vast sea of information that is the Internet. Personally, I have always been a stickler for creating high-quality content, as I believe that this is the single most important aspect to any blog or website. In the past, this has led me to write articles about why content is important and even on how to write and produce better content. At the end of the day, however, content is only one component that helps to drive your websites success, and shouldn’t be your only focus with your online presence.
Slicehost, which was acquired by Rackspace several months ago, is an excellent company that provides Virtual Private Servers (VPS). These virtual servers provide the owner unrestricted access for both application and web development. As a customer of them for several years I have had many conversations with the Slicehost support staff, and every time I have had a talk, it always turned out great with relevant answers, but today was by far the best interaction with Slicehost I have had yet.
On the morning of January 18, 2010 I sent an email to Jason, one of the co-founders of Slicehost regarding a problem I had when it came to paying for one of several accounts that I hold with Slicehost. I explained my situation to him and several hours later received a reply from Paul. Who is the current General Manager for Slicehost and I was assured that there are steps that could be taken to secure my accounts to prevent any damage while the situation is sorted out.