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Dedicated server VPS or not?

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  • Dedicated server VPS or not?


    I am not sure what to choose from: VPS with a dedicated server or Normal webhosting (probably shared server) from GoDaddy. Well, I am aware of VPS and a dedicated server gives me the best benefits and most secure solution, but the pricerange between the two hostingproducts are quite different.

    I want to tie in thirdparty tools into my hostingaccount from Godaddy, such as Navicat, A5.v11, Mysql, all to my remote Godaddy hostingserver.

    Question remains, can I go by with a normal webhosting product or do I need VPS?

    Hope some of you have any experiance or knowledge about this issue.


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    Re: Dedicated server VPS or not?

    It depends on your application. what is the load? How many users? Is it a basic website or are you doing a lot of number crunching?

    I had a site hosted on a GoDaddy virtual server and it was very doggy. We moved to a Dedicated server and have not had a problem since. Of course, at the price we better not have a problem!!!!

    You say you want to stay with GoDaddy, but Zebrahost servers seem to understand Alpha better and they are overall less expensive. The same virtual configuration at Zebrahost works better than at GoDaddy. I think they load their servers a little less.

    The good news is, you can try the virtual host and then upgrade to dedicated if virtual doesn't work. I was able to do so for no additional charge, though I did have to move the application myself in the process. (They had no way to take the virtual footprint and move it to a dedicated server.)

    My two cents.


    • #3
      Re: Dedicated server VPS or not?

      Thanks Larry,

      The app or should I say apps is an intranet with some attached tools and a webpage. Not so much numbers, but mostly and a lot of documents related to the QMS (intranet). I also heard Zebrahost is better, but I have good experience with Godaddy so far.

      - Tommy


      • #4
        Re: Dedicated server VPS or not?

        We've been with GoDaddy dedicated server for 3 years and are very happy with the performance and service. We did pay for additional memory and disk space to improve performance which is to be expected. We're running 7 different websites and that will grow to 9 next month.

        Also, if you call them and talk to an account rep, they will listen to your particular needs and often strike a deal by giving a discount over their advertised price.


        • #5
          Re: Dedicated server VPS or not?

          We had a VPS with GoDaddy and ended up canceling it. It was too doggy. I have heard lots of good reports about ZebraHost. We ended moving to Crucial Paradigm ( The price was right for VPS, the service has been good and it has run quite well.
          Mike Reed
          Phoenix, AZ


          • #6
            Re: Dedicated server VPS or not?

            Hi Tommy: We have Hyper-V Virtual Machines available in Amsterdam which is a lot closer to you. Also you do need at least a virtual machine. A shared Windows hosting account will not work.
            Affordable Alpha Five, PHP, MySQL Hosting.
            Serving Webmasters since 2000.ZebraHost


            • #7
              Re: Dedicated server VPS or not?


              Based on your question, it sounds like you are new to this. So, you should choose ZebraHost. I say that because they will help you every step of the way. If you have a dedicated server with GoDaddy, you have to set up everything yourself.

              I have clients at GoDaddy and ZebraHost, both VPS, Hyper-V and Dedicated, so maybe my experience will help you.
              First, you have to have a windows server. Make sure you do not go with Linux.
              A VPS, or Virtual Private Server is a server instance that shares the cores, memory and hard drive space of a single physical server. There can be several different VPS on a single physical server. You have control over your virtual server, but no control over what the other VPS users are doing.
              Hyper-V is an advanced version of a VPS. There can also be several of these on a single physical server.
              A dedicated server is a physical server that is yours alone. All the resources are dedicated to you.

              Alpha, Navicat, AlwaysUp, and MySQL can be installed on any of these, but if you go with GoDaddy, make sure they do not install their management tools.

              If you depend on email to clients, GoDaddy can also be a problem because they use a relay system, and some of my client's customers have the relay email server on their blacklist.

              In my experience, you should ask about the internet connection speed. The standard internet connection speed for GoDaddy for a dedicated server is 10M. Kind of defeats the purpose of lots of cores and lots of memory if it is all being squeezed through a small pipe (hence the term "doggy"). For your QMS with lots of documents, hard drive speed and internet speed will be more important that processing speed. For the same reason, you will want to make sure the internet connection to your in-house network is also as fast as possible.

              My client's dedicated server at GoDaddy is cheap, but it uses an I7 instead of a Xeon processor and uses a single large hard drive. I have other clients on Hyper-V with server chips and fast raid drives and they actually appear to respond faster than the dedicated server.

              You say this is for an intranet. By that I assume you mean it is for internal use only. Usually that term is used for setups where the server is in-house and serves its pages over the lan. In your case, it is actually hosted externally. So again, your users will be used to a certain level of response and if the QMS response is slow, they will be unhappy.

              Good luck.
              Pat Bremkamp
              MindKicks Consulting


              • #8
                Re: Dedicated server VPS or not?

                Thank you all so much for your insightful advice, It's important I go right about this from the beginning. I will use your(s) information to learn more what I need to do. There are some contradictions in advice on the net also due to special interests, economical rather than technical, so I have to differensiate my sources and validade the informations i get. The intranet Pat asked for is for internal use only, and yes, with 15 000 documents I better have a good connection. But I also need to handle a website with customer log-in component to customer tools like automatic generated RFQ's, logistic status, tools etc. maybe with a limited accessed app from the intranet.
                I'm not so experienced, I build business contents (documentation), but now expanding to IT solution for manging and duplicate my content.
                I find this very interesting and I'm learning as I go.