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The best host for Alpha Five Application Server - any advice?

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  • The best host for Alpha Five Application Server - any advice?

    I'm hoping someone can help prevent me re-inventing the wheel here ... I'm looking for advice on hosting Alpha5 Application Server.

    A current A5 promotion offers an intro deal on ZebraHost.
    ZebraHost has been voted "Best Alpha Host" for the last three years. And is the #1 choice of Alpha Five developers.
    I've also just read http://www.alphasoftware.com/documentation/afas_setup/ which presents a good case to use my own server for the purpose.

    Being an independent old coot, I'm leaning towards setting up my own server..........

    My query(s)?

    1. Who voted ZebraHost "Best Alpha Host"? When? (They aren't cheap!)
    2. Is it really "..the #1 choice of Alpha Five developers"? Why?
    3. Are there other recognised 'Alpha Five' hosts? Does anyone have any experience(s) to share?

    I currently use Hostgator for hosting my websites and find their services excellent. Is there anything I need to be aware of in choosing a 'general purpose' host as opposed to an 'Alpha Five host'?

    Can anyone who has set up their own server and is currently using same tell me about their experience and provide some insight?

    Thanks in advance ...
    Ron S

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    Re: The best host for Alpha Five Application Server - any advice?

    I've used Webjogger for years and am very happy with them.
    -Steve
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      Re: The best host for Alpha Five Application Server - any advice?

      Can anyone who has set up their own server and is currently using same tell me about their experience and provide some insight?
      I did this. I do not use my own server now. I am not using the web app server. I just do not need it. I learned a lot and ran an alpha db application website from a 2003 server that was installed on a resurrected older computer. I also ran 3 other websites that were not alpha db through the was.

      It all worked very well and quite crisp.

      I later added IIs and moved the three other apps to operate there. It all still worked very well. No problems.

      Now the con was my ISP must have discovered it and shut it all down. Be sure you have the proper stuff set up going in. I had to set up the router, was, windows 2003, ip's were murder for a short time, IIs as well as directing the .com's to the ip's needed to get here.

      It was fun and now I know how to do it. That was the main thing I wanted to learn.

      Later, I have plans for a complete website that will need this setup. I will take care of brighthouse then and pay the extra money.

      Cost wise, you are going to run a server 24/7(including a battery backup or two)15-20 a month, need an isp with an ip that will not change 70.00 a month, plus you have to maintain all of it. You might be better costwise with a host provider. The host needs to run on a dedicated server with windows as I am told .

      I now have all the sites on namcheap. No, I did not take the db wesite there.

      I also ran the was on windows xp just as succesfully, but IIs on xp only lets you run 1 website.
      Last edited by DaveM; 06-04-2011, 12:01 AM. Reason: added
      Dave Mason
      dave@aldadesktop.com
      Skype is dave.mason46

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        Re: The best host for Alpha Five Application Server - any advice?

        I didn't vote for "Best Host", but if I had, it would have been ZebraHost. I've worked with Clive for several years. Most of my clients use ZebraHost, and I have all my own sites on ZebraHost.

        The reasons I choose ZerbraHost are:
        Speed of setup. Clive can get you up and running very quickly...usually in a day or two. No explaining what Alpha is, no requesting permission, and no conflicting programs running or port conflicts. He'll even install the Alpha WAS for you. If you are like me, you want to get on with programming your site, not spending time fussing with the server.
        Optimized memory for Alpha. Clive has worked out what programs can be used with Alpha to maximize the memory for the WAS to use. He knows what to install and what not. What email program, what backup solution, what anti-virus...and so on.
        Modern hardware and software Yes, you could use XP on an old machine and tie it in to your cable provider, or you can run on a real server with fast processors, fast hard drives and a very fast internet connection. Which experience do you think your customers will prefer?
        An easy growth path Most of us expect our applications to grow...more customers, more features, more revenue. With ZebraHost it is easy to grow. I have one client who went to bed last Thursday with one core, 2 GB ram and 50 GM hard drive and woke up Friday morning with two cores, 4 GB ram and 100GB hard drive. Didn't miss a beat.
        Clive will work with you to meet your needs Need more IP addresses? Special firewall requirements? Two FTP servers? Email forwarding? Just send an email, and he is happy to do the heavy lifting.

        So, I'd say that if you want to build a web site to handle more that Aunt Tillie's receipe collection, ZebraHost is worth a hard look.

        And, no, he didn't pay me to say this....

        Pat
        Pat Bremkamp
        MindKicks Consulting

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          Re: The best host for Alpha Five Application Server - any advice?

          I got my own static ip and box. I host only my own site (I'm not a developer) and I put other apps like Quicken, etc, on it, and use it as my home server. I think it costs me $65/month.

          -Rob

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            Re: The best host for Alpha Five Application Server - any advice?

            I think Brighthouse said 69 a month for a static IP. It would also mess up my other deal too which would actually be even more for me. That's not including the cost of the pc running 24/7.

            I have a web site coming in a couple of months that will be hosted and probably by Zebra. It is not ready for prime time yet though.
            Dave Mason
            dave@aldadesktop.com
            Skype is dave.mason46

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              Re: The best host for Alpha Five Application Server - any advice?

              ZebraHost all the way !!
              Very responsive and accomodating, reliable, fast

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