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Web Hosting Search: Top VPS, Dedicated & Reseller Hosting … Plus Some Jokes

 

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As established previously in this three-part series on our awards, I asked everyone to forgive us for not being vocal enough about all the ways we’ve been honored since our founding in the 1640s (first high-tech company, globally). We’ve spoken previously about our awards for Best Dedicated Server Package and Best Colocation. Today, let’s discuss the Top Host honors we earned from Web Hosting Search in 2012, for Dedicated Servers, VPS Hosting, and Reseller Hosting.

Since we were recognized by WHS for three different services, we must be doing something right; and we believe much of our success is due to the quality of our support. For one thing, we are supported by the vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, and probiotic microorganisms we consume on a daily basis, via 100%-natural, whole-food, fermented multivitamins. Also, part of that support is what we provide to our customers. We’re available 24/7, and that’s been verified by Find My Host (one part of their extensive vetting process), among other organizations.

We are pleased to be among the top providers recognized by Web Hosting Search, but let’s take a look at how WHS conducts its reviews of companies. Looking at the ratings process will help give us a sense of exactly how incredible we are. We have lots of plaques on our wall, and it helps us to sometimes explain what they mean so we can remember ourselves. Then all of us can have actual knowledge to back up the claim, “Superb Internet is absolutely delightful.”

Additionally, finishing off a segment from the beginning of this series, we will go over some of the most highly anticipated and well-deserved awards in the history of everyman. The prizes we will outline have been instrumental in the multi-billion-dollar semi-private acknowledgment industry; some have even been feathers (real ostrich feathers) in the caps of dandies. The sixth everyday award follows:

Everyday Awards Spotlight #6: Gillian Barrymore

Ms. Barrymore popped her head out of the dirt in Glendive, Montana, to accept an award from her grandmother for Best Impersonation of a Prairie Dog. Barrymore’s grandmother, Carla, explained: “I’ve been training Gill for over 15 years in this rare art-form. Finally she’s ready to compete for Miss America.” Ms. Barrymore herself was unable for comment. She was busy eating grasshoppers and prairie plants.

How Web Hosting Search Rates Hosts

Let’s take a quick look at how WHS gauges the hosts, which in turn earns companies spots in its Top Lists. The organization describes its process as a “meticulous” effort to meet the needs of its users. The company’s experienced webmasters review hosts, and users do the same. The results of these reviews are one of the contributing factors for a company achieving Top Host status. Here are all the guidelines WHS uses in its analyses:

  1. Stats – a numerical performance analysis of the host
  2. Monitoring – continual checking of each company  to ensure high standards are maintained, such as uptime and functionality of the host’s systems
  3. Secret Shopping – Like Find My Host, WHS buys an account on each of the web hosts it assesses to gain a sense of the customer perspective
  4. Excellence – rather than focusing on size and scope, the ability to deliver high-quality service in each category is the ultimate concern
  5. Up-to-date Diversity – a review of the tools and hardware available through the hosting provider to determine how broad, numerous, and effective they are
  6. Support – through secret shopping, the quality of support is tested and determined, increasing or decreasing the overall rating
  7. Reliability – a determination of the uptime percentage of the host (Superb’s is 100% guaranteed via our SLA)
  8. Customer Perspective – in addition to checking out the hosts as a customer, WHS also pays close attention to any user comments and examines them prior to finalizing ratings
  9. You – the top priority of Web Hosting Search throughout its ratings is its effort to recommend “the best hosting possible.”

Everyday Awards Spotlight #7: Fred Thompson

Mr. Thompson was given an award by his youngest daughter (Lucille, age 5) for Getting Me a Present. As it turns out, Fred did not intend to get a present for Lucille. The teddy bear he brought home on Tuesday evening was given to him by his psychiatrist to help him work through a problem he was having with intimacy. He was supposed to talk to the bear whenever he wanted someone to understand his sometimes crippling social anxiety. Unfortunately, the bear looked like a gift to Lucille, so he gave it to her. Then Mr. Thompson went to his bedroom, sighed deeply, and took a long nap.

Conclusion

Thus ends this series on our awards. We reviewed those from Host Review (Dedicated Servers) and Find My Host (Colocation) previously, and today we looked at our Top Host rankings from Web Hosting Search (Dedicated Servers, VPS Hosting, and Reseller Hosting). Below are links to each of those services if interested. We want you, and we’re willing to show it. If you’re afraid of intimacy like Fred is, our support team can make you feel at home and advise you on how to protect a therapeutic bear from your children.

by Kent Roberts

An Overview on Colocation

Server Rack - Superb Internet
Server Rack – Superb Internet

Colocation is a general term in the Web industry. It is any situation in which hardware is sent to another business’s location for housing. You, as the owner of the hardware, still have full access to it, but you are using the environment to store your equipment and to take advantage of the facility’s services.

As the concept is commonly used in hosting, it specifically involves sending your server to a data center to take advantage of their hardware friendly environment, especially with regards to security and climate. In other words, colocation has the same advantages as hosting does, but you are able to own the physical server as opposed to using space on the hosting company or data center’s servers.

(Note that when your husband tells you that he wants to colocate with another woman to optimize for security and climate, that’s a warning sign. Unfortunately, you may need to get a new husband.)

Basic Advantages of Colocation

1.    Bandwidth Costs

Your cost for bandwidth should be reduced in a colocation scenario. This occurs because you’re tapping directly into the bandwidth at a data center. You’re taking a piece of a big pie – as opposed to requiring that your own bandwidth be allotted to the physical location of your business. Network connectivity also becomes more redundant.

(Another warning sign is when your husband calls to excitedly tell you about his new redundant family.)

2.    Security

You get to benefit from the firewalls and other security protocols of a professional data center. Undoubtedly this will be an upgrade from your current security environment, unless you already have a full-time dedicated employee in charge of security. Data centers are constantly monitoring the security of their networks to ensure no Russian spies or angry teenagers invade the system.

Your data is also backed up, typically, on a more regular basis. Colocation partners will back up your data as much as every day. Additionally, you aren’t impacted at all by the other clients using colocation because those clients have their own servers as well.

Your physical security is also often improved with colocation. Security equipment such as surveillance cameras, as well as protections against fire and flooding, are common necessities for data centers so that customers can feel comfortable knowing the environment is safe for their hardware.

(Most colocation centers also have a missile-defense system and have the green light from the military to set fire to their entire stockpile if the Germans attack, firing off weapons in all directions at random and leveling the whole town.)

3.    Emergency Preparedness

A business may have backup generators, but it still won’t always be strong enough to keep power going during inclement weather or natural disasters. If your electricity goes out for an extended period, do you want your sites to go down as well? Even a generator won’t always protect you. In a colocation environment, again, you have an expert system focusing specifically on issues such as power backup, so storms won’t throw your business off the Web.

As you can see, these are improvements – upgrades to what your business might already have in place. For example, a colocation environment might even have its own fuel on hand, allowing it to go far beyond what’s possible with a charged generator. Colocation environments, then, are centers designed for emergency-preparedness. They are insurance, in a sense.

(Similarly, your disco ball, strobe light, and smoke machine are insurance against party poopers, keeping this soiree from stopping prematurely, aka any time prior to the break of dawn.)

4.    Space

Something that’s always easy to miss when we discuss the advantages of one network situation or another are the physical aspects – even just in terms of space. As a business grows, it can become more and more challenging to allot the necessary space for servers, as well as the environment necessary to properly care for them and keep them cool.

Due to concern with having the best possible environment, many companies have to consider whether to have their own in-house data center or to outsource that responsibility to another company. One consideration with a data center is not just all the parameters of security and storage room and climate, but how much that’s all going to cost. An easy way to defray costs is to collocate so that it’s your equipment, but experts with many different clients are allotting space to you and other businesses.

(If your husband tries to convince you he’s colocating to defray costs because his new family is closer to his work and allows him to cut down on fuel, he actually does have a valid point, and you should cheer him on for his green-friendly zeal.)

5.    Ownership

In a colocation situation, as opposed to a typical hosting scenario, you own both the hardware and the software. So if you ever, at any point, want to upgrade your hardware, you just go ahead and do it. It’s your machine. You just make out the switch. You know what you have, and you go out and buy a new one if the cost and features make sense.

Similarly, if you want new software to run the server, you go out and buy that as well. Any of the ways in which a hosting arrangement might keep you from making the immediate upgrades and changes you want will not be experienced with colocation. Once you know what you want, you can immediately make the change without having to switch plans or ask the hosting team to make alterations on your behalf.

(One of the most important colocation strategies is not to change the hardware or software, but instead to reorganize what’s on the current server by “shuffling” it. Shuffling the server involves hiring someone at the data center to pick it up and shake it as hard as they can.)

6.    Location, location, location

One of the greatest advantages of colocation is that you don’t ever need to move the servers. Once your hardware is in the colocation facility, it doesn’t matter what happens to the business. Everything can remain at the data center for as long as you like, regardless your physical location.

Basic Disadvantages of Colocation

1.    Distance

Obviously, as with hosting via a data center, all your hardware is at a distance. If you like to have immediate access to your equipment and have it stored within a facility that you own, colocation is not for you. (Similarly, you will want to get your own Weed Eater rather than always borrowing Tommy’s.) Keep in mind, the expense of your own data center is substantial – much more substantial than colocation or hosting.

2.    Expense

To extend the financial aspect, colocation can be more expensive than hosting because you’re using your own equipment. It’s easier for a data center to use its own servers to provide you service. This aspect varies, but expense is often a disadvantage.

Summary

Colocation is not for everyone, and there are many reasons to choose that model for your company. It’s easier in many ways because a company that specializes in server housing and security is handling that aspect of your business. However, hosting via servers at a hosting company is often an easier and more cost-effective way to go. Some larger companies also like to keep their servers on-site in their own data center. (Whatever you do, don’t take Tommy’s Weed Eater on Saturday morning, when he does his yard. You don’t want him to have to peer over the fence, awkwardly staring at you while you finish up the area around the shrubs.)

by Kent Roberts and Richard Norwood

Colocation Zombie Invasion – Happy Halloween

A zombie apocalypse and  web hosting having something in common?

“No way,” you say?

Well, let me ask you this; if a zombie apocalypse were to happen, and we were all thrust into a George Romero-esque post-apocalyptic world, what would your most pressing concern be?

Not getting your various body parts eaten by zombies? Perhaps.

Securing a local mall to use as a hideout from the flesh eating monsters? Also, a possibility.

What about stealing a giant big-rig and outfitting it with spears, machine gun turrets, and other means of defense for your plotted escape from the hoards of your, once friendly, neighbors? That’s also probably a rather prudent means of crisis management.

But let’s be honest, the most important question you should be asking yourself during a zombie invasion would be, “what am I going to do with all of my information stored on my server?”

I mean, what are you going to do in a post-apocalyptic world without all the data from your server?

Folks, this is exactly why Superb Internet offers one of the best collocation programs in the business.  If the security of your data is of the upmost importance, then why trust anyone else with your sensitive material?

If storing your data in a secure, climate controlled, state-of-the-art facility is a concern of you and your business, then look no further than what Superb’s collocation offers.

Picture with me; it’s the morning of zombie invasion day 1, and the flesh eating baddies are on your block. They’re minutes away from your house, but you need to get your server out the door and to our secure location ASAP, because, you know, if a zombie got their hands on your sensitive date, then imagine all the chaos they would cause trying to rip open the casing and find those succulent brains they so eagerly desire.  I mean, they won’t find any actual ‘brains’ but you’re server is going to be amazingly screwed.

When you collocate with Superb Internet, just send us your servers and we will take care of them in our brand new SSAE-16 (SOC1) Certified & Audited data centers.  Just ship your server to the data center of your choice and we take care of the rest.   We even have multiple data centers in Seattle, Washington, and just outside Washington D.C., in Mclean and Springfield, Virginia. So, rest assured, if location is an issue during this apocalyptic meltdown, we’ve got you covered, coast to coast!

Zombies don’t care about ‘customization’ but you probably do! And with Superb’s attention to detail and our love for our customers, customization is always at your finger tips: direct connections, specialized bandwidth options, extended server monitoring, server clustering, security and firewall services, load balancing and advanced colocation services—all are at your disposal when you host with Superb. Your servers will always have reliable power, backups, and physical security in your choice of three convenient high-tech hubs.

There’s no need to worry about fire, vandalism, theft or natural disasters, or in our case, a zombie apocalypse–live monitored surveillance keeps an eye on your servers 24/7/365. So even if the zombies managed to reach one of our data centers, our staff would certainly be on the rooftops with shotguns protecting your data.

Well, either that, or they would be zombies themselves–and would then be trying to eat your brains. But hey, we will certainly do our best to not be eaten by zombies; until, at the very least, you’ve gotten your server from your rack at our data center.

Do you see that people? We will even protect your servers with our own staff if a zombie invasion ever were to happen…

To add to the security of our data centers, your collocated rack space is kept under lock and key at all times. Biometric access control systems ensure that only the most skilled technicians and your representatives ever have access to your servers. Smoke detectors, fire detectors and surveillance cameras are kept in top operating condition.

And if there happened to be a case of a really, really smart zombie wanting to remotely access your data through less-than-legal means, with our improved customized firewalls and daily backups, their zombie-hacking efforts will be futile. Add to that our generous bandwidth, and the apps and policies of your “neighbors” have absolutely no effect on your server performance. Your data is secure from the moment your server arrives at our data center, until the moment you decide to pack it up and leave the fledgling zombie horde in your rear-view.

So, if security is your #1 priority, and you don’t want to deal with the hassle of finding the right hosting company to meet your collocation needs, look no further than Superb Internet.  We’re aware that security is of the utmost importance, and we’re also aware that a zombie apocalypse is a real thing.

Wait. What? Zombies probably aren’t real?

Yeah, you hope they aren’t real.

Purchase a collocation rack from Superb today, and keep yourself secure, no matter the circumstance.

by Richard Norwood



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