Archive for December 17th, 2006

Mabus, Redux

I wrote previously of my less than exciting experiences with Mabus Hosting. It’s been a week – seven days – and they still haven’t correctly installed the VPS I ordered from them. Well, screw ’em; I’m going elsewhere.

A long, long time ago I vowed to get the heck away from Fortress ITX, a corner-cutting bunch of webhosting goofballs if ever there was one. The VPS from Mabus was intended to be the escape route from Fortress and DedicatedNow, but that’s obviously not going to work out. (Hey, one can dream, right?)

Enter Easyracks, a well-respected Dutch IT company. I’ve always liked them, because they offer SUN servers; for my money, you can’t beat the build quality of a SUN machine, even if they’re behind the curve in terms of raw speed. Anyway, they’re having a heck of a sale on Pentium 3 (PIII) machines, and I’m picking up one to get away from the long and unpleasant experience that has been life with a VPS. EUR 15 comes out to be about 20 USD; not a bad deal at all for a PIII with 256MB RAM and 250GB of multihomed tranfer per month. For twice the price, they offer a larger HD and unmetered 10Mbit of transit.

Speeds to Europe are excellent, natch; speed to the U.S. is better than to some domestic datacenters. If you’re in the market for a server of modest power, one of these machines is a very attractive alternative to a VPS, without any of the resource restrictions that make VPSes inherently less powerful than true dedicated servers.

My second-favorite thing about Easyracks? They offer Debian. After the last year of kernel fiascoes with CentOS, I’m never getting another machine with that accursed operating system on it… but that’s a story for another day.

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