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Internet was acquired by Interland in May 2002. This division
specializes in reasonably priced dedicated servers. I have been
a customer of Dialtone since August of 2000. GeekVillage.com
is located on my Dialtone dedicated server. I have found their
upstream connection to be very fast and reliable. Uptime has been
Dialtone provides several unique features for their line of dedicated
servers which you aren't likely to find anywhere else.
1) Great support with outstanding documentation.
2) A GUI interface to your dedicated server. This eliminates
the need to perform many complex tasks via Telnet. Binding an
IP and setting up a site takes about 15 seconds. Most companies
require a series of complex commands and procedures via Telnet.
3) A liberal and clearly disclosed bandwidth allowance.
4) A reasonably priced selection of dedicated server plans
with powerful hardware.
5) No charge for as many IPs as you can use.
6) A reasonably priced one time fee policy for hardware
upgrades. No additional monthly fees.
When I say great support I mean it. On April 3, 2001 I received
a proactive email indicating that my server had experienced a
hardware failure. A power supply had failed. The talented folks
at the NOC brought my server and all the domains up in 1 hour
and 38 minutes.
UPDATE: New IBM xSeries 330 - A very technical explanation
GeekVillage.com is located on these new dedicated servers. Some
folks may think that PFA only helps you out when it comes to hard
drives. This is right on most systems, but not on the IBM x330
-- the x330 monitors system memory, fans, CPUs, power, etc. The
majority of the main systems that can fail are monitored. I'm
generally going to know before a failure happens that something
is wrong. This is a good thing.
These boxes do more than just the PFA -- they let me know when,
for some reason, the box isn't booting up. They let me know when
power got cut, and when it got restored. They have a hardware
watchdog built in -- there's no Linux driver yet though :( I imagine
IBM will get to that soon though. The IBM's also have something
called 'lightpath' -- if for some reason, the PFA subsystem doesn't
(or couldn't) notice a problem before hand, and the box does go
down, a little yellow LED on the front comes on that tells me
there's been a hardware issue. I can pull off the top of the box,
press a button on the motherboard, and an LED will light up next
to the component that failed, even down to the specific memory
module -- no more replacing sticks of RAM and trying to fix by
process of elimination.
This is stuff that only IBM has right now -- mainly because it's
technology the Intel server department "borrowed" from the mainframe
department. These boxes are in the 'Enterprise' section for a
reason -- they're targeted at businesses who need higher levels
of availability that can be offered on white boxes. Without these
features, problem solving is reactive. You can only solve a problem
once it's already bit you. With these features, it starts moving
into the proactive realm, where we can solve a good chunk of the
problems before they start causing damage. ~ Thank you DI :)
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