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hwVPS: Reliable, Fast, Flexible, Economical - Pick four.

We've taken customer feedback from nearly 7 years of VPS hosting and rolled it into the ultimate VPS. As the culmination of nearly 8 months of planning, design, coding, testing, tuning, and retesting, the hwVPS plans have been built from the ground up to deliver restful-sleep reliability, adrenaline-junky performance, geek-lust software flexibility, and cavernous capacity at a price that makes the hwVPS a giddy-accountant bargain.

Features your nerd will love: Features your accountant will love:

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Orbitally fast and Texasly big Hybrid Storage.

Redundant Redundancy so you can rest restfully (aka Boss Silencer).

Moron Insulation.

Evil-cackle-worthy Downtime Immunity.

Near Native Performance.

Upgrade in place.

Includes a full 90 day Money Back Guarantee.

Includes a 99.99% or better Uptime Guarantee.

Includes Technical Support by toll-free phone, online forum, chat, and email. 24/7 available.

Free setup.

No additional usage charges, ever.

Resellers welcome. Private label available.

Feature details for your nerd

Geek Points:
Orbitally fast and Texasly big Hybrid Storage. A portion of your disk quota runs on blistering fast 15K RPM SAS RAID10 storage while the remainder uses American-fast-food-supersized SATA RAID6 storage. They show as two different drives in your hwVPS.

Redundant Redundancy so you can rest restfully (aka Boss Silencer). Two power input breakers. Two power cords. Two hot-swap power supplies. Multiple hot-swap cooling fans. Two multi-core CPUs. Error-correcting RAM. Redundant hot-swap hard drives. Two external storage controllers. Two 12Gbps external storage cables to two external RAID modules. Two 1Gbps auto-failover links to two different switches in the local network. That's just the server, which is deployed in a redundant pair with another server just like it. Just wait until you hear about our network network.

Moron Insulation. Let's face it. Some other guy can come along, buy a dramatically undersized account, configure MySQL or some other hog to use twice the RAM he actually has and pound his swap space like a flame trench during a Space Shuttle launch. With a typical VPS, you would be hosed because that heavy swap usage by the other guy would cause storage performance across the board to tank, killing your storage performance even though you had nothing to do with it. With the Advantagecom hwVPS, swap is on a completely different storage controller and dedicated 15K RPM SAS RAID1 swap disks, so the other guy's swap usage will have no impact on your storage performance. Further, we intentionally limit the size of swap included with each account so it still functions as an emergency stop-gap when you need it, but small enough that serious memory overruns are stopped cold before they can monopolize the swap storage performance. You shouldn't have to suffer for the other guy's ineptness.

Evil-cackle-worthy Downtime Immunity. Optional active-backup High Availability clustering keeps your hwVPS running through any scheduled or unscheduled node downtime and protects you from boss wrath. Uptime guarantees tell you how you will be compensated in the rare event of unscheduled outages, but they don't cover downtime due to scheduled maintenance. Clustering gives you hard uptime, regardless.

Near Native Performance. The hwVPS CPU and I/O virtualization is implemented with hardware-based processor extensions and paravirtualized network/storage drivers for optimal performance. The hwVPS storage is implemented as real device backed storage, not slothly file-based virtual storage found with competing VPS solutions.

Upgrade in place. Scale as needed from the smallest hwVPS to our largest dedicated server without moving files, changing DNS entries, or server reconfiguration.

 

Basic features

. Standard
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Enhanced
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Expert
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Guarantees included:
.
.. 90 day Money Back
.. 99.99% or better Uptime
. . . .
Technical Support:
.. Toll-free phone #
.. Online forum
.. Email
.. 24/7 available
. . . .
Fast storage * . 25 GiB 50 GiB 100 GiB
Big storage **   74 GiB 150 GiB 300 GiB
Total storage **   99 GiB 200 GiB 400 GiB
Bandwidth included   60 Mbps in
60 Mbps out
60 Mbps in
60 Mbps out
75 Mbps in
75 Mbps out
Monthly data transfer included . 16,800 GiB in
16,800 GiB out
16,800 GiB in
16,800 GiB out
21,000 GiB in
21,000 GiB out
RAM included   1024 MiB 2048 MiB 4096 MiB
Number of 3.0 GHz Xeon X5450 CPU cores virtualized for use by your hwVPS   2 4 4
Server Operating Systems   Standard
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Expert
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CentOS 6 x64 (Linux)   . . .
Control Panels   Standard
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Enhanced
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Expert
hwVPS

System control panel (reboot the hwVPS, etc.)   xen-shell xen-shell xen-shell
Hosting control panel
(optional, $15/month + $15 setup)
  CPanel CPanel CPanel
Customer may install any properly licensed software compatible with the chosen OS
(some restrictions apply, please see the Terms of Service)
  . . .
Recommended Usage   Standard
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Enhanced
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Expert
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Recommended maximum simultaneous server roles
(web server, email server, DNS server, database server, etc.)
  2 4 8
Unoptimized WordPress site   not recommended not recommended maybe 1
Optimized WordPress sites   2 10 50
Light to medium usage web hosting for 1 or 50 domains   . . .
Medium usage web hosting for 51 to 100 domains     . .
Heavy usage web hosting for 101 to 500 domains       .
Authoritative DNS server   . . .
Resolving DNS server   . . .
Medium usage SMTP, POP3, IMAP, Webmail email server   . . .
Heavy usage SMTP, POP3, IMAP, Webmail email server     . .
Medium usage database server   . . .
Heavy usage database server     . .
Heavy usage file server   . . .
Software development   . . .
Heavy usage media streaming   . . .
Single-threaded CPU intensive computing   . . .
Multi-threaded CPU intensive computing     . .
Pricing & Options   Standard
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Enhanced
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Expert
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Monthly fee
(unmanaged hwVPS)
  $75
+ free setup
$165
+ free setup
$345
+ free setup
Monthly fee
(unmanaged clustered hwVPS)
  $150
+ free setup
$330
+ free setup
$690
+ free setup
Monthly fee
(managed*** hwVPS)
  $125
+ free setup
$215
+ free setup
$395
+ free setup
Monthly fee
(managed*** clustered hwVPS)
  $200
+ free setup
$380
+ free setup
$740
+ free setup
Monthly fee to add PCI compliance configuration, validation, and remediation   +$50 +$50 +$50
Monthly fee to add daily off-site backups   +$70 +$80 +$80
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Additional services available:
Anti-spam, anti-virus & anti-phishing email filtering service available $5 monthly paid quarterly.


  

Since unmanaged hwVPS accounts include server administrator or root access, we strongly recommend that you have experience administering a server if you plan to administer your hwVPS without CPanel. CPanel is an available add-on for a nominal additional fee. While our expert staff love helping customers learn how to use our services, it is expected that you have at least a basic familiarity with the concepts involved with running and maintaining a web site when choosing an unmanaged hwVPS plan, even if you intend to use CPanel. If you do not know how to administer a server, please choose a managed hwVPS plan.

Disk space available for user storage after filesystem formatting and operating system installation will vary by operating system, updates, and control panel. Between 600MiB and 12GiB of disk space will be used by operating system files depending on the operating system selected and CPanel. The operating system will always be installed on the "Fast Storage" portion of the disk space, so please be sure you have enough space left over for your intended use of the hwVPS. If you need help selecting the right hwVPS for your needs, please contact our friendly sales staff.

 

What is High Availability clustering?
Clustering involves setting up multiple servers to function as a single server. "High Availability" clustering is a type of clustering that keeps a service (an hwVPS in this case) running even if a server or other components in the cluster system fail. This involves additional software and redundancy on all hardware components from the input electrical circuit breakers, the servers and all their internal components, and all the way to the network switches to which the servers connect. The software automatically detects outages on any node and moves clustered services from that node to another node that is still functioning.

In practice, if you have a High Availability clustered hwVPS, you won't have to wait with your service down for an unknown amount of time while we fix a broken hardware node or perform scheduled maintenance. In the event of scheduled maintenance, a High Availability clustered hwVPS will be transparently migrated to another node with no service interruption at all. Really! Not even a reboot of the hwVPS! In the event of an unscheduled outage, a High Availability clustered hwVPS will experience 1 to 2 minutes of downtime while the outage is detected and the hwVPS is booted on another node that is still functioning.

Why does it cost more? There are several reasons. A somewhat obvious reason is that we have to reserve double the server capacity for every High Availability clustered hwVPS. This ensures that there is always the right amount of server capacity even if a node has failed. Setup and configuration of a High Availability clustered hwVPS takes more staff time. Supporting and troubleshooting a High Availability clustered hwVPS requires a higher level of expertise in our staff, so they have received additional training at an expense to us. Nearly 1,000 man hours were put into designing, implementing, and testing the system in such a way that High Availability clustering would work properly. Expertise to do that work does not come cheaply. That investment of time is the single largest expense in the entire system. Finally, there is a lot of additional investment in hardware and software to properly deploy High Availability clustering and we need to be able to recoup that investment.

 

 

 

 

* Fast Storage vs. Big Storage: Fast can mean many different things depending on the context. For those that crave details, here is a breakdown of the differences between the two types of storage.

Attribute

Fast
Storage

Big
Storage

SAS 15K RPM enterprise hard drives (expensive $$/GiB) .  
RAID10 (mirroring and striping) .  
Optimized for maximum multi-user random throughput .  
Holds the operating system of the VPS (drive C: in Windows; / in Linux) .  
Hot swap drive replacement with no downtime . .
Redundant host bus adapters . .
Redundant RAID controllers . .
Redundant power supplies . .
Redundant cabling . .
SATA 7.2K RPM nearline storage hard drives (economical $$/GiB)   .
RAID6 (striping and double parity)   .
Optimized for maximum storage capacity with redundancy   .
Separate storage area from boot disk (drive E: in Windows; /big in Linux)   .

** The "Big Storage" portion of the included disk space is not recommended for databases or heavy email spool/queue usage. The "Fast Storage" portion of the disk space is designed for those types of uses. Please be sure your database and/or email usage will fit within the space allocated from "Fast Storage" after accounting for the operating system, which is always installed in the "Fast Storage" portion of the disk space.

*** "Managed" can mean different things to different people. Most hosting companies don't take the time to define what you get when you buy a "managed" hosting account. We do. Note, however, that the same applies to "unmanaged" hosting accounts. "Unmanaged" hosting accounts we sell are often much more "managed" than the "unmanaged" hosting accounts sold by the competition. In the table below DIY = Do It Yourself.

Task

Unmanaged hwVPS

Managed hwVPS

Education and virtual software walk-throughs as required . .
Maintaining the server hardware . .
Maintaining the network hardware . .
Supplying uninterruptible electricity . .
Maintaining acceptable levels of expert staff to do all this work . .
Training staff so they can unbork whatever gets borked . .
Designing and implementing reliable and fast systems for your use . .
Configuring standard software within the VPS to match your needs DIY .
Adding/Removing/Modifying user accounts (up to 10 per month) DIY .
Adding/Removing domains (up to 10 per month) DIY .
Installing SSL certificates (up to 3 per month) DIY .
Installing software update packages to standard software within the VPS DIY .
Restarting services as needed DIY .
Maintaining standard services (http, smtp, ftp, ssh) DIY .
Restart the VPS (if ever required) DIY .
Apply security updates as required DIY .
Create/maintain firewall rules (if requested) DIY .
Clear out defunct server processes DIY .
Notify account holder on low resources (bandwidth, disk, RAM) DIY .
Uploading files supplied on CD/DVD/etc. DIY or available for a fee .
Web site content creation/edits DIY or available for a fee DIY or available for a fee
Installation of software not pre-installed on the VPS DIY or available for a fee DIY or available for a fee
Software programming DIY or available for a fee DIY or available for a fee
Fixing software broken by you DIY DIY or available for a fee
Filling out order forms DIY DIY
Getting your coffee DIY DIY
Clicking your mouse DIY DIY
Brushing your teeth DIY DIY
Preparing your budget DIY DIY
Something else DIY maybe, ask us


 

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