Dedicated hosting under $100: mistakes to avoid

Published on June 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm by iWeb Technologies in: Hosting Essentials

If you’re shopping for entry level dedicated hosting – perhaps comparing providers below the $100/mo mark – you’re probably comparing roughly similar looking server specifications. But when evaluating the value offered by dedicated hosting, server specifications are only the tip of the iceberg. Here are the things to look for beyond the listed specifications, to help you avoid the disastrous consequences of choosing a provider based on price alone, rather than value and quality.

Specs mean nothing when your server’s down

Dedicated hosting providers are responsible for the entire infrastructure behind your dedicated servers – everything between your server and its users. When only the specifications are published, what you cannot ascertain is the quality of the hardware and engineering used to build the servers and the network connections, and crucially the level of network and power redundancy.

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Unmetered hosting, traffic & bandwidth guide

Published on November 16, 2012 at 11:17 am by iWeb Technologies in: Hosting Essentials

Unmetered hosting means a hosting plan with unmetered traffic. The price you pay each month does not depend on the amount of traffic (data) sent to and from your server during the month. But unmetered does not mean unlimited.

In fact unmetered hosting plans are often very limited in the amount of data you can send and receive, because data is often transferred between your servers and the public web at a lower speed.

This blog post will look at the terminology of server traffic and bandwidth. We’ll also explain how to get a clear picture of exactly what you are buying.

Unmetered Hosting & Bandwidth Guide

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iWeb’s network expansion: 3 new carriers, 15 Gbps total capacity.

Published on August 19, 2008 at 3:02 pm by Bernard Dahl in: iWeb Articles

iWeb Network providers

We are happy to announce that we will soon be completing our network expansion to upgrade our total network capacity to 15Gbps while adding three new carriers. The addition of these three new transit providers will mean better diversity, redundancy and reachability for all our customers and partners.

With these additional transit providers, iWeb will be directly linked to more networks which will result in connections being more direct and more efficient for all our customers. These additions will affect mostly the High Quality Network customers, but will also enhance incoming routes for our Redundant Unmetered Network customers; while also providing additional redundancy.

Which new carriers will be added to iWeb’s High Quality Network?

  • T-Systems / Deutsche Telekom (In production)
  • 3Men@Work / Bell Peering (In production)
  • Level 3 Communications   (Coming at the end of August)

Unmetered Network upgrade:  

  • Additional Cogent Bandwidth

Once all the upgrades will be completed, iWeb’s network will have a total network capacity of 15 Gbps dedicated to hosting services. The High-Quality Network and incoming routes will combine the networks of 7 carriers for a total of 11 Gbps, while the Redundant Unmetered Network (Cogent-based) now totals 4 Gbps. It is important to note that each part of iWeb’s network (High Quality and Unmetered) is configured to backup the other if necessary and that customers of both networks benefit from all available routes for incoming traffic. For a real-time overview of iWeb’s network usage, please have a look at the network usage page on our web site. 

Here is complete list of our network composition:  

  • 3 Gbps with Videotron Telecom
  • 3 Gbps with Tata Communications, formerly Teleglobe
  • 4 Gbps with Cogent Communications (Unmetered Network)
  • 1 Gbps with Peer1 Network
  • 1 Gbps with Priority Colo (TorIX peering)
  • 1 Gbps with Level 3 Communications (Coming at the end of August)
  • 1 Gbps from 3 Men @ Work (Bell peering)
  • 1 Gbps from T-Systems / Deutsche Telekom

iWeb’s first telecom link, back in 2000, was a whopping 100 Mbps link !!! In other words, our first link had less than 1% of the capacity we offer our to iWeb customers today. In the next few months, we also expect to upgrade our main transit providers to 10Gbps, stay tuned for more details!  

Network: Addition of a new GigE port to Videotron

Published on August 10, 2007 at 9:57 am by iWeb Technologies in: iWeb Articles

We are proud to announce the addition of another GigE network connection to Videotron in our iWeb-CL data center. iWeb’s network now offers a 9Gbps capacity, with 3Gbps from Videotron. iWeb’s High Quality Network and iWeb’s Unmetered Network provide customers with a high level of redundancy and reliability at an unbeatable price.

Soon, we plan to add in our iWeb-CL datacenter a additional GigE network connection to Teleglobe and another GigE network connection to Cogent for our iWeb?s Unmetered Network for a total capacity of 11Gbps. We will keep you up-to-date with the details.

We suggest you visit the Network Architecture page on our site for more information.