By David Crane
defrev (at) gmail (dot) com
While DefenseReview’s focus is on military defense and tactical technology, we’re going to change gears for a moment to talk about web hosting companies, and our web hosting situation, specifically. We’ve been with CariNet web hosting for all of our 8 years on the internet, and it’s been a great and very valuable relationship for us.
While high-quality server hardware and pricing are important–and CariNet is competitive in both of these areas–reliability is the single most important aspect for us in a hosting service. And, a major component of the reliability equation is customer service. So, reliability ultimate comes down to the people at that company that will be providing the service, which is particularly crucial in a web hosting service. When you’re choosing your web hosting company, you have to make sure that the people at that company are knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated to the customer. In DefenseReview’s experience, CariNet’s personnel fit all those criteria.
CariNet’s web hosting service has been very reliable for us, and they’ve been extremely helpful and responsive to us over the years on those occasions when the unexpected has occured. Remember, no matter how good your machine (web server) is, like all mechanical things, it will have problems or issues from time to time that will have to be addressed and remedied by people on location at the hosting company—sometimes in the wee hourse of the morning–in order to get that machine back up and running as quickly and reliably as possible. Also, let’s not forget that there are malevolent, non-mechanical threats out there that can also effect your server, so your hosting company has to be capable of handling these threats. They have to have knowledgeable and capable people and all the latest firewall and security technology and services at there disposal, and CariNet’s got us covered there, too, 24/7/365. We can always reach them by phone and/or email, no matter how late at night or early in the morning, giving us great peace of mind.
Here at DefenseReview, we want to spend as little time as possible worrying about and dealing with equipment issues and internet threats. We just want things to run smoothly, day in, day out, and at a reasonable/competitive price point. To help ensure this, we take advantage of CariNet’s monitoring service.
The other nice thing about CariNet is that they also offer all the latest server hardware, including Dual Core and Quad Core Xeon processors/servers with solid state drive (SSD) storage and the latest Intel Turbo Boost, Hyper-Threading, QuickPath, and Virtualization technology. Solid state drives are flash drives with no moving parts to break or wear out. They’re therefore much faster and more reliable than any hard disk drive (rotary drive), and thus the wave of the future for web servers and computers. This is how CariNet writes the equation for SSD reliability: “Less chance of mechanical failure = secure data = happy customer = happy CariNet.”
Last, but certainly not least, is bandwidth. This was the the final element–and a crucial one at that–in our decision to have CariNet host our servers. Defense Review is a large bandwidth user, so we needed a bandwidth plan that wouldn’t kill us. With that in mind, we chose a burstable solution, which has proven to be ideal for us. The bursting aspect if free, and our server is connected to a 100Mbps port, which gives us huge bandwidth capacity whenever we receive a large influx of web traffic. This one CariNet feature, alone, is extremely important to us.
Basically, with CariNet, we get the whole package: the latest server technology, all the necessary services, and people who actually care about us. The bottom line is, whatever you’re looking for in a web hosting company, CariNet most likely has it. They certainly have what we need, which is why DefenseReview.com hosts it servers with CariNet. In CariNet, we have a true web hosting partner on whom we can rely, and that’s a big deal for us.
If you’re looking for a reliable and affordable web hosting service, we highly recommend that you give CariNet a very serious look. They’ve certainly been good for us.
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