Nick S. in New York writes in about Small to Medium Enterprise VPS solutions: I'm looking for an SME VPS service. Since you're an SME VPS web hosting directory, I was hope that you could give me the best SME VPS hosting you can recommend and tell me why you think its the best SME VPS. Also, what makes a cheap SME VPS better than another?
Our answer: - SME VPS Hosting should offer three key factors that marks a good SME VPS choice from a poor quality VPS web host. First, small and medium enterprises do not have cash to waste. Whether you are a small business based at home or a growing SME aiming for the Inc. 500, cash should be spent only when necessary. Too many SME's overspend when they purchase SME VPS services. Depending upon the platform your SME wants to run its VPS server on, the pricing should be under $60 per month for Windows SME VPS and under $40 per month for Linux SME VPS. The longer your company buys its web hosting contract for, the better your monthly SME VPS pricing equivalent will be. The two cheapest SME VPS prices we've seen are StartLogic for Linux VPS services, from $29.95/month and iPower for Windows VPS services, from $43.96/month. StartLogic is our best recommended SME VPS because as a smaller, more focused VPS hosting company, they offer fantastic technical support. Also remember that massive SME VPS services are still available from cheap SME VPS providers. In fact, some of the cheapest SME VPS companies also happen to offer the largest SME VPS accounts - they use their company size and scale to offer better value to SME customers. The second key SME VPS recommendation we would give potential buyers is to ensure that you conduct an SME VPS review that examines guarantees and policies offered by your potential SME VPS web host. You should get a 30-day money back refund policy and a 99.9% uptime guarantee with any great VPS provider; no matter what your monthly price is. A small business cannot afford their SME virtual private server to be down, and if it does happen to go down, you should be compensated. Third, good SME VPS providers will also offer upgrade paths. The likelihood is that whether you use your SME VPS service to host your own business or for reselling purposes, you are likely to grow in the future. Check to see whether the SME VPS web hosting company you are considering has upgrade options to VDS accounts with more web space, bandwidth, domains, and RAM. The top SME VPS companies all offer multiple VPS hosting packages. Finally, when you buy SME VPS services, be sure to identify a high quality SME VPS provider. The way to do this is to see how many customers that particular virtual private server vendor has. In general, when a VPS company delivering virtual private servers for small business has thousands of customers, then the likelihood is much better than their service levels rank highly (that's how they got all those customers) and that they offer reliable 24/7 techical support for VPS hosting. StartLogic has over 100,000 customers and is the largest SME VPS provider we know of. They are also one of the few VPS providers with a Tier-1 network.
This month's top-ranked SME VPS web hosting service is StartLogic
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There is some confusion in the SME marketplace when it comes to what fully managed VPS hosting is. In general, this is no different than regular SME VPS web hosting. However, there are some companies that offer additional a la carte services that can be added to a business-class SME VPS hosting product. For example, midPhase offers a number of SME VPS products and for those companies that are looking for a blend between low cost SME VPS services and fully managed dedicated hosting, midPhase is worth visiting. Just click here. midPhase offers Linux SME VPS hosting with managed security and DNS management starting from $54.95/month. You will notice that this type of fully managed VPS services are significantly more expensive on a monthly basis but some larger SME VPS buyers may feel it is worth the additional expense.
Thank you for your SME VDS inquiry. We hope that your company is now well on its way to enjoy the power and strength that virtual private servers (VPS) hosting can deliver. You can learn more about SME VPS hosting by visiting our SME VPS Web Hosting Showcase. If you are interested in our Top 5 web hosts for small business, we encourage you to visit our monthly list of the best web hosts by clicking here. This article is current for 2009.