Internet is a privately held company which specializes in reasonably priced
dedicated servers. I have been a customer of Dialtone since August of
and GeekVillage.com are both located on my Dialtone dedicated servers.
I have found their upstream connection to be very fast and reliable. Uptime
has been outstanding.
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
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. Read
a minute by minute chronicle of this outstanding support.
UPDATE: New IBM xSeries 330 - A very technical explanation from DI:
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 :)
We are setting up one of these boxes for the future home of GeekVillage.
what are you waiting for? Please use our link at the top or bottom of
this page to purchase your Dialtone Internet dedicated server.
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