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InMotion Dedicated Server Hosting Overview
- InMotion has been around since 2001 and offering dedicated servers for a little over 3 years.
- Includes Cpanel for free
- Very good network performance
- Service is guaranteed
- New hardware
- Expert tech support in the United States
InMotion does not offer bare bones machines, but if you are looking for a Cpanel dedicated server with full support, they are very good.
- Support Level
A big part of having a dedicated server is how much of the technical work your host will help with. For InMotion, the support level is more managed than many of the hosts at this price point. They help with things like the firewall, adding new PHP modules, and other similar server configurations. This level of service can really make life a lot easier.
They only use Dell servers. A lot of other hosts either dont tell you what they use or just put them together themselves. This can lead to a lot of hassle, particularly the first time the machines are put into service. Also, the servers listed on InMotions site are all new with a good mix of medium to high end. They dont offer really low end servers.
Their uptime is excellent, and we believe this is probably for a few reasons. InMotion uses BGP4 bandwidth and they peer with a lot of really big ISPs to help keep the routes short and fast. This means it connects immediately with that provider – for example, tracing out from them immediately goes into the target ISPs network, Cox and Speakeasy in this case:
traceroute to 68.106.XXX.XXX (68.106.XXX.XXX), 30 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 18.104.22.168 (22.214.171.124) 5.289 ms 5.282 ms 5.294 ms
2 ASHBBBPC01GEX0200A001.R2.NV.COX.NET (126.96.36.199) 7.057 ms 0.597 ms 7.049 ms
traceroute to 66.92.XXX.XXX (66.92.XXX.XXX), 30 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 188.8.131.52 (184.108.40.206) 0.493 ms 0.394 ms 0.402 ms
2 6.ge-0-2-0.cr2.wdc1.speakeasy.net (220.127.116.11) 0.710 ms 0.745 ms 0.922 ms
- Technical Expertise
InMotion is relatively new to dedicated servers – about 3 years – but they are very good with the stack they provide – CentOS and Cpanel. Working outside of that stack they generally dont really seem to do though, but might for a fee. Please let us know if you run into this situation and we can update this. They are also really helpful with optimizing the server for different web sites, even helping with Apache, PHP and MySQL configurations.
- Ease of Use
Dedicated servers can come as simple as a bare bones box or setup with management software already. It really depends on how sophisticated you are. With InMotions dedicated servers they will have preloaded Cpanel, setup your firewall, and configured your first account. If you want to do everything yourself, they wont be the best fit for you. If you really busy or not technical, they are a good choice.
The price is very competitive for name brand hardware and a full Cpanel license. There is no setup fee, even when paying monthly, and that is very good.
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