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Re: [ruby-81] vps hosting

From: allan m.
Sent on: Thursday, June 21, 2007 6:44 AM
At the meeting, I mentioned a hosting company that's been around for  
a while: A2 Hosting (­   They were early Rails  
providers,  we started using them a couple of years ago, along with  
several other rails hosting providers (e.g., site5).  We've dropped  
all of the others.

A2 has a good variety of hosting plans, starting with shared hosting  
that supports Rails at less than $15/month.  We've got about ten  
rails apps hosted with them right now (mostly development sites), on  
shared hosting, through vps, up to dedicated servers.

I think what sets them apart is their reliability, help ticket system  
and engineering staff.  Their staff is stable and knowledgeable.   
They respond within 24 hours and the ticket system pings them (and  
you), if necessary, every 24 hours on open issues until the ticket is  
resolved.  We've submitted hundreds of help requests, they've never  
disappointed us.

All you need is shell access to create a rails app, which runs  
initially in dev mode using CGI (very slow).  You put in a help  
request, and they will set up mongrel in production mode - that's  
it.  You can start and stop your own mongrel on all accounts.  They  
have 2-3 rails sysadmins, they've never let us down.  Very highly  

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