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How to find web hosting that meets my requirements?

I'm currently using shared hosting. I want more control over my IIS and also I need to run in full trust. There are a lot of options out there for Windows VPS hosting.

Which ones do you recommend is the best?

Some must haves

  • Has to have great support
  • Automatic hardware fail overs
  • Access through Remote Desktop (you would be amazed some don't offer this)
  • No limit on what I can install on it
  • I've asked similar question with more limited scope some time ago at serverfault but I didn't receive feedback I hoped for. Jul 19, 2010 at 10:01
  • Why the downvotes? Is this out of scope? Can someone elaborate??
    – Wil
    Jul 19, 2010 at 12:39
  • Please don't downvote without stating your reason. Should this perhaps be turned into a wiki question? Jul 19, 2010 at 14:56
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    It's subjective, but IMO this question is way too broad to be in scope for this site. References: webmasters.stackexchange.com/faq meta.webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/104/… (and other similar questions on Meta)
    – JasonBirch
    Jul 20, 2010 at 4:44
  • You'll probably want to be more specific on which web hosts you have in mind. Maybe a more targeted question asking for input on how hosts compare on a certain subject. There are 1 billion hosting companies out there and everyone has Their Opinion™ Jul 20, 2010 at 12:44

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Maximum ASP is highly regarded.

  • These guys seem expensive
    – Donny V.
    Jul 21, 2010 at 12:41

I have had good experience with SoftSys Hosting. They have great pricing ($50/month for 2GB RAM and 2 CPU) and I have found the support and communications to be excellent. The only one of your requirements I am unsure whether or how they support is automatic hardware failover.


Although I've not personally used them, I hear that PowerVPS is quite good.

  • Looks like these guys only offer linux.
    – Donny V.
    Jul 21, 2010 at 12:44

The new Amazon EC2 micro instances are the best Windows/Linux "VPS" servers in my opinion: http://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2010/09/09/announcing-micro-instances-for-amazon-ec2/

Their price is around the same as a normal VPS but you get the complete Amazon backend structure. The downside is that the EC2 system has a learning curve and AWS support is not free (except the forums).


For future reference, for anyone looking at the answers, check out Burst.net. I have no affiliation with them but they offer GREAT prices on VPS and dedicated servers for Linux and Windows.

I have one of each and I can't complain, only give praise.

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