I am working on a asp.net application based on a desktop app I wrote which will use BlackfishSQL as its backend. Now I need a hoster.

I think I can deploy this on Linux using Mono (and I will in fact test it that way) which means I have options and can choose between Windows and Linux hosts. BlackfishSQL itself is managed code.

Can someone point me to a good Web hosting company offering Linux or Windows servers for projects like mine? I don't think I need much traffic and certainly not much disk space. I do, however, need .NET 2.0 (possibly higher) and Mono 2.4 or higher.

  • It would be helpful if you included a budget or a range of budget for the hosting piece of this. – artlung Jul 20 '10 at 17:18
  • I didn't include a budget range because there isn't one. The application is small and won't have many users so obviously I wouldn't want to spend a lot of money. But I haven't yet thought about how much I would want to pay because I have no idea how much this can cost. – Andrew J. Brehm Jul 21 '10 at 16:09
  • Delphi Prism now comes without BlackfishSQL and I am now using SQLite. – Andrew J. Brehm Oct 21 '10 at 8:46

To get something like this you are going to need to with a Dedicated or Virtual solution at minimum to be able to get the setup you need. I personally would recommend just going with Windows Server if you can since you are doing .NET, but that is just me.

I'm a Rackspace partner and find their offerings to be pretty good. From a virtual hosting perspective I have used Hosting.com with great success.

I'm also a partner with The Planet, and they by far have some of the best prices, but have only used them a limited amount.

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  • Ta. I'll have a look. I saw a Linux VM hoster advertising on ServerFault but I cannot find it any more. Anyone remember which one it was? – Andrew J. Brehm Jul 21 '10 at 16:11
  • I have a current client that has been using APlus.net successfully for a while. They have a pretty neat hybrid that can run your site on both Linux and Windows. They also seem pretty reasonably priced. – Larry Smithmier Jul 23 '10 at 14:34

I've used DiscountASP.Net for several clients over the years and can say that they are quite good. BUT... I've never tried deploying BlackfishSQL (is that a Delphi thing? I used to love Delphi.) and your mileage may vary.

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  • BlackfishSQL is a managed database that comes with Delphi Prism. I assume native Delphi also uses it. I'll have a look at DiscountASP.NET. Thanks. – Andrew J. Brehm Jul 21 '10 at 16:10

I can now say that I have used the Economy Virtual Dedicated Hosting at GoDaddy (cranked one up this weekend when I needed full trust for a site) and found it pretty quick and nice. They got the VM provisioned quickly and it has a pretty interesting balance of space and power. I am running a .NET CMS system on top of SQL Express and WordPress on MySQL side by side without a problem. A Virtual Dedicated is much cheaper than a full box that can handle the same traffic spikes.

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  • I got 8 cores, 512 MB RAM, and a 10GB drive for $30/month. – Larry Smithmier Jul 26 '10 at 11:17
  • I'll have a look. Ta. – Andrew J. Brehm Jul 27 '10 at 11:09

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