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You will get pure performance that will always be stable, whether it be servers, proxies or even just the support. We provide top quality support and hardware for all clients. With us, if you can run 2000 tests tasks while it's quiet then you'll be able to run those tasks during the drop. Our hardware is never oversold, and we give replies on an average of 5-10 minutes from when the ticket is opened to when the ticket is closed. All hardware and network are run in house. Unlike others, we do not lease hardware from other providers. From website to the hardware your product is running on, everything is built and developed in house.
Here at Zesty, not only do you get top of the line performance, but you also get the feeling of being a real client of a company that cares about you. You are not just another customer on a list, we will do anything in our power to help you where you need it.
Look for a company that will reply to you when you open a ticket or ask for help. They are your backbone and will help when you're in need, in some cases they won't help until you figure it out yourself. Customer support is always needed. Certain companies will go out of their way to help clients with any need.
Make sure you get a response from an actual technician in times of need. Some companies will give you the runaround for hours before you get to speak to an actual person that can help you. Check if the provider gives any documentation or software to help give you a better experience. Documentation and support staff can go a long way if you need help during a crucial time.
Any company can advertise 24/7 support to you but not many can actually deliver that kind of true round the clock support.
Depending on your need, always get enough and possibly a bit more to have wiggle room. If you have lots of software that needs to be ran at the same time, make sure to choose your plan wisely.
Some programs require more RAM than others such as Google Chrome. If your software is chromium based, we'd recommend asking around to see how much RAM you need before purchasing a server.
Depending on whether the VPS is virtualized using KVM or Hyper-V or any other form of virtualization, your server hardware may show that is has 12 vCores with only 6 cores or it'll just show 12 cores in total. What you want to look at is how these cores perform and how they're allocated to you, the user. Let's say Provider 1 allocates 6 vCores @ 100% and Provider 2 allocates 12 vCores @ 25%, the 6 vCore server will have better performance, now this depends on setup and hardware. Of course, a Xeon E3 will not perform the same as a Xeon E5.
If your software needs a lot of bandwidth to be able to burst during peak hours, make sure you choose a provider that will allow you to fully burst at max speed without any packet loss. Also check if the provider has any bandwidth caps or any hidden caps, generally most providers will give you much more than you need.
Check if the provider gives you 1Gbps, 10Gbps, 40Gbps external link or anything in-between. This will help you download files faster or run network intensive applications without bottlenecks.
If the provider advertises a number that you think isn't true, see whether this is their main uplink speed or the speed the client is able to receive externally.
Software needs storage, some more than others. Look for providers who give a decent amount of storage with their servers. A rule of thumb at Zesty is to provide 25GB worth of NVMe storage per vCore allocated to the machine
Check whether the provider is using HDD's, NVMe's or SSD's. NVMe drives will help with your IOPS (input/output operations per second). Now this really matters, check what kind of hardware the provider is using for their storage. For example, a Crucial P2 will not perform as well as a Samsung 970 Evo Plus.
If your server performs amazing during non-peak hours and feels bogged down during peak hours, chances are the provider is overselling their hardware. A good example is if the host node has 100GB RAM and the provider allocates 200GB RAM on the machine to their clients, the server will not perform well during those peak hours as you don't get the hardware you paid for this is the same for CPU usage.
Does the provider offer DDoS protection or any backups for network in case of main network outages? Does the provider scan their network for any attackers that are trying to brute force clients and actively mitigate such attacks?