This articles makes a quick comparison of a few 100 Mbps Unmetered dedicated server offerings. All the companies you will see below are reputable and have significant experience in the web hosting industry and can be trusted. You will see their offerings below, however I want to start with a definition of “unmetered” bandwidth.
Unmetered Bandwidth. What is This?
“Unmetered bandwidth” means usually that the web hosting provider connects the customer’s virtual or physical server to a certain port of a switch – for example 10 Mbps, 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps – and caps the speed to the top line physical or virtual limitation of this port. The web host doesn’t meter how much outgoing and incoming traffic in gigabytes per month (GB/m) the customer’s server consumes. For example, if a customer purchases 100 Mbps Unmetered bandwidth, the maximum top line speed for the server would be 100 Mbit/s.
The dedicated server owners pay monthly flat fee to be placed on certain port and to use unmetered bandwidth. It is their best interest to use at least 50% of the bandwidth speed allowed to them.
Now lets compare the pricing of some 100 Mbps unmetered dedicated server offered by popular web hosting providers.
100 Mbps Unmetered Servers – Comparison
Please note that this comparison does not aim to say which web hosting provider offers better dedicated hosting service and which’s bandwidth or network is of better quality. I assume that the hosting providers described below are good enough and that the consumers who need dedicated servers with unmetered bandwidth have the minimum knowledge to make an informed choice. So, this is only a simple comparison by numbers. Please also note it has been published on June 5, 2011 and the information you will see below has been publicly available on the providers’ websites.
LiquidWeb – $750/month for 100 Mbps Unmetered port
If anyone wants to use the 100 Mbps unmetered bandwidth with Intel i5-750 Quad Core, 2GB DDR SDRAM, 2 x 500 GB SATA HDD, 7200 RPM based server, the total monthly cost with LiquidWeb should be $939/month. The same server configuration with 20 Mbps unmetered bandwidth costs $289/month.
Host Color – $699/month for 100 Mbps Unmetered port
The above price of of 100 Mbps unmetered bandwidth offered by Host Color is for 3 year contract. The price of the month contract is $799/month. However hosting provider offer a Core 2 Duo 2.80 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 500 GB RE3 Enterprise WD SATA HDD, 7200 RPM based server included in the price. The same server configuration with 20 Mbps unmetered bandwidth costs $269/month (36 month contract) or $299 pay month by month.
The above mentioned prices can be decreased on sign up (instant rebate) with coupon code MYSERVER. If a customer of Host Color uses that one the price of the 100 Mbps unmetered server goes at $615/month (36 month contract) and at $703/month for monthly contracts. Check Host Color Dedicated Servers for more options, discounts and better prices.
SingleHop – $500/month for 30 TB bandwidth (92.59 Mbps) on 100 Mbps port
SingleHop’s offering listed here is for 30 Mbps metered bandwidth which accounts at 92.59 Mbps (metered on monthly basis). If the SingleHop’s customer wants to use the above quoted bandwidth on a Core 2 Quad 2.83GHz, 500 GB SATA HDD 7200 RPM based server, the total monthly cost will be $699/month. The same server configuration with 10 TB metered bandwidth (30.86 Mbps maximum monthly limit) costs $199/month.
Softlayer – $2,000/month for “100 Mbps Unlimited Bandwidth”port
Softlayer’s 100 Mbps bandwidth offering is more expensive even than the one of IWeb. As you probably know Softlayer and The Planet merged last year and created one of the worlds biggest IT hosting providers. This obviously didn’t make the unmetered server offerings of the new company less expensive. The above quoted bandwidth on a Quad-Core Xeon 3220, 2.4 GHz, 2 GB DDR 2 RAM, 250 GB SATA HDD based server costs $2,169/month. The same server configuration with 10 Mbps unmetered bandwidth costs $269/month.
Hivelocity – $1,175/month for 100 Mbps Unmetered Bandwidth
Hivelocityr’s 100 Mbps bandwidth offering (33 TB per month as company states on its website) is priced at $1,175/month. If the customer adds 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400, 2 GB DDR2 RAM and 500 GB SATA HDD based server, the monthly bill goes at $1,175/month. The 20 Mbps unmetered bandwidth costs $175/month and the same server configuration on 20 Mbps port is priced at costs $303/month.
Serverpoint – $799/month for 100 Mbps Unmetered Bandwidth
Serverpoint’s 100 Mbps bandwidth offering (100 Mbps Ethernet port) is priced at $799/month. If the customer adds Core2Quad 9550, 4GB RAM, 500 GB SATA HDD based server, the monthly bill goes at $928.99/month. The 20 Mbps unmetered bandwidth costs $175/month and the same server configuration on 10 Mbps port is priced at costs $168/month.
Codero – $1,750/month for 100 Mbps Unmetered Bandwidth
Codero offers 100 Mbps bandwidth at $1,750/month. A Core i7 Quad Core I7-860 2.8GHz, 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 250 GB SATA HDD based server added on 100 Mbps port accounts at $1952/month. The 10 Mbps unmetered port costs $120/month. The server configuration on 10 Mbps port is priced at costs $322/month.
Those are only few of many dedicated hosting providers that provide servers with 100 Mbps unmetered bandwidth. Please feel free to choose the one which best works for you.