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Switchlink Virtual Servers

Quick and Common Questions

The most common question – What is a VPS?

In essence a VPS is exactly the same as a dedicated server. The only difference is that multiple VPS servers can run on one single physical machine. There are huge advantages to this including high availability, if a physical machine dies the VPS is instantly moved to a new physical machine (node). There is no lack in performance over a dedicated server, in some instances if you buy a package with a large CPU and RAM you can actually out perform your standard dedicated servers. As with a dedicated server you recieve full administrative rights over the VPS. You have complete control as if you had bought the hardware, and hosted in a colo centre, but for 1/10th of the cost!

What are the advantages to a VPS?

VPS allows huge cost savings without loosing the performance and benefits of a dedicated server. No hardware costs, maintenance costs or colocation costs. Simply a flat monthly fee with the peace of mind that your business services will be online 24/7.

Can I upgrade my VPS?

You can upgrade your VPS by contacting helpdesk. Simply let us know exactly what you wish to upgrade, and we can upgrade it instantly without causing any downtime!

What is the minimum contract term?

Minimum contract is just 1 month. If you do not wish to continue after the first month, there are no ties.

Which Operating System should I choose?

This depends entirely on what you are happy operating. Please remember that SwitchLink is an unmanaged service so go with the operating system that you have knowledge in. If in doubt, Windows is probably the way forward!

What can I run on my VPS?

Anything… just make sure it’s legal. We do however, monitor the network for the Abuse of SPAMMERS. If you’re found to be a cause of SPAM, your service will be terminated.

Managed or Unmanaged?

All the VPS servers by default are unmanaged. Feel free to contact helpdesk to negotiate prices on a support plan if you require it, however we do offer all customers Engineer Time which we urge all customers to read about as it can be an invaluable tool for your company or organisation.

What is the price for additional IP’s?

By default we charge £0.50 per additional IP however if you require a large number of IP’s please contact our helpdesk to discuss your requirements.

Where are your servers hosted?

Currently we have two Virtual Server hosting locations;

  1. Manchester, UK
  2. Dallas, US

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