A rails app I wrote for a client needs a new hosting company.
Currently it’s being served by textdrive under the $15 shared hosting
plan. However, we’re running into some problems with the setup and
the client wants us to use a dedicated machine.
The biggest problem we’re experiencing is the production server has
been crashing at least once a week since March. This is main thing
that’s upsetting me and the client. I’m pretty sure it’s not us as
all of our exceptions are being handled.
The client always intended this application to be run on a dedicate
machine. Currently, the app doesn’t have any performance problems and
it’s an internal site so it’s not going to be slash-dotted anytime
soon. But still, they want to peace of mind to know that the site has
plenty of room for growth.
Also, I want to use a mongrel_cluster based deployment. Textdrive
uses lighttpd, which has been okay. But I’m more familiar with
mongrel and it seems quite fast for our needs.
My client also wants this machine to run a few static and PHP driven
sites. Shouldn’t be a problem with apache though.
The client also wants the machine to run a mail server. This is
where my experience drops off a bit. A few people in my company have
suggested I use plesk or some other web-gui tool to configure this.
Given these requirements, can anyone suggest some hosting companies to