What’s a typical server like?

You’ll get a reseller account running the VestaCP hosting control panel with our own customizations and fixes. This runs within a virtualized container (either OpenVZ or KVM). The underlying hardware varies but our typical Supermicro servers have specs similar to the following:

Processor: 24 cores of Intel Xeon E5 CPUS
Memory: 128GB DDR4 (8 x 16GB – DDR4 – ECC REG )
Hard Drives: Samsung SSD or WD Black drives, Raid-10 config.
Controller: On board SATA3 (6Gbps) with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
NIC: AOC-UR-i4XT Quad Intel X540 10GBase-T ports
Power: 2x (redundant) 750Watt Power Supply Platinum

How do I configure DNS?

At your domain registrar, select custom host servers, and enter the following three hostnames. Allow up to one hour for worldwide propagation of any new site.

ns3.varhost.com ns2.varhost.com ns1.varhost.com

Ok, what’s the catch?

Your ten bucks a month buys you a seat on some very underutilized, expensive, and well connected servers in high availability configurations. The primary weak spot in all this is that VarHost’s support response time can be slow because it’s all handled by a grizzled veteran system administrator who can handle anything you throw at him but also is very busy with other things much of the time.

So, this plan works best for nerdy types who mostly know how to look after their own basic needs, expect top performance and uptime, but don’t want to have to admin a server farm.