If you need the privacy and flexibility of a dedicated server but don't need the horsepower of a server of your own, a virtual private server may be for you. Virtual private servers are grouped together on a host machine that is much larger than any of the individual "guest" machines. The processor is shared between the guest machines, as is the memory and available disk space.
We use Microsoft Hyper-V to host all our guest machines, and all guest machines are set up as separate Windows Server instances. The plans below allow you to choose how much disk and memory that you'll need for your application. We can also license software like SQL Server on a monthly basis if you need a completely private instance, or you can use our shared database servers if you don't need your own installation. This saves you from having to go out and spend on a license that you may not need for a long time.
Monthly Price: $75, Memory: 1 Gb
This account is our entry-level package and has sufficient memory to run Windows Server, IIS or your favorite web server, and other server-based applications.
Monthly Price: $150, Memory: 2 Gb
For busier web sites or servers requiring server-based software like SQL Server, we recommend adding more memory in our VPS Advanced package.
All Virtual Server accounts include these features:
- Access to your server via Remote Desktop and optional VPN connection
- Ability to install any Windows software without Northstar intervention
- Backup file server available for redundancy
- Each host server is limited to 16 guest machines to ensure quick performance for all guest servers
- The host server ensures that one guest cannot monopolize all the processor power
- Each host server has redundant power, redundant disks and is monitored 24/7/365 for maximum uptime
- Up to 5 SQL Server databases on our shared server
All accounts include these features:
- Discount domain registrations/transfers - $15/year
- Unlimited POP/SMTP/IMAP accounts with SmarterMail
- Web statistics package with SmarterStats
- Toll-free (US only) telephone support
- Referral fees for new accounts
- One month free with yearly billing!