Main Features of DotBlock
One of the best features that DotBlock offers is the level of customization with cloud VPS. DotBlock uses KVM-based virtualization technology, which allows for some really amazing features such as redundancy, on-the-fly scaling and the option of creating custom stacks. After all, you just cannot go wrong with 99.99% uptime guarantee and full hardware-based redundancy. DotBlock offers all of these features and that too with a reasonable pricing policy.
With no metering of bandwidth, you enjoy premium speeds on any plan that you purchase at DotBlock.com.
DotBlock offers a choice of more than forty different operating systems to choose from. Whether you prefer a Microsoft Windows-based server or one based on Linux, you can have the OS of your choice to run your website on. If you need a Windows-based server, you can choose either a Windows 2003 VPS or the newer Windows 2008 VPS. For Linux-based servers, you have a wide range of operating systems to choose from, including CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, Gentoo, Linux Mint, and SuSE. Another great option is FreeBSD, which is a UNIX-based OS.
Choice of Architecture
With so many operating systems available and with virtualization technology running the show, DotBlock provides you with the choice to run your site on either a 32-bit architecture or a 64-bit one, varying with your needs. While most operating systems today are 64 bits-based, DotBlock offers 32-bit versions of CentOS, Fedora, Slackware and Windows 2003 R2.
RAID-10 Solid State Drive (SSD VPS)
DotBlock offers all its features based on RAID 10 Technology (Redundant Array of Independent Disks), and Solid State Drives. Solid State Drives (SSD), or flash drives, unlike the regular HDDs, have no moving parts and hence are incredibly fast. With hybrid SSDs employed, the RAID 10 set-ups can have huge caches of up to 4GB in size, which is pretty high when compared to the 64MB cache size of traditional HDDs.
Dedicated IP Address
DotBlock offers dedicated IP addresses for every server you run on their high-end hardware. Having a dedicated IP address is always a good thing and has a positive effect on the website’s traffic flow.
DotBlock offers pre-configured layers of applications for your virtual servers called stacks. There are more than 30 predefined stacks to choose from, such as LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP), Ruby on Rails, MineCraft, PHPlist, WordPress, etc. Apart from these, you have the option to create your own custom stack based on your needs.
Plans and Pricing
The basic single block plan at DotBlock starts as low as $39.95 per month. That translates to around $0.053/hr. This basic setup comes with a 3GHz processor, 3GB RAM and a 40GB SSD RAID 10 storage solution. As with any plan at DotBlock, bandwidth is unmetered.
With every extra block added, the processor speed and RAM size increase by a factor of 3. The ultimate plan available with DotBlock is priced at $719.10/ month ($0.954/hr), and comes with a 54GHz processor, 54GB RAM, a 380GB SSD RAID 10 storage solution; and comes with unmetered bandwidth as usual. DotBlock also offers add-ons such as additional IP addresses, bandwidth, Windows licenses and RAM. Another notable service is the administration service that DotBlock offers at a price of $65/hr.
DotBlock offers 24-hour support and customer service for your site. Some of the services on offer are account management, installation support, and support through ticket-based channels. You can order VPS management services to help with the installation, rebooting and other system maintenance requirements, and also get on-call support 24/7/365.
The support network at DotBlock also provides you access to a huge knowledge base that also contains FAQ’s and similar questions and answers that may help you run your site smoothly.