Main Features of GoDaddy
When you choose a GoDaddy VPS to run your website, host your SMTP server, host files or whatever else you need to run, you have the option of choosing from three operating systems: Linux CentOS, Fedora and Windows Server. GoDaddy is a little unique when compared with some other VPS providers in terms of security and control. It maintains its own data centers in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. They outsource none of their activities; GoDaddy service, including the VPS services, is maintained directly by GoDaddy employees.
Each data center maintains 24/7 physical security and network monitoring teams. In addition to having well-trained teams and waterproof electronic security measures, other security measures are in place to protect all hardware from the heat the servers generate. Retinal and vascular scans are in place for employees to gain access to various areas with appropriate security clearance, and a fire suppression and monitoring system works to ensure minimal damage in the event of a fire. Finally, each center has a center-wide air conditioning system in place to keep the server racks and other equipment at an optimal temperature. In the event of a power outage, each server is attached to a long-lasting UPS system that undergoes frequent testing. All of these measures help GoDaddy maintain the 99.9% uptime guarantee they offer all customers.
Video: Tour in GoDaddy’s Data Centers
GoDaddy also has several backup options available as add-on features to every VPS plan. You can, of course, manually backup your data to drives at home or in your office, but taking advantage of one of the offered backup features may provide a little peace of mind. The options include an FTP backup service and a managed backup service. You can also opt to have GoDaddy staff manage your server for you. If you find that you don’t have enough bandwidth, space or find yourself in need of a control panel, they are available as upgrades. Most upgrades take as little as 30 minutes to install and come with zero downtime to your VPS.
Plans and Pricing
There are five levels of plans and pricing for each operating system. The pricing structure and hardware features are identical for the Linux CentOS and Fedora options, but the Windows Server 2008 Standard 64-bit option has a little less space. Servers come with 1-8GB RAM and 1,000-8,000GB bandwidth. Linux CentOS and Fedora servers come with 40-240GB storage, and Windows servers come with 20-120GB of storage.
Pricing starts at $29.99 per month, and new customers who buy 12-24 months will receive a 10-20 percent discount. Plesk, cPanel, additional bandwidth, backup services and the Assisted Service Plan are available as add-ons. You can also purchase the Bandwidth Overage Protection add-on, which will automatically suspend your account the moment you reach your bandwidth cap for the month.
GoDaddy has a dedication to providing customers with the best customer service possible. To that end, they have 24/7 customer and tech support available via email, phone and Internet to help solve any issues at any time of the day.