The move comes nearly a year after ServInt launched its line of Flex managed dedicated servers, which offer more storage space, more RAM and larger CPUs with more cores.
The semi-dedicated server is a unique model in the hosting industry in that it allows just two customers to host on each unit, while offering dedicated hardware resources that were previously only available at much higher price points.
By offering the benefits of dedicated server hardware without the usual costs of moving up from a multi-tenant virtualized server, the semi-dedicated server environment is a cost-effective solution for smaller web hosts with a limited operating budget.
The Flex TwoCore and ThreeCore servers run a virtualization layer to apportion server resources between two users.
“There’s a big marketing push industry-wide to take customers to ‘the cloud’ because you get amazing scalability, but many businesses still prefer the reliability of the dedicated server,” ServInt COO Christian Dawson said in an email interview. “However, a truly good dedicated server that’s fast and redundant is still pretty expensive, especially if it’s managed. Our new offering allows us to get people an affordable, managed hosting experience that’s as predictable and reliable as a high-end Dedicated Server and as easy to scale and upgrade as a cloud technology – giving them the best of both worlds at a pricepoint that’s needed in this tough economy.”
All Flex TwoCore and ThreeCore semi-dedicated servers use Dell enterprise-grade hardware.
Starting at $149 per month, the Flex TwoCore server includes 2 Cores of Intel X3440 CPU, 2 x 2.53 GHz Hyper-Threaded Cores, 2 GB guaranteed RAM, upgradable to 4 GB 200 GB SATA II Storage, upgradable to 400 GB, hardware RAID 1, 4 TB monthly bandwidth transfer, free control panel software, and free daily backups.
The Flex ThreeCore server, which starts at $189 per month, includes 3 Cores of Intel E5649 CPU, 3 x 2.56 GHz Hyper-Threaded Cores, 6 GB guaranteed RAM, upgradable to 8 GB 600 GB Nearline SAS Storage, upgradable to 800 GB, hardware RAID 1, TB monthly bandwidth transfer, free control panel software, and free daily backups.
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