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Topic # 9952 26-Oct-2006 12:30
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I don't see much mention of ICONZ on GZ.  Not sure why that is, but here for comparison are their new plans with various "Maximum Speed" options:

http://www.iconz.co.nz/adsl/index.php

The plan that most interests me for use at our office would be ADSL3 because we only use 1-2GB per month, but need the high speed for file transfers.

Pricing seems very similar to others like TCL, Orcon etc except there is no requirement for tolls in order to get those prices (unlike most others who will add $10 if tolls are not included).  This gives a little more flexibility in allowing you to shop around separately for a toll provider who best services your calling requirements.

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Reply # 49774 26-Oct-2006 12:35
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Geekzone is actually hosted at ICONZ in Auckland. We had some head-ins with them. Sorted now, but always an after taste...

People on the #geekzone channel knows the story.









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  Reply # 49789 26-Oct-2006 12:54
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Geekzone is actually hosted at ICONZ in Auckland. We had some head-ins with them. Sorted now, but always an after taste...

People on the #geekzone channel knows the story.


I've had nothing but good experiences with them so far.

However, after reading "The Story" I'm also curious as to why you chose to stay hosted with ICONZ when their charges seem SO expensive?

For our company web site (more than 200 pages totalling around 150MB with 2.5GB of traffic per month) we host it in the USA at US$8.95 per month.  I know there are some web hosting companies now who charge only NZ$99 per year so we could save around $50 per year by changing hosting companies.  However, last time it took me many hours of work to move hosting companies and it's just not worth the effort for a $50 per year saving.

You, on the other hand would save many Thousand $ per year I would imagine by moving to a US-based hosting company.  No doubt your Storage and Traffic Requirements are many times more than ours, but presumably it would still be a pro-rata saving?

Other than the faster load times for a NZ-hosted site, is there any other reason you have stuck with ICONZ?


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  Reply # 49796 26-Oct-2006 13:06
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Grant17's posing a good question, but it should perhaps go into the the Geekzone or a new Webdev forum.

The expensive hosting here coupled with narrow international "pipes" for providers would seem to be one reason why there's so little NZ-based content. If it's cheaper and faster in overseas, why host in NZ?




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Reply # 49806 26-Oct-2006 13:21
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US$99/year sounds great, when you are on a shared hosting. In our case we have a colocation contract, with our own server on a hosted environment. The machine is ours, and we can do what we need to. It currently serves more than 3 million pages/month and 2.5GB traffic is only the start of a day. Google alone spiders an average of 15,000 pages daily on Geekzone.

Also consider that we use SQL Server and some shared environment will bump the cost a lot, just for using this.

"The story" is that the person doing our account management sold a plan without safeguard for some risky stuff - like a DDoS. In one month we had to pay more than 200GB excess because of a 12 hours DDoS. While I assume the fault of accepting the contract, nothing is an excuse for an account manager to take 12 days to return phone calls and e-mails, even more on an account that generates money for them like that.

I am not sure you have noticed, but all our images are hosted in the USA. Only the main content and database servers are here in New Zealand.


This makes it faster content for New Zealand readers, with a somewhat balanced experience for oversears visitors, who will be downloading images from faster pipes.







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