amanzi: I emailed iServe for confirmation on what their limits are, if any. This was their response:
Thanks for your E mail in regards to the no limits plan.
There are no limits on the no limits plan. You get unlimited bandwidth for the domains and yes you can create MySQL databases on the account and they are unlimited as well.
If there is anything else we can help you with please let us know.
amanzi: If you read the iServe Acceptable Usage Policy, they make reference to 7GB of website traffic but this only applies to the Basic and Enhanced plans. There is nothing in the AUP which references the No Limits plans.
1.5Website Hosting Services
The following limits are designed to enable iSERVE's web servers to operate at optimal efficiency therefore ensuring that all iSERVE's clients receive the highest quality service possible:
a)Website Traffic Allowance: Basic and Enhanced hosting plans only: 7GB / 28 days - Website traffic under 7GB (7 Giga Bytes) per website per 28 days will be provided free. Traffic used above the allocated 7GB (7 Giga Bytes) will be charged at $25.00 + GST per 1GB (1 Giga Byte) block used per website.
b)Warning Message for traffic quota: To ensure clients are aware that they are reaching 75% of their allowed website traffic limit. A warning message will be sent via e-mail to the contact address of the iSERVE account holder once their total traffic generated to their site exceeds 75% of their allowance.
c)System Resources - Clients acknowledge that the web site hosting Service is provided on a multiple shared server environment and agrees not to engage in any activity that could overwhelm the server with heavy CPU, memory or network usage or that requires a disproportionate amount of the resources of the iSERVE Web servers, including without limitation, use of highly active CGI scripts or chat scripts.
d)Security - It is the Clients responsibility to ensure that cgi scripts, any executable files or dynamic scripts uploaded to the iSERVE Web Servers are configured in a secure manner.
chchrob: It is just gimmick marketing nothing new for ierve, you just need to look at the outages on their "cloud" platform to see they are all talk and no substance.
WebDrive have been offering unmetered web hosting for years and years, however are careful to describe exactly what that means...
chchrob: Yes sorry, I should have been clear I am not an impartial observer by any means.
Regs: nowhere could i see any speed guarantees for the 'no limits' plan. perhaps the unlimited plan is 100mps of bandwidth shared by however many people sign up. too many people sign up and you could be on 20kbps max speeds in no time....
by calling it 'no limits' you'd think taht the speed would be as fast as you could imagine - but there is a technical limitation there :D perhaps calling it 'no limits' is a commerce commission or fair trading act - ask telecom.... they know all about that.