[olug-colo] Security services

Aric Aasgaard aric at omahax.com
Fri Jun 5 21:48:54 EDT 2009

I am not a paranoid security geek but I've used hostgator.com for several
years and love it.   
I have about 20 sites hosted on one shared account. 
It's $12.95 a month for unlimited everything. 
They offer a selection of 3 different webmail clients one of which is horde.
They have:
Private SSL 
Dedicated static IP
Anonymous FTP

They say they don't offer WebDAV because people abuse it; However, I have
it.  It might not have all the geeky features possible.  They call it
"webfolders" in the cpanel.
I am using "webfolders" for publishing/sharing icalendars from sunbird and
outlook 2007.
They offer ruby on rails and python(no zope)
You can customize your php.ini
You can install pear modules. 

I have cURL scraping cron jobs.
I even used a perl cgi script that lets me broadcast live TV/Radio stations.
It works well but they have been good to me and I don't want to be "that

They have excellent support staff.  Last time I called them was over a year
ago to ask if I could get them to give me the ability to use cURL from a
bash shell.  He said "Yes, hold on" I heard some fast pattering on a
keyboard and he said "done, is there anything else I can help you with?"  

If you need more than that I would rent a dedicated server from
If you talk to a rep you can get a better deal than what is listed.  They
doubled my ram and upped my monthly bandwidth to 5TB for free.  You can get
a quad core Xeon for under $200 a month.

My thought are that if you are hosting more than hostgator can handle you
should be charging your clients enough to justify a dedicated box at
theplanet.  My hostgator account's server is in theplanet's datacenter.

If you want windows hosting I would recommend powerdnn.com.  I was at their
offices today and they seem to have a top notch operation.


-----Original Message-----
From: olug-colo-bounces at olug.org [mailto:olug-colo-bounces at olug.org] On
Behalf Of Luke-Jr
Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 3:43 PM
To: Olug Community colo project
Subject: Re: [olug-colo] Security services

He described what I can only summarise as "Webhosting++":

[13:50:56] <alexpgates> Can anyone recommend an alternative to Dreamhost for
design firm in Omaha? A local hosting company would be ideal... but we are 
open to anything. We aren't unix admins... we just need something reliable 
that allows us to do simple things like ssh, run soem cron jobs, etc.... 
something that will grow as we grow. Any suggestions?
[13:53:50] <luke-jr> alexpgates: sounds like you want a managed VPS
[13:53:53] <luke-jr> which isn't cheap
[13:54:34] <alexpgates> a managed VPS sounds great.... define "isn't cheap"
[13:56:40] <alexpgates> we just switched to a dreamhost vps - terrible 
[13:57:05] <TC-jmhobbs> I know that aplus has a managed VPS type thing,
attest to it though.
[13:57:28] <luke-jr> alexpgates: a managed VPS including Apache management 
from me is $61/mo at the cheapest
[13:58:00] <luke-jr> http://lightfoot.dashjr.org/?page=vps
[14:01:48] <luke-jr> alexpgates: might want to just wait for the OLUG 
datacenter to start
[14:02:14] <luke-jr> we can probably get OLUG guys a better deal that way
[14:03:10] <alexpgates> luke-jr: your prices are very reasonable....  when
the datacenter going to be available?
[14:03:30] <luke-jr> a few of the guys checked out a location on M St the 
other day, not sure what the results are
[14:04:47] <alexpgates> we don't mind paying more... because we aren't 
equipped for "Software upgrades, security, and similar proactive services" 
being our responsibility.

On Friday 05 June 2009 02:12:19 pm Curtis LaMasters wrote:
> What security does he need (IDS, IPS, IPTables, etc?).  I could
> probably accommodate.
> Curtis LaMasters
> http://www.curtis-lamasters.com
> http://www.builtnetworks.com
> On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 2:10 PM, Luke-Jr<luke at dashjr.org> wrote:
> > A guy in #OmahaLUG is looking for managed VPS hosting, but he needs
> > proper server security to be included in the management. That's really
> > not my area; is anyone here a security expert and willing to sell
> > for a VPS? Depending on how far off we are from the actual colo (how did
> > the tour go?), I can get him setup on one of my remote VPS hosts and
> > migrate when we open.
> >
> > Luke
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