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Experience hosting on Rackspace (or similar cloud servers)?

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Experience hosting on Rackspace (or similar cloud servers)?

We are looking into whether moving to the cloud is reasonalbe/feasible/desirable. Rackspace is one company we have looked into. Does anyone have experience hosting their database on their SQL server? If so, are you using SQL web or standard? How do you like the service overall? Does cloud work for you? Is it slow/reasonable/fast?

 

In the event you want to suggest other services: I've logged in and tried out the ACT! accessible via web browser. Too slow and too many delays so it's not an option. Have also seen options to host on these dedicated hosting providers, which *could* work, but having one server with everything in one place is a more attractive avenue at this point.

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Re: Experience hosting on Rackspace (or similar cloud servers)?

The ACT! program must also be installed on the server.

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Re: Experience hosting on Rackspace (or similar cloud servers)?

Maybe I wasn't clear. I am aware that it must be installed on the server. What I am asking is if anyone has had an experience hosting on a cloud server (vs. a physical tower in the back room), and how did it work out for them.

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Re: Experience hosting on Rackspace (or similar cloud servers)?

re you able to install programs on the cloud server? Does it qualify as a local drive?

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Re: Experience hosting on Rackspace (or similar cloud servers)?

You could technically do this, but the burden of setting things up via terminal services, ACT and other pieces of the application would fall upon you, as would some of the security issues.  However, they do provide a platform which would work.  Just the question of how much you want to undertake.

 

We offer a hosted solution and are able to both support your ACT, and handle the backups, support. Plus you could have other applications including Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, and more.

 

Please contact me if you are interested.

Test Drive Act! and Quickbooks over Citrix http://GoTryAct.com

Jon Klubnik| ActTrainer.com
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ACT! Certified Consultant / ACT! Premier Trainer / ACT! Hosting Provider

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Re: Experience hosting on Rackspace (or similar cloud servers)?

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I will check out your company today. Maybe you have what we need.

 

It's not just Act we are looking to host on the server. We want a fully-functioning cloud server. Rackspace, from what I can see, appears to be a fully-functioning . . . but I don't know how reliable this cloud server option is.

 

I'm wondering what you mean by "terminal services" though? Are your referring to cloud computing or the actual logging in to setup the cloud server? I think you have a good point, though, so I'll look into it.

 

 

Edit: I don't want any browser-access programs. These remote things are not attractive. I'm looking for a cloud server that functions just as our tower in the back room works. And, I want all the features of Premium.

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Re: Experience hosting on Rackspace (or similar cloud servers)?

Give me a call. happy to share what I know.

Test Drive Act! and Quickbooks over Citrix http://GoTryAct.com

Jon Klubnik| ActTrainer.com
(866)710 4228

ACT! Certified Consultant / ACT! Premier Trainer / ACT! Hosting Provider

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Re: Experience hosting on Rackspace (or similar cloud servers)?

if you ask your potential providers if they are "HIPAA" compliant that will weed out half of them. Its a good question to start

with.

server stats: Ms Svr Std 2k8, Ms SQL Svr 2k8 R2 build 10.50.4302, ACT! Premium (Web) 2014 v16.0.291.0_HotFix5, 16GIG Memory
http://www.act.com/support/getting-started-documentation
http://www.act.com/support/downloads/act-premium-v16
http://kb.swiftpage.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/36097kwAdministrator%27s%20Guide