Congrats on the Digg frontpage..
Don't know about the Ded Box, but I've had a VPS II account with LW for nearly a year and they're the best webhost I've used - and I've used a few!.
Tech Support from people who actually know what they're talking about and their response times are excellent. Highly recommended...
I managed to catch my server being hacked before they did (more luck than judgement) but as soon as I told them, they were all over it like a rash..
They also sent me personal emails [WOW] with links to folders on my server of phishing sites so I could easily delete them..
From what I've seen, they're on the ball, as much as any decent-sized web hosting company can be..
If you do get a Ded box, I would expect some damn good service from them. I think it all boils down to "the more you pay, the better the service".
As an aside, I checked the DS prices - bloody hell, that's good value..
I might just contact a mate or two, split the cost and get more for my money..
LiquidWeb is one of the best hosting company in my opinion, they worth the prices. I had some problems (some Cpanel upgrade problems, configuring something I wanted on the server) and they handled everything very fast (a few hours max - nothing was critical for my websites)... Also they answered via support to some really stupid questions I asked... so I like them a lot.
... oh, and congrats for teh Diggs's first page!..
What kind of service are you looking for? I've been helping people find companies for a few years now..
Are you looking for reliability? Personal tech support? Cheap price?.
LW is not too bad, except they handled their outtage horribly when it happened. ServInt is good, but the prices are a little hiked up (I have the CEO's email, he may be able to hook you up with a deal).
However, ServInt doesn't use "brand name" carriers. They mostly run their US transit through BTN as well as Level3 (brand name)..
I know a few other companies personally which I can let you know about if you want..
Oh, and this is interesting - just found out my friend owns (at least somewhat) Survive Digg: Isn't it time you survived the Digg effect? (formerly Survive Digg). Maybe that's up your ally.
Hope this helps, my PM box is open if you have any other Q's that I may be able to help more with...
How much traffic do you get from being on the front page of digg? 10K uniques a day?..
I was with ServInt for 7 months and they fucked up the security and then they blamed me for it and would not do anything about it. I don't think I'd ever use them for anything after that horrible experience..
See the thing is I am technically not that great and Server Administration is not my forte and neither I think I have the time to learn it. So I am interested in a company that will not only keep my server up to date but will also be paranoid about my security like PowerVPS is..
This https://www.liquidweb.com/services/serversecure.html thingy looked very interesting to me and that's why my interest in LW (along with their prices for a fully managed box)..
Got other recommendations?..
I just checked my stats and since I got on the FP I have got 14k+ uniques...
One of my blogs hit frontpage of digg a couple of times..it always stayed up hehe ..and guess who was the host .."netfirms" lol I used their $10 per year plan and ..luckily it took the hits..i never expected so much traffic..then I moved to mediatemple..it took 33k a uniques in a day with a breeze ...digg traffic is not profitable..
You bet Digg Traffic SUCKS 18k Uniques and not even 5 Bucks. But hey, atleast it got me a link from "The Authority Site" of advertising - AdLand Commercial Archive which I could have never imagined..
MediaTemple? I was with them for a few month (5?) and the Grid Server sucked real hard. The MySQL was totally bullshit and would go down far more often than I can imagine. I don't know how things are now....
It's been a really happy ride with PowerVPS and I am probably gonna get a dedicated box from them only as needed... as of now they optimized my VPS and doubled my RAM and things are holding up real fine. Let's see how it stays. =)..