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Tony Loton
Tony Loton
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G-Core Labs is a record-breaking international internet infrastructure company that provides powerful cloud and edge solutions mainly to the entertainment and media industries. By its own admission, this company’s services are for serious technophiles.

Overview

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G-Core Labs is a small hosting company that simply isn’t a match for big brands like Hostinger. The bigger hosting companies simply offer a better price for similar configuration.

G-Core Labs started life in 2011.

In 2012, the company established its first backbone network of seven data centers in six cities, and the following year its network expanded to include 23 data centers. Also in 2013, G-Core Labs’ infrastructure got a Guinness World Record for having the most simultaneous online players on a single MOG server, and in 2014, the company’s delivery network created a new record for simultaneous players.

In 2015, G-Core Labs moved to new headquarters in Luxembourg, and in 2016 it launched the G-Host global hosting service and the G-CDN global content delivery network. The following year, it launched G-Storage (for cloud storage) and G-Protect (to protect against DDoS attacks). In 2018, the company launched its G-Stream media platform.

Today, G-Core Labs has more than 100 nodes on five continents, and it offers an extensive range of CDN, hosting, media platform, security, custom software development, and IT infrastructure management services.

The G-Core Labs website can be switched between the English, Russian, Chinese, and Korean languages.

Features and Ease of Use

G-Core Labs offers much more than merely hosting, but in terms of hosting, it offers dedicated servers and virtual servers that can be configured to your exact specifications using the Server configurator that allows you to specify:

  • CPU: Various Intel Xeon processors (for dedicated servers) or 1-8 vCPUs (for virtual servers)
  • RAM: 64 GB to 256 GB (for dedicated servers) or 512 MB to 32 GB (for virtual servers)
  • Disk: Up to 2 x 2 TB HDD or SSD (for dedicated servers) or 20 GB to 600 GB SSD (for virtual servers)
  • RAID: Hardware or Software (for dedicated servers)
  • Datacenter: 18 international locations (for dedicated servers) and 11 international locations (for virtual servers)

You can also choose a pre-configured dedicated server or virtual server so that you don’t have to decide values for all of those parameters.

Due to the nature of G-Core’s server offerings, you can choose to install pretty much any operating system you like: various versions of Linux, Windows Server, or even Solaris. And SSH access gives you complete freedom to install any software and run any number of sites. You can take control of your hosting server using the pay-for ISPmanager control panel (Lite or Business version).

G-Core supports IPv4 and IPv6, and it offers a wide range of (pay-for) SSL certificates from leading providers.

What you won’t find here is an extensive set of beginner-friendly features such as easy website builders and one-click installers.

Pricing and Support

Although G-Core Labs offers some pre-priced dedicated server and virtual server (VDS) plans, including an attractively-priced “starter” VDS plan, you need to be aware that these are pretty bare servers and there are potentially lots of additional costs. You might have to pay extra for your control panel, for your desired amount of monthly traffic, for additional IP addresses, for SSL certificates, and much more besides.

The costs can get pretty complicated if you want to configure your server completely from scratch using the Server configurator, and there are additional tables of information telling you how much you will pay for monthly traffic depending on your server’s location (plus how much extra you will pay if you exceed your allowance).

You can reach this company’s customer support staff via phone, email, live chat, and an online form. Existing customers can seek support by submitting a ticket from the control panel. When I tested the live chat support, I found the agent to be responsive but not particularly knowledgable.

G-Core Labs shines when it comes to the support documentation for its hosting, CDN, and media platform products. It also provides very detailed documentation about the Application Programming Interface (API) that you can use to manage your services. But beware; this is very technical documentation:

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Maxime
USA
5
Stable speed, does not lag

A hosting is ok. Have been using it for a year, and it hasn't fallen ever. The speed is stable, does not lag. A 20-pager almost flies, even though one of the pages is actually a landing page with heavy videos. With the first payment, the accounting department had several questions regarding the documentation. So support quickly answered the questions, and helped with the docks. Props. Plus the service is on a budget.

5
Wil
South Africa
5
Normal price, quick

Bought their dedicated server a fortnight ago. Normal price, quick. Stable site, reliable data center. Give 5 stars. I want to underline an adequate technical support. They are available around the clock and explain everything very smart.

5
Marcus
South Africa
5
Pretty well, will use further

I needed to make heavy calculations on the CPU, so I decided to use the G-Core service to quickly servers deploy in a cloud. Productivity is good, can see it on the official schedule in the server control panel. I also checked it up according to my surveys, everything matches. A few days later, I reconfigured the system so that it takes even less power. I achieved the fact that each server is 50-60% loaded on the CPU. Processes are flying. Fine company, will use further.

5
Peter
USA
5
Nice service, quick support

Support is adequate and guys hear me and respond quickly. Delivery prices are nice. High coverage around the world. But I miss important countries like Canada. Guys helped to create a powerful infrastructure that can withstand several thousand users at the same time.

5
Peter
USA
5
Nice service, quick support

Support is adequate and guys hear me and respond quickly. Delivery prices are nice. High coverage around the world. But I miss important countries like Canada. Guys helped to create a powerful infrastructure that can withstand several thousand users at the same time.

5
Antony
USA
5
The hosting is generally normal

I am on a G-Core almost a year. The hosting is generally normal, but sometimes small problems occur. Support tries to solve quickly. Low rates. There is own control panel. High uptime, fast SSD. In general, really can recommend this hosting.

Bottom line on G-Core Labs

If you’re looking for virtual or dedicated servers backed by a robust international infrastructure, and you don’t mind paying the price, then G-Core Labs could be your go-to provider. As stated at the outset, G-Core’s services are aimed at serious technophiles, so technophobes need not apply, and if you’re looking for a simple set of shared hosting plans, you should probably be looking somewhere else.

G-Core Labs might offer a good service at a reasonable price, but does it match up with the top web hosting companies? We find it hard to say “yes.”

Pros

  • Tier 3 data centers and redundant network
  • Worldwide coverage
  • Custom configuration and upgrades
  • Full root access

Cons

  • Real-time chat uninformative (or uninformed)
  • Not for beginners; only for experts
Tony Loton
Tony Loton
Tony Loton has been a prolific writer and editor of business, technology and finance books, magazine articles, and corporate content for longer than he cares to say. It's a vocation, not a job!

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