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Reviews and expert opinion Global Layer

Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Web Hosting Expert

For competitively priced dedicated servers, you could give Global Layer a go. On the minus side, only one plan is actually available (at the time of writing), and there are no shared hosting or VPS options to choose instead.


Overview

Global LayerBad experiences with previous providers were instrumental to Global Layer’s founding in 2011. This young Netherlands-based company offers large-scale global IP services and capacity services for its worldwide clients. Its website is in English, but its cart area supports twenty-five additional languages.

Features and Ease of Use

Global Layer offers three dedicated server plans — GL-1 Standard Server, UM-2 Unmetered Server, and ST-3 Storage Server — which use Xeon E3-1240v1, Xeon E3-1270v3, and 2x Xeon X5650 processors respectively. These server plans also provide:

  • 16 GB to 64 GB RAM
  • 2 x 1 TB to 8 x 3 TB storage
  • 1 Gbit to 2 Gbit bandwidth
  • 50 TB to unlimited traffic

Since the GL-1 Standard Server is the only one that can be bought at the time of writing this review (the others being “out of stock”), this is the one I’ll tell you some more about. It is customizable in several respects, in some cases at extra cost. You can choose your processor, RAM, storage, operating system (CentOS, FreeBSD, Debian, or Windows 2008), and control panel (cPanel/WHM, DirectAdmin, or Plesk). That’s not all, since you can also opt for software or hardware RAID 1 (at extra cost) for extra resilience.

This vendor boasts 100% power uptime and 100% network uptime, and with the aforementioned GL-1 Standard Server you get a 99.9% uptime SLA that can be upgraded to a 99.99% uptime SLA.

Pricing and Support

Global Layer’s dedicated servers are competitively priced. You can pay for them in euros via various methods (credit card, bank transfer, or Bitcoin) on monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual billing cycles. There is no money-back guarantee as far as I can see, but this is not unusual for dedicated server solutions. As I already said, you can only order the GL-1 Standard Server at the time of writing this review.

You can contact Global Layer via live chat, telephone, support ticket, or email. Although the live chat was unavailable when I wanted to try it, my offline messages were answered almost immediately:

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Global Layer’s knowledge base is empty, so you’re out of luck for self-support, but this is not that unusual for sellers of dedicated server solutions.

Pricing

4.3

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Bottom line on Global Layer

Go to Global Layer if you want a choice of just one purchasable dedicated server plan (at the time of writing). Despite this Netherlands-based provider not offering shared hosting or VPS plans at all, it’s not all bad news. The price is low, you get some good uptime guarantees, and the pre-sale support is responsive.

Pros

  • Eight years of industry experience
  • 99.9% (to 100%) SLA-guaranteed uptime
  • 100% power uptime guarantee
  • Competitive pricing

Cons

  • No shared hosting or VPS plans
  • No money-back guarantee

If you need a Netherlands-based dedicated server at a competitive price, go to Global Layer.

Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen is a web developer and software engineer who loves to get lost in JavaScript (and a good book). She spends her free time teaching girls how to be coders, and doing yoga on her balcony in the sunshine.

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