Limestone Networks is a premium web hosting provider based in Dallas, Texas. Founded in 2007, they started as the preferred dedicated server provider for gaming networks in Texas, then later began to specialize in providing enterprise-grade dedicated server hosting to small and medium-sized businesses. In 2014, they launched their 100% SSD cloud hosting service.
Features and Ease of Use
“Simple. Solid. Superior.” This is their motto. Limestone Networks’ specialization in dedicated server hosting has enabled them to effectively refine their simple offerings to superior service standards. While many dedicated server providers require at least one day lead time to prepare your customized dedicated server, Limestone Networks will have it ready for you in under four hours.
These servers are high-availability and equipped with basic DDoS protection – more advanced DDoS protection comes at an additional cost. They’re hosted on Tier 1 carriers to ensure the lowest latency possible, and feature their user-friendly but robust management interface, OnePortal. It even comes with an intriguing “No Hassle Hardware Replacement” policy at your request, they’ll replace any piece of hardware without question or testing.
If your business is still relatively small and you don’t require a dedicated server just yet, Limestone Networks also has a range of cloud hosting plans. These low-commitment packages can be scaled up or down on demand via their proprietary OnePortal control panel at any time. This means that you only pay for the amount that you need during the times when you need it – there’s no need to purchase additional resources that will not be needed or used. Although their SLA promises 99.9% uptime, their cloud hosting packages actually offer 100% uptime: the redundancies built in make it nearly impossible for downtime to happen.
Of course, should you decide to switch over to a dedicated server from their cloud hosting packages, you can do that instantly via their control panel.
Pricing and Support
One unique advantage Limestone Networks has is that they are still a relatively small company despite being an enterprise-grade solution provider. This means that they’re able to keep their prices relatively affordable compared to many larger dedicated server management companies.
Another advantage is that they offer month-by-month contracts (this is rare with dedicated server providers), so you can choose to renew monthly or opt for a longer contract and receive a greater discount. This is good news for cash-strapped small businesses that require more flexibility with plan terms.
If you’re still concerned about costs, they also offer drastically marked down prices for dedicated servers hosted on older hardware. These still come with their trademark fast provisioning and highly responsive expert support.
Limestone Networks promises a response time of under 10 minutes for every support ticket opened, and in my experience, this has been accurate. You can also reach them via phone or live chat. I tried them at various hours of the day (sometimes even in the early hours of the morning) to see just how available they were, and each time they met my expectations.