M5 Internet Hosting was established in 2001 to provide computer security consulting services and OpenBSD dedicated servers. Over the years, they’ve evolved to offer dedicated and cloud-based web hosting services that support FreeBSD and various distributions of Linux and Windows. Their two data centers in San Diego, U.S. cater to medium to large companies, and large web and mobile application needs.
Features And Ease of Use
Small startups may find the provisions that M5 Internet Hosting’s servers provide a little too much for their needs. M5 Internet Hosting offers dedicated and cloud servers that are more in-tune with the needs of large e-commerce businesses and websites with heavy traffic. Their dedicated hosting servers come with rich benefits that you can customize to fit your needs. They feature:
- 95% uptime guarantee
- From 250GB to 1TB disk space
- Unmetered bandwidth on all plans
- Anywhere from 4GB to 512GB RAM
- 100GB disk space on the cloud – Linux/Windows hosting
- Internap FCP for increased server performance
M5 Internet Hosting provides solutions that put the managing of your server in your hands while they take care of customizing the backend. You can get single entry-level servers, or a complex environment of hundreds of servers configured with custom routing, firewall configurations, and other advanced, custom settings. These servers are not intended for beginners or small businesses.
I particularly liked their attention to security. They use encrypted physical disks with software that requires a hardware key. They also will not access your servers without your permission.
Another plus is that all of the dedicated servers are pinged every five minutes to monitor their availability. You also receive quick alerts if any problems occur, which is unlikely considering their reported uptime. Also, you can track the status of uptime, bandwidth usage, and connections with web-based graphs that provide detailed reports. Numerous customers attest to that with some testimonies speaking of a 100% uptime.
M5 Internet Hosting uses the Internap Flow Control Platform to monitor connections and increase your server performance by more than 50% when compared to regular dedicated solutions. A standard server in their data center comes equipped with your choice of processor, a 1U or 2U supermicro chassis, and a large RAM.
Pricing and Support
M5 Internet Hosting is quite cheap for the functionalities they provide. Cloud hosting and dedicated servers are not always this affordable. Another plus is that you can use the customizable plans to get what you need and stay within your budget.
They also provide a free one-month website transfer to another provider. So, if at any point you need more than they are able to provide, you can take your sweet time and move for free with their help.
You can contact the customer service via email and a dedicated online ticketing system. Both work 24/7, and from experience, you’ll get a response within minutes. If that’s not enough, you can make use of their phone support, as well.