Reviews and expert opinion velia.net

Ranked 697th from 3709 Web Hosting
4.3
  • Features
    4.3
  • Ease of Use
    4.3
  • Support
    4.3
  • Pricing
    4.3
Server locations
Miami
St. Louis
Los Angeles
Strasbourg
Frankfurt am Main
Hong Kong
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Web Hosting Expert
As you'd expect from a subsidiary of market leader GoDaddy, velia.net's dedicated server offerings are pretty good and are backed by a very responsive support team.

Overview

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velia.net 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.

Part of the GoDaddy group, velia.net has been in business since 2003. It currently employs more than 30 people and provides services to 5,000 business customers around the world. The main website is in German and English, but the checkout flow is also available in Chinese. 

Features and Ease of Use

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This provider’s dedicated servers are designed primarily for enterprise-level clients. Their core features are:

  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Backup services available
  • Up 100 Mbps port traffic included
  • A choice of operating system
  • KVM/IPMI remote access included

The six velia.net data centers are strategically located around the world, in the U.S.A. (St. Louis, Miami, and Los Angeles), France (Strasbourg), Germany (Frankfurt), and Hong Kong. However, I confirmed with customer services that velia.net doesn’t own the data centers. It’s not a showstopper for me, but I do think you’re more likely to get hardware issues resolved quickly and less likely to have resources oversold when your host owns its own data center(s). The good news is that velia.net owns all the equipment.

Customer services also confirmed a 99.9% uptime guarantee, which is around the industry average. However, digging into the terms of service reveals the sentence “…provides its services with an availability of 99.0% in the monthly mean,” and it doesn’t say what credits you’ll receive in the event of excessive downtime. 

Pricing and Support

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The dedicated servers start from an affordable base price. Prices increase in line with specifications, but they remain good value for money. You can configure your server at the checkout by choosing the operating system, storage, and RAM for additional monthly fees. 

There are no setup fees, and all purchases are made on a flexible month-to-month basis, which is good but means that there are no discounts for longer commitments.

Current customers have access to a client area, which may well include a decent set of self-support resources for all I know. The rest of us can contact the company via email or live chat. I was pleasantly surprised that my two mid-week, midday messages were answered instantly and expertly, for example.

Pricing

4.3

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Bottom line on velia.net

As part of the giant GoDaddy group, velia.net offers enterprise-level dedicated servers. This subsidiary doesn’t own or operate its own data centers, but it does own its own equipment, and its customizable servers come at acceptable prices. My main area of uncertainty was the uptime assurance.

velia.net 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

  • Affordably priced plans
  • Customizable servers
  • Instant response via live chat
  • A GoDaddy subsidiary

Cons

  • Few customer service options (for pre-sales)
  • Uncertain uptime
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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