Reviews and expert opinion ZenLogic

Ranked 1179th from 1916 Web Hosting
4.2
Ease of Use
4.2
Features
4.3
Pricing
4.0
Support
4.1
Server locations
Tokyo
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Web Hosting Expert
Zenlogic’s zany website sells dedicated server rentals to Japanese SMEs. You’ll pay a premium price for a plethora of features.

Overview

ZenLogic

Server rental provider Zenlogic’s history is as confusing as its stereotypically Japanese jumbled website, but it goes something like this: Zenlogic was formed in 2015 as part of Japanese company First Server, which become a subsidiary of the giant Softbank Group in 2018. You’ll find all three companies mentioned on the zany Zenlogic website that is available only in Japanese.

Features and Ease of Use

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Zenlogic sells three types of “Cloud Type Rental Servers”:

  • the AW Series (or “Zenlogic Hosting Powered by AWS”) is a managed rental server
  • the AL Series (or “Zenlogic Hosting Powered by Alibaba Cloud”) is recommended for companies that don’t have an I.T. department
  • the Y Series (or “Zenlogic Hosting”) is a hybrid rental server that provides dedicated server stability with cloud extensibility at reasonable prices

In total, there are 18 server plans to choose from, and the features they have in common are:

  • Daily backups retained for 7 days
  • Domain registration available
  • Unlimited add-on domains
  • Free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate
  • Up to 10 TB disk space

For ease of use, the servers come compatible with popular CMS programs such as WordPress, EC-CUBE, and Movable Type. Although Zenlogic doesn’t offer a website building tool, the Zenlogic Website Creation Service will build your website homepage with a total of ten revisions for a fee.

All plans come with FTP and SFTP access, Cron jobs, and PHP (versions 5.x and 7.x). You also get the usual MySQL and PostgreSQL databases with phpMyAdmin and phpPgAdmin.

Unusually, you can choose how redundant you would like your server to be, by purchasing a standby server alongside your production server, with automatic synchronization and failover to minimize the downtime. To deliver your website content more effectively (i.e., faster) to your visitors, you can get a free CDN as an optional extra.

Pricing and Support

Zenlogic’s plans are expensive, even if there is no setup fee and you do get a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate. You can choose between monthly or annual billing, with a 10% discount for an annual commitment, but you do need to pay for a domain name on top.

There is no money-back guarantee, so you need to be sure about signing up, but the 14-day free trial does allow you to try before you buy.

Customer support is comprehensive. The “Support System” section of the website suggests various ways to contact the team 24/7 via telephone, ticket, live chat, or email. You can even get face-to-face video support.

My only concern as an English-speaking customer is that support is only provided in Japanese. I discovered this when I initiated a live chat that got answered immediately if only to tell me I couldn’t be assisted in English.

As well as a variety of support channels, Zenlogic’s support includes a multitude of manuals and tutorials to help you to help yourself. There may be even more resources behind the support portal login page.

Pricing

4.0

Dedicated Server

Plan Name
Storage
CPU
RAM
Price
100GB (up to 10TB) SSD
1 v CPU
1 GB
$98.13
100GB (up to 10TB) SSD
1 vCPU
2 GB
$161.16
100GB (up to 10TB) SSD
2v CPU
8 GB
$350.22
100GB (up to 10TB) SSD
4v CPU
16 GB
$593.30
100GB (SSD cloud disk) [up to 2TB (※ 1) ]
1 vCPU
1 GB
$97.23
100GB (SSD cloud disk) [up to 2TB (※ 1) ]
1 vCPU
2 GB
$142.25
100GB (SSD cloud disk) [up to 2TB (※ 1) ]
2v CPU
4 GB
$268.29
100GB (SSD cloud disk) [up to 2TB (※ 1) ]
2v CPU
8 GB
$345.72
100GB (SSD cloud disk) [up to 2TB (※ 1) ]
4v CPU
8 GB
$448.35
100GB (SSD cloud disk) [up to 2TB (※ 1) ]
4v CPU
16 GB
$525.78
Plan Name
Storage
CPU
RAM
Price
100GB (up to 10TB) SSD
1 v CPU
1 GB
$98.13
100GB (up to 10TB) SSD
1 vCPU
2 GB
$161.16
100GB (up to 10TB) SSD
2v CPU
8 GB
$350.22
100GB (up to 10TB) SSD
4v CPU
16 GB
$593.30
100GB (SSD cloud disk) [up to 2TB (※ 1) ]
1 vCPU
1 GB
$97.23
100GB (SSD cloud disk) [up to 2TB (※ 1) ]
1 vCPU
2 GB
$142.25
100GB (SSD cloud disk) [up to 2TB (※ 1) ]
2v CPU
4 GB
$268.29
100GB (SSD cloud disk) [up to 2TB (※ 1) ]
2v CPU
8 GB
$345.72
100GB (SSD cloud disk) [up to 2TB (※ 1) ]
4v CPU
8 GB
$448.35
100GB (SSD cloud disk) [up to 2TB (※ 1) ]
4v CPU
16 GB
$525.78
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Bottom line on ZenLogic

Zenlogic’s server plans are feature-packed but premium-priced. If you can navigate the overwhelming website, you might find the perfect plan for you.

Pros

  • 24/7 customer service via a variety of channels
  • Owned by a large well-established company
  • Website-building service available
  • Most advanced features are supported

Cons

  • No uptime guarantee is apparent
  • No English-speaking support

See Zenlogic’s server rental plans for Japanese SMEs

Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Mark is a full stack web developer specializing in HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, and PHP. When he's not busy building websites or geeking out over the latest addition to his ever-growing gadget collection, he enjoys playing drums for his progressive rock band. He can also make a mean Spanish omelet.

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