You may have heard about Armor already. Founded in 2009, this company used to be known as FireHost - and it specializes in high-security cloud hosting.
But does Armor really protect your server more than other hosts, or is it all just marketing? Let's put them to the test.
Armor Review: First Impressions
First, you should know that this isn't a hosting company for everyday consumers. Armor is aimed at enterprise users who want to securely host websites from the cloud.
So, what features make it separate from your regular web hosting provider?
Compliant with Everything
With any secure hosting service, you should always check if it's compliant with international data standards. In Armor's case, I was impressed to find out it was the first cloud-based PCI compliant platform. It also holds several other data-handling certifications. You would expect nothing less from an enterprise-aimed provider.
Armor goes above and beyond by proactively tackling cyber threats with the following measures:
- Scanning the internet for new threats and developing security protocols in response.
- Numerous intruder detection strategies, resulting in dwell times below the industry average.
- Real-time security monitoring.
Responsive Customer Support
Before signing up, I tested Armor's live chat customer support. Even though the person I spoke to wasn't a technical expert themselves, they answered basic queries quickly.
When it comes to more advanced queries, the waiting times are slightly longer, but everything still gets sorted out.
It can be assumed that Armor employs a two-level support system, meaning that the technical experts get inquiries from the customer support people and don't interact directly with the customers. But as long as the issues get sorted out - that's no problem.
Armor's pricing is tailored to each customer's needs, so prices aren't easily available online. Luckily for you, I took the time to fill out the quote request form to find the minimum plan prices.
Armor offers two services. The first is Armor Anywhere, which is a Security as a Service tool, which can be added to a separate hosting package such as Amazon AWS. It's available from $99/month. Make sure you budget for third-party hosting costs too.
Next is Armor Complete, which is a standalone hosting package that uses Armor's own cloud storage system. It's available from $630/month.
Armor Plans In More Detail
Armor Complete's cloud servers can be configured with multiple different resource levels, and come with either Linux or Windows operating systems. Here are details of the two base packages:
|Entry||Base Linux Cloud Server||Base Windows Cloud Server|
|Processors||Single vCPU||Four vCPUs|
|No. of Domains||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Email Addresses||Not Included||Not Included|
|HDD or SSD||SSD||SSD|
|Customer Support||Live chat and phone support||Live chat and phone support|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30-Day Period||30-Day Period|
Plans are highly scalable; you can opt for up to 96GB of RAM and 2TB of disk space. Essentially, any user should be able to find a package that meets their needs.
However, at $630/month, plans are so expensive that only enterprise-users will be able to afford them.
During my Armor review, I examined my site's performance using Bitcatcha.
Results were average, readers shouldn't have a problem loading your pages. For the duration of my Armor/ FireHost review, I didn't experience any downtime. Armor actually offers a 99.99% SLA-backed uptime guarantee, but it may go very well beyond that.
Armor Review: Conclusion
Overall, it's evident that Armor really does offer some impressive tools to protect your information. Unfortunately, its high prices won't make it a suitable service for most users, but for those willing to pay for the highest level of data protection, this is a service worth considering.
What do you think? If you've got Armor reviews of your own to add, post them below!
- Reliable with a 99.99% uptime gurantee
- Responsive customer support
- Great security features
- Flexible resources
- Only suitable for enterprise use
- Expensive prices