FDCServers is not a regular hosting site for home users or beginner programmers looking for some discount server space. It's a serious enterprise server option for big users.
With 46 datacenters and massive dedicated plans, can this be a powerful, good value option for your business?
Let's find out in this FDCServers review.
It's an enterprise-grade solution with a massive 10 Tbps backbone and 13 USA/Europe server locations. The 10 different FDCServers plans go all the way from "pretty big" to "so big, the governments are getting suspicious of why you need it."
And all throughout the way, for all plans, and all configurations, FDCServers does its best to get a point across - it's a dedicated server provider offering good value for money.
Of course, value has its downsides.
I found the customer support a bit weak. You can only authenticate accounts via phone, which is a bit of a hassle and you only get help through support tickets - there is no live chat option.
And of course, while it shouldn't surprise anyone, it's still worthy to remember that there won't be any support on application-specific issues. If you seem to mess up and have those - you're on your own. So really, you have to be your own expert.
In short - while focusing on value, FCDServers may have missed a trick or two - but that's fully expected.
And still - don't get fooled though on the value thing. Value still doesn't mean that it's going to be very cheap.
There are a total of 10 server options. Here's a few of them:
The most affordable plan costs $199 per month, while the most powerful enterprise package listed on the website is available at $9,999 per month.
The "most affordable" package really deserves to be put in inverted commas. While it's the cheapest one you can get from FDCServers, it's more expensive than many other dedicated server plans available from other companies.
And of course, like many companies, FCDServers also ask for setup fees - however, it's only for one, Storage Server 1 plan.
It costs $556.9 a month with no setup fee or $306.9 a month with a $1,000 setup fee. You can do your own math - it's better to pay $1000 up front if you plan to use the server for at least 3 months.
For all the other plans, you only the monthly price and get charged as you go.
Plans in More Detail
Trying to make this FDC Servers review representative of all the dedicated plans available, I have picked out an affordable, mid-priced and enterprise option in order to compare them below:
|Server 1 (from $199/month)||10 Gbps Special ($999/month)||100 Gbps Dedicated ($9,999/month)|
|Processor||Single Xeon 3450||Supermicro Xeon ER-2650||Dual Xeon 2650|
|RAM||16 GB||128 GB||256 GB|
|Storage||4x250GB SSD or 4x3TB HDD||4x1TB SSD||8x1TB SSD or 8x8TB HDD|
|Outbound GBPS (Bandwidth)||1Gbps dedicated||10Gbps dedicated||100Gbps dedicated|
|OS||Windows or Linux||Windows or Linux||Windows or Linux|
|Multiple Locations||Yes - 6 (Europe or the U.S.)||Yes - 13 (Europe or the U.S.)||Yes - 6 (Europe or the U.S.)|
|Customer Support||24/7 live chat||24/7 live chat||24/7 live chat|
The Server 1 plan ($199/month) will accommodate most websites looking to take the plunge from smaller dedicated or VPS servers, and switch over to a bigger dedicated server. While ordering, you can also adjust a lot of the resources, little details and even put your own comments, to get the server suited for your specific purpose.
Of course, FDCServers do claim to offer the "best bandwidth deal on the planet", so we need to look at that as well.
Turns out, just like with many great deals, these come with a bit of small text.
Here's what it is:
Depending on the plan you choose, you'll be given several types of bandwidth limitations.
- 1 Gbps dedicated bandwidth. Both in and out. Summing up to 330 TB/month, it has no restrictions at any time.
- 10 Gbps dedicated restricted bandwidth. Summing up to 3,300 TB monthly bandwidth, it's limited to 3 Gbps out from 6 am to 6 pm CST.
- 10 Gbps dedicated bandwidth. 3,300 TB monthly, with no restrictions. Some plans offer several 10 Gbps ports, going all the way up to 40 Gbps with no restrictions.
- 100 Gbps dedicated. Available only in the most expensive, $9,999 plan, it's available 24/7 with no restrictions.
Indeed - there will be a few plans that will be restricted. And while some of those restricted 10 Gbps servers look absolutely brilliant, it's all up to you to decide whether a 3 Gbps limitation for 12 hours a day is okay or not
If not, there are plenty of other plans. And even there, it's clear to see the FDCServers really put a lot of effort into offering loads of bandwidth for a relatively friendly price.
To sum it up, with various adjustments available, and limitations transparent, it's possible for almost every enterprise to build a package suitable for its needs.
Final Thoughts from My FDCServers Review
FDCServers offer a wide variety of plans - all suited perfectly for enterprise users. However, at first, I suggest deciding whether you want 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps bandwidth. Because going in the middle and choosing restricted 10 Gbps plan may be a mistake. It looks great on paper but is just a little bit too limited.
Overall, FDCServers offers powerful, modern servers with plenty of resources for a good price. However, lack of advanced customer support and bandwidth throttling may prove a problem to some. In here, it's rather "go hard, or go home" - because the biggest plans look very tempting.
But what do you think? Have you used, or are still using FDCServers? Let me know in the comments below.