ViaNetworks is a Certified Microsoft Partner, making them a solid choice for businesses looking to set up their websites using an NT platform. For this review, we’re going to focus on their Large Business Hosting plan. However, if you don’t need all of these features, or if you’re trying to save money, their lower tier of plans are quite reasonably priced and still offer features that businesses need to succeed.

The Large Business hosting plan features 2 gigs of disk space, which should be more than enough for most companies. 50 gigs of monthly bandwidth are included, once again, a generous offering. Many plans geared towards businesses only offer half or less than this amount, and usually charge a great deal more. A fixed IP address is included with this plan, making it easier to set-up an SSL certificate.

50 email accounts are included with this plan, which is a little light for large businesses that may have at least that many employees. On the plus side, a 100 meg MS SQL database with unlimited MS Access/SQL data sources is included for free, which should be useful for companies that rely on databases for either their content or their online stores. It would have been nice to see at least one MySQL database included with this plan for a little more variety, but this is an entirely common practice in NT hosting.

Support for ASP.Net 1.1 is included, and according to ViaNetwork’s site, support for 2.0 is on the way. If you specifically need support for 2.0, we would recommend waiting until this is fully supported before switching hosting companies. FTP accounts are available, but it is not stated how many are offered with this plan. Technical support for your site is available via their online support area, or by phone, but be advised that the call will not be toll-free.

Overall, this is a nicely priced plan, but the current 9.99 set-up fee and lack of toll-free support contributed to an overall lower ranking for ViaNetworks.

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Posted on 01/29/06 2:45 AM

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Voting Results

Features ++++++++-- (8/10)
Reliability ++++++++-- (7.5/10)
Support +++++----- (4.5/10)
Price +++++++--- (7/10)
Total +++++++--- (6.75/10)

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