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Last reviewed Jan 22, 2015

Key features

  • PHP
  • ASP.NET
  • ASP
  • Uptime Guarantee
  • MySQL
  • Perl

User Reviews - Total: 4

★★★★
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★★★★
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★★★★
Uptime
★★★★
Value
★★★★

I have been a customer for over 5 years and have two dedicated servers (I pay them over $500 a month). I have had intermittent down time about 15 minutes several times a day for the last 2+ weeks and have been sending trace routes and trouble calls again and again. They say there is nothing wrong. I have asked again and again for a phone call from a REAL tech who can explain to me how this can be happening and yet there is nothing wrong. No calls. I would have left long ago, except moving two servers of data and set up is difficult.

 
★★★★
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★★★★
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★★★★
Uptime
★★★★
Value
★★★★

Alentus Email = Terrible. Wish a ZERO star were an option. These guys used to be good and I have been a loyal customer for many years. But in the past year they have gone seriously downhill in the area of everything: email service, technical support, knowledge, up-times, work-ability, billings, and customer service.

This is the first time I have written one of these reviews but since I relied on such reviews to pick a new service (yes, leaving Alentus!) thought I’d give back to the online community with a few thoughts. There are a few good ones out there, it takes time to find them, and this is not one of them. So on Alentus...here goes....

On the technical side we've have had constant calls from clients for months now, saying Alentus bounced their email to our company - a terrible thing for a small organization.
To make things worse, for a while they set their spam filter to remove all inter-organization emails such that we could not even email each other within our small company!

Emails vanishing into the ethers-never-to-be found (no, not found in spam folders) is not good for a small business and Alentus has not seemed to take this seriously even after months of issues. First they say it was this server, then it was that server. Recently they told me, twice now, that it was Shaw who's to blame. Hmmm, our internet service is not on Shaw. Then they said also there was an 'outside server' attacking ours 'but we fixed it today'. Later that day we had another bounce example come in - again the reasons and excuses are not valid. Months of troubleshooting and getting nowhere, so much lost time. It seems they are over their heads and cannot fix ongoing, recurring issues.

If you want exchange email, they can provide it but they go through a third-party (Ceryx) and thus you are not a direct customer and then have no direct control over your exchange mail. And this makes it even harder to troubleshoot.

And Alentus filters themselves with their 'Quarantine' filter! Sometimes they don't even pass email from their own organization to a client ...maybe it their convoluted-POP-to-Exchange-plus-quarantine-everything–including-yourselves-process. Or maybe it's their latest blamee, the rogue server.

The webhosting side is good if that's all you need - we're not aware of much downtime on that side. But don't host your email with Alentus - that side has been broken - they are not delivering.

 
★★★★★
Support
★★★★★
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★★★★★
Uptime
★★★★
Value
★★★★★

I've checked Alentus site and customer base before I signed up as an individual customer. Looks like they have reputable customers and their website seemed very convenient to use. This is my first time to deal with a web host and because I phoned their Edmonton office, I felt comfortable with them as they are in Canada. The sales guy talked more about their services rather than asking if I have a domain, etc. I've dealt with their support - phone, email, chat - and found them responsive. However, because they are a Reseller to Wild West Domains LLC (which was not revealed on Alentus site) and Domains By Proxy, my domain cancellation was not a positive experience - emails back and forth, the long wait time, then their WHOIS search of your domain shows it's Available for Sale. Would not recommend this company for first-time individual customers. So beware of web hosters who are Resellers to Domain Registrars, etc.

 
★★★★
Support
★★★★
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★★★★
Uptime
★★★★
Value
★★★★

Was with Areti from 2000 - since taken over by alentus technical support is non-existent

Had problems with renewing a website name in December 2011 and have been trying to get a response from them since then.

I am now trying to change my hosting and they don't respond to either ph calls or emails other than an automated ticket generated email

The 24 hours "technical help" is always "busy" and does not return calls or messages

I could not recommmend their "services" to anyone

 
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Alentus

alentus.com Location: USA Founded: 1997

Alentus Introduction

Alentus has been in business since 1997, and over the years has collated a pretty serious client roster including Sheraton, the American Red Cross, Harvard Medical School, and Star Alliance.

Alentus offers a range of Windows hosting plans for everyone from simple email users all the way up to those needing dedicated and reseller server plans.

Services

Alentus offers a range of Windows hosting solutions that cover most every potential customer's hosting needs as well as SharePoint- and WordPress-specific hosting plans.

They have several email packages that offer all you need to host personal or enterprise email activity for an extremely competitive monthly cost, with storage and total users scaling up with price.

Their shared web hosting plans include scaled web and email disk space as well as monthly bandwidth allowances. This means that shared customers only pay for what they need, quickly and easily adjusting their hosting to match their business requirements. Their shared plans support all the usual languages for Windows hosting including ASP, PHP, Perl, and the .NET languages.

Their dedicated hosting plans, like their shared hosting, are tiered to match customer needs. All dedicated servers are built for Windows, with hardware ranging from a Quad core Intel Xeon with a RAID-1 protection to 2x Quad core Intel Xeon with RAID-5 protection. Hard drive size, RAM, and bandwidth all scale accordingly. They also offer custom server solutions, and will build you a specific set of hardware specs to match yout needd if requested. All their servers are managed in their own datacenters.

Finally, Alentus offers reseller options under the Alentus MultiPlan hosting scheme. They offer control of multiple sites with one Plesk control panel for fast and easy management.

Like other plans, their MultiPlan reseller solutions scale to match customer needs.

Infrastructure

Alentus owns and operates two datacenters — one in Edmonton, Canada and the other in Columbus, Ohio. Their datacenters are comprised solely of Dell servers and are protected by Cisco firewalls. Their power infrastructure is a fully redundant BGP-enabled Cisco-powered network in both their datacenters. They are further protected by power redundancies like a unique power distribution systems and an APC uninterruptible power supply array. They also have an emergency generator on site as a further redundancy.

For security their datacenters have onsite guards, security systems with motion detectors, and constant video surveillance.

Support

For customer support, Alentus offers live chat via their website, a ticketing system, a knowledge base, and a community forum. They also have a range of guides and other useful content to help web hosters solve problems on their own.

When it comes to their network, they staff their datacenters 24/7 for network and server support and for their dedicated servers, they promise a "rapid response to any hardware or software issue."

Guarantees

Alentus offers two guarantees. First, they guarantee 99.999% network uptime for all of their servers and plans. The usual restrictions apply. In the event they fall below this level, you are eligible for a 5% discount.

Second, they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on their SharePoint and shared hosting plans, and a free trial period for their WordPress hosting plans.

Wrap up

Alentus has been supporting organizations big and small for two decades. And with a client roster a mile long a wide range of Windows based solutions, they are definitely a host worth checking out.

Last updated: 2017-06-02

Alentus Hosting Plans

Hosting Plan Features Disk Space Bandwidth Price
Value.Net Web Hosting ASP ASP.NET PHP DirectAdmin Perl MySQL 2GB 20GB $8.95/month
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Premier.Net Web Hosting ASP ASP.NET PHP DirectAdmin Perl MySQL 5GB 30GB $12.95/month
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Professiona.Net Web Hosting ASP ASP.NET PHP DirectAdmin Perl MySQL 10GB 100GB $21.95/month
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Enterprise.Net Web Hosting ASP ASP.NET PHP DirectAdmin Perl MySQL 20GB 200GB $44.95/month
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Professional Sharepoint Hosting ASP ASP.NET PHP Uptime Guarantee SharePoint DotNetInvoice 1GB 100GB $29.95/month
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Enterprise Sharepoint Hosting ASP ASP.NET PHP Uptime Guarantee SharePoint DotNetInvoice 2GB 200GB $59.95/month
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Fortune500 Sharepoint Hosting ASP ASP.NET PHP Uptime Guarantee SharePoint DotNetInvoice 3GB 300GB $99.95/month
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Alentus Features

All Features

  • Access Logs
  • Ajax
  • Analog
  • Catch-all email
  • CGI Access
  • Custom MX Records
  • DNS Zone File Editor
  • DotNetInvoice
  • Email Forwarding
  • FrontPage Extensions
  • Instant Activation
  • Microsoft Expression Web Support
  • MS Access
  • MS DotNetNuke
  • Password Protected Directories
  • phpMyAdmin
  • POP3 Support
  • Raw Files
  • Server Side Includes
  • Shared Hosting
  • Shared SSL
  • SMTP
  • Spam Filter
  • Visual Studio .NET
  • Visual Studio .NET Express
  • WAP/WML
  • XML Parser

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