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By lolwhat (Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 05:00:15 AM EST) Googlephobics unite, just use Linux, .NET? more like .NOT (all tags)
Yes, I do .NET development for a living. It's sad, I know.

I believe that at least a few of you here in Husiville have some .NET experience. Maybe you've even used third-party ASP.NET/SQL Server hosting providers. If so, I'd like your opinion on something.



I work for a company that sells specialized testing hardware. We've developed an n-tier C#/ASP.NET/SQL Server solution that our customers can use as a storage medium for the tests that the hardware performs. What sells a customer on this solution - aside from the buzzword compliance, of course - is that they can have a server sitting in their data center that runs the software, and they don't have to do much with it. Except...

At least at the one customer beta site that actually, you know, tested the fucking software, the IT department is a cross between FEMA and DHS. To get anything added to the network requires paper-pushing and extensive "security" tests, so nothing gets done. Instead of the server actually sitting on the data center's network, it's plugged into someone's cable modem. Now that's security! Connection reliability and speed both suck, too.

The company I work for wishes to move most of their software to "the Web" over the next few years, anyway. So, I thought, why not just sell our software services without requiring a customer-side server? Hell, then we could even move to a subscription model fairly easily, if we wished.

One problem with that, is that our own IT department is overworked as it is. It'd take a lot of buy-in from the higher-ups to get the right manpower, redundancy, connectivity, etc. to host the stuff from here. I'd have it hosted off-site, at least for now, to eliminate the burden on IT and to gain some political momentum.

My fellow HuSians, I now turn to you. Do you know of any companies out there that provide ASP.NET/C#/SQL Server 2000+ hosting of a caliber that would move things in the right direction?

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One only beta site *tested* by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 05:08:52 AM EST
or only one beta site plans to use? Because it sounds like they wouldn't want to send their test results over the terrornets.

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heh by lolwhat (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 05:19:45 AM EST
Well, we had three beta sites. The one I discussed above is actively using the software; they didn't really have much time during the beta period to do so, however. Site #2 is getting merged with a bigger company, and they got too busy to do any actual testing. (This, of course, happened after we handed them the beta.) The last site didn't have much feedback other than "looks good, just change these few minor things." I wasn't a big fan of releasing the software without extensive real-world testing - something always bites you in the ass unexpectedly - but I don't run this company...

Re: using the intarwebs: We could always run everything over SSL, and make sure there's an agreement with the hosting company. Besides, it isn't like the customer has any objections at the moment. Hell, they were the ones who put the server behind the modem. Then again, whether their tune will change, I don't know at this point.
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Another query by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 05:23:42 AM EST
Personally I like this solution, but that's because I like to manage my own software, not hand it to someone else. (This in turn is because I write crappy software that requires handholding.) However, will the testing sites want to hand their test data over to someone who might accidentally spill the beans to a competitor?

I guess I'm not really answering your question. No, I don't know of any .NOT hosting sites.

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good question by lolwhat (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 05:28:04 AM EST
I honestly don't know. I'd try to have some sort of agreement with the hosting company not to make off with the data. It's either that, or host it in-house on a network that may or may not be reliable or fast enough.
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Probably have to check with MS by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 05:36:55 AM EST
I've not done n-teir with dot net. Lots of p/invoke, however.

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