Amusing offer for dedicated servers from Home.pl

2012-04-21 ·

A couple of days ago I received a newsletter from Home.pl, a pretty known, Polish hosting provider. Their offer troubled me a bit: at first glance prices seemed a bit higher than the competition. I started dig in to be sure that my intuition is right. Two particular options came to my attention:

  1. Home Entry XL
  2. Home Pro Advanced

Let's quickly compare it with my favorite provider of dedicated servers, i.e. Hetzner.

-Home Entry XLHome Pro AdvancedHetzner X4Hetzner EX5
ProcessorAMD Opteron 6128AMD Opteron 6134AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+Intel Core i7-920
Processor Speed8 Core x 2.0 GHz2 x 8 Core x 2.3 GHz2 Core x 2.8 GHz4 Core x 2.67 GHz
CPU Mark (1)4,9872,938-5515
RAM8 GB32 GB4 GB24 GB
HDD2 x 500GB RAID 14 x 2TB RAID 0/12 x 400GB RAID 12 x 750GB RAID 1
Setup Fee (2)~ 734 EUR~ 734 EUR0 EUR49 EUR
Monthly Fee~ 170 EUR~ 381 EUR49 EUR59 EUR

All prices are brut (VAT in PL is 23%, in DE is 19%).

(1) after CPU Benchmark (2) with Home.pl you must sign up for a contract (fee for 1-3 months)

Home.pl proposed pretty amusing price for the setup. It might indicate that they are still a small company (mitigating the provision cost of new hardware). The idea to have a contract only amplifies possible friction of selling process. Monthly fee for their offerings is much higher and their promotion is cumbersome. Draw your own conclusions, but to me, it's clear that guys at Home.pl just missed the point with such offering...

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