Probably not. DV Developer is targeted to power users who are comfortable working in the command line interface using SSH.
There are four essential feature differences:
Dedicated Server is configured exactly like the DV or DV Developer except that it hosts only one customer. Each Dedicated Server is a single-tenant box with 64GB of RAM and all resources on the box are allocated to you. If you need a high performance server with total resource allocation, Dedicated Server is the solution.
Dedicated Server is configured exactly like the DV or DV Developer except it hosts only one customer. If you need a high-performance server with generous resource allocation and want to have it all to yourself, Dedicated Server is the solution for you.
DV delivers performance comparable to a dedicated server, plus additional capabilities due to virtualization, making it more cost-effective. The Power Panel included with each DV allows you to stop, start, and reboot your server directly through your web browser. Using the optional Snapshot Backup add-on before performing delicate system administration tasks allows you to instantly revert back to your snapshot if your changes do not work out. The Power Panel also allows you to automatically re-provision your DV server to the state it originally came in at anytime. If you are a developer, you can also access many of these features through our API.
On DV, resources are isolated from everyone else on the server. You also get additional ability to burst beyond your guaranteed resources. This design ensures you never have to worry about other customers impacting the performance of your web applications.
In a shared hosting environment, your websites constantly compete with hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of other customers' websites for the same pool of server resources. Shared hosting environments have some limits on your ability to customize server software and install new applications. With a DV, you have access to the root level, so you can customize existing applications and install new ones at anytime.
Contact our Sales Team, who can help explain the differences in more detail and help you decide which solution is best for your needs.
Some hosting companies might call it one, but we don't like to get caught up with buzzwords. We think of it as a very scalable, high-performance VPS (virtual private server).
Our Sales Team can explain the differences and help you decide which solution is best for your needs.
It’s incredibly easy. Feel free to start small and grow big, or the other way around. Regardless of your service level, integrated account controls and instant provisioning give you the power to choose the level of resources you need, and the freedom to change your mind. Once you have a DV account, just visit your AccountCenter to make any changes.
We like to reserve extra resources on each host machine. In almost all cases, we can accommodate upgrades without a migration. In rare cases when a migration may be necessary, automation will be used to minimize downtime.
Yes, you are more than welcome to migrate to a DV Developer server. However, we currently do not offer migration tools. You will be responsible for migrating your content, including email and databases.
Scale your DV Developer with the touch of a button, without any complicated migrations. Automated, 24/7/365 upgrades are just a few clicks away in your AccountCenter, with most upgrades occurring instantly with no downtime. Need to scale to a monster, single-tenant box? Go big with DV Enterprise.
AccountCenter offers these options 24/7. You can up-scale DV Developer to the next resource level at any time. Add-on services such as Snapshot Backups, additional IP addresses, or the Plesk license for unlimited domains, are also available.
If you have a DV Developer of 4GB or smaller, the up-scale typically happens almost instantaneously. Upscaling from 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB can take a bit longer, as your IP address may change and DNS is involved. Either way, the process is automated and can be initiated via the AccountCenter, which makes it VERY easy to do. Likewise, downscaling is easy and instant.
Yes, our premium migration service is called CloudTech, and it is available as an add-on to your (mt) account. CloudTech migration specialists can move your sites, domains, and applications to (mt) for you--it is fast, easy, and we do all the work. Other premium managed care services such as on-demand server tuning and on-call hosting support may also be available. See our CloudTech page for more information and ordering instructions.
In addition, some articles published in our KnowledgeBase can help you make decisions before starting a migration, and for reference during and after. We also encourage you to consult with helpful and capable members of the community via the (mt) Forums.
IP addresses are not elastic. If you are moving from outside of Media Temple your IP address will change. If you are moving within Media Temple a change of IP address may be required.
DV and DV Developer are provisioned in our northern Virginia data center. If you have questions please contact our Sales team.
This is difficult to predict, due to the number of factors involved. Each case will be different. Please see our KnowledgeBase for a thorough exploration of this subject.
Most migration methods involve the purchase of new DV service while your older DV service also remains open. During this "overlap" period, both services are billable. In the event that file transfer during the migration exceeds your bandwidth allocation, the standard overage rate of $0.15/GB would apply. As always, after the old service is closed, (mt) Media Temple will pro-rate the daily cost and automatically apply any resulting credit to your account.
With DV Developer, you get your choice of Linux OS — Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS or Fedora — along with full SSH and root access, in an instantly scalable, performance-driven package.
Ubuntu is an easy-to-use Linux distribution based on Debian. A strong community following, along with frequent releases, make it a popular choice.
Second in popularity only to Ubuntu, Fedora has its roots in Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It is stable, secure, and easy to maintain.
Debian is an established, mature Linux distribution with a focus on stability. Many other Linux distros, including Ubuntu, have been ported from Debian.
CentOS is the same distribution used on our DV server line. It aims to be 100% compatible with packages built for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
For information on how to change your OS, please see this KnowledgeBase article.
Only 64-bit operating systems are supported on DV Developer.
No, we currently offer Linux Operating Systems only. At this time, you can install Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and CentOS distributions.
Yes. Root access is enabled. For security purposes, we do not send your default password via email. You will need to log into the AccountCenter and use the "reset" feature to create a new root password.
Absolutely. Although (mt) Media Temple cannot assist in the installation of third-party applications, you are free to install and use whatever software you wish, subject to the (mt) Terms of Service.
The DV Developer offers some basic server controls via the AccountCenter and even more via the Parallels Power Panel. You are welcome to install a more comprehensive control panel, such as webmin.
Parallels Power Panel allows you to manage your virtual environments—Containers and virtual machines functionally identical to standalone servers, with their own IP addresses, processes, files, user databases, configuration files, applications, etc.—with the help of any standard Web browser on any platform. You can find more information in the Parallels Power Panel User Guide.
Parallels Power Panel provides basic monitoring capability. You’re also free to install your favorite monitoring solution.
Yes. For more information, visit the (mt) API page.
Yes, the DV Developer server offers a firewall which you may configure using Parallels Power Panel or via the command-line using tools such as iptables.
There are no compromises here. Our DV Developer services are powered by Hewlett-Packard Proliant DL-Series machines featuring multi-core Intel Xeon processors and high-performance SCSI/SAS disk drives in a RAID-10 configuration. These servers are just plain fast.
High-grade data center equipment means less maintenance, better reliability, and more uptime. The DV platform lives in our top-tier data centers and is powered by HP server hardware and top-quality networking equipment. Which translates to better connectivity, fewer hardware failures, and a better hosting experience all around.
One common cause of server slowness is slow disk performance. Unlike most utility VPS platforms, our DV servers use only high-speed RAID-10 SAS disks built specifically for data center use. So disk performance won’t cause traffic bottlenecks on your server.
All DV Developer and DV servers are currently provisioned in our Virginia data center (VA-IDC4). Learn more about our data centers.
Every (mt) Media Temple customer has access to around-the-clock support. You can reach us by chat, Twitter, phone, or support request. Providing you with world-class support for your hosting account is what we work on 24/7/365.
Please view the (mt) Media Temple Statement of Support for a complete breakdown of what’s covered.
Once you're a customer, you can issue support tickets quickly and easily via your AccountCenter dashboard. Our staff of support engineers are constantly monitoring support requests and respond very quickly. Not a customer yet, or unable to access your AccountCenter dashboard? We accept support requests via email, telephone, and even Twitter. You can also find lots of helpful information in our KnowledgeBase and the the (mt) User Forums.
Media Temple guarantees hardware, network, and infrastructure uptime of 99.999%. If we ever fall short, you get money back. That’s the Media Temple 20/20 Uptime Guarantee.
Every DV Developer service includes our exclusive, real-time server status system, providing you with an instant view of your server’s health. Monitor an auto-updating stream of your server’s CPU, memory, disk, load and network usage directly from the AccountCenter.
Your DV Developer is provisioned with 1 IP address. However, you can purchase up to 15 additional IP addresses for a DV Developer via your AccountCenter.
Yes. Although we have allocated generous bandwidth allocations to your server, should you go over this limit, you will be charged at a rate of $0.15/GB.
There are no bandwidth costs for any data transferred between DV Developer servers, provided they are in the same datacenter. At this time, all DV Developer servers are being provisioned in our Virginia data center.
Yes, if you prepay for the year we will provide a 10% discount.
We accept the following payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, PayPal, or wire transfer. If you are a US customer, you may also pay by money order or check.
Please let us know if you intend to pay via PayPal, money order, check, or wire transfer so we may email you special instructions. Any payment method requiring special instructions will need to be prepaid for a year.
Utility billing is not currently an option.