SparkNode Expert Review 2019

Written by: Craig Timmins

SparkNode Rating

  • Reliability
    8 / 10
  • Pricing
    8.9 / 10
  • User Friendly
    6 / 10
  • Support
    8 / 10
  • Features
    6 / 10
7.4
Rated by Craig Timmins

Overview

SparkNode Cloud Hosting: Solid Racks At Good Fees

As a cloud provider, SparkNode gives you access to great hardware, sustainable server performance, and many additional features. They award you 5TB of free external transfer, which is a great offer compared to many other cloud providers. However, their pricing is not competitive. They only charge you monthly, so getting “quick” racks for only several hours is impossible.

Since 2012 they have established a good reputation for themselves among cloud users. At this point, however, they can only suggest that you join their public cloud—which is still enough for hosting and managing a decent web application. Another serious advantage of SparkNode is that they can add a new virtual server instantly, so if you have an immediate need of cloud expansion, you can get the green light at any time.

Why Choose SparkNode Cloud Hosting?

  • Solid hardware options
  • Good prices
  • Multiple OS and control panel options
  • 5TB free outgoing transfer

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Uptime & Reliability

Promising Uptime and Interface Options

SparkNode gives the impressive 99.9% uptime guarantee, and to give you even more confidence in good service, they provide a 5% money back guarantee for each hour of downtime—but only after the server has been down for four hours. Additionally, SparkNode  takes 2 hours to troubleshoot hardware problems by replacing necessary elements.

To ensure quality performance, SparkNode specialists have prepared a set of free services that will help your cloud run smoothly. For instance, every cloud purchase includes free software firewall, initial server hardening, unlimited reboots, free cross connects, and more. You are also granted 25GB free server backup, which is really nice if you want to make sure your most important information is safe.

Features

Get What You Need

SparkNode gives you full freedom of choice. The cheapest rack includes 1GB RAM, 1 vCPU core, 1 dedicated IP address and 25GB for storing your files. Also, every cloud purchased from this web host will provide you with auto scaling, load balancing, and an impressive library of install-ready software—and every physical server has RAID security systems, so your data will be safe with SparkNode.

SparkNode is compatible both with Windows and Linux fans: you can get 10+ OS environments installed on your rack, although the options don't include the latest version of Windows Server. The hardware features of real machines working in datacenters will impress you not only with the above-stated RAID 1 or 10, but also with powerful Intel Xeon processors, SATA, SAS or Solid State hard drives and Cisco-powered connections.

Feature Description
Disk Space You can order from 25GB to 500GB for storing your files in the cloud.
CPU 1 to 16 vCPUs are available. Plus their servers are powered by solid hardware.
Public Bandwidth You will get 5TB free transfer with any server. However, they don't provide any speed data.
Internal Bandwidth The internal traffic is unmetered, like in most cloud offers you will find on the web.
RAM SparkNode offer you 1GB to 16GB operating memory.
IP Addresses Get up to 20 dedicated IP addresses at reasonable prices ($2.50 per additional address).
Control Panel You can opt for any of 7 available control panels including custom SparkNode console, cPanel and Plesk.
Operation System You are offered more than 10 options – both Windows and Linux distributions.
You will get a 200-item set of install-ready software solutions, OS's and control panels. Every cloud purchased at SparkNode will grant you 25GB for backup. Keep your most important data safe.
Software Templates You will get a 200-item set of install-ready software solutions, OS's and control panels.

Support

Quick, 24/7 Support

The best ways to get in contact with the support team over at Domain.com is by use of a ticket system and a toll free number (if you are based in the US). Tutorials and helpful guides are avialable in the knowledge base, this includes a guide on how to use DomainCentral, which is Domain.com's custom made control panel.

Live chat is available on the site, but its primary focus is for sales themed questions, so you are out of luck if you have a technical question that you want to ask. I would revert back to email or phone.

  • 24/7 support
  • Live chat for sales
  • Knowledge Base
  • Ticket System
  • Live chat only for sales
  • No support team location mentioned

Pricing

Only Regular Fees

At SparkNode you can only purchase a rack for a certain period of time. This translates into no use-based pricing. However, you can get a discount with a 1-year purchase.

The system is pretty transparent; the basic rack costs $50 monthly, and as you add some extra features you can see how much money will be added to the basic price. The signup process is fast and free of extra-fee offers.

User Friendly

Much Done for Your Comfort

SparkNode has a lot in store for their customers. In order to deploy a server, you only have to drag the pointers and choose the features you need in it. The server is installed in minutes. Their website could have provided more details regarding thesee features.

SparkNode offers its users an impressive choice of 7 control panels. The list includes the market-leading cPanel, but you'll have to pay additional $10/mo for the license if you want to use it. You can also try Hsphere, DirectAdmin, HostingController, Plesk or their custom SparkNode Control Panel, which is probably the best option since it's finely adjusted to the clients' needs.

Currently, SparkNode does not have any mobile apps for convenient server management.

+ Fast server deployment

+ 7 control panels

+ User-friendly website

Summary

SparkNode is a good choice, indeed. However, their newness prevents them from being truly competitive with other cloud hosts. Of course, you will get great racks with high reliability and a custom user console that will help you manage your web hosting well. However, they only have monthly pricing system, and weak support features. Please note that some features of their cloud are not covered at the website, so it will take you extra time to get detailed information from their support agents.

Pros

  • Solid SLAs
  • Initial server hardening
  • 5TB free outbound traffic
  • Good discounts for yearly purchases

Cons

  • Poor support
  • No use-based pricing
  • cPanel with license fee
  • still an incomplete product
  • inability to scale
  • a lot of downtime and problems
  • VMS service isn't so good for the CPU-side of things
  • No support forum
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Typical SparkNode Prices

Service Monthly Price Range
VPS NZ$15.15 - NZ$121.22 8 plans
The Services & Prices are taken from www.sparknode.com

SparkNode Prices, Plans & Features - 2019

VPS Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space RAM OS Price Score
30 GB 1 GB NZ$15.15 0.0
40 GB 2 GB NZ$30.31 0.0
60 GB 4 GB NZ$60.61 0.0
80 GB 8 GB NZ$121.22 0.0
50 GB 1 GB NZ$15.15 0.0
100 GB 2 GB NZ$30.31 0.0
200 GB 4 GB NZ$60.61 0.0
500 GB 8 GB NZ$121.22 0.0
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Refund & Cancellation Policy

    • Offers no refund as far as we could find.

See the complete and updated policy by Sparknode: https://www.sparknode.com/tos/

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