With unmanaged dedicated server hosting, you’ll need to have the technical expertise to operate your own hosting server. You’ll also be responsible for server admin tasks, configuration, routine maintenance, and keeping the environment secure. Comparatively, it’s a cheaper option than managed dedicated hosting and it gives you more flexibility and control than a managed dedicated hosting.
As you might imagine, 1&1 has had to cut a few corners to hit that price point. The cheapest plans are relatively basic, with limited hardware, although network bandwidth got an upgrade with 1Gbit/s. Features like SSD drives and server management (1&1 updates, monitors and manages the server for you) cost extra. Oh, and there's also a setup fee of at least $50 (entry level plan doesn't have setup fee).
Their support team is available 24x7 via live chat, ticket system, and telephone.
In our experience, Rackspace offers a truly superior server for a bigger website or gaming server if you need. You will get tons of storage options and guaranteed uptime. Their customer support is always available and located in the US, so you can always talk to someone about any issues and get them fixed typically within a couple of hours.
Storage is extremely configurable, too. Some servers have four drive bays available, and they can be equipped with any mix of 1TB to 3TB SATA drives, or 120GB to 1TB SSDs. That's considerably more flexible than providers like 1&1, where you can only use SSD drives on some products, and even then they're often available in fixed configurations only (1TB SATA or 800GB SSD, for instance).
Another perk of your server being managed is that the host has specialized dedicated team of workers for your server. These are employees that only focus on dedicated servers and have more specialized training to handle the workload. That’s not to say that other plans have incompetent workers, it’s just they are not utilized to focus on one type of hosting plan.
In our testing, from January to February 2019, Bluehost came in with a reliable uptime of 99.98% and a speed of 369ms. Throughout the years that we’ve monitored Bluehost, we’ve rarely had any significant downtime. Even though they had a 19-minute outage in January 2019, their overall uptime throughout 2018 was an incredible 99.99% with an average speed of 415ms.