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ComfortHost Sold to KnownHost

KnownHostSorry to be late on this one, but word broke on August 15th that private equity firm Cloud Equity was selling ComfortHost to KnownHost.

KnownHost should need no introduction.  They’re not really in the “low end” space.  They’re more in the managed, “just works” space.  There’s a significant chunk of the public that wants to host and run web applications, private email servers, etc. but wants someone else to handle the system administration.  That’s the core KH offering – you can pick shared, VPS, dedicated server, etc. but what you’re really buying is the engineer at 3am who’s there to fix your problems.  I was once a KnownHost customer and they do deliver on this core promise.

Now, who is ComfortHost?

ComfortHost is a web hosting company that provides shared, reseller, virtual private server, cloud, and dedicated server hosting to customers internationally. The firm provides hosting services out of its datacenter locations in Orlando, Buffalo, and Barcelona.

Looking at ComfortHost’s offerings, they’ve got shared hosting starting at $7.99/month for unmetered disk/bandwidth, and that’s for cPanel with one domain.  That’s nearly the same price as KH’s offering (that $3.47 price is for a 3-year prepay, otherwise it’s $8.95/month).

There is one exception: KH limits disk.  Well, so does ComfortHost: they limit inodes, don’t backup if you are using more than 100,000, and all files must be for web sites, with no file hosting.  These are pretty typical policies and presumably this will all be rationalized.  If there are a couple customers using massive disk, I’m sure KH won’t mind losing them.

Cloud Equity also unloaded WordPress/Joomla provider CloudAccess earlier this year.



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