I wonder if someone could offer me some advice for hosting Rails applications in the UK. I've been looking around and I've found a good selection of hosts, but as Rails is a (relatively) new technology on the scene there aren't many reviews around to compare.
I am making this suggestion to see who cuts me down...
What about 1and1.co.uk ? They offer dedicated linux boxes from £50/month, and you get a serial console hookup plus a way to netboot into a backup operating system.
I use the "recovery" features to boot into a rescue debian install, then format the box and install the OS of my choice and it seems pretty straightforward. They just added some noddy firewall system that you can put externally to your own box, and so you even have a backup in case you can't write iptables rules
Personally I then use vservers and clone them in order to have lots of virtual servers. SSH works into each vhost with a bit of tweaking. I also have grsec partially engaged
Those guys also do standard "hosting", but haven't tried it. To be honest once you have 3 hosting packages with them then you could have bought your own box already anyway.
I have only been renting a box for about 9 months, but haven't had a glitch in that time. No other association other than I now have two boxes with them. Hope this will flush out someone who tells me why it's a bad host so that I can learn for myself...?