Switching to a JVDS server
It's been one year since I signed up for a JohnCompanies server, and though I've had no complaints whatsoever, I've signed up for a server instance with JVDS.com and have moved just about everything over.
Why? Because it's cheaper, and I have less disposable income these days. And, well, it seemed like fun to try another virtual server company, since I've been looking into it so much lately. The new server has less capacity than the one I've had at JohnCompanies, but I really don't need all that much -- just a roof over my files and a root password. Well, I don't really need a root password, but it's nice to have so that I can tinker around with more things with fewer questions asked of the management. (For what it's worth, we're still using JohnCompanies servers for hosting at my work.)
I've almost got this server migration thing down to a science, though, since I had everything over and up in a few hours. And that was going from a FreeBSD system to Debian Linux. Personally, though I fully respect FreeBSD and the ports collection, I like Debian and apt-get so much better. But who knows, maybe in another year, I'll be moving again for the hell of it.
I don't have much in the way of reputation for JVDS, but the management has been very responsive to requests so far. In fact, they're using RT for their support ticket management. Responsiveness has been one of the most impressive aspects of JohnCompanies, since between my personal server and the servers I use at work, it tends to take less than an hour to get resolution on any problems I've had. So far, JVDS has yet to disappoint me as well.