This is the complaint I sent to MediaTemple about their lack of service:
Attn: Media Temple Customer Service
|Support response: 2008/03/18 10:53|
|We are aware that at times you have been seeing slow response, and at times, no response at all from your server. We are continuing to work on our system that dynamically isolates and allocates server resources among our (gs)Grid Service customers. This system is intended to keep your site running smoothly even when other customers have surges in their traffic causing an unusual server load. This works both ways. If you have a surge in traffic, we want to make sure your pages continue to be served without delays or slowness.
If the capabilities of the SmartPool v.2 shared MySQL server are not adequate for your site, you can purchase a MySQL Container to have your own dedicated MySQL server. You can do this in the Account Center, by rolling over the Domains tab, clicking on your primary domain, then clicking on Manage Databases. From that page, click on the MySQL Container tab on the right of the page, then click Enable Container. Once the Container is enabled, you can use the Query Analyzer and MySQL report on the Container tab as well as phpMyAdmin to get some performance information. The Repair Tables link on this page can also help improve performance by recreating indexes for all of your databases.
We appreciate your feedback and comments as we work to improve this system.
(mt) Media Temple
In a later conversation with the support team, I was directed to this page: http://weblog.mediatemple.net/weblog/category/system-incidents/gs-grid-service-cluster1-service-availability/ to keep track of the availability of the system. Notice this particular blog entry was opened in late February and lasted nearly a month in the system, only to be marked resolved and link to another issue that is still open. I use websites to present projects for classes and other academic projects and during 3 of the last 5 presentations I have given, the site has gone down during the presentation and embarrassed me, my team mates and our faculty sponsors. Even at this moment I am not able to access phpMyAdmin to administer my MySQL databases.
| Second is the lack of a backup feature. One of the reasons I signed up with media temple was the to automate the backup process for my sites. This feature has been "Unavailable" on the control panel for more than 4 months now. The following message has been posted on the site since the feature was taken offline:
Our backup component is unavailable at this time. We are currently developing a new "Data Backups" tool which will offer all the functionality we had previously, plus some new features. We have received a lot of feedback from our customers and cannot wait to show you what we have in store. We plan on launching the new tool in the Q1 2008. We understand that backups are critical to any hosting service and we look forward to providing you with a stellar solution that will ensure trouble-free backups.
I contacted support (Support ID# 319596) on January 4, 2008 to find out the status of the backup feature and was told a new backup feature would be coming in the next few months. As I’m sure you know, we are now in Q2 of 2008 and after checking the page just now I see the feature is still unavailable. As you state, "…backups are critical to any hosting service…" and yet there is no backup feature.
Finally, I am a bit unhappy with the domain renewal service offered by Media Temple. Regarding Support ID 323602, you can see that I requested one of my domains not be renewed. After talking to the support rep, I discovered that the renewal had already been processed, even though the domain had not expired. I found the reminder/notification of expiration email that was automatically sent out to be vague, confusing and inaccurate. The email should indicate that MT will automatically start processing the renewal and state the deadline to cancel the renewal.
For these reasons I would like to request to cancel my service with Media Temple and request a refund for the annual Grid Service that was renewed on January 16, 2008.