Armor vs. VM Racks | VM Racks

Armor vs. VM Racks

Overall Price

In terms of evaluating which HIPAA hosting solution best suits a company’s needs, many tend to look solely at the price and resources, while VM Racks looks to provide consumers with an end-to-end solution for their HIPAA compliant web hosting needs. VM Racks HIPAA compliant hosting service starts as low as $299 a month and is a completely managed solution to provide our customers with the highest level of support at an affordable price that is unmatched by any of our competitors. Many direct competitors will charge higher prices with fewer resources and services being offered. Armor, for instance, begins selling its HIPAA compliant plans at $1,500 a month, with many of the managed service features that come included with VM Racks costing extra. Providing the necessary resources and managed services at an affordable price helps VM Racks stand apart from other HIPAA Compliant Cloud Providers.

Managed Services

VM Racks’ HIPAA compliant hosting service is a fully managed web hosting service that ensures not only compliance, but also data and information availability. By managing aspects such as logical access control, security policies and procedures, firewall changes, operating system patches, risk assessments, encryption, system back ups, and application deployments as part of the monthly service VM Racks has the ability to assist our customers with many issues and concerns that face HIPAA compliant web hosting. Managing these features for our customers allows for customers to store and access their data with peace of mind, knowing that if an issue were to arise that required immediate action there is support ready and available to assist with returning functionality to the systems in a timely manner.

Comparatively, Armor charges additional fees for many of these services on top of their already drastically higher monthly cost for a similar plan. Armor’s encryption service alone costs an additional $800 per month, while this service is included with all VM Racks hosting services – from small to enterprise level. The primary benefit of VM Racks’ managed services are that it provides our customers with an end-to-end solution and addresses some of their most important issues, data availability and compliance. With dedicated system administrators managing the key components of the HIPAA hosting service, customers can rest assured that they will be able to access their information whenever and wherever they need it and have a consistent service experience. VM Racks also provides customers with 24/7 technical support to ensure that any issues that may arise are taken care of quickly and their servers remain readily available.

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The table below depicts the comparison between VM Racks and Armor (previously Firehost) HIPAA Compliant Hosting Plans:



Minimum Configuration

Web Server

Database Server

WAF Server

Log Retention Server

Two Factor Authentication



Technical Support

Advanced Monitoring

OS Updates

System Patching

Log Monitoring

Host Intrusion Detection

Managed Firewall with Unified Threat Management

IP Reputation

Vulnerability Scans



3 Cores, 11 GB RAM, 50 GB Disk Space



PER Month

1 CPU, 1GB RAM, 30GB Storage

$800 per month extra

It is not only the initial price difference that sets VM Racks apart from Armor, it is also the straightforward pricing and high level of technical service that make VM Racks a better overall value when comparing HIPAA Compliant web hosting providers. a higher level overall service being provided that shows the true value of a managed service.

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