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We are looking for a webDirect hosting company that will work as close to as reliable and fast as when we run WebDirect from our local FM Server.
This is an impossible request, and any company that promises differently is selling snake oil. Your users AND the remote server would require a ridiculously dedicated fast connection to achieve localhost speeds across a WAN.
That being said, the fastest and most reliable solution we've seen for people wanting to not host in-house has been with Amazon EC2. Specifically, an M4.2XLarge virtual server with an additional EBS storage volume (for file hosting and backups). This would also require you to have your own filemaker server license.
The better quality hosting comes at a cost, the above configuration will net you around a $2,800 annual cost for hardware, not including your filemaker licensing cost.
However, another viable alternative would be to take that $3k+ cost you're looking at, and hire a web developer to code the web site for you. If you indeed only have a simple survey, then custom web publishing will both be faster from the WAN, as well as cheaper in hardware and licensing requirements, as it removes the overhead from concurrent licenses and WebDirect hardware requirements. Sure it would negate your ability to make changes on the fly like in WebDirect, but it would save you monthly fees and get you the performance you want.