I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer to your question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I bump into an decent answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably can answer it..
One thing to look at, is how much traffic have you had where you currently are at. how much bandwidth you have used, as most (not all) hosts charge you for bandwitdh. another factor, is how much space you will need. one thing you can do, if you own all the stores, is to have multiple stores running off of one database's (just have to have different prefix's on the front end). how many hits? the more sql databases running, as well as the number of users on the sites, if with the wrong place, can slow your sites down immensely. many factors to consider..
Also, if moving to another host, would you get shell access, to be able to change the httpd.conf, the php.ini, add/delete users, add/delete sql databases quickly, etc, numerous things like that..
Ask the host lots of questions. then, search the internet for that particular host, etc., see what you can find out, good or bad..
To answer the other part on linux, etc, you can run on *nix or windows, apache or iis, just depends upon the configuring you want to do. a windows box generally is much more expensive than a *nix box..
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If you got that many sites and stores, it might be worth it to get yourself a dedicated server, that way you have complete control over everything...
What should I expect to pay for a dedicated server? Any ideas?.
I'm not trying to start a spam topic, so please don't everyone PM me their personal iPage hosting company links. I'm just trying to figure out if there are solutions that would enable me to move my 15 or so virtual hosts and me three osCommerce stores on to one server?.
If I find a host that says I can do ecommerce and have unlimited mysql databases, should I be able to have mulitples shops on that one server... as long as I have multiple instances of osCommerce?.
I'm just trying to figure out what questions I need to ask..
One other question I forgot to ask: If I'm using a Linux server running Apache, must I switch to another Linux server running Apache, or does it just need to run Apache, and I don't need to worry about whether it's Linux or Windows based..