From reading by Matt Cutts it's faster sites are better for seo as he says its one of their 200 signals (nothing new, he released it on his blog back in 2010).
Anyways, we're trying to speed up our sites and after a massive downtime issue with our current server company using both VPS's and a dedicated server I've decided its time to switch.
What I'm wondering is how do you determine what company to go with. Every site claims to be the best and fastest :(. Is there someway to determine what Google wants or what type of servers they prefer?