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A brief review of my VPS hosts
February 5 2012
I will briefly review the four VPS hosts I have used. A VPS, or virtual
private server, is a type of low-cost hosting where one has root on their
own IP at a fraction of a cost of having their own computer at a
colocation. Plans start at only $10 a year.
I described these plans in more detail last year
in my blog. Buyer beware: Of the three providers who I listed
last year, two are deadpool (no longer exist).
These reviews come from the viewpoint of someone using CentOS on the
The very first VPS I have signed up for. $19/year comes with enough ram
to allow one to easily update the system once the "fastestmirror" plug-in
is disabled. Uptime is about 98%-99%; the company has experienced
growing pains but is remarkably stable.
I am very happy with their response time to the tickets I have opened up
The normal price is $19, but they right now have the low-end VPSes on sale for $15/year
As I recently blogged
Cripperz recently went deadpool. My VPS with them was noticeably slower than
my nodes with AlienVPS, and they had more downtime. System was easily
updated--I didn't even need to disable "fastestmirror" to do so.
This is a really new company offering VPSes. Since they are unproven, they
are deeply discounting their service; it's only $12/year. I got one just
last week to replace my now-dead Cripperz node. So far, it's really
fast, and I'm getting a lot more bandwidth (one terabyte per month)
than I am with my other providers. CentOS updates were not a problem.
They have been around a while and people seem happy with their service
. Their really-low-cost
$10/year nodes are really low-end. Running updates in CentOS was a
royal pain; I needed about an hour to finally get the system updated
because the VPS doesn't have the resources to do a really big update
all at once, and the OS template is an older CentOS release.
The sign-up page
for their low-cost solutions is hidden. They do not offer CentOS 6, but
unlike other providers listed here, they do offer Scientific Linux 6.
Right now they are out of stock of the $10/year plan. Just as well;
I only would recommend this VPS for a seasoned UNIX user who knows their
system well enough to update a distribution piecemeal.
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