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Ask Slashdot: Best Inexpensive VPS Provider?

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the and-a-pony dept.

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David Greene writes "After many years of waiting for my provider to upgrade DSL service from the measly 1.5 Mbps I have now, I've decided to go another route. Unfortunately, no other provider in the area (Twin Cities) offers static IPs and permission to run servers. I am looking for a VPS solution to host the public parts of my personal site. What can the Slashdot community recommend as a good, inexpensive VPS provider for personal use? This will mainly be hosting a blog and a couple of Free Software projects (wikis, git repositories, etc.). I would prefer something with KVM so I can manage my own OS install but I am open to other options. Root shell access is essential."

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FDC Servers (5, Informative)

InterestingFella (2537066) | more than 2 years ago | (#38477874)

I can't but recommend FDC servers [fdcservers.net] . I've used them off and on since 2008. I've also tried many others but there's always been something wrong with them. Never had problems with FDC tho. They also give unlimited bandwidth so you don't need to worry about extra costs, and they have three datacenters. Two in US (Chicago and Denver) and one in EU (Czech). Servers are also quickly set up. They're an established company too. I've had a few porn sites hosted there, and anyone in the industry knows how demanding those can be on hardware and bandwidth. Never had any problems with FDC tho. Their VPS plans start at $9/month which is hard to beat. Even shitty providers have higher price.

I would avoid any unknown company. While there most likely are many good ones that are less known, it's a hit or miss. Sometimes they just close, either because it was unprofitable for them or just for no reason. There's many VPS providers who are just run by some guy, who leases the servers from DC's. So go with established company that has their own datacenters and years of experience. You save lots of headache.

Re:FDC Servers (4, Informative)

SomePgmr (2021234) | more than 2 years ago | (#38477968)

I'll have to check that one out... I'm always on the lookout.

I used to use Slicehost, but they haven't really improved anything in years and they were not staying competitive on pricing. I've been migrating everything over to Linode, which I really like.

Those both have the usual local console feature, in case something goes wrong.

Re:FDC Servers (-1, Troll)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478002)

Hostgator stands against SOPA http://blog.hostgator.com/2011/12/22/sopa-must-die/ [hostgator.com] and has adjustable VPS to your needs by level.

http://hostgator.com/ [hostgator.com]

Use coupon code nosopa25percent for 25% off your entire order as well.

Re:FDC Servers (3, Informative)

InterestingFella (2537066) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478018)

Stop spamming your referral code. HostGator is awful. You're only promoting it because when people use that nosopa25percent code you get paid like $50.

Re:FDC Servers (4, Informative)

InterestingFella (2537066) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478078)

Btw, if you really want to sign up with HostGator, then see their blog. They offer 50% off [hostgator.com] with the official NOSOPA promo code, not 25% what this joker Shikaku is spamming with his own referral code.

Re:FDC Servers (-1, Troll)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478182)

50% off the first month or 25% off the entire order is your choice. And that what is to say that you're not spamming your own referral code when they both are nosopa?

Re:FDC Servers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478208)

25% off the entire order, but you can only order VPS servers on a month-by-month basis.

Re:FDC Servers (2)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478380)

HostGator is awful.

Just out of curiosity, what is so "awful" about it? I use Hostgator and it's always been fine for me -- certainly much better than the last couple of hosting providers I used. Customer service is competent and they've always resolved my issues quickly. I have shell access. All the quotas are essentially unlimited. It's cheap. What's not to like?

Re:FDC Servers (1)

seifried (12921) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478228)

It seems like every time I see a link to a site on hostgator from Slashdot or Reddit I always get the "this account has been suspended by hostgator for exceeding bandwidth use" or whatever, so no thanks. Something that can't handle a simple slashdotting or redditing is kind of useless.

Re:FDC Servers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478128)

I use FDC and can only recommend it. No problems at all, no outages for 16 months. Also when I ran into problems, support was quick. For $9/mo it's best service all around.

Danger, Will Robinson (5, Interesting)

Zocalo (252965) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478186)

I guess you don't use them for outbound email since FDC Servers has a terrible reputation for hosting spammers and having a completely non-responsive abuse department. There are more than a few members of anti-spam lists that advocate a block on sight policy for SMTP as far as FDC are concerned, and I know some that kill them for web as well due to hosted malware.

Of course, that may or may not be an issue for a given individual since it depends on what you want the server for, but I'd strongly recommend a few search queries for "$provider" in connection with "abuse", "spam" and "malware", etc. If they have an entry on Spamhaus, or lots of IPs listed in DNSBLs or URIBLs, then that's generally a bad sign too.

Re:FDC Servers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478434)

FDC Servers is a spam/abuse haven, so don't choose them if you plan on using it for anything mail related.

lowendbox.com (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38477888)

Here you go champ, lowendbox.com

Re:lowendbox.com (4, Informative)

mitgib (1156957) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478408)

Here you go champ, lowendbox.com

This is the best advise we'll see for a low cost VPS, as well as the discussion on http://lowendtalk.com/ [lowendtalk.com] This pair of sites is devoted to VPS priced $7 per month or less, and filled with mostly candid answers by actual users. Some of the popular, and regarded better KVM providers you will find on these sites are

buyvm.net
tinykvm.net
ramhost.us
hostigation.com
bitcable.com

* Disclaimer - I am the owner of hostigation.com

Nigs riot over new trainers (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38477890)

Niggers are rioting today after the release of some new shoe.
Unfortunately nobody has died yet.

RAM Host (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38477914)

Try http://www.ramhost.us/
Their availability is amazing!

Linode (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38477916)

Been very happy with Linode and PV-GRUB (PV-GRUB allows Xen guests to boot their own custom kernel)

http://www.linode.com/
http://www.linode.com/wiki/index.php/PV-GRUB

for 20$ per month
RAM 512MB
Storage 20GB
Transfer 200GB

Re:Linode (1)

mlts (1038732) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478200)

Yet another vote for Linode here. Especially when I need to spin up a server while I'm out for a weekend so I can VPN in and check E-mail because the remote hotel or whatnot has "free" Wi-Fi, but inserts ads, Phorm style into what one browses.

linode (5, Informative)

Aighearach (97333) | more than 2 years ago | (#38477930)

linode is by far the best, it is not even close.

They don't over-sell (far from it!), the service is great, uptime is nearly perfect, excellent tools like remote shell over https.

Re:linode (1)

Temkin (112574) | more than 2 years ago | (#38477952)

Another vote for Linode. I've been with them for years. Highly recommended.

Temkin

Re:linode (1)

SIGBUS (8236) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478420)

I've been a happy customer since 2003 - Linode was literally a day old (at least for public availability) when I first got a VPS from them. Over the years, CPU, RAM, disk capacity, and data transfer have steadily increased, for no extra charge, and the service has been rock-solid.

Re:linode (1)

jmc (4639) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478042)

Another vote for Linode. I have a Linode 512 for my personal sites, and I run an 8GB for my employer. Both have been humming along without issue for close to a year now.

I spent almost a week obsessively researching VPS providers before choosing Linode, and really nobody could come close to them in terms of price and positive word of mouth.

Re:linode (1)

scurker (1381139) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478148)

I recently switched to Linode about 3 months ago, although I've been lazily setting everything up so I haven't gotten the full experience. But what I have seen so far has been excellent. Plans starting at $20, you get to pick your server and distro (or do everything custom yourself). What's not to like?

Re:linode (1)

Sepultura (150245) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478152)

I'll add to the dozens already recommending Linode. As the parent says they don't over-sell their service, unlike most fly-by-night $5 operations. They're reliable, and they've been around for a long time and likely will continue.

Plus, they really go out of their way to help their customers. A year or so ago they upgraded the memory allotment of all their packages (including the low end ones) by more than 40% for free. They let you switch plans on the fly, or add extras (like increased bandwidth, or specs, as req'd) for modest fees. They don't screw you over with overage costs. Plus they don't try to sell you service that you don't need. When I was first shopping around for a few sites I wanted to host they recommended the base plan and said "see if you need more - if you do you can always add on". I really appreciated that (and I didn't need extra for quite a while!)

Plus their linode library is kept pretty up to date and is filled with info on just about all the topics you'll need on setup and managing of your system. I referenced it the other day when setting up mod_security on a new Debian install and it was perfect.

Re:linode (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478166)

I have been incredibly happy with Linode, many times over.

Re:linode (1)

devilspgd (652955) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478180)

linode is by far the best, it is not even close.

They don't over-sell (far from it!), the service is great, uptime is nearly perfect, excellent tools like remote shell over https.

<AOL>Me too!</AOL>
I've tried a variety of them, Linode is pretty much the one. They're not the cheapest, but the service works properly and reliably and there are actual staff providing support.

Re:linode (1)

Rennt (582550) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478330)

Yep. Tried a few "cheaper" options but had no end of problems before moving to Linode. Solid, professional outfit.

Re:linode (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478360)

I rarely hear anyone say anything bad about Linode the company, but be warned that the uptime experience with Linode may vary dramatically depending on which DC you're out of. See: http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1058700 [webhostingtalk.com] as an example; Linode colocates there.

Re:linode (4, Informative)

wik (10258) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478436)

And yet another plug for Linode. I have been with them for over four years. Their infrastructure staff knows what they're doing (tech support has responded in 3 minutes on a Sunday night!) and they're hands-off with respect to how you want to run your box. Disk space is a little expensive, but it's not oversubscribed. Even the smallest accounts are well worth the money.

linode (4, Informative)

Maglos (667167) | more than 2 years ago | (#38477938)

I tried a cheap $5/month vps for a while, it was trouble. First they falsely claimed that I was maxing out my transfer limit and I switched to linode after a bunch of os files became corrupted. I haven't had an issue with linode and a few of my friends use them. Also 128mb a bit inconvenient for most things(watch out for orphaned ssh sessions chewing up ram at 5mb each).

Re:linode (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478118)

Another vote for Linode, it just works.

Re:linode (1)

Netlurker (78917) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478440)

Another recommendation for Linode.

Prgmr (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38477944)

Prgmr has been the only vps I've used for a very long time now. Very inexpensive and they get out of your way.

Prgmr.com (4, Informative)

nido (102070) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478210)

Prgmr.com [prgmr.com] owner Luke Crawford [kuro5hin.org] has some diary entries at k5 where he talks about his business...

I've been happy customer of his for the past 2 years, so this comment is a vote for Luke.

Comcast Business Class (3, Informative)

dburkland (1526971) | more than 2 years ago | (#38477948)

For $59 a month I get Comcast's Business Class service (12 down/2up) along with 5 static IPs which I use to host things like mail off a personal server. I've been using their service for almost 3 years now without much issue (the support also is a lot better which is worth it in case you do run into any hiccups). I'm in the Twin Cities area and am pretty sure this service is available to much of the metro area so you may want to give them a call.

Re:Comcast Business Class (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478214)

I'm not in the Twin Cities area, but Comcast Business has been giving me static IP addresses for years with no ports blocked. The TOS/AUP and SLAs are *much* better than their consumer service and the price/performance is very competitive.

Re:Comcast Business Class (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478300)

I'll give a nod to Comcast Business Class service as well. I've had a circuit from them for a couple of years at my office with good results.

http://www.lowendbox.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38477950)

http://www.lowendbox.com

VpSsd.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38477954)

It's a small and somewhat new service, but you manage everything yourself (including installing the OS).

Linode (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38477956)

www.linode.com Linode is the best VPS provider far and above anyone and for a really decent price. You have full access to your system, you can use pv-grub to load your own OS or just use one of the many they have available. There is absolutely no other VPS provider even remotely close to the level of quality or service that Linode provides.

Slicehost? (1)

CyberVenom (697959) | more than 2 years ago | (#38477958)

Slicehost has been great for me in the past, though now that RackSpace is absorbing their infrastructure, I'm not sure what they will be like in the future.

Re:Slicehost? (1)

SomePgmr (2021234) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478046)

I liked Slicehost. They were pretty responsive and the service was good. They were even pretty competitive for a while. I've since moved to Linode... lots more options and you get more for your dollar. They're very comparable really... both know what they're doing and aren't fly-by-night operations.

Re:Slicehost? (3, Interesting)

Guspaz (556486) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478302)

Slicehost doesn't exist anymore; Rackspace bought them, let the service languish without improvements (while competitors continued to improve), and then killed it off by forcing customers to migrate to Rackspace's way more expensive services.

My understanding is that many Slicehost customers migrated to Linode, since it was always the closest competitor anyhow.

Try IntoVPS - using them for over a year (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38477960)

Try IntoVPS (www.intovps.com) - it goes as cheap as 10$ / month for unmanaged VPS (yes, you have root access).

SuperVDS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38477976)

Have been with this provider for a few months and they provide good support and uptime - http://supervds.org/ [supervds.org] . They helped me move from old provider when I had some problems. You get full root access for Linux or Windows (I had two VPS for awhile). They don't have a proper website for some reason, they also trade as http://discountvps.eu/ [discountvps.eu] but prices are cheaper if you email them directly.

Linode.com (2)

jeffbeadles (160554) | more than 2 years ago | (#38477984)

I've had a vm at Linode for several years now, and couldn't be happier.

Full root access with oob-console access, choice of distros, and the ability to do anything legal that you want.

  -Jeff

Re:Linode.com (1)

tiffany352 (2485630) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478004)

What kind of screwed up VPS provider wouldn't give you root access?

Enzu (1)

tiffany352 (2485630) | more than 2 years ago | (#38477990)

I've been with them for several months now. Their Romania datacentre sucks, don't use it. But their US datacentres are very nice. I have a vps for $20/month with 1gb of ram, 2gb burstable; 2ghz single-core CPU, burstable to more cores; 40gb HDD, 1tb transfer. I usually get around 8 megabytes per second through their network and the Dallas datacentre has yet to go below what it promises. I run a minecraft server, IRC server, and several other things on my vps 24/7.

Where in twin cities (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38477992)

Are you pretty far out in the burbs? I was able to get 20+ in Saint Louis Park ADSL and upto 100+ cable / 40+ dsl when I lived in Uptown.

hub.org (1)

JAlexoi (1085785) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478006)

I personally prefer www.hub.org.
A) You get a FreeBSD VPS (jail'ed)
B) Support the host that hosts PostgreSQL
C) In addition you get access to a number of shared PostgreSQL versions and a number of MySQL's. So you don't spend your RAM or disk space on your DB. Quite convenient for smaller needs.

Re:hub.org (1)

JAlexoi (1085785) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478090)

PS: My own country's http://www.dedikuoti.lt/ [dedikuoti.lt] is really low cost for what they provide. But.... You essentially have to know Lithuania, as they don't have an English version of their site.

Cheap can also mean insecure! (3, Interesting)

DaHat (247651) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478008)

Recently I discovered that a low cost (semi well known) Shared host I use actually stores passwords (ie login to portal, sql, etc) in a form which can be easily converted to clear text... hell, they even have multiple Show Password links and require you to share said password with them to receive tech support... so they can verify it against the clear text password they see.

I've since been on the hunt for a new host... however have discovered that the treatment of passwords in this manor is not uncommon. Hell, last night I canceled a VPS account less than an hour after signing up as I discovered that not only does the admin exhibit editorial control over passwords (he changed my initial one), but that he too stores them in clear text.

Granted... if you are smart you will use a different password per account/service... however when such a company treats accounts in such a way I can do nothing but run.

A2 Hosting (1)

EricTheGreen (223110) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478012)

Have used them for a variety of shared and VPS deployments over the past decade. Reasonably priced, root shell access, responsive support. Only thing they don't offer is KVM, but they offer most of the standard distros in barebone images, which you can then customize as you wish. They've worked well for me.

TDRevolution (1)

Jon.Laslow (809215) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478022)

They're inexpensive and I haven't had any downtime aside from scheduled maintenance. Plus, it's run by a group of Android developers (more commonly known as Team Douche, hence the name). http://tdrevolution.com/ [tdrevolution.com]

Has anybody said Linode yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478034)

Because they are by far and away the best VPS reseller on the internet.

Network Redux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478050)

I don't know all the details, but I've had very good, flexible experiences with Network Redux, which is based in Portland, OR. http://www.networkredux.com/

ARP Networks (3, Informative)

mikem170 (698970) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478054)

I'm with ARP Networks [arpnetworks.com] and I have a US $10 per month VPS with 256 megs memory, 4 gigs of drive space, and 100 gigs of network use on a 100 meg ethernet. (All upgradable, for a cost.)

I installed a current version of OpenBSD from a list of system images they have. I have console access, a fixed ip, and root. I run ssh and a web server, etc. I've been running this VPS for a couple of years and I'm very happy with it.

KickAss VPS (2)

zraider (759486) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478056)

I'm in the Twin Cities too. Check out KickAss VPS. They're served out of the Verispace colo center in Edina. I pay $25/month for an Ubuntu server with root access. Never had any problems.

GreenGeeks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478062)

I've been using GreenGeeks for a couple of years. They're a tad on the pricey side but the support is amazing (I've never been passed off to "hang on, let me find the guy who knows that system" and everything I've pestered them about has been resolved within half an hour by the first tech who answered).
(Posting AC because I'm on here so rarely I've never bothered to sign up for a real account.)

Linode is the way to go (1)

DemianJ (30140) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478072)

I use a Linode [linode.com] 512 to do web development, run automated tasks (Twitter updates, website production), and keep current on new technologies. It has hosted application servers including Openfire XMPP, NGINX, Redmine, and I'd read of others hosting Asterix and many others. Its a server that doesn't go down due to local power or internet outages. Although the Linode team provides top notch support, I really haven't had to use it. The tools are great and the service just works!

jvds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478076)

I've been with jvds for about 8 years now (they 65535.net when I signed up). A FreeBSD jail, 20gb disk....good speed and latency for about $20

Serveraxis (2)

Huogo (544272) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478096)

I've been with ServerAxis since November 2006 and they have been rock solid. Currently, for my very small hosting needs, I'm paying $9/mo for 512 MB RAM and a 16 GB SSD HD with 500 GB/month bandwidth. Full root access is included, but you have to install the OS off of one of their base images, with the options being CentOS, Debian, Gentoo and Ubuntu.

MediaTemple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478098)

Rock Steady

Couple of options and my experiences. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478104)

Softlayer.com - If you don't care about your data they're not bad. Make sure to backup everything since their citrix cluster has a bad habit of losing its iscsi connections.

Firehost.com - They're expensive. VERY expensive. But if you want a secured environment for your VPS NOBODY is close to their level at the moment.

6sync.com - I've had nothing but top notch experiences with them. They're also very active on twitter and not just a sales associate like most twitter accounts are.

linode.com - I worked for a facility who colocated some of linode's equipment. They didn't really have a clear idea what they were doing when hardware failed and because of that I don't feel comfortable recommending them.

URPAD.net - I had multiple issues with their billing system not functioning properly and sending me automatic termination notices. I cancelled and the notices kept coming even after I no longer had the VPS. worst experience I've had so far.

fusevps.com - I used them for a short time but cancelled when they made a mistake with their paypal billing setup.

Re:Couple of options and my experiences. (1)

Guspaz (556486) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478316)

They didn't really have a clear idea what they were doing when hardware failed and because of that I don't feel comfortable recommending them.

Considering that Linode's staff don't do work in the datacenters (they rely on remote hands & eyes), I'm not sure how you could get that impression.

Try RimuHosting (2)

freman (843586) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478108)

I'm not currently a customer, but I've watched them for a while (friends with one of their staff, full disclosure) and will be going to them when I need to move off my DSL.

Not the cheapest but they do offer a discount for open source developers

http://rimuhosting.com/order/startorder1.jsp [rimuhosting.com]

I'm not even getting a discount to plug them ;)

lowendbox (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478132)

lowendbox.com lists them all

You're not making sense (2)

suso (153703) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478140)

"good, inexpensive"

Those are two parts of the triangle. If you also want it to have it fast, then you're simply being unreasonable. You're probably also one of the people complaining about GoDaddy supporting SOPA. Don't you see that these are all related? Find a hosting provider that knows what they are doing, reliable and pay a little more for it. Don't complain when your server costs more than your dinner.

I can tell you who NOT to use (1)

theillien (984847) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478144)

Carpathia Hosting. Worst I've ever dealt with. Not to mention the fact that I worked there and even told customers they should consider looking elsewhere for better service. I tried to stay away from the VPS customers, but unfortunately the company seemed to think that a sys admin was the same as customer support.

AmeriNOC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478146)

I just signed up for AmeriNOC. $48/yr with 10TB transfer on 1gbps, 25GB storage, and 256MB memory (coupon CHEER256). However, you run your own backups because they won't back up anything other than OS. I found it on lowendbox.com.

Setup took a while because the OS's they install mostly take 512MB, so they install, reduce RAM,a nd then give it to you. I went with this instead of other low end box hosts b/c they've been in business for over 10 years, unlike some of the other fly by nights listed on that site (hence the "deadpool" posts)

Re:AmeriNOC (1)

Guspaz (556486) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478356)

Those kind of specs mean they're horrendously overselling. Anybody who uses that sort of service is asking for it.

Dreamhost (4, Informative)

ender- (42944) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478156)

I haven't used their VPS but you can look into Dreamhost. I've been very happy with my shared web account.

For what it's worth, I used to think I needed a VPS as well. Then I found myself with limited funds for awhile so I transferred my site to Dreamhost on their shared hosting plan. At the time they had a deal that it was around $48 to pre-pay for 2 years. It averages out to about $1.95/month. In addition to the unlimited domains/disk/bandwidth and mysql database, the account comes with 1 free domain registration, easy setup to have email hosted either through Dreamhost themselves or through Google Apps [which I do]. And it comes with a shell account, which is on the webserver itself running Debian. They have all kinds of one-click installs for various blogs and ecommerce options and whatnot.
As for stuff like git, I'm not sure. I see that there are some git commands on the server, but I don't know if it's possible to run a git server.

At first I thought I would hate it, and would be transferring back to a VPS/Dedicated server first chance I got. Well, it's been 2.5 years now and I have no desire to switch back. I haven't really missed having root access, and it's nice not to have to worry so much about managing everything. Admittedly, this is just personal sites of fairly low importance, but I've been happy with the setup so far. And they don't seem to mind me sitting on irssi on the shell account all day. The only thing it does is it will automatically kill any single process which has been running for a week.

Anyway, it's worth a look and if you don't like it, I think they have a relatively painless process to transfer to a VPS.

As an added bonus, they've been against SOPA since November, according to their official blog.

Re:Dreamhost (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478442)

I've been a Dreamhost customer for eight years. They're great 98% of the time. It's the other 2% of the time, when their entire data center goes to hell or they accidentally bill everyone for a years' worth of service, that makes me wonder what kind of drugs the folks who work there are smoking while on the clock.

Linode FTW (1)

Mister Mudge (472276) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478158)

I've been using Linode for a little over a year. I'm using it to run about a dozen instances of the Drupal CMS, plus Tomcat, Solr, and a few other utility-type services.

100% uptime since I signed up.

Here's my "uptime" stats as of about 1 minute ago:
        01:07:13 up 416 days, 23:06, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.01, 0.00

ThrustVPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478164)

Very happy with these guys: http://www.thrustvps.com/
Been with them for around a year or so now. They have tonnes of packages - my VPS costs me about £7 per month and is a decent spec with a very fast connection. Not much more you could ask for, for £7 (roughly $5 or so).

They have a KVM offering as well as a cheaper option with a few select distros - common ones, Ubuntu, etc. The KVM offering has a number of default distros, including obscure Linux and BSD distros, plus you can upload your own.

Been very satisfied.

empire-hosting.net (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478172)

I've been using empire-hosting.net for a few months now... quit cheap considering what I get 1gb ram, 30gb hdd, 800gb @ 100mpbs, and so far plenty of CPU for $26.99.

You're asking in the wrong place (5, Informative)

afabbro (33948) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478174)

You should be asking on WHT [webhostingtalk.com] , which is the best-known forum for discussing web hosting, VPS, and dedicated servers.

I would echo the linode suggestion, particularly if it's the first VPS you've ever used. However, they are not KVM. If you want KVM, try 6sync [6sync.com] . Another fine choice is BuyVM [buyvm.net] , though you have to wait until they have stock, which is a minor media event.

I would ignore the suggestions to look at lowendbox, unless you are willing to trade price for stability (which is not always a bad tradeoff, just be sure to do it consciously)

ThrustVPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478176)

thrustvps has the cheapest vps service that i have found do far

Re:ThrustVPS (1)

toygeek (473120) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478298)

Yes, and they suck. BTDT. I just got a VPS at myhosting.com, so far so good. More costly, but you get what you pay for!

OVH Networks (1)

NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478184)

OVH Networks is the best unless you are in London and can use the LinX network. I know because I am called up in the middle of the night to fix issues for British Telecom Tier 4 and know all the exchanges in the UK and main hubs.

OVH is your bitch! Merry Christmas :)

Colocation is expensive, don't expect much.... (2)

bleomycin (1563939) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478230)

The problem with all of these cheap VPS providers is that they almost all operate out of some of the worst data centers in the country. I don't mean to pick on linode in particular but last i checked their west coast facility was hurricane electric, fremont 2. That facility is single homed and known for being just about the cheapest colocation money can buy anywhere on the planet. If you're curious about some of the issues HE FM2 experiences take a look at this thread: http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1058700 [webhostingtalk.com] As you move up the ranks in facilities the costs rise dramatically, "cheap" VPS's are a huge DDOS risk as people purchase them for all sorts of nefarious reasons, so unless they operate their own networks the high end data centers won't touch them with a 10' pole. If http://asn.cymru.com/cgi-bin/whois.cgi and check who they use for transport via robtex: http://www.robtex.com/ [robtex.com] The easiest rule to follow: if hurricane electric or cogent are in the mix run and don't look back!

Webkeepers (3, Interesting)

fnj (64210) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478244)

I can't believe nobody has mentioned http://webkeepers.com/ [webkeepers.com] . You can get in for as little as $6.95 a month, and for $19.95 a month you get an unmatched 250GB of disk and 1GB of guaranteed RAM. They have been excellent for me.

Comcast Business Class dood (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478256)

You can get up to a /29 (13 usable IPs) and up to 10mb upload

I live in the Twin Cities and can run servers (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478262)

1. Continue to use DSL but get a new ISP. I was forced to use Frontier for the line but had Visi as my ISP and they allowed servers just fine--even reverse DNS.

2. Move to business class cable service. I'm forced to use Charter (which has its share of problems) but most of the rest of the TC has Comcast (which apparently at Business Class isn't terrible). It's about $72/month for business class with one static IP. No reverse DNS on Charter but that's not much of an issue unless you still IRC. If you don't want/can't get either, check out Clearwire's business class (their uptime guarantees are lame as shit, something like 13 days/year are considered acceptable).

4. I don't know much about VPS but thought I'd let you know there are options available even though you think there aren't.

Re:I live in the Twin Cities and can run servers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478350)

Same - I live in the TC area, use Qwest for my line and have ipHouse for my ISP. I'm stuck at 1.5mbps as well. I've been seriously considering Comcast Small Business for $60/month + $15 for a single static IP per month, based on the recommendations of a couple of coworkers.

Re:I live in the Twin Cities and can run servers (2)

garcia (6573) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478412)

Well, Comcast is way faster than that. What are you waiting for?

Linode are #1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478266)

Are unquestionably the best in the business. Too many good features to list. Only one unscheduled outage in 5 years of use.

VPSNOC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478272)

I used VPSNOC to run Minecraft/Terraria/Misc servers+web services for nearly a year. Very very cheap. Server specs are so-so. Uptime is so-so. Support is decent, but sometimes slow. They have a 99.9% uptime guarantee, which they did not meet any month while I was with them, but will not credit you for unless you actually complain. When I did complain, they credited me 4 months worth of payments. I had only been a customer for two weeks at this point. I complained again 5 months later and was credited another 3 months. In the 14 months I was a customer, I paid for 4 months of service. If you don't mind a few hours outage a couple times a month (maybe they've improved, though!) and you don't need top of the line specs, it's not a bad choice.

www.vpsnoc.com

Linode (1)

Guspaz (556486) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478280)

I've been with maybe a half dozen hosts over the past decade or so, from the biggest in the world to one of the smallest. Not one of them managed to come anywhere close to Linode in terms of reliability and quality of service. Yes, they're a premium provider (not in the business of massive overselling to offer super low prices for super high amounts of bandwidth), but at $20 a month for their entry level offering, the barrier to entry is not high.

They've got six datacenters spread out over the world (leased space, obviously), run pretty high-performance boxes (dual quad-core xeons with low contention, 15K RPM SAS drives in RAID-10, etc), have a large degree of automation (so most requests happen instantly since no human has to intervene), support pvgrub for loading your own kernels if you want, have an active community on IRC (where most of their staff idle) and forums, offer more flexibility than even a dedicated server (management interface lets you do everything down to repartition your disk space and install random operating systems, if you want, although anything but Linux is unsupported, upgrading or resizing your VPS takes only the time to migrate it to another homogeneous host box), they use Xen (similar to KVM) for real virtualization, they provide out-of-band console access via a virtual serial port (ssh to the host box or use an ajax terminal), etc. I could keep listing features, but it's better to just visit their site and read up. I'll leave with another parting shot about their management interface (which has smartphone app versions too) being awesome.

Here are some low end vps providers I've used. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478286)

I've used directspace.net and have never had any problems with them. I've also used thrustvps.com dotvps.net and volumedrive.com... the last 3 are pretty good but I had small issues with them.

Mosso - Rackspace's VPS (1)

originalhack (142366) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478314)

You set up an account, then use their control panel to choose a base distribution and create VPS instances. You configure the machine and pay for only what you configure. You can create a machine, log in as root and manage it. If you try a machine and blow it away a few days later, you just pay for the days it was running.

I've used them for several years and they are very reliable.

Amazon have a cheap server (2)

Ragnar79 (826792) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478358)

$9 pr month for a Micro server if you reserve it for 1 year.

Micro Instance 613 MB of memory, up to 2 ECUs (for short periodic bursts), EBS storage only, 32-bit or 64-bit platform
http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/#pricing [amazon.com]

Hands down the best I have used... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478362)

tigertech.net...they are cheap, well run and have the shell access you are looking for, along with full VPS if you really need that.

Try directspace.net (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478368)

directspace.net is reliable.

Amazon: The elephant in the room. (4, Informative)

cskrat (921721) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478376)

Amazon micro EC2 instances are reasonably priced and I use one for my personal sandbox and mail server. Average price is $14.60 /month ($0.02/h * 24h * 365d / 12) for a no commitment a la carte and drops to an average of $8.82/mo or $6.43/mo with 1 or 3 year reservations https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/#pricing [amazon.com] . They also have a free for the first year program at http://aws.amazon.com/free/ [amazon.com] to get you started.

You won't get KVM access for OS install but there are startup images for all the common free linux distros (Centos, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, etc.), Amazon Linux (a custom distro for EC2), and non-free OS's like RHEL and MS Windows (they cost more per hour). Every distro I've used on there gives you either direct root login or `sudo su -l` capability. You have full control over the incoming firewall rules so you can allow specific ports by IP or CIDR range without chewing up CPU or I/O in iptables. You can add additional storage on the fly (including via automated script within your VPS if you can program) and take live snapshots of running disks (including the OS disk) for backups.

I use Amazon for my work systems and much prefer them to managing an on site rack or letting some other host charge us for the impediment to administration that is managed hosting.

VPS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478388)

OK, I'll bite. What's a VPS?

Is it really so much trouble to define an acronym when it's first used?

windows 7 Serial key (-1, Troll)

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Linode (5, Informative)

DRichardHipp (995880) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478416)

I've been running http://www.sqlite.org/ [sqlite.org] on Linode since 2004. They've been great. Highly recommended.

Call business (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38478432)

Did you call your providers commercial/business provider side. Pretty much no residential providers will allow what you want, but if you call their same business arm they will. You pay more of course, but you get better customer support (a real person that is local usually) and typically much faster speeds (or at least uploads are a faster).

interserver.net works for me (1)

sglow (465483) | more than 2 years ago | (#38478444)

I've got a VPS running on interserver.net, and I'm happy with them. I'm not doing anything fancy, but do have a couple domains pointed at the server with simple static pages, and run my e-mail through them. I'm running Ubuntu on my vps which is one of their standard options.

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