I originally used SliceHost which was acquired and integrated into Rackspace for cloud hosting since 2010. The services is easy use and rock solid with many advanced features. But then again it is a premium service and cost prohibitive. In 2010 I switched to KVM based hosting using vServer Center and still use it today.
Recently, though I still have vServer Center because of the great cost factor, I have started using Microsoft Azure Cloud hosting.
Gen 3 Cloud
Currently (Dec 2016) evaluating cloud services and techniques,
- Microsoft Azure
- Amazon Cloud
- Google Cloud
The key advantage of the cloud services is infrastructure as code, but let's start with just the minimal hardware, bandwidth requirements. Note I've upped the memory requirements having switched to LXC and also now have a sense of bandwidth utilization (but noting that BonsaiFramework is not searchable yet).
|Comparison Point||Amazon Cloud||Google Cloud||Microsoft Azure||Notes|
t2.small EC2 Reserved Instance
Descriptions very unclear.
|Virtual Machine Baisc|
|2 GB of Memory||2 GB||1.75GB|
|50 GB of Disk Space (currently at 33GB)||None must buy EBS (Elastic Storage Blocks) but adding 50GB of General SDD did not seem to increase price||70 GB|
|Bandwidth ~7 GB/Month|
$0.09 / GB past 1GB
|7 GB/Month without Exposing BonsaFramework website to search engines.|
|Download at 20mbps|
|Static IP Address||IP4|
|$31.66 (in West Central US)|
Gen 2 Self-Serve Virtual Hosting
Note this uses OpenVZ ... previously had trouble with Java but I think as of Aug 2019 it's better and depends on the hosting provider setting limits on memory / not overselling too. Also restricted to Ubuntu supported by OpenVZ base image which is 16.x at the moment.
Container technology and Docker does not work due to older kernel.
Here are the offers:
These are very inexpensive prices and there's further discount if you pay for the full year up front! However, keep in mind this is VPS hosting which can end up oversubscribing resulting in a very slow system.
I spent some time to look for cheaper alternatives. This is still best bang for the buck despite Gen 3 Cloud services.
- 1024GB of memory
- Allow Ubuntu OS Custom Install
- Decent bandwidth 2GB or higher / month
- Allow adding additional IPs
- Console access
- Hypervisor based
- Nice to have ability to do full image backups and restores
Selected Virtual Private Server
support email: firstname.lastname@example.org
KVM hosting $29.95/Month with life-time discount code WHTVDSKV20A (used Feb 2015) reduced to $9.95/Month,
- 2 GB of Memory
- Ubuntu OS
- UnMetered 20mbps bandwidth
- 50 GB Hard Disk
- One dedicated IPv4 IP Address
- Web Terminal
- Allow Custom Installation of number of Linux OS including Ubuntu
Purchased additional IP for $1/Month.
To allow install of your own OS, during purchase select,
- Allows full OS install from scratch!
- Console has bandwidth graph.
Some cons found so far,
- No self-serve image backup and restore ability. You must contact support and they will sell you cloud space and you have to call every time for manual backups. When I spoke to the support rep he said they would look into this in the future.
- No DNS Servers (not a big con, most domain registrars provide this).
In general, there are two main types,
Hypervisor, which is hardware-based virtualization - Xen, VMWare and KVM
Container (software) based virtualization where the host kernel is shared - OpenVZ, Virtuozzo (based on OpenVZ), Solaris Zones.
The following chart outlines the top level pros and cons,
|Hypervisor||Xen, KVM and VMWare|
|Container||OpenVZ, Virtuozzo (based on OpenVZ), Solaris Zones and recently LXC|
|Ephemeral Container (better name find)||Docker|
Java with Container Based Virtualization
At least with Virpus who uses OpenVZ they say Java does not work well.
Here is a good article that explains the challenges and offers a possible solution..
This looks like it has working solutions http://forum.openvz.org/index.php?t=msg&goto=7057.
$8/month per KVM slice 25GB HD, 1GB RAM, 1TB Transfer
OS is a scripted install looks to be minimal install
Experienced performance issues with server.
$15.99/month for container OpenVZ with Mem = 1024, BW = 1000GB, Space = 25GB
$12.95/month for container OpenVZ with Mem = 1024/2048, BW = 3000GB, Space = 60GB
$20.00/month for Hypervisor KVM with 1024MB, 3000GB and 60GB, 2 Core
Only issue seems to be stock.
Positive reviews - http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1107446
$29 for VPS hosting with,
- 50 GB Disk Space
- 3,000 GB Bandwidth
- 1024 MB RAM
- 2048 MBBurst RAM
- Equal CPU (1 core min.)
This one also looks good with a fast connection speed. Normally $15.95 but with the discount code yardvps it drops down to $12.76. They have a 100Mbit connection,
$12.76/month for Xen with Mem = 1GB, BW = 20000 GB at 100Mbit, Space = 50GB
Just noticed another coupon, limited sale for today March 1, 2012, YARDLEAP which gave me a 40% discount dropping it to $9.57.
One con, they currently do not offer additional IPs.
Servers are located in Los Angeles, California.
March 4, 2012 - So far not impressed. After fiddling around I found that the system did not notify me it was ready. I booted the system, but so far it's not trivial to get going.
Virpus Networks - Rejected
Xen VPS Hosting - XVM1024 Priced at $24.00 US with a 20% discount for the life of the subscription which gives,
- 1024GB memory
- 1000GB bandwidth
- 40GB disk
There is a much cheaper shared resource hosting option called OpenVZ at $10.00 per month but it won't do Java. Read the comparison chart for more details.
Web chatted with a customer support rep who was quite knowledgeable. Here are the highlights of the conversation,
Very negative review - http://www.the-best-web-hosting-service.com/virpus-review.php - Virpus wiped their system no backups, downtime.
Another negative review - http://www.hostcult.com/2010/03/review-virpus-hosting.html - Downtime
Consolidated Reviews of Hosting Sites
http://www.web-hosting-top.com/ - reviews from people.
http://www.similarsitesearch.com/alternative/vpsland.com - lists hosting companies like vpsland.com
http://www.webhostingstuff.com/category/Server-Hosting.html - reviews