In our last VPS comparison post, we looked at some of the biggest companies in the virtual private server (VPS) space—Vultr, Digital Ocean, and Linode—and toss in our own specifications for good measure.
We like letting the numbers speak for themselves, and, knowing that not everyone can fork out dozens of dollars every months for a high-performance VPS, we thought it was time to look at some of the smaller, and cheaper options out there.
The good news, we've found, is that if you're short on cash, you don't have to be shorted on speed or features. There's no reason to bother with the extra-small 512MB offerings you'll find out there, particularly if you're well versed with Docker and hosting multiple services with it.
As with our last post, we're looking at unmanaged VPSs with root access, all clocking in at 4GB of RAM. In additon, they're all based on KVM, which we now offer ourselves.
The raw numbers
|4 GB plans||RamNode||OVH||HostUS||Dediserve||SSD Nodes|
|RAM||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB|
|Disk||65 GB||40 GB||140 GB||40 GB||40 GB|
|CPU||4 core||2 cores||4 cores||4 cores||2 cores|
|Transfer||5 TB||4 TB||4 TB||?1||4TB|
1 No bandwidth information available. 2 Price per month when billed annually.
As always, these numbers aren't the most valuable for analysis. You should weigh the capacity of each provider against both what you need and what you can afford.
How long have these companies been around?
It's certainly possible to find some incredibly cheap VPSs via places like LowEndBox, particularity from brand-new providers. There is risk involved here, however—they generally haven't proven their business model, which means there's a higher chance they won't be around for the long-term. 90% of startups fail, after all.
Generally speaking, the longer a company has been around, the more reliable it should be.
RamNode: 5 years. According to TheWebHostingDir, RamNode has been around since 2012, and is currently located in Macon, Georgia, USA.
OVH: 18 years. Unsurprisingly, OVH has been around longer than the rest. Founded in 1999 in Roubaix, France, OVH is also the biggest company featured here.
HostUS: 5 years. The HostUS website claims a 2012 founding, with a headquarters somewhere in Delaware, USA.
Dediserve: 8 years. The company's own website pegs the founding in 2009, with a headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.
SSD Nodes: 6 years. We were founded in 2011, and have grown from a bootstrapped startup to fully-profitable enterprise in the years since. We're headquartered out of Tustin, California, USA.
Maybe you ordered the wrong service. Or you realized that you need something bigger. Or your situation has changed, and a VPS has to be off your radar for a bit. There's plenty of reasons to want a refund for your newly-purchased VPS, but not every provider has the same policy on how they deal with those issues.
RamNode: 3 days (on first order).
RamNode offers a three day refund period for your first payment on your first server with us. Bitcoin payments are NON-REFUNDABLE. cPanel and CloudLinux licenses are not eligible for refunds. Refunds must be requested via support ticket in the Client Area after a cancellation request has been submitted. source
OVH: No refund.
Our servers are only refundable in the case of irreparable hardware or network issues. We post all the specs of our servers on our website, so you should be able to determine if the server will suit your needs prior to ordering. source
HostUS: 3 days.
Refunds are available on our hosting and storage services for up to 3 days for new customers. This refund policy excludes refunds for custom packages created and add ons for example cPanel licenses or Additional IP's. Domains and SSL certs are also not included. source
Dediserve: No refund.
Once service has commenced, the subscriber agrees that the minimum term of service applies and no refunds will be provided. source
SSD Nodes: 14 days.
We offer a 14-day window in which you can cancel your services at no cost to you. Of course, if you’re having issues with our platform or have concerns about your services, we would much prefer that you file a support ticket and start a conversation with our friendly engineers. source
Our last comparison post focused mostly on getting the maximum speed for the minimum cost, and that's probably still an important element to consider. Unfortunately, there's just not enough publicly available data for us to work with. There's also features, stability, and trust to navigate, all of which add up to a compelling story one way or another.
Of course, we think SSD Nodes makes for an extremely compelling option, particularly the recent KVM public preview, which gives you fully virtualized hardware for a fraction of the cost from other players, both small and large. If you have any questions about what we offer, don't hesitate to let us know in the comments.