If you are a webmaster who has outgrown shared hosting and is thinking of upgrading to a VPS, these are exciting times. VPS are available at rock-bottom prices, costing as much and sometimes even less than shared costing. Of course, one must remember that the low cost is for a reason and you get what you paid for.
Still, there is nothing better than a cheap budget VPS to get a feel of what is a VPS is all about.
Today, I developed an urge to try out the Vultr VPS service. I put in $5 and got a credit of $5. With the $10 in my control, I grabbed a VPS with the following specifications:
200 GB TRANSFER
All of a sudden this site went offline even though other sites on the same VPS operating through different I. P. Addresses were in operation.
I shot off a mail to ServerMania to ask what was going on.
The reply surprised me: Continue reading
I have a 128MB VPS with RamNode that I use exclusively for storing files. There is no apache, php or html loaded on the VPS.
Yesterday night, I received an ominous email from RamNode:
I bought a 2GB RAM VPS at the Los Angeles Data Center with the following specifications:
2GB RAM VPS specifications:
• 2 GB Guaranteed RAM
• 2 GB vSwap RAM
• 100 GB SSD RAID-10
• 4 IP Addresses
• 3000 GB Bandwidth
• 100 Mbps Network Speed
The price is $56 per year
When I learnt that Digital Ocean offers VPS in Singapore, I was eager to test it and see what the latency to India would be.
(I have earlier done a head-to-head comparison between Digital Ocean and Ram Node)
ServerMania is developing a reputation for offering VPS deals that look very attractive.
Their earlier offer that attracted me was the “SSD Cached Linux VPS – 4 GB RAM”. This was available for an annual fee of $88.
I have already reviewed this VPS in this article. It works well and I have no complaints barring the fact that there is sometimes a connectivity issue with the server in New York. However, this is an ISP problem and not a VPS problem. Continue reading
I have a VPS which is used only to send emails to about 30,000 subscribers. I have been doing so for several years. All the subscribers are double opt-in confirmed. The I. P. address is white-listed and everything works well. The VPS is used sparingly.
All of a sudden, I received an email today from the hosting company stating: Continue reading
I backup my files by creating a tar folder and transporting it to a remote location. I use the simple but effective technique documented here.
Recently, I was shocked to find that the tar file had bloated to several GB in size. Continue reading
I have a VPS with Leapswitch Networks at their Pune Data Center. The Data Center is owned and operated by Tata Communications.
I am quite happy with the uptime of the VPS and the speed and quality of support offered by Leapswitch.
The pricing of the VPS is also rock-bottom. Continue reading
I have a 128MB VPS with RamNode which I use only for storage of backup files.
Yesterday, I got a surprising message from RamNode:
“Your VPS has been using a high CPU load for an extended period of time. Please reduce your usage to comply with our AUP and notify us once you’ve done so. We may have to reboot/ shutdown your VPS to keep the node stable.
It looks like your VPS has been compromised. Your VPS had several .fuck and other strange processes running. Please investigate.”
I immediately rushed to the VPS. Peering through FileZilla, I saw that there were at least two strange files called .Rape and .Fuck (the (.) indicates that they are hidden files) in the root folder. There was also a file called fake.config.