[kwlug-disc] VPS hosting

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Mon Nov 26 12:45:33 EST 2012

Bikeshed topic!

So we are seriously considering purchasing some VPS hosting. We have
lots of data (5-10GB) to store, but not much bandwidth usage (say 10GB
per month). We would be hosting Drupal and probably some custom web
development (hopefully all on the same VPS, unless it makes sense
financially to purchase separate ones). We would be looking for a
barebones Debian install that we can lock down and customize. 

The two big players seem to be Linode and Rackspace (and I guess there
is Amazon EC2, but I am bigoted against Amazon). Of the two I am
falling for the Linode branding because its name is derived from
Linux, but that is an arbitrary emotional justification. 

Of the two, is there one that is better?

There appear to be a lot of smaller players in the VPS space as well.
Should I be looking at some of them? If so then which ones and why?

I am apprehensive about going the VPS route because maintaining a
server on the Internet is terrifying. But I am not sure that shared
hosting is going to meet our needs so well either. 

- Paul 


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