Search for a VPS

Disclaimer: I am not an expert on servers and server admin stuff. YMMV.

I’ve purchased GridPane Dev plan LTD almost 2 years ago but did not begin to use it regularly until recently when I started working there. Now that I have had an inside look I am beginning to appreciate how much effort goes on behind the scenes to make it possible for us, non-tech folks to manage our VPS and other servers. A tonne of functionality combined with ease of use.

Anyway, I recently started looking for a VPS provider for WPDevDesign demo and Oxygen dev sites that I can manage via GridPane.

My first thought was to go with one of these standard IaaS providers:

  • Vultr HF
  • DigitalOcean AMD Premium
  • Upcloud

Then I did some research in sites like Reddit, LowEndTalk, VPS Benchmarks and realized that there are some not-so-famous providers like the following who offer more value for money:

  • Contabo
  • OVH
  • Hetzner
  • Netcup

Ethernet Servers

Initially I purchased a 60 GB SSD / 3 TB BW / 2 GB RAM / 1 CPU for $20 a year plan from EthernetServers that I found via ServerHunter. But refunded it after using it for a few days as I was constantly getting notifications like “System Swap Memory usage has exceeded 75% of allocation”.

Their support replied,

That’s perfectly normal :slightly_smiling_face: Linux loves to eat up vSwap and will prefer it to RAM very often. Nothing to be concerned about here.

which sounded like BS to me.

Got it confirmed by a colleague who said:

it moves to vswap only when RAM is full or being stolen

Contabo

Then thought about going with Contabo but did not proceed since they apparently oversell.

Model: VPS S SSD
$6.99 / m
4 vCPU
8 GB RAM
200 GB SSD
200 Mbits/s Port

Hetzner

Heard good things about Hetzner. Would’ve probably gone with them if I had not found Netcup.

Plan: CPX11
4.15 Euros / m
2 vCPU
2 GB RAM
40 GB disk space
20 TB traffic

Netcup

Netcup is the provider I ended up choosing and it is excellent so far.

I went with this plan:

RS 1000 G9
AMD EPYC™ 7702 processor
8 GB DDR4 RAM (ECC)
2 dedicated cores
160 GB SSD

Costs 8.40€ per month.

Found and used a 3-months off free coupon (shared some further down in this post).

This is an overkill for the purpose but still proceeded with this since it gives me the freedom to cancel my $24/month Vultr HF plan where WPDevDesign.com is currently being hosted and move it here when Vultr begins charging me (my referral credits have been covering the charges so far). GridPane makes moving a site from one server to another ridiculously easy.

Netcup servers come with Debian out of the box but was easy to change the image to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, a requirement when provisioning custom servers in GridPane.

Feels wonderful to self manage a fast server securely at a fraction of the price.

Update 1 on 27 Jul 2021: Below are some 1-time use coupon codes. If you used one of these, do let me know so I can remove it from the list.

These Netcup vouchers can be redeemed at the following URL:
https://www.netcup.de/bestellen/gutschein_einloesen.php

RS 1000 G9 (3-months off)

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RS 2000 G9 (3-months off)

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RS 4000 G9 (2-months off)

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RS 8000 G9 (1-month off)

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for the research, I went ahead and tried the codes for the RS 1000 G9, the first one didn’t work, but after waiting the one per minute limit out, the second one worked no problem.
    1st: 2716nc162737484711
    2nd: 2716nc16273748475

    Maybe you want to correct the post about the server selected, as the pricing is not 8,40, it’s 10 Euros and they also expect to have a 12 month contract with billing every 6 months.
    But I guess the (120-30)/12 gets us to 7.5 a month

  2. Hi Sridhar,

    Can you explain what image do you use to install Ubuntu for Gridpane on Netcup? Are there any special steps required to get it working on the RS range?

    Thanks

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