As a first-time customer of VPS services, my choice of VPS is based on the following criteria:
- Reputation – positive word-of-mouth from its users is a must. Well-known is better than non-well-known
- Cost – the cheaper the better of course, but well-known and pricier is better than non-well-known and cheaper
- Location – prefer to be in US. Also prefer English
- OS – Looking for Linux capability only for now
Usability and Performance are two additional factors that I would like to add for consideration, but since I won’t know either until I start using them, it would be hard to use these two as criteria unless they are so obviously spottable (or others have spotted them).
The following are the VPS that I found:
- Amazon EC2 – very famous of course, but not that cheap for continually running service
- Slicehost – well known, but more expensive than Linode
- Linode – well known, cheaper than Slicehost
- Bytemark – not based in US, don’t understand how currency affects the cost
- mihosnet – not based in US and site not in English (there might be an English link somewhere on the page that I did not find)
There are other services out there that I did not find, but this is not a boil-the-ocean exercise. I choose Linode for now based on the above criteria. I might change my mind again after I start using Linode, of course.
Below are some reference links on discussion threads:
- [SeattleTech] Virtual dedicated server – recommendations
- [SeattleTech] Looking for a Virtual Private Server
- [SeattleTech] VPS Benchmarks
- VPS Performance Comparison – Elvind Uggedal
- [plt-scheme] Web Hosting on PLT Web Server?
- [SeattleTech] Yet Another Web Hosting Question
- [racket] Web Application Deployment
- [plt-scheme] Using the PLT Web Server in Production