I'm addicted to cheap VPSes - here's what I do with them

I’ve scoured the internet the last few weeks and found as many sub-A$/2m VPSes as I can. Here’s the list I came up with:

  • Dedipath - 512MB RAM, 10GB SSD, unlimited bandwidth, OpenVZ, Los Angeles - US$12/yr
  • Racknerd - 840MB RAM, 10GB SSD, 1TB bandwidth, KVM, Atlanta - US$10.78/yr
  • HostVDS - 1GB RAM, unlimited bandwidth (50mbit), OpenVZ, San Francisco - $11.88/yr
  • Ethernet Servers - 1GB RAM, 40GB SSD, 1TB bandwidth, OpenVZ, Los Angeles - US$14.95/yr
  • Little Creek Hosting - 1GB RAM, 20GB SSD, 1.5TB bandwidth, OpenVZ, Los Angeles - US$13.95/yr
  • EdgeVirt - 1GB RAM, 25GB SSD, 5TB bandwidth, OpenVZ, Los Angeles - US$15.75/yr
  • VirMach - 384MB RAM, 10GB SSD, 512GB bandwidth, KVM, Los Angeles - US$13.50/yr
  • ReviveHost - 1GB RAM, 10GB SSD, 1TB bandwidth, KVM, Miami - US$6 first year (US$12/yr)
  • Cloud Server - 1GB RAM, 20GB SSD, 1TB bandwidth, KVM, Chicago - US$10/yr
  • KhanWebHost - 2GB RAM, 10GB SSD, 1TB bandwidth, OpenVZ, Texas - US$16/yr
  • TNAHosting - 2x vCPU, 1GB RAM, 15GB SSD, 5TB bandwidth, KVM, - US$15/yr
  • GreenCloud - 2GB RAM, 20GB SSD, 2TB bandwidth, KVM, Kansas City - US$15/yr
  • VPS Hosting Service - 1GB RAM, 15GB SSD, unlimited bandwidth, KVM, Los Angeles - US$12/yr
  • Owned Networks - 512MB RAM, 30GB SSD, 500GB bandwidth, OpenVZ, New York - US$13/yr
  • HostUS - 768MB RAM, 20GB SSD, 2TB bandwidth, OpenVZ, Washington - US$16/yr

These are NAT VPSes. You don’t get a unique IPV4 address as the service is behind NAT. They usually give you 12-20 ports spare to play with. They’re cheaper because they don’t have to pay for an IP address, a big chunk of the cost of offering a VPS at this price point.

  • Gullo’s Hosting - 512MB RAM, 8GB SSD, 500GB bandwidth, Germany - US$12.50/yr
  • iHostArt - 512MB RAM, 50GB SSD, unlimited bandwidth, Romania - €5.59/yr
  • Mr. VM - 256MB RAM, 5GB SSD, 500GB bandwidth, New Zealand - US$7/yr
  • ReconV - 512MB RAM, 6GB SSD, unlimited bandwidth, Poland - 50 Polish Zloty/yr
  • WebHorizon - 256MB RAM, 4GB SSD, unlimited bandwidth, Tokyo - GBP5.60

I found them mostly via LowEndBox & LowEndSpirit, as well as Server Hunter & LowEndStock. Some are promos that are no longer available, but most are still up for grabs.

What am I doing with all these servers? Running the ArchiveTeam Warrior. It’s a Docker container that grabs stuff off the internet for archival on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. Right now there’s a project to collect a bunch of material off Imgur before they delete a bunch of old stuff.

Many of the sites being archived place rate limits on IP addresses, so by having multiple IP addresses, I can suck down more data than on my home internet connection alone. The ArchiveTeam Warrior container is relatively light and runs on basically any machine with more than 256MB of RAM (barely - 512MB is better!).

All these servers cost me just under $30/m - on average A$1.50 a month each. I consider it a small donation considering the amazing usefulness of the Wayback Machine!

They can also be used for other stuff, I’ll add to this thread later when I have more time.

If you spot any VPSes for under A$2/month, let me know so I can add them to my collection :slight_smile: