Best VPS for Node Virtual?

What VPS should you use?

If you’ve seen @annie’s tutorial on how to host a virtual node, then you know you’ll need a virtual private server, or VPS. Below, we’ll do a comparison of a few popular services.

:warning: Running a Node Virtual is not for everyone. It requires a level of technical experience which you should make sure you possess before committing to a service. Check the Node Virtual Tutorial and these tutorials for setting up AWS, Digital Ocean, or Vultr servers before deciding.

If you already host a Node Virtual, help everyone out by telling us about your favorite VPS in the comments below! Tell us:

  • How much does it cost?
  • What are the specifications (RAM, storage, etc)?
  • Why do you use it/what do you like/dislike about it?
  • Anything else you want to say.

Now, before we get into comparing some of the options, another warning:

We do NOT recommend using Google Cloud for your VPS. You will eventually be banned.

Now, on to the good stuff:

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Disclaimer: Incognito does not endorse any of the services found in this post, or in the comments. This is just a discussion around various hosting options. Please be cautious before committing to any service.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

If a megacorporation is more your style, Amazon Web Services might just be the way to go.

Reliable hosting with consistent uptime and scalable storage, but convoluted pricing and hosting. Can be confusing to navigate and you may require specialist support. AWS is designed for scalable businesses, so it might not be the best solution for an individual. But if you’ve found otherwise, let me know below!

What you get: (A1.xlarge option) ~$47 a month with a one-year term for 8GB RAM, 4vCPUs, EBS. You pay for how much you use, rather than a fixed monthly price.

Can you upgrade easily?: Not with a contract. Without a contract, yes, but the service will cost more on a month-by-month basis.

Is backup included?: No. You can add backup options in which you pay for what you use.

Digital Ocean

Digital Ocean is known for their great customer service. Servers are available worldwide. Simple, straightforward pricing and setup.

What you get: $40/month for 8GB RAM, 4vCPUs, and 5TB bandwidth, 80GB SSD.

Can you upgrade easily?: Yes. You can upgrade to a better plan at any time.

Is backup included?: No. But you can add it to any plan you get for an additional 20% of the base price

Vultr

Vultr offers simple and easy-to-use interface with powerful computing and block storage that rivals AWS and is designed to be scalable. Fast network and a clean control panel for ease of use.

What you get: $40/month for 8GB RAM, 4vCPUs, 4TB bandwidth, 160GB SSD.

Can you upgrade easily?: Yes. Storage can be added at any time, or you can upgrade to a better plan.

Is backup included?: No. But you can add it to any plan you get for an additional 20% of the base price.

Linode

Linode is well known, well-reviewed, and well-priced for its services. However, it is unmanaged hosting, so you have to be prepared to do it yourself. Not the easiest to use, but not difficult if you have the right skillset to maintain a virtual node yourself anyway.

What you get: $40/month for 8GB RAM, 4vCPUs, 5TB bandwidth, 160GB SSD.

Can you upgrade easily?: Yes. Attachable block storage options can be added any time, or you can upgrade to a better plan.

Is backup included?: No. You must purchase it from an external service.

Contabo

Extremely affordable servers with good customer service, unlimited traffic, and incredibly simple setup, Contabo might take the cake for a basic VPS. It is an unmanaged server, so security and upkeep is up to you. Every additional feature you require comes at an added cost.

What you get: 4.99 EUR ($5.41)/month for 8GB RAM, 4 vCPUs, unlimited bandwidth, 200GB SSD.

Can you upgrade easily?: Yes, you can upgrade to a better plan at any time.

Is backup included?: No, it must be purchased, 500GB for 11.99 EUR

Conclusion

Choosing the right VPS for your preferences, skillset, and location is important, and these are just a few of the many options out there. If you already have a VPS you love, we’d love to know. Comment which one you use, and why!

Related topics:
How to set up Digital Ocean
How to set up Vultr
How to set up AWS
How to host a virtual node
Node Physical
Node Pool

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@aaron Cool idea :v:, what I would like to add is other VPS :wink: And your help in getting a free VPS for validators, have you thought about it?

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Thanks! Do you have a favorite VPS? Feel free to comment about it here!

This is a discussion thread, so I’d love for you to suggest a VPS. That way, people who are looking for one can have many options to choose from.

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@mir Can you share your experience with these services? That is what brings value to the suggested VPS services.

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Does anyone here have experience using Contabo? Prices seems like a clear winner over price and choice. Would like to hear what others have to say about it before jumping ship from Vultr.

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I am using Contabo, for several projects. No problems yet.

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Can I how long you have used their services? <6 months? 6 - 12 months? 1+ years?

6-12 months, 5 servers.

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Last question I promise :grinning:

Any advice or guidance on how to go about switching servers? What’s the best way to take the node I have now. Export it from my current server and then unpackage it on the new server?

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You can see it here: [SOLVED] Change vNode machine

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Contabo is very cheap, I just switched my digital ocean instance of $40/mo to contabo for a bigger and faster instance for $10/mo. They also take PayPal which will charge you in your countries dollar and convert it to Euros, so your card won’t decline.

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Is there any tutorial on how to setup a vNode for this server?

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@palumboe1 just set one up, he might be able to help.

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Same setup as docker!

Wondering if anyone can help me understand something.

I set up an AWS vNode last Thursday I believe and so far it’s charged for 156 hours for t3a.xlarge on demand, which was what the setup said to do. It charges a rate of .15 cents per hour, so for just one week, it’s costing $23, but looking at this it says it’s $47 for the month.

Does that number sound right? Should I switch and is will the benefit outweigh the cost? It looks like there was a fair amount of data transfer just over that past week, but not sure if that means anything for mining since I was just able to put funds in my vNode to start staking.

Any thoughts? and should I switch when I get a chance?

Aws is way to expensive I would get if off there asap

thanks @palumboe1 Might circle back with you for some help to set up on cantabo. I think you offered to stake on a node you set up on a recent post? but if you could help set one up myself, i got a shirt with your name on it haha

Definitely I’ll help you stake on your own, for a shirt!! Hell yeah, I’ll write some instructions.