A couple of months back I was looking for somewhere to host a Ruby on Rails app (of which more in another post shortly). In the end I settled for a Virtual Private Server from US firm Slicehost (who are themselves Rails developers). For just over Â£10 a month I get 10GB of storage, 100GB of bandwidth and 256MB. Bargain! I’d love to use a host in the UK but I’d easily be paying twice that and getting half the spec (unless someone out there can point me at a good deal I’ve missed).
They’re popular right now and I had to wait a couple of weeks for them to buy more hardware. Then, once I’d signed up, it was only a matter of seconds before I received an e-mail with an IP address and ssh login details for my Xen based “slice”. I’d opted for Ubuntu Dapper as my distro and, within an hour or two, using a combination of apt-get, gems and the Slicehost Wiki I had Apache, MySQL, PHP and Rails set up as I needed.
I’ve been sufficiently pleased to-date that I’m considering moving our blogs and mail across to the server as well. That will bring me one step closer to finally ditching PlusNet (who in the past week have managed to get one of their servers hacked leading to a sudden influx of spam in my inbox and PlusNet removing their webmail access). At that point I’ll probably fork out the extra $5 a month for daily and weekly backups.