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We regularly post offers for the cheapest VPSes on the planet…but did you know there are places you can get a VPS for free?

Naturally there are caveats, provisos, and gotchas, but if your budget is pinched, here are some options for obtaining a VPS for absolutely no cost.  Note that

  • All of these hosts require identification information.
  • Some of these hosts require a credit card in case you go over there free-tier limits.
  • Some of these offers are introductory or time-limited.

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Cloud Platforms, Warp Cores, and Revolutionary Software: Interview with Steve Fenton, Head of Marketing for OnApp

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: April 20, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

In this post we continue our interview series with Steve Fenton, Head of Marketing of OnApp.  OnApp recently released Cloud.net, an exciting new cloud platform – read on for more details!  You also might enjoy reading our recent interview with OnApp’s CEO Ditlev Bredahl.  In this interview, Steve gives us a behind-the-scenes look at OnApp and their technology.  Without further ado…

Where in the world do you live?

Hi! I live in the UK, near Cambridge.

How does one get to be the Head of Marketing for OnApp?

That is a secret :)

Cloud.net has been launched!  For people who might look at it as “yet another cloud service,” what do you think is new and revolutionary about Cloud.net?

It has! But the first thing I’d say is, it isn’t a cloud service – it’s a cloud platform. It isn’t for end users looking to buy a VPS or a VM: it’s for cloud providers who use it to sell VPS or VMs.

What’s new and revolutionary? From one point of view Cloud.net does nothing new: it’s the same codebase you get with the OnApp cloud platform, it gives you the tools you need to design, sell and manage cloud services. Everyone reading this knows that there are already a ton of ways you can do the same kind of thing.

From another point of view… it is revolutionary in terms of how you use a cloud platform, how you engage with it, and who can use it commercially. It’s a SaaS cloud platform based on OnApp, but like all SaaS, it moves away from the nuts & bolts so you can focus on actually using the software. You get your own OnApp cloud environment, deployed automatically in about 30 minutes, from $50 per month.

Let me see if I understand Cloud.net: you’re providing a management and capabilities layer.  I can use Cloud.net to plug in my own servers/VMs, or if I don’t own what I need, I can either go rent some (e.g., from providers we all know in public datacenters), or buy resources on your marketplace.  Meanwhile my entire cloud is on one “pane of glass” so to speak – one interface, one API, etc. to rule them all.  Is that the main value you’re bringing or is there some other big component I’m missing?

Cloud.net is a new way to sell cloud without owning or leasing any hardware at all – there are plenty of regions where hardware is a pain to get hold of, or just prohibitively expensive. With Cloud.net you can use our compute marketplace, and get up and running almost instantly. At the same time, you can also use your own servers and remove most of the set-up and configuration headache: Cloud.net automates server onboarding, user creation and your billing plan structure, so it’s super-fast..

You asked about the main value: it’s that combination of speed, simplicity and removing CAPEX from the equation.  In demos we’ve done to some very well-known names in the industry, the feedback has been, wow… people who know how much hassle it is to do this with OpenStack or Virtuozzo or even with “classic” OnApp… they get the point immediately.

30 minutes to your own public cloud, 30 minutes from a customer’s order to their own personal private cloud, 30 minutes and you’ve bought no hardware at all… it’s all automated, and you can get started from 50 bucks a month. That is really powerful. I should also mention that we’re bringing these new automation features to our “full” OnApp cloud clients in our next release.

Cloud.net seems to have a very mature on-prem bring-your-own-hardware model, which is not that common.  Most cloud providers are more interested in selling their hosting VMs and services than enabling you to use your own.  Do you find customers are mixing on-prem/owned servers with your marketplace, or are they predominantly signing up to use one or the other?  What are use cases where people are using both their own metal and yours?

I’m not sure I quite understand that distinction – when we say bring your own hardware, we mean hosts can bring their own hardware – or use our marketplace instead. For the hosts here at LEB, adding your own hardware is probably the natural starting point, the approach you’re used to –  but we’re already seeing a lot of interest in the marketplace as a way to expand on demand when your end customers need it, or to avoid hardware costs in the first place.

Who is the typical Cloud.net customer?  Is it large or mid-sized enterprises who want to manage their own compute and other resources for their businesses, or hosting providers who want to use your products to make reselling systems easier, or…?

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RoboVPS: Ruble-Denominated VMs in Germany or the Netherlands from $1.67/mo!

Tags: , , , , , , Date/Time: April 19, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

Welcome, RoboVPS!  Couldn’t resist using the bruiser on their home page for this offer.  Hopefully he’s the guy who guards the datacenter.

They’ve been in business since 2003 and have several long-serving staff on site.  If you check them out, you’ll find their site is in Russian – which makes sense, since they’re based in Russia – but there’s an English version if you click the Union Jack at the top.

They own their own IPV4/IPV6 space and offer shared, virtual, and dedicated servers.

Their offers are priced in rubles, and I’ve done a conversion to dollars but obviously the price varies daily, so be sure to do a currency conversion at time of purchase.

They are registered in Russia (as TS Rustelekom LLC, 1107746537480, VAT ID 7706739830). Their Terms of Service is available on their web site (Privacy Policy). They accept Debit and credit cards Visa, Mastercard, JCB, МИР Gpay, ApplePay, SamsingPay WeChat, Paysera PayPal, Webmoney, QIWI, YMoney, RBKMoney Wire transfer in Russian Rules and Euro.

Here’s a little about RoboVPS in their own words:

We’ve begin in 2003 year as worldhosting.ru then we established company Rustelekom LLC and from 2010 we are TK Rustelekom LLC. Our team work in XX century as computer importer and work with many known Taiwan, HongKong and Singapore manufacturer like Iwill, GigaByte, ECS Group and many others. Our team member well know h/w and s/w product used in data centers . Our big experience give our customers big chance to waive risks with unprofessional network infrastructure or services. Our company long history give to customers reliability and stability. We are interesting in establishing long term connection with our customers. Most of them work with us from 2010 or even early years.

If you have been a customer of RoboVPS or you give them a try out now, please comment below.

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HostBastic: For the Price of a Cup of Coffee, Host for a Year with DirectAdmin in Singapore/London/USA!

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: April 19, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

HostBastic made their first offer back January 5, 2021 and now they’ve returned with some DirectAdmin-based shared hosting in Singapore, London, or Eastern US starting at only £3.00/year!  That’s about $4.15 per year in USD, or less than 35 cents a month.  So for a cup of fancy pants coffee, you can host your sites.  Nice!

Singapore has been growing in popularity here on LEB but is still not that common.

HostBastic is registered in UK (10657229). Their Terms of Service is available on their web site. They accept PayPal, Debit/Credit Card, BitCoin, AliPay, Unionpay, WebMoney, SOFORT Banking, iDeal, Bancontact, DOKU.

Here’s a little about HostBastic in their own words:

“HostBastic started offering services to the low end community on LowEndTalk back in October 2016. We specialize in high end shared and reseller performance hosting with the implementation of latest technologies and newer generation hardware. We are a team of hosting experts which has only one goal in mind, to deliver top quality hosting services, customer satisfaction is our number one priority. Our team is based out of Europe and 100% English speaking. We don’t outsource! You will always get quality service and support with us. Currently we are expanding our shared hosting offer worldwide and so far you can find us in three new locations: Singapore, London UK and USA East Coast.”

The LEB community thrives on reports from our readers about the companies they patronize, so please comment below about your experience with HostBastic.

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ProwHost Offers Shared Hosting Around the World (13 Locations) Starting at 99 Cents/Month!

Hello again, ProwHost!  We last had an offer for them on February 13, 2021.  They’re bringing us some deeply discounted shared hosting offers starting at just 99 cents per month.

And I’ll add that you can host in

  • Virginia, USA
  • Oregon, USA
  • Ohio, USA
  • Singapore
  • London, UK
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Mumbai, India
  • Paris, France
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Ireland
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Sydney, Australia

Looks like they’re riding on AWS (based on the Looking Glass, see below), which may explains the most bandwidth allowance.  But it’s probably very reliable given the rock-solid infrastructure and network.  Sounds perfect for brochure sites, resume hosting, or smaller sites that may someday grow bigger.

They are registered in Delaware (EIN 32-0639950). Their Terms of Service is available on their web site. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards.

Here’s a little about ProwHost in their own words:

“ProwHost was established in 2020. Aiming to gain an important share in the web hosting and cloud server sector since its establishment, ProwHost continues on its way with sure steps.”

If you have been a customer of ProwHost or you give them a try out now, please comment below.

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LowEndTalk Offers Weekly Roundup (April 17, 2021)

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: April 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm, by raindog308

We feature many great offers here on LowEndBox, but you’ll also find some unique provider postings on our sister site, LowEndTalk.  If you’re in the market for great hosting, be sure to check both sites.  Here’s a summary of what offers have been posted on LowEndTalk this week!

MivoCloud offered a dedi with 1 Gbps unmetered up to 20TB for €49/month

LEB regular HostNamaste has a 1GB VPS for only $20/year

SoftShellWeb had more cool pics of their office and DirectAdmin shared starting at $3.50/year

With Novos.be you can get an LXC container in Antwerp for only $10/year

LevelOneServers has big E5 dedis on sale in Dallas

Limitless Host has KVMs starting at $3.50/mo

April showers bring flowering offers with Hostodo’s 40% off offer

Solid offers from ServaRica starting at $35/year

JustHost has VPSes with 200 Mbit unlimited bandwidth starting at $1.95/mo

WiredBlade posted a 4GB KVM offer starting at only $5/mo

VPSnet.com VMs start at only $2.25/mo

WebHorizon has NAT VPSes in Warsaw and Singapore starting at $10/year

Nexril has Ryzen VPSes in Dallas starting at only $15/year

Reprise Hosting shared an offer chock full of network stats and reviews for some nice dedis

Time4VPS posted some nice storage VPS offers

NetDynamics24 has an offer good until the end of the month for some Ryzen VPSes in Germany and Finland

OwnWeb brought us an offer for UK VMs

BudgetVM.host debuted with VPSes starting at less than a Euro a month

Incremental Remote Backups Using rsnapshot

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: April 17, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

There’s an old adage about backups:

There are two kinds of people: people who’ve never lost data, and people who’ll never lose data again.

If you’ve ever experienced data loss, you will instantly become passionate about backups.  To prevent bad experiences with your data, you want backups that are comprehensive, manageable, versioned, automated, and secure.  Let’s break that down:

  • comprehensive: They should include everything by default.  It’s certainly legitimate to exclude OS directories, temp files, etc. but you don’t want a system where you have to manually add directories as you add applications and data.  Inevitably, you’ll forget something and not know it until it’s too late.
  • manageable: If you have a 1TB server and take a full backup every day and retain them for a month, that’s 30TB in a month.  You need a system that allows for regular pruning.
  • versioned: If you have a system that simply copies everything from system A to system B once a night, that’s better than nothing, but on Monday you trash a file and don’t notice it until Thursday, you can’t recover.
  • automated: Because humans are lazy.
  • secure: It’s annoying to be hacked.  It’s heartbreaking to find the hacker also destroyed your backups.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to setup backups using rsnapshot.  Quoting rsnapshot.org:

rsnapshot is a filesystem snapshot utility based on rsync. rsnapshot makes it easy to make periodic snapshots of local machines, and remote machines over ssh. The code makes extensive use of hard links whenever possible, to greatly reduce the disk space required.

This means if you have 500MB of files, you want to retain 30 days’ backups, and your change rate is 10% over that period, you don’t need 30 * 500 = 15,000MB but rather only 550MB.  Beautifully, you still have point-in-time recovery (depending on your backup schedule) throughout that period.

In this tutorial, we’ll setup the following:

  • server1.lowend.party has a directory called /data with lots of valuable files.
  • We want to back it up to backup.lowend.party using a scheme of hourly/daily/weekly/monthly backups.  These are stored in /backups/server1.lowend.party
  • backup.lowend.party has other hosts it backs up as well.
  • We’re using passwordless ssh keys for authentication so we can run everything out of cron.

Before we start, there’s one more key concept.

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AcroServers.com: Spanning the Globe (37 Locations Around the World Including North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Oceania)

Some of you may remember the ABC Wide World of Sports intro which pronounced they were “spanning the globe to bring you constant variety in sports”.  AcroServers isn’t sports programming, but they are spanning the globe to bring you a VM in your neck of the woods (or someone else’s, if that’s what you want).

  • Europe: 20 locations from Amsterdam to Zurich
  • North America: 10 locations from Atlanta to Washington
  • South America, Asia, Oceania, Africa: Yep, all covered

They’ve got 37 locations worldwide including many less-common locations so if you can’t find a provider in a geography you want, check out their locations.

AcroServers is a Polish company, registered in their homeland (NIP: 6871971968). Their Terms of Service is available on their web site. They accept PayPal, BitCoin, Credit Card.

Here’s a little about AcroServers in their own words:

We offer instant activated VPS Cloud worldwide, 1Gbit/s (37 locations), 2Gbit/s (20TB bandwitch) and VPN services. Starting from 5EUR with already 1Gb/s. Our goal is to provide secured VMs and our policy is all about your privacy.

Remember that the LEB community would love to hear about your experience in the comments section below!

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Comment Free For All: Which Obscure Linux Distro Do You Regularly Use?

Tags: , , , , , , , , , Date/Time: April 14, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

Most folks use Debian, Ubuntu, or CentOS, with the occasional pro using RedHat or the hipster using Arch.  But there are over 1,000 Linux distros!  Not all are suitable for running on a VPS of course, and some are quite specialized.

But the question we’re throwing out to community is:

Which obscure Linux distro do you regularly use?  And why?

Please let us know in the comments below.  Don’t forget to tell us why – we’ll be posting a summary of the most interesting comments in a future post!

Community News: AlmaLinux OS Now Available on RackNerd’s Platform!

To continue LowEndBox’s new “interesting news” series, we recently received a new submission from Dustin B. Cisneros over at RackNerd to let everybody know that AlmaLinux is now officially available as an OS template on their platform! RackNerd has been featured here within the LowEndBox/LowEndTalk community many times. RackNerd is a resident host on LowEndBox with positive reviews from the community regarding its services and support. 

Here is the announcement piece we received from them:

AlmaLinux OS is a new RHEL fork, designed by the folks at CloudLinux. The idea for AlmaLinux was born shortly after IBM announced farewell to CentOS 8, reducing its lifecycle only until December 2021. Instead, IBM is focusing on a new project called “CentOS Stream,” which will require a license to use (though the license is free for production for up to 16 systems). Nonetheless, controversy on the Internet sparked when IBM decided to take this route, as they are now in a sense, “commercializing” CentOS as we know it. Then came AlmaLinux and RockyLinux, two noteworthy RHEL forks that are committed to providing a truly free RHEL fork to the community.

AlmaLinux is interesting to us because its backed by CloudLinux, which has historically been a company/OS that contributed to the community for a very long time. They are also the founders of KernelCare. They have committed AlmaLinux to being “fully supported and always free”. They are developing AlmaLinux with their own expertise initially, but it will be governed and owned by the community. AlmaLinux OS is fully open-source, and is a 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL 8. 

AlmaLinux is completely free for you to use for both personal and production use, and AlmaLinux benefits from $1M in annual sponsorship from CloudLinux, Inc. In addition to ongoing development efforts by the members of the community. AlmaLinux is a non-profit 501(c)(6).

How to Reinstall VPS to AlmaLinux:

Existing RackNerd customers can reinstall their VPS to our new AlmaLinux template within minutes. For those who prefer to install manually from an ISO, just open a support ticket to request the ISO to be mounted.

With our new OS template, you can reinstall your VPS within a few clicks and be up and running on AlmaLinux OS 8! 

Please see this video on how to access the VPS control panel, which is where you can reinstall your RackNerd VPS to AlmaLinux OS 8:

If you are not yet a RackNerd customer, take a look at our current specials on LowEndBox by clicking HERE – they have some great special promotions on both Intel Xeon and AMD Ryzen based KVM VPS’s!

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