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Quick Survey – What Do You Use Your $5 VPS For?

Date/Time: June 18, 2009 @ 1:17 am, by LowEndAdmin

With the recent tragic at LxLabs which pretty much pushed HyperVM out of market, I haven’t seen any new provider advertising low end virtual servers at under $7/month range. While we wait for the alternate control panels to be developed (and kudos to providers who do not use a control panel or have already developed one in house), how about let’s talk about something else.

Now it’s my turn to ask the readers — what do you use your under $7/month VPS for?

I had a few ones over the years that I generally use them for:

  • Host a few PHP sites that won’t make me cry if they suddenly go off-line (using Lighttpd/Nginx + PHP/FastCGI).
  • Secondary MX for my domains (using Postfix + GLD for greylisting).
  • Provide backup space for my more expensive VPS & production sites.
  • Jabber bots + server providing various services (I’m a big XMPP fan).
  • Private proxy via SSH tunnel or TinyProxy (I don’t live in US).
  • Cacti monitor for all my other boxes.

Obviously not all of them on the same 64MB VPS, but I guess it is quite possible doing all that for under 7 bucks a month consider how much memory (256MB+ !!!) you can get these days from some VPS providers (oversold? loss leader? not my business…)

Now it’s your turn. What do you do with your low end box?


  1. – Websites
    – Transferring files between computers (often better than usb stick or unreliable email).
    – Testing connectivity with ping netcat etc.

    June 18, 2009 @ 5:17 am | Reply
  2. John:

    Backup DNS

    June 18, 2009 @ 5:34 am | Reply
  3. Still waiting for people mentioning dirty words such as “seedbox” or “IRC bots” :)

    June 18, 2009 @ 8:11 am | Reply
  4. 010101:

    -FTP Server

    June 18, 2009 @ 8:30 am | Reply
  5. PhotoJim:

    Backup DNS and MX, and I could probably do a little more on my $5 EliteDataHosting VPS since it has 160 MB RAM.

    June 18, 2009 @ 6:30 pm | Reply
  6. – Web, email, and FTP servers
    – Secondary MX’s
    – Experiment boxes
    – SSH Proxy’s

    June 18, 2009 @ 6:40 pm | Reply
  7. Small blog without mysql, SSH tunnel

    June 19, 2009 @ 6:54 am | Reply
  8. kaito:

    – openvpn server (accessing from europe)
    – small webserver
    – testing all kinds of stuff

    June 19, 2009 @ 1:46 pm | Reply
  9. Dufu:

    Hosting some small websites, mail server.

    June 19, 2009 @ 6:37 pm | Reply
  10. -Hosting a few small website
    -Platform for learning Linux

    June 21, 2009 @ 2:26 pm | Reply
  11. Web (four simple php sites, apache, php, pgsql)
    Mail (SMTP/POP/IMAP/Web, vhosts, ldap auth)
    Cross-backup with my home server
    Jabber (vhosts, ldap auth)
    OpenID provider (php, mysql)

    All of it on one OVZ VPS with 512MB (burstnetworks US VPS) — 10 AUD.

    June 21, 2009 @ 2:32 pm | Reply
  12. CurryKarl:

    Some static pages,
    some hosted files,
    SSH tunnel (I don’t like ppl watching my traffic)
    cURL Kung-Fu

    June 23, 2009 @ 12:57 am | Reply
  13. Chih-Cherng:

    fake open relay

    June 24, 2009 @ 1:18 am | Reply
  14. @Chih-Cherng Honey pots?

    June 25, 2009 @ 4:17 am | Reply
  15. Chih-Cherng:

    Just a specially configured SMTP server. I’m collecting the source IPs of the spam mail, as I suspect them to be zombie PCs.

    June 26, 2009 @ 1:10 pm | Reply
  16. Secondary DR:
    SMTP & IMAPs

    July 1, 2009 @ 3:32 pm | Reply
  17. @Lowendbox Admin:
    Do you know, that BuzzServers have USD 3 VPS package for 15 Gigs harddisks + 256 RAM. I use it for my community since a week ago and it works fine without any downtime ’till now.

    That USD 3 package not in their VPS list order, but, you can find in a post at their offer in WHT :)

    July 9, 2009 @ 12:08 am | Reply
  18. Robert:

    Network Edge Node -> Squid and/or NGINX

    July 10, 2009 @ 11:54 am | Reply
  19. @hasanul

    look like your site is down right now :P

    to bad.

    July 12, 2009 @ 4:39 pm | Reply
  20. Ehem:

    VPN server

    December 16, 2015 @ 7:50 am | Reply

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