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

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?

Latest posts by LEA (see all)


  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 hulu.com 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 http://batam.web.id 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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