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raindog308’s Journeys: BuyVM, Pony-Powered in the LowEnd Market for 10+ Years!

Tags: , Date/Time: March 26, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308


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Remember the first few Apple iPhones?  People stood in line – sometimes all night – outside Apple stores in order to be one of the first to lay their hands on them.  Believe it or not, there was a time when 128MB OpenVZ VMs were the same.

Ten years ago, if you wanted a 128 from BuyVM, you had to get up at 2am and wait until Fran (BuyVM’s owner, Francisco Dias) released stock.  There were web sites tracking BuyVM stock and people would wait to pounce on on a free server.

The $15/year 128MB was an early BuyVM innovation.  They also specialized in storage servers before they were popular.  Since their beginning, they’ve added innovations regularly, including

  • DDoS protection in the LowEnd market.  More common now, but it wasn’t when they started.  Many people offering DDoS-protected VPS today are just OVH resellers, but BuyVM has their own contracted DDoS protection.
  • Block storage volumes (“slabs” in their parlance)
  • Anycast VPSes
  • Offloaded SQL.  This was a cool add-on which allowed you to purchase a modest VPS (such as one of their 128s) and then offload your SQL to a much beefier dedicated SQL box.  They still offer this service for $1/mo.
  • Custom control panel.  Their panel – called Stallion – is completely home-developed, giving them a platform to continue innovating.

The company has had hiccups over the years, but has always responded well.  A large power failure in Las Vegas once knocked a lot of VMs offline but the company responded with full transparency is a case study in how to handle such issues.  There’s been some drama over BuyVM’s commitment to free speech – usually when someone in the mainstream media discovers they’re hosting something that particular media source doesn’t like (or BuyVM’s TOR Exit-friendly policies cause people to jump to wrong conclusions).  But these minor problems aside, they’ve been a solid provider for more than a decade.

With service in Las Vegas (NV), New York (NY), and Luxembourg, BuyVM continues to grow and move from strength to strength.  And the odds are to get a VM, you won’t need to get up at 2am to wait in line!

Now read more to see some offers!

Pricing current as of the date of this post.

Slice 512

  • 1 Core @ 3.50+ GHz
  • Fair Share CPU Usage
  • 512 MB Memory
  • 10 GB SSD Storage
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • $2.00 per month
  • [ORDER]

Slice 1024

  • 1 Core @ 3.50+ GHz
  • Fair Share CPU Usage
  • 1024 MB Memory
  • 20 GB SSD Storage
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • $3.50 per month
  • [ORDER]

Slice 2048

  • 1 Core @ 3.50+ GHz
  • Fair Share CPU Usage
  • 2048 MB Memory
  • 40 GB SSD Storage
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • $7.00 per month
  • [ORDER]

Slice 4096

  • 1 Core @ 3.50+ GHz
  • Dedicated CPU Usage
  • 4096 MB Memory
  • 80 GB SSD Storage
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • $15.00 per month
  • [ORDER]

All plans include a free DirectAdmin license!

See their Wiki for more information on available addons!

3 Comments

  1. Mark:

    I think there products are good, but there service SLA is not great. They don’t have the 24/7 support like the likes of others. I found the response times of tickets was subpar. maybe 12hours to get a response was too impatient.

    March 26, 2021 @ 3:01 am | Reply
  2. Thanks for sharing your experience Andrew! This was a good read.

    March 31, 2021 @ 10:44 am | Reply
  3. I was a customer for many years, service was great until it wasnt. The ticket response time got worse. My issues werent being addressed, i was basically just shrugged off. I had a cheap VPS from them, was a customer many years… My VPS kept rebooting due to some kind of issue with the host box/node every couple days. I reported it, many times, kept happening for like 2 months with no kind of attempt to fix it. After i said my peace in their chat room and left, they defended themselfs to other users saying I was basically crying over a unmanaged box. Now every other provider who gives out unmanaged vps’s, will at least take care of the node/host but not here. Unmanaged apparently in their eyes makes them not responsible even for their host box/node. Their service in my eyes went from 5 stars to a half a star due to this never ending never fixed issue and their SLOWWWWWW ticket reponses. I do NOT recommend them, if you asked me some years ago i would recommend them, but not anymore. Btw this vps was prepaid yearly, i had just paid it like a month and they didnt even offer any of my money back when i canceled or anything. so during the 1 month of my prepaid 1 year that i canceled, my uptime was crap. It literally rebooted itself twice a week the whole time.

    April 3, 2021 @ 6:02 am | Reply

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