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Top Provider Poll 2014-Q1 — The Results

Tags: Date/Time: April 20, 2014 @ 7:30 pm, by Maarten Kossen

Ladies and gentlemen: the moment has come! The votes have been counted, the results have been checked, and the winners have sent in the offers. The results for the Top Provider Poll 2014-Q1 are finally here!

First of all, let me all thank you very much for voting! The quarterly provider poll is a fun event in which we can all show some appreciation to the hosts we like the most. It’s been an on-going tradition and it always brings me great joy that so many of you vote. So, thank you again!

Just like last time, people had five votes to divide. They could give them all to one provider, share them amongst providers, or give five providers one vote.

So, on to the results. By popular demand, I have listed the top 10 right here! Most of the hosts have sent in a special offers to share their love with the LowEndCommunity. Enjoy these offers while you can, because some are limited either by quantity or by duration!

And the winner is…

1. RamNode (282 votes)

RamNodeRamNode wins yet another Top Provider Poll. I must say, they are quite unbeatable with so many votes. Nick and his team have been running a stable business for a while now and have continued to do so the last quarter. Word is they are going to be expanding to New York City in the first weeks of May. The community loves RamNode, and RamNode loves the community: use the coupon NUMBERONEfor 42% off of all their services. For example, this OpenVZ server with SSD disk:

2. Prometeus (147 votes)

Xen PowerPrometeus, who doesn’t know them by now? While they already have various brands that complement each other and iwStack (the affordable cloud), Salvatore added Xen Power to the mix late 2013 to broaden their empire of awesomeness. Another Top Provider Poll with Prometeus in the top 3 means that are doing it right (I can personally attest to that!)! To share some love, Salvatore has sent in this special offer (and believe me, this is on a monster of a host node):

  • 1GB RAM
  • 2 vCPU
  • 50GB SSD disk space
  • 2TB bandwidth
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • 2x IPv6 address (free /64 on request)
  • Xen/SolusVM
  • Coupon code: LEB4Q13
  • Price with coupon: $6.90/month
  • Order in Milan, Italy

3. INIZ (67 votes)

INIZJust like last time and the time before that, INIZ comes in third! Patrick has been running INIZ solidly for a while now and he’s doing a great job at that! Known for both his real LowEndBoxes and his big-bang-for-buck offers, he is quite popular in the community. He shares his appreciation with the community with the following offer from openvz.io:

  • 4GB RAM
  • 3 vCPU cores
  • 75GB disk Space
  • 1TB bandwidth
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • 1x IPv6 address
  • Coupon: 2014Q1
  • $6.96/month
  • New York City, Los Angeles, or Amsterdam
  • Order here

4. Crissic Solutions (62 votes)

crissicSkylar has been working hard to make Crissic popular and he has succeeded! Last time he came in sixth, this time he is fourth! He is known for his competitive offers and his hard work. He owns all his hardware and equipment in his rack in Jacksonville, Florida, but also his IP addresses. He shares this KVM offer with the LowEndBox community:

  • 512MB RAM
  • 25GB disk space
  • 2TB bandwidth
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 2x IPv4 address
  • 16x IPv6 address
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • $4/month
  • Order here

5. (Shared) Backupsy & Co. (59 votes)

VPSDime-Cheap-High-RAM-VPS 2013-11-05 11-51-51Oktay has also been around a while. He recently launched Winity, where he sells affordable Hyper-V based Windows VPS. But he is best known for Backupsy, his brand that gives you a lot of disk space for very little dollars. This time, Oktay shares this Windows server from Winity with you as a token of appreciation:

  • 1GB RAM
  • 1 vCPU
  • 50GB SSD-cached disk space
  • 1TB bandwidth
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • Hyper-V/Custom
  • Orlando, Florida, USA
  • $7/Month
  • Order here

5. (Shared) DewlanceVPS (59 votes)

Dewlance™_Best_Web_Hosting_Cheap_Windows_VPS_and_Linux_VPS_-_2014-04-20_07.20.41A new one in the top provider poll! With the help of some other providers (one of which missed the top 10 by one vote), Dewlance got a nice shared fifth spot together with Oktay’s brands. Everybody knows Kunnu by now and he’s famous for this “Auto Boot” system for Windows VPS. He shares his appreciation for the votes with this special offer:

  • 512MB RAM
  • 4 CPU cores (3.07Ghz)
  • 15 GB disk space
  • 1TB bandwidth
  • 100Mbit uplink
  • 1 x IPv4 address
  • Coupon code: 0YOHM8IU52
  • XenHVM/SolusVM
  • $7/month
  • Order here

7. Inception Hosting (47 votes)

InceptionHostingAnthony launched LowEndSpirit last year: a real LowEndBox for just €3.00/year is just awesome!! LowEndSpirit is currently available at four locations world-wide and is looking to expand further. Inception Hosting itself has been running quite solid as well, with Xen-PV servers in 4 locations world-wide! To celebrate this success, Anthony has shared the following bundle with you:

  • 3 LowEndSpirit boxes
  • Dallas, TX, USA: 256MB RAM, 3GB SSD-cached HD, 350GB Bandwidth
  • Newcastle, UK: 128MB RAM, 3GB, 100GB Bandwidth
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands: 128MB RAM, 2GB HD, 500GB Bandwidth
  • 100Mbit uplink
  • 20x NAT port on an IPv4 address
  • 5x IPv6 address
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • Limited support! Read the Terms of Service before ordering!
  • Price: €7.50 ($10.36)/year
  • Order here

8. Digital Ocean (41 votes)

Digital OceanDigitalOcean is known for their rapid-to-deploy boxes and their pay-as-you-use model. With an SSD KVM VPS for just $5/month in the USA, The Netherlands, or Singapore, they do indeed have competitive offers! Various templates are available in order for you to rapidly deploy a specific application, all within their custom panel. This is their LowEnd-priced offer:

  • 512MB RAM
  • 1 CPU core
  • 20GB SSD disk space
  • 1TB bandwidth
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • KVM/Custom
  • Price: $5/month
  • Order here

9. Vultr (37 votes)

Vultr_SSD_Cloud_Hosting,_VPS_Servers,_Hourly_VPS_by_Vultr_-_VULTR.com_-_2014-04-20_07.22.01Vultr is another new provider in the top 10! Based in New Jersey, this company has been building on becoming a large SSD VPS host with rapid deploy options. They currently have several US locations and also offers servers in The Netherlands, France (out of stock), Germany (out of stock), Japan, Australia, and the UK (out of stock). Recently they have added the option to deploy an instance using a custom ISO, in addition to deployment by template, which makes their servers even more awesome. As a limited time promotion, Vultr doubles your first payment up to $100 (meaning you can get as much as $100 extra credit). Below is their LowEnd-priced offer:

  • 768MB RAM
  • 1 CPU core
  • 15GB SSD space
  • 1TB bandwith
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • KVM/Custom
  • $5/month
  • Available in the USA (New Jersey, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta) and The Netherlands
  • Available in the Tokyo, Japan and Sydney, Australia (100GB bandwidth)
  • Sign up here

10. DrServer(35 votes)

dr.Server_-_Custom_Virtualised_Solutions_-_Home_-_2014-04-20_07.23.00Last, but not least, in the top 10 comes DrServer! DrServer is a fairly new provider and they’ve managed to get into the top 10 quite quickly. Their focus is on Xen and they have several brands, among which is AbusiveCores, which gives you a dedicated CPU core for a LEB price. DrServer shares his appreciation with you by means of this offer from their brand ByteShack:

Final note

This concludes the listing of top provider for this poll! Again, thank you all for voting and enjoy these amazing offers!

98 Comments

  1. BK:

    Yay, Dewlance!!1!

    April 20, 2014 @ 7:35 pm | Reply
  2. Thank you everyone!

    April 20, 2014 @ 7:39 pm | Reply
  3. Thank you to everyone who voted for us and congratulations to everyone who made it in the top 10!

    April 20, 2014 @ 7:55 pm | Reply
  4. @prometeus,@crissic,@digitalocean

    you are top providers !

    April 20, 2014 @ 8:01 pm | Reply
  5. Great,
    @RamNode

    April 20, 2014 @ 8:18 pm | Reply
  6. hash:

    I have 3 of top: crissic, iniz, digitalocean. good provider!

    April 20, 2014 @ 9:02 pm | Reply
  7. Dewlance?? serious?? Never heard of that provider, any review of it?

    April 20, 2014 @ 9:14 pm | Reply
    • Maarten Kossen:

      Well, I’ve never used them, but do some search in LET and you’ll find plenty reading material :-)

      April 21, 2014 @ 12:57 am | Reply
  8. graca:

    what dewlance? seriously?

    April 20, 2014 @ 9:18 pm | Reply
    • Maarten Kossen:

      What can I say? People voted for Dewlance (be it as a joke or in all seriousness) and I counted those votes.

      April 21, 2014 @ 12:58 am | Reply
    • James:

      Fake votes or I call BS. Someone who has used illegal whmcs, illegal windows copies in the past, provided services without being at least self employed and the list goes on and on can not have more votes then Inception Hosting or DO. Fake votes where probably done by him using different proxies or paid some cents on oDesk to have them voted by others.

      April 21, 2014 @ 5:08 am | Reply
      • Dylan:

        Fake votes, no. BS, yes. The Dewlance votes were an attempt by people on a competing forum to troll the poll (they’d probably use some line like “show how easily the results can be manipulated,” but really, it’s just trolling).

        April 21, 2014 @ 5:30 am | Reply
        • That’s BS. Nowhere did anyone on vpsBoard promote voting for Dewlance. That was all #LowEndBox IRC shenanigans. Don’t pin the blame on vpsBoard.

          April 21, 2014 @ 7:58 pm | Reply
          • It actually happened on #vpsboard

            April 21, 2014 @ 8:02 pm
          • Ah, according to IRC it was Steven_F in both #vpsBoard and #LowEndBox doing the promoting of Dewlance. Rogue soldier and not encouraged by anyone on the ‘competing forum’.

            April 21, 2014 @ 8:05 pm
          • Maarten Kossen:

            In all fairness: it was indeed not a vpsBoard-initiated action. Both IRC channels have the roughly the same people in them.

            Like I’ve said before: these actions are sad and childish. If people have any thoughts on how we could improve the voting system, please leave a suggestion at LowEndTalk.com :-)

            April 22, 2014 @ 5:57 am
  9. badpatrick:

    Congrats to the top 10. Nice seeing DrServer make the list.

    April 20, 2014 @ 10:16 pm | Reply
  10. Thank you everyone! NYC coming soon!

    April 20, 2014 @ 10:25 pm | Reply
    • ask123:

      Nick… and the DataCenter?

      April 21, 2014 @ 6:33 pm | Reply
      • Telehouse, running our own network like normal for our US locations.

        April 21, 2014 @ 7:24 pm | Reply
        • alex:

          Awesome stuff cant wait to use new location :)

          April 22, 2014 @ 1:27 pm | Reply
  11. Surprised that buyvm is not in the list now.

    April 20, 2014 @ 10:49 pm | Reply
    • Alex:

      They’re just dying and will deadpool soon or after.

      April 21, 2014 @ 12:11 am | Reply
      • Paul:

        Buyvm is very good host i am using them and very satisfied.They are not active here that is why they are not listed otherwise they are still very good provider.

        April 21, 2014 @ 12:47 am | Reply
        • msg7086:

          +1. BuyVM is providing solid service and I’m with them for 3 years.

          April 21, 2014 @ 1:10 am | Reply
    • SaintLuci:

      You can see for yourself here.
      buyvm.blogspot.com

      There is a follow up exchange of posts this year related to this. Sum it all up, very poor customer attitude of Aldryc (BuyVM). It looks like Aldryc does have a bad attitude. Aldryc can claim all he wants. At the end of the day, customers are leaving them.

      May 14, 2014 @ 9:42 am | Reply
  12. John:

    BS list

    April 20, 2014 @ 11:40 pm | Reply
  13. Tommy King:

    I can vouch for ramnode and prometeus.very solid service on both on them, especially Prometeus..

    April 21, 2014 @ 2:12 am | Reply
    • SaintLuci:

      I can vouch for Ramnode too.

      We ran into a technical issue with a server at Ramnode (not their technical issue, but ours). It was the same technical issue we had at BuyVM. Aldryc (of BuyVM) kicked us out, cancelled all of our servers (even if they were paid for a year and even if only one server had an issue).

      At Ramnode, they were patient with us to resolve the issue. Yes there was a deadline to resolve it. But they didn’t simply kick us out like what Aldryc did. Which made us to put up this blog:

      buyvm.blogspot.com

      Aldryc can claim whatever he wants, call us names etc… At the end of the day, it’s being reasonable that makes customers stay. Stable systems and low prices are secondary. Most specially, an arrogant attitude are definitely what customers do not like.

      No wonder BuyVM is going down the polls.

      May 14, 2014 @ 9:51 am | Reply
  14. Patrick M:

    Inception Hosting order link leads to wrong product…
    Vultr offer says “768B RAM”, seriously?

    April 21, 2014 @ 2:25 am | Reply
    • Maarten Kossen:

      The 768B is a typo.

      The LowEndSpirit order link is correct, I believe. After ordering the one, it should lead you to the others.

      April 22, 2014 @ 5:58 am | Reply
  15. Congrats all.

    April 21, 2014 @ 2:48 am | Reply
  16. Lucas:

    TacticalVPS must be added! Real top provider. Vote for them!

    April 21, 2014 @ 2:51 am | Reply
  17. Congratulation –again– for RamNode, and Iniz and Crissic :)

    April 21, 2014 @ 2:54 am | Reply
  18. Congrats all (except Dewlance).

    April 21, 2014 @ 3:08 am | Reply
  19. Congratz to everybody.

    April 21, 2014 @ 3:54 am | Reply
  20. Kunnu:

    Thanks for voting Dewlance.

    AutoBoot is also available for Linux VPSs.

    April 21, 2014 @ 4:00 am | Reply
    • W1V_Lee:

      Nobody voted for you in any serious capacity. I doubt a single vote caster could provide an invoice for services to you.

      April 21, 2014 @ 5:37 pm | Reply
      • Kunnu:

        I have a 60+ LEB customers who is using our service since 2009.

        April 22, 2014 @ 7:09 am | Reply
        • W1V_Lee:

          What’s your point? Does it have anything to do with my comment? No. And besides, I don’t believe you.

          April 22, 2014 @ 11:53 am | Reply
  21. Et:

    I wish that one day Prometeus will add more payment gateways :(

    April 21, 2014 @ 4:16 am | Reply
  22. ramonwap:

    who winner no.6?

    April 21, 2014 @ 5:23 am | Reply
  23. Add an honourable mention to the provider who missed out by 1 vote?

    April 21, 2014 @ 5:46 am | Reply
    • I think it was a jab at BuyVM since they no longer post on LET/LEB and because there is a misconception that they seemed to have helped Dewlance get into the top ten or something.

      In the unofficial results that someone else calculated BuyVM was #10, so I believe it was probably them that was missed out by 1 vote.

      April 21, 2014 @ 8:24 pm | Reply
      • Spirit:

        I think that you’re wrong and some other popular LEB company with combining votes from two (or more?) brands is at chart before BuyVM.

        April 21, 2014 @ 11:18 pm | Reply
    • Maarten Kossen:

      You mean Cloud Shards?

      BuyVM didn’t come in 11th, but 12th with 29 votes vs Cloud Shards on 11th with 34 votes.

      April 22, 2014 @ 6:00 am | Reply
  24. Serge:

    It is unbelievable that INIZ is on the top. Can I have a list of IPs which were used to vote for INIZ?

    We have extremely bad experience with them, Mr Patrick from INIZ has stolen our money and we had to go to the court with his company. I really cannot believe anyone can be happy with INIZ!

    This poll is very suspicious.

    April 21, 2014 @ 6:48 am | Reply
    • Oh it’s you again, back from February. We are still waiting for any legal action that you stated.

      April 21, 2014 @ 7:08 am | Reply
      • John:

        @Serge your case might be exceptional but if you look around they are getting very good reviews from there clients.INIZ deserve 2nd position.

        April 21, 2014 @ 8:15 am | Reply
        • Serge:

          Can I have IPs of those “reviewers”?

          April 22, 2014 @ 4:26 am | Reply
          • Maarten Kossen:

            Of course not.

            One bad experience with a provider doesn’t mean the provider is bad.

            April 22, 2014 @ 6:01 am
      • sean:

        I’m happy with Iniz and had their 5Gb VPS in NL for just about a year now.

        Are you really going to court over $6.96 or whatever? Even paid in a year is only $83.50 which if it disappeared I would be annoyed, but threatening “legal action”?!

        April 29, 2014 @ 2:52 pm | Reply
  25. LERecords:

    I have boxes with Ramnode, INIZ, and We Love Servers. All top notch providers. I recommend them to everyone I can!!

    April 21, 2014 @ 7:49 am | Reply
  26. InfinityNeo:
    April 21, 2014 @ 8:09 am | Reply
  27. Thank you everyone!

    April 21, 2014 @ 8:26 am | Reply
  28. Ahmad:

    Good services from Crissic, Skylar :)

    April 21, 2014 @ 8:44 am | Reply
  29. Maounique:

    Thank you all that voted for us :)

    The Dewlance joke was sad, but, hey, many people vote extreme right “in protest”, so, I guess this is the same sad story.
    I am sorry we dont have much stock to offer something in return, but that will be solved in a few weeks, we expect more servers for XenPower.

    April 21, 2014 @ 10:01 am | Reply
    • tr1cky:

      I still wait for an iwstack coupon :P

      April 21, 2014 @ 6:29 pm | Reply
  30. emdad:

    Congratulations everyone except Dewlance the joke.

    April 21, 2014 @ 4:40 pm | Reply
  31. Congratulations to RamNode for the well deserved win!

    April 21, 2014 @ 6:00 pm | Reply
  32. I wonder why cloudatcost didnt make the top ten

    April 22, 2014 @ 1:51 am | Reply
  33. Brad:

    Congrats to the top 10!

    April 22, 2014 @ 2:28 am | Reply
  34. ask123:

    RamNode rocks!!!

    April 22, 2014 @ 2:30 am | Reply
  35. Martin:

    Is it not possible to use Inception Hostings’s offer as a web server etc. since it is behind NAT?

    April 22, 2014 @ 8:06 am | Reply
    • Maounique:

      I dont see a problem with that, you can use cloudflare to redirect at IPv6.

      April 22, 2014 @ 1:22 pm | Reply
  36. RamNode is still NO.1.no problem.

    But why not BandwagonHost.

    April 22, 2014 @ 1:41 pm | Reply
  37. Eugen:

    Go Crissic, Go! +1

    April 22, 2014 @ 4:42 pm | Reply
  38. Fábio Oliveira:

    Love u Ramnode!!!!

    April 23, 2014 @ 1:39 am | Reply
  39. bitseeker:

    Congrats RamNode! Good job Oktay, moving up. I recently got a node from them on vpsdime. Working great so far.

    April 23, 2014 @ 2:02 am | Reply
  40. Steve:

    I have a 512MB VPS with Ramnode in the Netherlands, and I’m very pleased with it. Can I use the 42% off discount code mentioned above to upgrade my VPS? And will I continue to get 42% off payments for that VPS in future, for ever?

    April 23, 2014 @ 9:37 am | Reply
    • That’s right.

      April 24, 2014 @ 4:09 pm | Reply
      • Steve:

        Thanks, Nick. Now running with 2GB. Very smooth upgrade.

        April 25, 2014 @ 2:46 pm | Reply
  41. Steve:

    Dewlance obviously made it in because of Kunnu’s highly advanced AutoBoot™ technology.

    April 23, 2014 @ 5:19 pm | Reply
  42. Congratulation RamNode and DO

    April 24, 2014 @ 1:14 am | Reply
  43. roykem:

    Congrats to all the winner!

    April 24, 2014 @ 3:05 am | Reply
  44. Luciano:

    Be warned that INIZ has a lot of IPs blacklisted by Symantec, which is used by Microsoft. It means that you can’t send emails to hotmail/outlook addresses at all. INIZ support refused to exchange my VPS with one in a different location, so I needed to change provider and my VPS is now unused. They don’t know who is spamming using their servers and they do not offer any solution to legit users like me.

    April 24, 2014 @ 9:40 am | Reply
    • Maounique:

      Microsoft and yahoo use some whitelist, they usually do not accept mail from new blocks from what I saw, they reject email from us even if the block is completely new, never used before, or maybe just because of that. No other listings either.

      April 25, 2014 @ 11:14 am | Reply
  45. Five stars for INIZ!

    April 25, 2014 @ 10:46 am | Reply
  46. Another Ramnode win, very nice! I’ll move some of my ATL vps’s over to NY when it opens.

    April 25, 2014 @ 5:59 pm | Reply
  47. Ramnode deserves EVERY bit of the top spot. An excellent provider with spectacular service!
    Keep up the awesome work

    April 27, 2014 @ 7:52 am | Reply
  48. Ramnode all the way!

    April 27, 2014 @ 12:39 pm | Reply
  49. jojo:

    2 thumbs up for TacticalVPS

    May 3, 2014 @ 2:41 pm | Reply
  50. tommi:

    @Nick A

    Can I use the 42% off code to upgrade my VPS?

    Can I upgrade from openvz ssd 512M plan to kvm ssd 1GB plan?

    Thank you

    May 5, 2014 @ 8:51 am | Reply
  51. Glad to Iniz there. GoodLUCK! Solid Hosting for months.

    May 12, 2014 @ 11:14 pm | Reply
  52. LinuxGlobe:

    I vote for Tacticalvps 5 stars! Good service are from Crissic too.

    May 14, 2014 @ 10:29 am | Reply
  53. Don Chumsai:

    I have 3 1G, Cached SSD with RamNode and I want to vouche for how well Nick runs his ship. He is meticulous and deserves the accolades because of the quality he brings by maintaining the highest standard in the industry. Ramnode does not oversell, and the performance is top notch. I am pretty new to using VPS and had several tickets submitted, and all were answered fast and many times by Nick himself.

    May 18, 2014 @ 6:59 pm | Reply
  54. Jair Junior:

    Don’t buy with RAMNODE. I bought there and after 2 hours configuring my VPS, they simple labeled my order as a fraud and cancelled my VPS.
    After opened a ticket thay simple said that can’t reactivate my account and I should host else where.

    May 29, 2014 @ 2:26 am | Reply
  55. Along Kichu:

    Prometeus all the way… absolutely reliable, efficient and considerate. They don’t get better than this. Period.

    June 17, 2014 @ 7:10 am | Reply
  56. thanks for post this blog…

    October 27, 2014 @ 8:29 am | Reply
  57. CWms:

    NewsFlash:

    Would not recommend, Prometeus.net / IperWeb.com / OverZold.com

    Closed my account and would not even allow me
    to BackUp my account after more than 2-Years of
    paying them with punctuality on time ever time !

    When I mention that I would post to LowEndBox.com
    about it is when they terminated my account from suspended
    to terminated, very NAZI-Like / GOD-Like attitude, STAY AWAY !

    February 14, 2015 @ 5:11 pm | Reply
  58. RamNode are very slow in responding to customers.

    November 9, 2016 @ 10:29 am | Reply

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