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Top Provider Poll 2014-Q2 — The Results

Tags: Date/Time: July 23, 2014 @ 1:00 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-Q2 are here!

First of all, let me thank you all once again for voting! This poll is not possible without our appreciated members who takes the time to vote and share their opinions about the providers they love. Just like the last two times, people had five votes to divide. They could give them all to one provider, divide them amongst providers, or give five providers one vote. This has proven to be a popular system for all members.

The special offers providers have sent in this time are quite something. I have to admit, there’s several exclusive and/or (surprising) new offers in here, so I’m sure you will all love it!

On to the results. By continued 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 (139 votes)

RamNode_2014-07-24_10.59.24RamNode wins yet another Top Provider Poll. I must say, they are quite unbeatable having held the top position for quite a while now. Nick and his team have been running a stable business for a while now and have continued to do so the last quarter. They have recently expanded to New York City, bringing their total number of locations up to four. They also recently overhauled their offering, increasing disk space and lowering their prices (and no more coupons). To share his love, though, Nick sent in this new special (or well, regular actually, but it’s special because it’s new) offer which we’re able to feature first:

  • 2 CPU cores
  • 1024MB RAM
  • 256MB vSwap
  • 60GB SSD space
  • 2TB traffic
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4
  • 16x IPv6
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • Price: $7/month
  • Order in Atlanta
  • Order in New York City
  • Order in Seattle
  • Seattle is not yet available at the time of writing but will be soon. Please be patient.

2. Prometeus (111 votes)

Xen PowerPrometeus, who doesn’t know them by now? Or better yet, who doesn’t have a server with them? 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 to celebrate their second position in this poll:

  • 2 CPU cores
  • 512MB RAM
  • 25GB SAS2 disk space
  • 2TB traffic
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4
  • /64 IPv6
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • Coupon code: 2Q2014LEB
  • Price with coupon: €9 ($12.25)/quarter
  • Order in Milan, Italy
  • The coupon code also works for all their other KVM products!

3. Nodisto IT: Winity.io, Backupsy, VPSDime, Cloudive, Virtora (105 votes)

VPSDime-Cheap-High-RAM-VPS 2013-11-05 11-51-51Oktay has also been around for a while. He launched Winity.io last year, 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. VPSDime is also unique with they big-bang-for-buck offers. Recently, they started offering free backups and offers with a 10Gbps uplink, within LEB pricing! This time, Oktay shares his appreciation with this VPSDime offer:

  • 4 vCPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 30GB SSD space
  • 2TB bandwidth
  • 10Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4
  • OpenVZ/Custom
  • Dallas, TX and Seattle, WA
  • $7/month
  • Order here

4. INIZ (49 votes)

INIZINIZ has actually sunk a bit and they can blame Oktay for that! 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:

  • 4 vCPU cores
  • 5GB RAM
  • 100GB HDD space
  • 2TB traffic
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4
  • 1x IPv6
  • Coupon: 2014Q2
  • $7/month
  • New York City, Los Angeles, or Amsterdam
  • Order here

5. Crissic Solutions (48 votes)

crissicSkylar has been working hard to make Crissic popular and he has succeeded! He’s been in the upper part of the poll for the second time in a row now. 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 special offer with the LowEndBox community:

  • 2 CPU cores
  • 256MB RAM
  • 256MB vSwap
  • 50GB HDD space
  • 1TB traffic
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4
  • 16x IPv6
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • $10/year
  • Order here

6. Inception Hosting (40 votes)

InceptionHostingAnthony launched LowEndSpirit last year: a real LowEndBox for just €3.00/year is just awesome!! LowEndSpirit is currently available in six locations world-wide, with Japan and Australia having been added recently (Australia is provided by Ransom IT). Inception Hosting itself has been running quite solid as well, with Xen-PV servers in 4 locations world-wide! But there’s a big surprise… To celebrate this success, Anthony has shared the following bundle with you, which is OpenVZ-based and features the virtualizor control panel:

  • 2x vCPU core
  • 2GB RAM
  • 1GB vSwap
  • 40GB HDD space
  • 1TB traffic
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4
  • IPv6 on request
  • OpenVZ/Virtualizor
  • Location: Miami, Florida, USA
  • Coupon: VM2048-Jul-2014
  • Price: €3.50 ($4.75)/month
  • Order here

7. DrServer (34 votes)

dr.Server_-_Custom_Virtualised_Solutions_-_Home_-_2014-04-20_07.23.00DrServer is another wizard when it comes to being a good provider. With his unique brands and even more unique web designs he is quickly gaining popularity in the LowEnd market, but I believe also in the VPS market in general. Last time they came in tenth, but they’ve definitely made a jump up this time. 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 XenStorage brand:

  • 256MB RAM
  • 100GB HDD space (RAID6)
  • 100GB traffic
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4
  • XenPV/Custom
  • Price: $3/month
  • Order in Chicago, IL, USA

8. Digital Ocean (31 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, the UK, 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. BuyVM (27 votes)

BuyVMBack from the lower parts of the list is BuyVM! Another established LowEndProvider, BuyVM, comes in ninth! BuyVM has recently initiated an upgrade of their servers, giving everybody free upgrades to SSD space. On top of that, inbound traffic is now free as well as nightly backups. No special offer from BuyVM, but their normal offering isn’t bad either. For example, this 512MB OpenVZ server:

10. Catalyst Host (26 votes)

catalysthostCatalyst Host is a first-timer in the Top Provider Poll, for which I would like to extend my congratulations! We all know Catalyst Host very well from LowEndTalk. It was started by friends Ryan and Jarland, with Jarland taking a step back next year and Ryan getting assistance from Don. Catalyst Host is known for their transparency and sane offers. They share their appreciation with this special deal:

  • 1 CPU core
  • 512MB RAM
  • 20GB HDD space
  • 3TB traffic
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4
  • 12x IPv6
  • KVM/Custom
  • Coupon: LEBSEATTLE (30% off for life)
  • $30/year
  • Dallas, TX or Seattle, WA
  • Order here

Final note

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

84 Comments

  1. Catalyst host. Wohoo.
    Nailed it.
    Will be the top provider very soon.

    July 23, 2014 @ 1:21 pm | Reply
  2. Thank you to everyone who voted for us! Thanks for posting this Maarten!

    July 23, 2014 @ 2:16 pm | Reply
    • ask123:

      Good job guys! The community love RamNode

      July 23, 2014 @ 4:06 pm | Reply
  3. hoods:

    crissic rocks :D

    July 23, 2014 @ 2:16 pm | Reply
  4. Thanks everybody!

    July 23, 2014 @ 2:29 pm | Reply
  5. Thanks to everyone who voted for Crissic! Congratz to everyone in the top 10!

    July 23, 2014 @ 3:01 pm | Reply
    • wih SSD-Cached Crissic! will be on top 3

      July 24, 2014 @ 2:35 pm | Reply
      • We’re rolling out pure ssd soon. Was aiming for with the LEB provider poll but it wasn’t quite ready. Not a fan of SSD-caching, our existing nodes don’t support it and it more or less fudges results.

        July 24, 2014 @ 2:43 pm | Reply
        • With your upcoming pure SSD plans I believe Crissic will rate higher (at least #2, below ramnode). Keep up your great work. Love Crissic :)

          July 25, 2014 @ 1:25 am | Reply
      • Start using vps today, and my friend recomend crissic for me. Worth to try, and congrats to all ^^

        September 6, 2014 @ 8:50 am | Reply
  6. Congratulations for all the Top 10, and also it’s nice to see Dr Server again this time :)

    July 23, 2014 @ 3:08 pm | Reply
  7. Ryan Arp:

    Thanks to everyone who voted, we appreciate the support. Thanks for the post Maarten.

    July 23, 2014 @ 3:12 pm | Reply
  8. drServer:

    Thank you all for votes, Congratulations to all hosts mentioned

    July 23, 2014 @ 3:13 pm | Reply
  9. Thanks for the votes guys, much appreciated!

    July 23, 2014 @ 3:56 pm | Reply
  10. ask123:

    BuyVM 9th?

    July 23, 2014 @ 4:05 pm | Reply
  11. Congrulations guys, keep the good work and make customer always smile *cheers*

    July 23, 2014 @ 4:51 pm | Reply
  12. ECR:

    Congrats!

    July 23, 2014 @ 5:15 pm | Reply
  13. ad:

    serverian votes have been remove including mine that why serverian loses here

    July 23, 2014 @ 6:30 pm | Reply
    • Yours probably get removed because you didn’t have 10 comments. No conspiracy here :)

      Thank you for your vote!

      July 23, 2014 @ 6:48 pm | Reply
  14. David:

    I would love to vote, but there wasn’t any info on LEB. :-(((

    July 23, 2014 @ 7:06 pm | Reply
  15. Congrats for All Providers :)
    Keep it up for the good services..

    July 23, 2014 @ 7:51 pm | Reply
  16. Nils:

    @Nick_A Congratz! RamNode is the best host and deserves all votes :)

    July 23, 2014 @ 9:24 pm | Reply
  17. jcaleb:

    Congrats prometeus. catalyst and inception

    July 23, 2014 @ 11:22 pm | Reply
    • kurtcoke:

      Prometeus is a nice host, uptime was 100% on my VPS that I had there for like 6months. Customer service is awesome. Everything is awesome. Prices could be better, but my main criticism of prometheus is they only offer Bank Wire and Paypal as payment methods. If they had bitcoin or Master Card as an option I might still be a customer. If you are looking for very good uptime on a VPS (which is something you don’t get at many hosts) then pick prometeus.

      July 31, 2014 @ 6:21 am | Reply
  18. Maounique:

    Thank you all and congratulations to oktay, I feel we have no 1 material here :)

    July 24, 2014 @ 12:39 am | Reply
  19. Congrats to all the winner keep it up (y)

    July 24, 2014 @ 12:56 am | Reply
  20. Congratulations for Ramnode and Digital Ocean

    July 24, 2014 @ 1:41 am | Reply
  21. jackie:

    catalyst kvm only availiable in dallas, and lebseattle code only useful in seattle with openvz

    July 24, 2014 @ 3:00 am | Reply
    • Ryan Arp:

      LEBSEATTLE actually works for 30% off any of our OpenVZ and KVM services both Dallas and Seattle. Also yes KVM is currently only available in Dallas.

      July 24, 2014 @ 11:52 am | Reply
      • Is the code still active? I tried applying it today to the $30/yr kvm. The site said the promotion was valid, but not for any products in my cart.

        Also, do you offer Ubuntu 14.04? Or can we install our own image (since it is kvm)?

        August 8, 2014 @ 2:16 pm | Reply
  22. a:

    Can you guys show top 10 to 1 instead?

    July 24, 2014 @ 3:45 am | Reply
    • manfre:

      Higher spot on the page gets more visibility. Showing the top spot at the bottom of the list doesn’t make much sense here.

      July 24, 2014 @ 6:14 pm | Reply
  23. a:

    Also it seems drserver is already bought by oktay.

    July 24, 2014 @ 3:46 am | Reply
    • drServer:

      Do you possibly know the price involved, cause don’t ?

      July 24, 2014 @ 7:36 am | Reply
      • drServer:

        Do you possibly know the price involved, cause I don’t ?

        July 24, 2014 @ 7:36 am | Reply
    • No, we are not involved in any way with drServer :)

      July 24, 2014 @ 7:46 am | Reply
      • drServer:

        Ohh, now you don’t remember. I am sure that @a have solid unbeatable evidence. So lets see what he have to say.

        July 24, 2014 @ 7:49 am | Reply
    • a:

      oktay has already owned up to dirtcheap.ninja being their brand. I would not be shocked if they have the whole of drserver.

      July 24, 2014 @ 9:03 am | Reply
      • drServer:

        From where are you getting that information if i can ask ?
        That is not true at all.

        July 24, 2014 @ 10:03 am | Reply
  24. a:

    buyvm is already old school. They need to seriously update their offerings with more ram and everything at a cheaper price. They have not changed their pricing since long I can remember- probably since LEB / LET started (more than 5 or 6 years ago).

    July 24, 2014 @ 3:47 am | Reply
    • We considered it but we would much rather compete by features instead. Features are much harder for people to copy and even harder to copy well.

      A lot of the votes for these polls are because people ask for them on twitter, email blasts, IRC, #lowendbox, etc. I’m sure if I put out a tweet we would place higher. With that being said, we haven’t had a post on LEB in well over a year.

      Now, we know that some people don’t care about the extras and would rather just have a cheaper price. We get that.

      We also remember all the tickets we used to get of people deleting files they didn’t mean to and being upset when we didn’t offer backups in our pricing. Theres many other features that we couldn’t offer if we cut prices a bunch.

      Thank you to everyone that voted for us in this and every other round and a big congrats to all the hosts that partisipated!

      Francisco

      July 24, 2014 @ 4:50 am | Reply
      • Maarten Kossen:

        These results are fairly clean when it comes to “Social Media Accounts” as I deliberately raised the number of posts required to vote to exclude those “sleeper” accounts. For the last two polls, yes, I definitely agree with you. Not for this one, though.

        July 24, 2014 @ 7:36 am | Reply
        • I’ve been going back/forth with this reply since i’m trying to write it in a way that doesn’t state “You’re handling this all wrong” or any sort of put down since you’ve done everything in your power to keep it fair.

          The social media spamming has been going on since early 2013 if not late 2012 even, it’s just that now it’s “allowed”, so more providers do it out of fear of losing their spots.

          Anyway, It’s still asking for votes and reminding older people that may not have been posting. Now that you’ve put in a 10 post minimum limit, it just means someone could hire some people off fiverr to make some accounts and post random crap. There was a huge case on WHT where someone was paying fiverr people to post reviews for them whenever there was bad reviews posted about them. You could literally time your watch on it — Once a bad review landed, within 24 hours a good review would hit that would claim all the points of the bad one were incorrect.

          I know you put a minimum 10 post limit but it might be worth it to poke around some of the entries and see how many were active posters prior to the top 10. It’s probably just excessive paranoia but there was lots of votes in the past which were begged/swapped for.

          Thanks for the work and I hope this didn’t bust your knee-caps out too badly,

          Francisco

          July 24, 2014 @ 8:39 am | Reply
          • jcaleb:

            I know you put a minimum 10 post limit but it might be worth it to poke around some of the entries and see how many were active posters prior to the top 10. It’s probably just excessive paranoia but there was lots of votes in the past which were begged/swapped for.

            We did poke at suspicious votes/accounts. the results says it all.

            July 24, 2014 @ 11:09 pm
      • a:

        Even DO has a $5 per month 512mb ram now- go figure. When before nobody can match buyvm with their pricing.

        July 24, 2014 @ 9:08 am | Reply
        • Sure, without backups, private LAN’s for the longest time, no proper IPV6, no management, etc :) DO is all venture money — it’s easy to shop/offer big things when it isn’t your own money.

          Lots of people copied our pricing back then, it’s just too many of them lived off yearly deals to try to sustain themselves. They didn’t invest in the things I wrote many posts on LET v1/v2 about. It wasn’t like any of the ideas/feedback I gave was leading anyone down a bad path — It was things like “Get your own IP space and own your hardware if you can. Restrict your growth if you have to, just to make sure you aren’t blowing every dime you have”. Many others DID follow what I preached and are around to this day with a nice nest egg to live off.

          We don’t target this market much anymore and don’t target this community at all. While our pricing is still competitive, we hope to work towards other things like full management in the coming weeks. We’ve rolled out free inbound bandwidth a few weeks ago and moved all 256MB+ plans to pure SSD’s w/o any sort of reduction in resources. Those same plans got full nightly backups among other things, with more on the way as I can think it up.

          I apologize if you were with us but then wanted a better deal. I just don’t see us decreasing our pricing with everything still the same. Maybe some day I’ll make a ‘super resources’ brand since I got some nice domains sitting in my inventory, but that won’t be any time soon.

          Thanks for the interest and past support if you gave it!

          Francisco

          July 24, 2014 @ 9:50 am | Reply
        • b:

          Do you wanna know about the support of DO?

          so, figure out at http://serdardogruyol.com/?p=122

          July 31, 2014 @ 6:25 am | Reply
  25. jackie:

    catalyst kvm only availiable in dallas, and lebseattle code only useful in seattle with openvz

    July 24, 2014 @ 5:26 am | Reply
    • Ryan Arp:

      LEBSEATTLE actually works for 30% off any of our OpenVZ and KVM services both Dallas and Seattle. Also yes KVM is currently only available in Dallas.

      July 24, 2014 @ 11:49 am | Reply
  26. I find it kind of disappointing that Crissic always seems to miss out from the next spot on the list because of a few votes. :P

    July 24, 2014 @ 5:59 am | Reply
    • I’m quite happy with how we do :) Lets aim for higher next time!

      July 24, 2014 @ 12:00 pm | Reply
  27. Thanks to anybody who voted or honorably mentioned us and congratulations to all the winners! :)

    July 24, 2014 @ 7:40 am | Reply
  28. Congrats to all.

    July 24, 2014 @ 10:29 am | Reply
  29. Oh, I missed this voting this time. I would’ve voted Crissic and Crissic could come one position up. By the way, congratz all.

    July 24, 2014 @ 10:42 am | Reply
  30. raghavendra:

    never saw it this time.. could not vote

    July 24, 2014 @ 6:46 pm | Reply
  31. Dan:

    I vote VULTR.com

    July 25, 2014 @ 4:57 am | Reply
  32. Seattle stock of the plan Maarten posted should be up within 24 hours! Sorry for the delay – hardware took a detour on the way to the data center…

    July 25, 2014 @ 5:05 am | Reply
  33. Congrats to all .. cheers

    July 25, 2014 @ 8:07 am | Reply
  34. Congratulations to RamNode on another well deserved win!

    July 25, 2014 @ 11:29 am | Reply
  35. rivers:

    Good, Saw many good new vps provider, maybe I’ll consider change my vps.

    July 26, 2014 @ 4:18 pm | Reply
  36. Congrats guys, well deserved.

    July 27, 2014 @ 12:44 am | Reply
  37. asterisk14:

    Looks like it is best to go for DO. $5/month and not a one-man-show and will probably be around for the long run. Also have snapshots!

    July 27, 2014 @ 1:42 am | Reply
    • Tom:

      yeah, too bad they require credit cards, instead of allowing clients to, you know, use their bank cards, or paypal cards.

      August 4, 2014 @ 7:43 pm | Reply
  38. Yihhaa…Congratulations to RamNode

    July 27, 2014 @ 9:59 am | Reply
  39. We hope to get into the top 10 one day, we are working hard to achieve this, well done to the top 10 hosts.

    July 28, 2014 @ 12:07 pm | Reply
  40. Good to see my favorite VPS hosting company Ramnode topping the poll. Wishing it more success.

    July 30, 2014 @ 2:00 pm | Reply
  41. Zerok:

    Keep up the good work Ramnode Team!

    August 9, 2014 @ 1:48 pm | Reply
  42. Kobe:

    RamNode my xxx. they told me to provide my id for my order since their system has marked my order as a high risk for fraud. why should I let them have my id???? they are more like fraud to me. fxxx it.

    August 22, 2014 @ 3:30 pm | Reply
    • True.they did it to me also. just because I wanna help my friend to pay the bill, because my friend doesn’t have paypal account.
      Don’t ever give your ID. stay away from ramnode.

      August 31, 2014 @ 4:28 pm | Reply
  43. Do not buy from crissic.net they are crooks. Their services do not meet the reality.

    September 22, 2014 @ 6:50 pm | Reply
    • Do you have anything to back that up?
      I have two servers with Crissic and I don’t feel cheated at all.

      September 23, 2014 @ 5:54 am | Reply
  44. Programer:

    But if you see the total votes a company gets steadily reduced, last poll have 200+ votes for top company and its nearly 60 down now,why?

    October 29, 2014 @ 2:41 pm | Reply
  45. Brian:

    BuyVM’s customer service is terrible. You don’t see them boasting about that here, do you? Steer clear.

    November 22, 2014 @ 9:17 am | Reply
    • Let me guess, you got canned for spamming or were a jerk off in ticket?

      *countless* customers for other companies come by our support channel and even ticket asking for us to help them just because their providers refuse to or don’t have a clue what they’re doing.

      We might be strict, but you’ll have a hard time finding someone said we didn’t address any issues they had or went above & beyond helping them out.

      Francisco

      November 22, 2014 @ 11:59 am | Reply
      • Brian:

        Thank you for supplying a perfect example of your company’s rotten attitude, Francisco. I *must* be a spammer or a jerk off. Nice, real nice.

        “We might be strict, but you’ll have a hard time finding someone said we didn’t
        address any issues they had or went above & beyond helping them out.”

        Strict isn’t the problem. Amazingly rude and unhelpful is the problem. And not such a “hard time” at all. You just found one. There are a lot of us “spamming jerk offs” out here.

        December 31, 2014 @ 4:25 pm | Reply
  46. 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 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

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