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Top Provider Poll 2014-Q3 — The Results

Ladies and gentlemen: once again the moment has come! The votes have been counted and the results have been checked. The results for the Top Provider Poll 2014-Q3 are here!

First of all, let me thank you all 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 three 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.

This is, however, the last poll as we know it now. It has commercialized into another ad spot for providers and that’s not what the poll is for. Changes are up ahead to make the poll more interesting and more refreshing. More about that in the final notes.

On to the results. By continued popular demand, I have listed the top 10 right here! I have picked offers for the top 3 providers from their website; numbers 4 to 10 are mentioned without an offer.

And the winner is…

1. RamNode (127 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). This remains one of their most popular offers, combining a load of disk space with SSD-caching and a decent amount of hardware:

2. Nodisto IT: Winity.io, Backupsy, VPSDime, Cloudive, Virtora (102 votes)

VPSDime_-_Cheap_High_RAM_VPS_Cheap_High_Storage_VPS_-_2014-10-27_20.41.40Oktay 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!



3. Prometeus (85 votes)

iwStack_-_Cloud_services_by_Prometeus_-_2014-10-27_20.33.03Prometeus, 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!)! Recently, a XenServer-based zone was added to their iwStack brand, which enables you to (for example) build a server like this:

  • 1 vCPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • 20GB SAN disk space
  • 1.5GB traffic/hr
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4
  • /64 IPv6
  • XenServer/CloudStack
  • Price: €3.60 ($4.58)/month
  • Order in Milan, Italy
  • Minimum sign-up credit purchase of €30 required. VAT included.

4. Crissic Solutions (62 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 third 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. Recently Skylar announced Crissic’s expansion to Los Angeles, which deserves our congratulations!

5. DrServer (50 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 seventh, 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. An interesting addition to the DrServer empire is Dirt Cheap Ninja, where the server pricing starts at $0.50/month, paid per month! If that isn’t cheap…

6. MyCustomHosting (31 votes)

MyCustomHosting-Home_My_Custom_Hosting_-_2014-10-27_20.32.35MyCustomHosting is know for their cheap but resource-packed KVM servers in Canada. It’s a pleasure to welcome them to the top 10! Phil has been working hard to build MyCustomHosting as a successful business and has hit a few bumps down the road, mainly because of the challenges OVH brings with regards to networking. He has conquered those challenges, though, and brought his business to the next level. So, if you need a proper KVM in North America/Canada, MyCustomHosting is a good choice!

7. BuyVM (23 votes)

BuyVMBuyVM has been riding the top 10 solidly for the past three polls! Another established LowEndProvider, BuyVM, comes in seventh! 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. That is on top of the ongoing improvements they are doing to their in-house panel, which is said to be getting a custom-coded billing part as well. Last but not least, they’re branching out to Luxembourg, becoming one of the few, or only even, LEB providers in that country…!

7. Digital Ocean (23 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.

7. Inception Hosting (23 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! On top of that, Anthony now offers OpenVZ boxes in Miami as well.

10. Catalyst Host (20 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.





Final note

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

As I mentioned in the introduction, we’ll be making some changes to make the poll more interesting. I’m not going to share all details yet; some ideas still need to be ironed out. What I can say, though, is that there’s going to be more than one “top” next time, and the poll will be held twice a year… For more details, keep an eye on LowEndBox and LowEndTalk for the next two months!



  1. BadPatrick:

    Awesome. Congrats all around.

    October 28, 2014 @ 1:05 pm | Reply
  2. congratulations to all !

    ramnode,prometeus,buyvm,digitaolocean, keep up the good work !

    October 28, 2014 @ 1:26 pm | Reply
  3. Nick:

    Nice one RamNode. Great to see Inception Hosting in the top 10 well deserved

    October 28, 2014 @ 1:39 pm | Reply
  4. Congrats for all the top :)
    And it seems like the provider lists is being stable now :)

    October 28, 2014 @ 1:41 pm | Reply
  5. 9. Inception Hosting (40 votes)
    8. Digital Ocean (31 votes)
    7. BuyVM (27 votes)
    6. MyCustomHosting (31 votes)

    could you tell me what the rule is ? why 40 votes is lower than 31 votes

    October 28, 2014 @ 1:50 pm | Reply
  6. Jerry:

    Just grabbed one from drserver, gonna make it a cloud storage server. :)

    October 28, 2014 @ 2:05 pm | Reply
  7. ask123:

    RamNode the best!!!

    October 28, 2014 @ 2:08 pm | Reply
  8. Thanks everyone!

    October 28, 2014 @ 3:51 pm | Reply
  9. drserver:

    Thank you for all voting. Congratulations to all mentioned hosts. We all know how hard is get and stay here. And i would like to use this opportunity for our thank you video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7tPFWLDJNA

    October 28, 2014 @ 4:41 pm | Reply
  10. bitseeker:

    I’ve been a happy customer of Crissic and VPSDime. Congrats, guys!

    October 28, 2014 @ 6:52 pm | Reply
  11. derp:

    Good to see MCH made it on the list, definitely well deserved.

    October 28, 2014 @ 6:59 pm | Reply
  12. rivers:


    October 28, 2014 @ 7:09 pm | Reply
  13. Thanks everyone for the votes! Always happy to see that our clients are happy. Congratz to everyone in the top 10 this time around!

    October 28, 2014 @ 9:24 pm | Reply
    • MudithaC:

      Crissic customer of more than a year. I am really glad to see you’re on the top list. Never been disappointed with the service. Always the top service while making it affordable to small customers with a tight budget to use resources. Good job Skylar. Keep it up.

      December 23, 2014 @ 3:38 am | Reply
  14. duwal:

    sometime dear best brand not cheepest i say ty to the good job hosts!!!

    October 28, 2014 @ 9:40 pm | Reply
  15. Jordan:

    Congrats everyone!

    October 29, 2014 @ 12:04 am | Reply
  16. Congratulation for the winners

    October 29, 2014 @ 10:21 am | Reply
  17. lol:

    i see iniz aint in there good job as they are slacking and love suspending nodes i had about 20 services now only 2 left which im moving away from very poor way to treat customers

    October 29, 2014 @ 1:30 pm | Reply
    • David:

      Sorry to hear that. I have no problems on my 64 MB VPS with them since more than year.

      October 29, 2014 @ 2:07 pm | Reply
  18. Surprised not seeing Iniz there. Also, I think xvmlabs (bandwagon host brand) deserves to get nominated there :)

    October 29, 2014 @ 2:27 pm | Reply
    • Luciano:

      Not too surprised to be honest :)

      October 29, 2014 @ 3:26 pm | Reply
  19. lee beck:

    Iniz dissapear of the list, possibly cant manage many customers, i have a vps with they and have a problem and their support answer “we can not help you with your problem”.

    October 29, 2014 @ 10:30 pm | Reply
  20. Pa'Le:

    hmmm.. no vultr?

    October 30, 2014 @ 7:16 am | Reply
  21. Congratulations to all top providers.

    October 30, 2014 @ 9:38 am | Reply
  22. jeanepaul:

    wow, ramnode, $5 for 2cores? I’m first time, coming from gce. I want to try!

    October 30, 2014 @ 4:43 pm | Reply
  23. Programer:

    My previous comment was removed by ” moderators” .

    I wonder why the number of votes steadily went half than the previous poll in previous quarter? Many companies are slowly moving out of LET/LEB regularly, the recent to move away is VPSDIME even though they are voted as top provider,

    October 30, 2014 @ 5:35 pm | Reply
    • Maounique:

      Thank you for the votes, we have an unfair advantage as our main business is not in the LEB/LET area, the people which do fight on that front mainly have our admiration and congratulations.

      October 31, 2014 @ 8:18 am | Reply
  24. Nekib:

    Using VPSDIME since 3 months. So far quite satisfied. Congrats serverian :)

    October 31, 2014 @ 11:34 am | Reply
  25. Greg:

    Well I am amazed that BuyVM is anywhere in this poll. I have had 3 VPSs with them and moved all but one to other providers because of their poor service. My only VPS with them now has been off for 24+ hours and the support ticket was never responded to after 24 hours. They are to be avoided.

    October 31, 2014 @ 7:51 pm | Reply
    • Did you get suspended for bandwidth overages maybe? Did you forget to pay your invoice?

      I’d love to see a ticket ID for this support ticket you claim :)

      We place fine considering we don’t market on these two sites. LV had some network issues earlier in the year but after replacing the router we had things have been solid.


      October 31, 2014 @ 8:03 pm | Reply
      • Greg:

        There is the ticket 714987, never replied to after 48 hours.

        I last paid an invoice on October 7th, next one due in a week. Here is my invoice status and credit:
        0 Due Invoices
        Invoice # Invoice Date Due Date Total Balance Status All Invoices
        No Records Found

        Account Credit: $4.00 – Add Funds

        The server came up for a few hours during the night (I am in Australia) and then failed again.

        As I said this is not my first poor experience with BlueVM. I just have been to lazy to shift this last site away, but this last experience will get me to pull my finger out.

        November 1, 2014 @ 6:24 am | Reply
        • Maounique:


          November 1, 2014 @ 11:21 am | Reply
          • I have used their service and i think francisco know business. He will never ever make that type of action to the client. I know they are good and reliable host.

            January 17, 2016 @ 2:39 am | Reply
        • You mistook BuyVM for BlueVM. Two drastically different companies.

          November 1, 2014 @ 4:19 pm | Reply
          • Greg:

            You are right – sorry and I use BuyVM and they are very good. My apologies to BuyVM

            November 1, 2014 @ 9:23 pm | Reply
          • You make me a sad panda :(

            No worries though, thank you for the feedback :)

            Thank you Mao & manndude,


            November 3, 2014 @ 9:48 pm | Reply
  26. Congrats to all providers! Now I’m digitalocean user and still satisfied with their service, keep your good work :D

    November 1, 2014 @ 10:51 am | Reply
  27. Tom:

    Without a doubt, Ramnode wins every single time.
    I’ve gone through a number of providers here, and these are the ONLY people that I have been able to depend on reliably since February. They just work…

    Everyone else? A month or two into service, the provider starts acting up. Hell, in some cases, less than a day into it, things go south, and the provider refuses to fix them. Ramnode? Reliably stable for months on end.

    Keep up the good work :)

    November 2, 2014 @ 7:15 pm | Reply
  28. Marcus Vinicius:

    I’m really happy with RamNode!

    I tried Crissic, NodeServ, Green Value Host, Virtono, Mach9, Host1Plus and ServersAnDomains.com. But there is nothing equal to this company.


    November 3, 2014 @ 8:51 pm | Reply
  29. Sam Taylor:

    Been with Inception for a couple of years. Can’t rate them highly enough- if you value good, rapid, friendly support, they can’t be beaten.

    November 8, 2014 @ 9:27 am | Reply
  30. Brian:

    BuyVM provides decent technical service, but their customer service can be rude and even downright hostile, depending on who you get. If a consistently smooth and pleasant experience is important, look elsewhere.

    November 18, 2014 @ 4:56 am | Reply
  31. alex:

    be aware of this hosting provider

    they can delete your vps anytime without termination warning as they did with my one. (they have only suspension warnings and delete your vps after that silently less that a week after suspension)

    on my question what rules they have about termination they didn’t show me any links and all i’ve got – is rude conversation with someone, John, who used phrases like this “We are not interested in changing your behaviour, that is a task for your parents”, or “We will continue to provide you the service which is paid for, but would appreciate if you do not renew”. I paid them almost 40euros each month during more than a year or two and was very gentle during that last conversation… so, it is up to you, using this service or not. i’ve lost my website, were abused and now i am quitting.

    January 17, 2015 @ 9:47 am | Reply
    • Brian:

      That’s very close to the experience I had with them, Alex. The only real difference is that I was a customer longer and got robbed for much more when they terminated my service without TOS violation. They are a very unprofessional outfit, rude, condescending and childish, indeed. Maybe fine for kids that like that sort of thing, but definitely a bad choice for serious adults. The worst part is that they’re liars and thieves too. They don’t even have a published SLA! No guarantee of service and a major financial risk. Stay far, far away folks.

      January 18, 2015 @ 5:19 pm | Reply
      • John Lee:

        What hosting provider are you referring to? “this hosting provider” is not very descriptive.

        May 11, 2015 @ 6:18 am | Reply
  32. CWms:


    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 @ 1:58 pm | Reply
    • Helium:

      Thanks for the comments! Was going to order with them, now I will stay away after hearing that.

      April 5, 2015 @ 3:44 am | Reply
  33. Maya:

    I’m using ramnode and they are good

    March 26, 2015 @ 12:55 am | Reply
  34. John Lee:

    Quite seriously, I wish some of the people on here could be sued for defamation. 90% of the time it’s their fault for violating the TOS then they have a superiority complex and blame the host for rightfully terminating their services. VPS hosts are not charities or babysitting services and should be treated as such (true, on the other hand there are basement kiddie hosts, but those are much easier to weed out).

    May 8, 2015 @ 11:45 am | Reply
  35. This polling is important

    November 8, 2016 @ 5:47 am | Reply

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