Currently I am hosting a server for a particular video game from my home with a large amount of bandwidth using FreeBSD 7.2 and VirtualBox. Everything works perfectly, but I'm looking into a new domain and a professional hosting solution in order to improve the overall experience for my users. I'm a college student (graduate, robotics) and therefore I'm on a tight budget.
I've generated a usermap using a GeoIP database that shows the span of my userbase. In short, most of my users are from America and northern Europe.
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The virtual machine I use currently uses 192 MB of virtual RAM. Although the hard drive uses over 6GB, most of that is taken up by the operating system itself (Windows XP MCE) - I can fit my daemon into 2GB. Using Linux or FreeBSD is not an option unfortunately. I do not require high reliability, but I cannot afford to be locked into a contract. If possible, I'd like to get a VPS host with a low introductory cost so that I can determine whether my needs will be met with as little cost.
After checking around for low-cost VPS hosts that fit these criteria, the three most likely candidates seem to be:
- 24shells.net - $18 a month
- Pandela - $24 a month
- Kickass VPS - $35 a month
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I know nothing about these providers. Does anyone on this forum have any recommendations? Do my goals sound feasible?
You might run into licensing issues with Windows XP in a datacenter scenario, and Windows 2003/2008 would be quite pricey if you were to buy it, so I would recommend going with a host that can license you 2k3/2k8 on a monthly basis through the SPLA. This will add to the cost of the server, but it keeps everything simple and above board.