I haven't got a VPS, but you could use it for off-site storage of personal files or small business data, anything that's non-copyrighted. Check your TOS before uploading anything that may be in violation.
I think the better question is, what can I "NOT" use a VPS for. Generally a VPS can be used for anything that's server related as long as it doesn't go with the provider's TOS/AUP. I would say the most popular use for VPS are VPN as users like to browse anonymously.
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-email servers (it is great for things like zimbra)
-svn/cvs hosting usually with track or bugzilla
-voip server (asterisk) if you have people in multiple location that need to talk to each other
-vnc/nx server (i use nx myself just to have all my data when doing something in one location)
-messenging server (jabber)
-ecommerce (doesn't necessarly mean webshop)
- many more that I can't think of at the moment
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You need to watch the providers Terms if you are going to the above activity.
Originally Posted by p9xnet
And leech, upload and download to/from share web as rapidshare...
im glad you put the there.....
Originally Posted by datarealm
We've noticed an uptick in interest for people doing voip services as well as vpn's/proxy's from countries that seem to be a little more strict on what their populace are 'allowed' to see.
Could not agree with you more here.
Other use would be a dev web server. If you have a production application but need a dev server to test new patches on.. a vps would be great for that. Also dns servers (the more the better) and mail hubs for more then one route into your core mail system.