We define a “Low-EndBox” as a cheap virtual server. “Cheap” is obviously relative and changes over time. When LEB started, cheap cloud hosting meant a 64MB RAM server for $5 or less. Today you can easily get 1GB of RAM (16x the resources) for the same price, and without much effort you can probably find a 2GB cheap vps for that price.
We’ve featured insanely low prices on LEB but as with everything there are trade-offs. When you sign up with a big provider like Amazon or Microsoft, you’re paying for stability. With Lowend hosts, you may be dealing with a one-man band.
So why might you want a LowEndBox? Is it just for cheap hosting? Here are some reasons:
- You get more for less. For example, a 2GB VM with 1 vCPU on Amazon EC2 will cost you $7.56/mo but that’s with only 1GB of bandwidth. If you want 1TB, add another $92/month, so about $100/mo. OTOH, that same 1 vCPU with 2GB of RAM and 2TB of bandwidth is only a cheap $10/mo at Vultr.
- You want predictable pricing. Even cheap cloud hosting providers (to the extent they exist) are per-everything. Bundled bandwidth is a characteristic of more traditional hosting and many LowEnd providers will either stop your bandwidth or provide you the opportunity to purchase more without an unlimited credit card exposure.
- Not everything needs production quality. Why pay for uber-reliable hosting for development and test environments? For the price of one nigh-unbreakable system, you can probably have three LowEnd systems for sandboxes.
- You like the personal touch. With many of the hosts I’ve over the years, I was on a first-name basis with the owner. You’re not going to be on a first-name basis with the CEO of a multi-billion-dollar corporation. You can get better, personal service from “the neighborhood LEB shop” than a giant.
- You want exotic locations. Every provider, large or small, has a rack in Silicon Valley and Amsterdam. But what if you want a game server in Bulgaria, Bangkok, Bangor, or Beirut? Maybe you want DNS in Denali or Tinc in Timbuktu. There are a lot more exotic locations in the LEB world that with the big buys who a much bigger footprint.
As with everything, you tend to get what you pay for, and getting the absolute cheapest vps is not always the best way to go. But that doesn’t mean that overpaying necessarily gets you more either. Understand your needs, research providers, and search our offers!