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vpsBoard Top Providers of 2014 voting.

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It's hard to believe that 2014 is almost over, and with that comes the first annual 'Provider of the year' polling. We've seen some great up and comers this year that have been making a splash in the industry as well as have been treated by the many tried and true established options as well. Although there are many great and solid hosting options, only one can be named the top provider of 2014.

 

The rules are simple and straight forward, there is no need for this to be complicated. If your account was created before right now, you can vote. If your account was created after right now, you can not vote.

 

You have 5 points, you can assign them as you see fit. For example:

 

  • Host A - 3 points
  • Host B - 1 point
  • Host C - 1 point

 

or any variation of the above. 1 point to 5 hosts, or 5 points to 1 host. They're your points, assign them however you wish. Out of votes but still want to show your support? Honorable Mentions will also be accepted.  The top 5 Honorable Mention providers will receive a shout-out in the announcement thread!"

 

The voting officially ends on December 31st at 11:59PM (EST). Any vote casted after this time will not be counted.

 

The winner will be announced within the following day.

 

Q.) I own multiple brands, will votes between them all be grouped towards the one parent?

A.) No. Each individual brand will be counted separately.

 

Q.) Can I ask customers for votes on social media?

A.) Yes, of course. That's fine. This comes but once a year so feel free to ask for support from your customer-base to be crowned the 'top provider of 2014'

 

Q.) What do I get if my company wins?

A.) Bragging rights for an entire year of being voted the top provider! Okay, how about one free 125X125 banner ad for six months (Cash Value: $270). Don't have a 125X125 banner ad? No worries, I'll throw in $100 towards media creation for the designer of your choice and a custom title under your name that proudly proclaims you were the vpsBoard 2014 provider of the year (Cash value: Priceless)

 

Q.) Can providers vote for themselves?

A.) That's just tacky. I'm going to have to say.. 'No'.

 

 

Questions? Let me know and I'll add the question and answer to the section above.

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Oh yay. I assume this is the thread to vote in?

 

RamNode - 3 points

SecureDragon - 2 points

 

Omg. RamNode is in the lead.

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Oh yay. I assume this is the thread to vote in?

 

Yep, right thread.

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Oh fun...   I'd vote for Vultr, but not happy with a provider that runs NO RAID, RAID-0, or RAID-1. (BA-DUM!).

 

So I am thin on providers this yeah, as I've purged most of them.  Too many invoices and too many issues with many of them.

 

My list.... and I am sticking to VPS offers here...

 

BuyVM  - 3 points 

What can I say about BuyVM?  Tons of free features and useful addons you want.   Still enjoying that flat rate annual plan. Anycast.... yeah... bigger filtering pipes....  You get the point.

 

Wable - 1 point 

Incero's rebranded eduvps aka Wable is pretty alright.  Nice to have pooled resources and be able to shuffle those and deploy new containers as-needed.  It's OpenVZ with the panel feature jazz that just resonates with me.  Nice clean environment for development and clean instances as-needed.

 

DigitalOcean - 1 point

Multiple locations, deploy on demand as needed.   Downside in my mind?  KVM which means higher cost point per container.  Used them for a long time as clean environment for dev.  Still have a lingering instance out there. Pretty strong network in NYC.

 

Commonality?  They all have custom panels.

 

Honorable mention: Crissic Solutions.    I have a remote desktop there and it's darn good, real stable, works fast and always works when I need it.

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I do not frequent (very often) this forum, but I haven't seen anybody from ramnode on this forum and yet many seem to love it, they never seem to care about vpsB! ?. (I guess even the oldest guy (Aldyric?; sorry I can't remember exact name) belongs to BuyVM :) )

 

there isn't any poll attached to the thread? (MannDude, do you manually calculate reading each post?)

 

why not have polls every quarter like LET does?

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Cloudshards - 3

 

Best support team which always tell me to "try now".

 

Waveride - 2

 

Most premium provider who provided premium services at an amazingly affordable yet premium price.

 

HM: BuyVM, Crissic Solutions

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RamNode 2

IntoVPS 1

BuyVM 1

DigitalOcean 1

 

Vultr -1 (just like drmike said)

 

I only listed VPS not my Dedi :D

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I do not frequent (very often) this forum, but I haven't seen anybody from ramnode on this forum and yet many seem to love it, they never seem to care about vpsB! ?. (I guess even the oldest guy (Aldyric?; sorry I can't remember exact name) belongs to BuyVM :) )

 

there isn't any poll attached to the thread? (MannDude, do you manually calculate reading each post?)

 

why not have polls every quarter like LET does?

 

@Nick_A owns RamNode and he's a vpsBoard member.

 

Quarterly polls are too frequent in my opinion and that's more of LET's thing anyhow. ;)

 

I'll calculate the votes manually as well, a poll would be a lot of effort to include all the providers someone may want to vote for and then audit it to make sure those who voted were legit, etc. Much easier this way.

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My humble vote:

  • 3 BuyVM
  • 1 Incero (Backupsy to be specific)
  • 1 HostHatch

Honourable mention: Dr.Server; RamNode; Makonix.

 

Ya, that is it.

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  • 2 Catalysthost
  • 2 Ramnode
  • 1 Secure Dragon

HM: OpenITC and Yourserver.

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My humble vote:

  • 3 BuyVM
  • 1 Incero (Backupsy to be specific)
  • 1 HostHatch

Honourable mention: Dr.Server; RamNode; Makonix.

 

Ya, that is it.

 

Erm, Incero != Backupsy :)

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VPS providers only...

 

CloudVPS.com 2  <-- reliability, scalability, openstack, private networking, custom openstack interface,high availability, free global CDN, private networking, clusters, load balancing, ip failover, big open source supporters, bla bla bla

UltraVPS.eu 2  <--the .eu one owned by ProviderService not the .com one owned by VersaWeb :) like all ProviderService brands it's reliable and just works

RunAbove 1 <-openstack nova KVM plus things you won't find at DigitalOcean or Vultr like their SailAbove docker solution, and instances with IBM Power8 processors, etc.  surprisingly reliable for something that is basically still in beta.  Points deducted because Oles might change his mind tomorrow and convert RunAbove's offices into a taco stand.

 

honorable mentions in absolutely no order:

 

VPS.co.za -reliable Xen in Cape Town, I've used them for almost 2 years

VPS.us -reliable Xen in Rotterdam, I've used them for 1 1/2 years

CloudFlow -great knowledgeable support (a key factor when the buggy OnApp is involved), high availability, KVM, great network ...from SeFlow in Milan

Prometeus -reliability, Xen and KVM, currently have a Xen VPS in India and an IWStack KVM in Texas

GreenQloud - Iceland, custom panel built on top of cloudstack, plus a custom dropbox-like file storage/sharing system called StorageQloud...points deducted for the annoying hipster "CO2 saved this year meter" in their panel...a little too "green" for me. (see image below)

Vultr - reliability, locations, performance and CPU power, KVM...points deducted because they're from Jersey but points added because I'm one of the few people who enjoy DaveA's sense of humor.

Nephoscale -custom panel, in house developed custom cloud solution NephOS, 10 Gbps, SSD, KVM, reliable ...San Jose...owned by Silicon Valley Hosting who have been around since the mid 90's, most of Nephoscale's development/management team formerly worked at GoGrid

Edis -locations (I currently have VPS in Hong Kong and Moscow), KVM, company had a rough patch at beginning of year due to illnesses/turnover but reliability is back to normal

HostVirtual -reliability, locations, excellent support (fastest response times anywhere), and great network, Xen

Backupsy - extremely reliable and no downtime when I used them (I'm backing everything up to dedis now so no longer using but definitely recommended)

 

What do all 13 have in common? Do you see the word OpenVZ in any of my descriptions?  Didn't f**king think so..  What else do they have in common?  I rarely, if ever, have to open a support ticket at most of these providers...some of them I've been with over a year and have never opened a ticket

 

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GreenQloud panel CO2  meter...

 

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off topic but...

I'd vote for Vultr, but not happy with a provider that runs NO RAID, RAID-0, or RAID-1. (BA-DUM!).

 

 

In the past year I've had lengthy downtime due to drive/RAID controller problems at providers like Iniz who use 12-disc RAID10 arrays and I had total data loss (it was only a backup FTP service and I have several backup servers but...) when Prometeus' RAID enabled backup service server at Leaseweb started eating and corrupting discs last month...I've yet to have any disc related problems or downtime at Vultr since they launched.  Vultr does have a very cheap automated backup addon (from $1 a month)...and everyone who uses any provider should also be making their own offsite backups regardless of whether the provider has RAID

 

tl;dr CVPS/BlueVM/123Systems/GVH have RAID10 and I'd choose Vultr with its unknown RAID status over any of the #winning crew any day

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RamNode - 1: Solid service over many years, with great support.

VPSDime - 1: One of the best large-RAM providers I've used, though I don't use them as frequently as others.

QuickPacket - 1: Run a couple of dedicated servers over there, network is great, not had any hardware problems, and support have been fantastic - very helpful when I moved over from CaliHop.

SecureDragon - 1: Used one of their annual plans for ages, and have known Joe for a while, he runs a stellar service.

Prometeus - 1: Tried and tested, both their standard and Overzold offerings are great, but I only actively use their standard plans, which have been stable as any in the past 2 years or so.
 
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HM: DigitalOcean, Backupsy, Iniz, Online.net

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  • FreshRoastedHosting - 3 points
  • TheSkySpace - 1 point
  • SpaceWeb - 1 point

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there isn't any poll attached to the thread? (MannDude, do you manually calculate reading each post?)

 

why not have polls every quarter like LET does?

 

I am pretty good at calculating public totals ;)  

 

Quarterly polls are just blah...  not really enough time between them to matter much.  

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  • Secure Dragon: 4

Been a little over a year now. Freaking awesome containers. Other than kernel updates, not even a blip of downtime I can think of whatsoever.

 

  • BuyVM: 1

I haven't had a container over there too terribly long but I felt they deserved more than an honorable mention. So far it's been an extremely stable and optimal environment that's performed very well. If I'd been using them longer I'm sure I'd have left a higher number.

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Prometeus 1

Inception Hosting 1

DigitalOcean 1

online.net 1

Linode 1

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@Nick_A owns RamNode and he's a vpsBoard member.

 

Quarterly polls are too frequent in my opinion and that's more of LET's thing anyhow. ;)

 

I'll calculate the votes manually as well, a poll would be a lot of effort to include all the providers someone may want to vote for and then audit it to make sure those who voted were legit, etc. Much easier this way.

The reason I haven't recognized him so far is probably because he doesn't have a professional signature (as buyvm does). Probably, it appeared to me like Nick being a happy customer of ramnode. :) 

Nick: aren't you missing something that the buyvm guys are gaining? :)

 

 

 

 

I am pretty good at calculating public totals ;)

Ya, if I remember right, you were the one who put up LET poll results I think even before they finished it.

 

And, yes I understand the voting (and the result) is public and transparent. 

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