Best Unmanaged VPS at a Glance
Why Cheap KVM Cloud VPS?
When you hear the metaphor ‘cloud’, it is typically used in three different ways. One is a purely marketing term that refers to shared web hosting (targeted at webmasters with minimum tech skills). Another refers to the proper set of on-demand computing technologies provided e.g. by such market giants as Amazon, Microsoft and Google (targeted at sysadmins and IT operations teams).
In between there is one more way the term ‘cloud’ is used: it refers to virtual machines built on top of the highly available infrastructure. The providers of cloud servers remove the complexity of handling low-level configurations and make it easy to deploy a cloud instance within seconds. Such cloud virtual private servers (VPS) are targeted at a variety of developers and webmasters and it is this usage of ‘cloud’ that is the focus of this article.
The providers below allow you to build a server with the resources you need (such as RAM, CPU and storage). Regardless of the resources, their cloud servers share all of the following features:
If you are hosting multiple busy websites on one VPS or if you use your server for other purposes, you will need much higher resources. You will find the most affordable 4 GB RAM VPS below.
We first present the cheapest cloud VPS (<$3.50) with 512 MB of RAM. After that, you will find equally cheap unmanaged VPS (<$12) with 4 GB of RAM.
BuyVM is a Frantech Solutions company. In business since 2010, it has pioneered the frontiers of web hosting solutions on an ultra-low budget. Not only does BuyVM provide the cheapest KVM servers starting $20 a year, it also includes a set of free perks. The perks include a free Microsoft Windows Server and free hosting software (DirectAdmin, Softaculous and Blesta). BuyVM furthermore has built its own control panel, Stallion, and has multiple data center locations. There are just a few minor inconveniences. BuyVM is often out of stock, approves all orders manually, may not have the latest OS images and does not have an option for backups.
In business since 2012, RamNode has always put quality before anything else. It has a comfortable number of strategic locations, friendly tech support and competitive pricing. In 2019 RamNode launched its OpenStack cloud platform. Along with this switch, RamNode introduced hourly billing and several addons, such as image storage (including snapshots and backups).
VirMach has a broad range of products, including web hosting, dedicated servers and VPN. It specializes, as the name suggests, in virtual private servers. VirMach’s tiniest KVM server has 256 MB of RAM. You can choose from 11 locations. Buffalo servers come with free DDoS protection, while there is a DDoS option in Los Angeles ($2.50). Additionally, Chicago, Dallas and the two locations above have an option for a 10 Gbps shared port ($2). Unlike other unmanaged VPS providers, VirMach provides optional managed support ($25/month or $15/15 minutes).
If you are looking for a reliable cloud VPS provider, Vultr has everything other leading cloud platforms offer – plus a cheap entry plan ($2.50). This VPS does not include an IPv4 address, only an IPv6 one. If you need an IPv4, you can still get a cheap cloud VPS for $3.50. The cheapest $2.50 plan is only available in New York and Atlanta, while 1 GB RAM servers ($5) are available in all 16 global locations. Vultr offers a big selection of up-to-date operating systems, hourly billing and optional backups and DDoS protection. We have been using Vultr for several projects and both uptime and performance have been excellent.
Hetzner is an established German hosting and server provider. There is literally no other company that can compete with Hetzner when it comes to its cloud pricing: the cheapest 2 GB RAM VPS costs just €2.49 a month. Hetzner includes free DDoS protection and provides an option between local SSD and network Ceph storage. While many of its clients are based across the world (from the US to Russia), Hetzner’s data centers are located only in Germany and Finland.
HostHatch provides KVM, OpenVZ and storage VPS. Its KVM servers are available in seven locations in the US and EU, while its OpenVZ containers can be also purchased in Hong Kong and Sydney. HostHatch’s KVM cloud servers include fully dedicated CPU cores (except the cheapest VPS with 2 GB of RAM). HostHatch’s warranties include a pro-rated refund for the interrupted services for any period of time.
ImpactVPS provides a resource bundle rather than a VPS. You can use those resources to create one or several servers. Because ImpactVPS is focused entirely on providing a resource pool, it hardly offers any addons (no backups and DDDoS protection). The smallest resource bundle includes 4 GB of RAM and 5 dedicated IP addresses.
IntoVPS is a Hosterion SRL brand. Its sister brands include IntoDNS (a free DNS checkup tool) and Fleio (OpenStack cloud and billing system). All of the servers include a free DirectAdmin license. The cheapest 2 GB RAM VPS costs $5. IntoVPS’s services are based on hourly billing, while the monthly plans are based on a 28-day cycle regardless of the actual number of days.
If 512 GB RAM is not enough and 4 GB RAM is too much, LaunchVPS offers an affordable 1 GB RAM VPS in Philadelphia. The service comes with a 100% satisfaction and a 45-day money back guarantee. A 1 GB RAM KVM VPS costs $4.29 a month or $3.93 if pre-paid for a year. Use the code 104LIFE for 10% off for life.