I thought it would be appropriate to write something about the VPS this blog is currently hosted on. It’s a Cloud SSD VPS from VPSie. This will be a short post. I will not be including any benchmarks or screenshots, as these can be exported at any time. I just want to give my impression about the provided service. If anyone who reads this post is interested in more info, feel free to leave a comment.
VPSie was an unknown to me cloud hosting provider but I decided to give it a go as it fit all my requirements (KVM virtualization, console access, easy upgrading of resources if I need to upscale, relatively cheap, promise of excellent uptime). I went with the smallest package, 768MB RAM, 10GB SSD, 1 kvm vCore.
During usage of the VPS, all these points have been met. I have been a customer since Nov 28, 2015. During this time, I have had 100% uptime on my VPS (monitored via an external service). Speed is great, and allows me to still use the smallest package, even though admittedly the websites hosted are still very low traffic.
Tech support was great the one or two times I’ve had to contact them. The tech support guy (or girl? can’t remember) I talked to was very knowledgeable and answered my inquiries to the point. One question was about SMTP support, the other about billing.
Regarding SMTP, the VPSie guys do not allow outbound SMTP on their VPS. When they started their service with SMTP enabled, they were apparently flooded with spam abuse reports and had to spend hours and hours delisting their IPs from various spamlists. Not allowing outbound SMTP can be either bad or good, depending on how one sees it.
The bad thing is it makes it slightly more difficult to set up SMTP services. I see this intolerance towards spam and spammers as a good thing. It means my IP will not be listed on any spamlist as part of some of their subnets being listed due to spammy neighbours. Anyway, I have solved this SMTP thing by using an external service (Sendgrid).
I am a Linux Systems Administrator and I will soon launch my own KVM VPS service for clients, but till then, I will keep using my VPSie Cloud VPS as these guys seem to have created a solid product and certainly deserve a mention and positive feedback. Thanks guys!
If any of you feel like trying out their service, you can use my referral link to register and I might get some credit if you are happy with their service and keep using it.