I switched my VPS from Hostigation to RamNode recently. Hostigation was a great value when I signed up in 2011 - $30/year for a 128mb KVM box? I mean, come on! However, as the years have gone by, Hostigation has started to fade out of the low end box scene, which concerned me. So I switched to RamNode, which offered me a few advantages:
- Better geographical location (Atlanta vs. Rock Hill)
- Better value (twice the resources for 1.25x the price)
- Better support (IRC presence along with a responsive, fully-staffed support desk)
Today marks one week since I initially signed up with RamNode. Uptime has been 100%, and benchmarks are very positive:
zach@overflod:~$ dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync; unlink test
16384+0 records in
16384+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 2.54237 s, 422 MB/s
I have only encountered one small issue, and that is because I originally signed up for the 128mb OpenVZ package at $14.88/yr. Processes would randomly die and get moved into/out of swap, even though there was plentiful RAM free. So if you’re going to go RamNode, stay away from their OpenVZ offerings.
There are a few fantastic coupon codes right now. WOWNUM1 will get you 38% off any VPS purchase (recurring), and TWOYEAR will get you 42% off, making RamNode a stable and cheap VPS hosting option.