In this article you’ll see 15+ cloud server providers offering cloud vps at low end price range (or shortly saying: affordable). I’ve collected what I can find during my searching so the list will not stop here. You can add another provider if you know one that is not in my list. The main criteria is it must have at least a plan priced under $10. p.s: So you will not see Linode in my list (I just hate the fact they don’t accept PayPal yet).
The list below is not in ranking order, provider listed #1 doesn’t mean better than provider listed #5 and vice versa and so on and so on. As usual, lets start the list with my favorite provider, Digital Ocean.
#1 – Digital Ocean
This my favorite provider. Many says that DO is not purely cloud but KVM-based Cloud-like environment. But for me, they do offer cloud-like experience. I like the progress bar when creating a droplet (they call your vps as droplet) that will finish under 1 minute. Current lowestplan they offer is 512MB RAM, 1 Core CPU, 20GB SSD and 1TB bandwidth for $5/month or $0.007/hour. You pay only for what and how long you use your droplet (billed hourly). Their servers location currently located at US, EU and Asia (Singapore). Visit Digital Ocean.
#2 – iwStack
Also comes with hourly billing model, iwStack is a cloud server service provided by Prometeus. They provide a flexible and powerful cloud platform ideal to test and deploy simple or complex virtual infrastructure. The technology they are using like KVM-based virtualization, Fiber Channel Hitachi HUS 150 SAN Storage, Virtual router: firewall, vpn, load balancer, etc. The cloud technology is powered with CloudStack. Customers will also get FREE incoming bandwidth and FREE Anycast DNS. Cheaper plan they offer is an instance with 384MB RAM, 1 vCPU core, 1TB bandwidth € 1.44/month or € 0.002/hour. Storage is billed separately and customers can choose to use SAN (€0.072/GB/month), low cost storage and secondary NFS storage. Visit iwStack.
#3 – Vultr
A new kid on the block. Many say it’s just a copy of DigitalOcean but Vultr comes with cheaper price for similar DO’s specs. They offer 768MB RAM, 1 CPU core, 15GB SSD and 1TB bandwidth for $5/month or $0.007/hour (at DO you’ll get 512MB RAM and 20Gb SSD). Also, Vultr offers more location options to choose. Currently there are 12 datacenters worldwide (6 in US, 1 in Australia, 1 in Japan, 1 in German, 1 in Netherland, 1 in France and 1 in UK). Their infrastructures are using KVM-based virtualization. Visit Vultr.
#4 – Wable
The cheapest cloud-like provider I’ve ever seen. Unlike many others, Wable (pronounced as Way-Bull) is using OpenVZ for its virtualization technology instead of KVM. They say their enterprise hardware utilizing Intel Xeon processors, ECC RAM, and high speed highly redundant SSD RAID storage arrays (but their cheapest plan comes with traditional HDD). Their cheapest plan offers 512MB RAM, 1 vCPU, 10GB HDD, 1TB bandwidth and 3 ipv4 for only $0.75/month. Their nodes located at Dallas, TX and Seattle, WA. Visit Wable.
#5 – Ubiquity Cloud
Ubiquity cloud service offers a rapidly deploy infrastructure, scalable on demand, pay for what you need. Customers can deploy cloud in one of the following metros: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle. All of their cloud server plans come standard with SSD-based RAID-10 arrays, ensuring maximum input/output operations with increased data resiliency and performance from content mirroring and striping. Their cheapest plan is an instance with 512MB RAM, 1 core processor, 15GB SSD and 1TB bandwidth for only $4/month. They are confident enough to call their infrastructure is built for mission critical. Visit Ubiquity Hosting Cloud.
#6 – SimplerCloud
Their service sounds good but the cheapest plan is really at the edge of my “low end” limit, $10. Hosted in a Tier-3 Singapore data center, SimplerCloud offers instant, fast, self-manageable Linux and Windows root cloud or virtual private servers for start-ups, small-to-medium businesses and Internet application companies and web developers that want better, faster cloud hosting technology that is simple, easy to use, and real-time. Cheapest plan is a Serverlet with 1GB RAM, 20GB SSD, 1 core CPU and 1 TB bandwidth for $10/month. Visit SimplerCloud.
#7 – Vexxhost Cloud
Vexxhost is now offering simpler cloud server. According to their tagline, users can get their cloud sever setup in 30 seconds which is faster than DigitalOcean. Their cheapest plan is purchasable for $5/month and you’ll get an instance with 2 vCPU cores, 512MB RAM, 20GB fast I/O SSD, and 2 TB bandwidth. I suspect the price is promotional only as it says originally $10/month. Visit Vexxhost Cloud.
#8 – Quadranet Cloud
One of well-known datacenter and colocation provider Quadranet starts offering cloud servers called Infracloud. With its tagline “Leverage the power of a hundred CPUs at the touch of single button” Quadranet’s infracloud is powered with blazing fast read/write speeds SSD. Available cheapest plan is an instance with 512MB RAM, 15GB SSD, 1 vCore @ 2GHz and 2 TB bandwidth for $5.81/month ot $0.0079/hour. Visit Quadranet Infracloud.
#9 – Atlantic.net Cloud
Atlantic.net offers instant cloud server deployable in 30 seconds. Just like many others, their service also makes use of fast SSD storage platform. They designed this cloud server service to provide maximum scalability, flexibility, efficiency, and productivity when users need it. Their cheapest plan is an instance with 256MB RAM, 1 vCPU core, 10GB SSD and 1 TB bandwidth for only $3.65/month or $0.005/hour. Visit Atlantic.net Cloud.
#10 – PhotonVPS
This one offer a plus service along with the SSD cloud server offered. The plus one here is free 1Gbps DDOS protection on all plans. The smallest plan is available at $5.95 for a VPS with 512MB RAM, 10GB SSD, and 2TB bandwidth. Visit PhotonVPS.
#11 – Elastichosts
They offer few different cloud services: Elastic, VM and Managed Cloud. Smallest plan is available at $5.23/month. Visit Elastichosts.
#12 – Togglebox
The price is a little bit hurting me, its $10/month for 512MB RAM, 10GB storage and 10TB bandwidth. Visit Togglebox.
#13 – Armorshark
Their infrastructure is powered with OpenStack for their custom cloud computing platform. Spin up unlimited SSD cloud servers on-demand. Cheapest plan: 512MB RAM, 2 CPU cores, 20Gb SSD RAID10 and 1Tb bandwidth for $5/month. Visit Armorshark.
#14 – Dedispec Cloud
Currently our Cloud Servers are available in New York. All Cloud Servers are housed on the latest Intel Xeon prcoessors, utilizing a minimum of two Hex Core processors in each KVM-based hypervisor with DDR3 ECC RAM. Their Cloud Servers are connected at an incredible 20Gbps to our distributed storage area network, powered by Intel 520 series SSDs. Cheapest plan: 512Mb RAM, 1 vCPU, 15GB SSD and 1TB bandwidth for only $7/month. Visit Dedispec Cloud.
#15 – ServGrid
An SSD cloud KVM service with Free hosted DNS managemement and consistent virtual firewall security for early detection, constant protection and failover. Smallest plan comes with 512MB RAM, 1 CPU core, 10GB SSD and 250GB bandwidth for only $8,99/month ($6.29/m with coupon code WHT). Visit ServGrid.
#16 – Frontrange Hosting Cloud
KVM Cloud-like server from Frontrange Hosting. Cheapest plan is a vps with 512MB RAM, 2 vCPU, 20GB Disk, 1TB bandwidth for $8/month. Visit Frontrangehosting.
#17 – Forthcloud
If you have been looking for the best cloud servers on which to host your website, look at their packages. Starting at $5/month, they claim their servers have 160-640% faster performance with average deploy time < 55 seconds. Visit Forthcloud.
#18 – MNX.io
New cloud-like server provider offering hourly billing. Smallest plan starts at $6 for a vps with 1 CPU, 512MB RAM and 5GB SSD. Visit MNX.io.
#19 – Dedify
DedifyStack is a full featured Private Cloud based on CloudStack as Orchestration Manager and XenServer with shared SAN as storage. This means you have not only a VPS or a Fake Cloud Instance, DedifyStack also offers you a full hourly billing for your used resources based on a prepaid billing model. Their cheapest cloudvm is 3.60€/mo for 1 vCPU @ 500MHz, 10GB SSD SAN, 1.4 TB bandwidth/month with free incoming bandwidth. Looking for low end cloud vps in Germany? Visit Dedify.
#20 – NineFold.com
NineFold.com is an Australia-based cloud hosting provider offering both production-grade and development-grade cloud servers. Currently their plans are only available in two datacenter locations in Ausy. Cheapest plan available is $7 for a server with 512MB RAM, 1 Core, 15GB storage and 5GB traffic. Visit NineFold.com
#21 – Luna Node
Luna Node offers cloud server service with datacenter located in Toronto and Montreal, Canada. So if you want to or need a slice of server at Canada then Luna Node is worth to consider. Yet, they also offers hourly billing scheme plus competitive pricing. eg: their 512MB RAM server with 15GB storage and 1TB bandwidth is also available for only $0.005/hour or $3.6/month and its 1GB version is available for only $5.18/month. But there is a catch, they don’t utilize SSD (yet) but SSD-Cached high-availability storage. KVM and Open-Stack are utilized with some many other features. Visit LunaNode.
Which one is the best? You tell me.