Needed a VPS for one of my websites, so I’ve been doing some research on various hosts and plans. Here is what I found, as a side-by-side comparison matrix. From various sources, the hosting companies listed here generally seem to have good reputation:
|Linode (XEN)||RimuHosting (XEN)||eApps (Virtuozzo)||WiredTree (Virtuozzo, managed)||LiquidWeb (Virtuozzo, managed)||SliceHost (XEN)|
|Plan||360||VPS1||VPS2||standard||standard plus||standard max||VPS384||VPS Basic||256 slice|
My budget was around $20-$30 month, so I only listed the lower end plans of each host. Hopefully this can be helpful for someone who is looking for an entry-level VPS. Guess what host I chose at the end?
Update: I ended up choosing Linode. I narrowed down to slicehost & linode; both hosts look good and have good reviews at webhostingtalk. Slicehost’s website and management console are more appealing. But slicehost only provides 64 bit environment, which uses more memory than a 32-bit system. Here is a comparison. Also see this thread at slicehost forum: Might I have to say goodbye to Slicehost? (64-bit vs. 32-bit). Linode provides both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. Besides, linode provides more resources for the same 20 bucks (especially memory: 360MB vs 256MB); linode has data centers at four different locations to choose from while slicehost has only one. So far I’m a happy customer with Linode.