In 2010, an article on WebHostingTalk caught my attention. $ 5.95 per month for VPS with 512 MB RAM and IPv6 support? Unbelievable! I needed a virtual virtual server for my secondary DNS and my mail servers after having problems with another provider. BuyVM was relatively unknown to me and I was a little afraid to try another "new" supplier after so many problems with the sudden disappearance of other suppliers, servers down for days, etc. However, I monitored them, and BuyVM continued to appear in surveys of leading LowEndTalk providers. I registered in March 2012.
As for the hosting providers, I think it is the best decision I have ever made. BuyVM was cheaper than other providers I had used, yet the servers were faster, the support was better and overall it was like better service. I liked the service so much that I ended up switching to an OpenVZ VPS with 1GB RAM ($ 13.95 per month at the time, I think) and I've migrated from a dedicated Hivelocity server.
I was even happier when "slices" were announced: for the same price, I could get 4 times more RAM (4 GB) and a dedicated processor on a VPS KVM, and the VPS was extremely fast and reagent!
@Francisco is absolutely fantastic to manage. I rarely needed to contact support, but when I did, Francisco was always informed and ready to help. Previously, a staff member called Aldryic was part of their support team, who was not always so friendly, but I think he's no longer in the company. I've never really had problems with him though.
That's not to say that they have been without problems. In December 2018, they had a major failure that resulted in corrupted data or even data loss for their bulk storage product (my slab was totally corrupted and I had to restore from backup), but they were very open about what was going on and the steps they would take to make sure it did not happen again. This is an open level that I have not seen at other vendors. They also had minor network problems (sporadic outages), but they have been quite resilient since about 2015 and I have not seen any other problems in the last few years.
Overall, I would definitely recommend BuyVM as the first choice for a VPS provider. They have stood the test of time and have a number of advantages over many other LowEndBox style providers. Other suppliers may have declined over the years, but BuyVM easily surpasses them in terms of overall quality and commitment to innovation and the provision of a high quality service .
- BuyVMs are very innovative. They have a lot of features that I have not seen at other providers:
- Stallion, their internal control panel, is great. Although less powerful than some other control panels, it is fast, responsive and contains all the essential features you expect – VNC (only accessible from Stallion, which is an interesting security feature), mounting ISOs, an inverted DNS IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
- Block the "slabs" storage, which allows you to add additional storage to your VPS for $ 1.25 per 256 GB per month. I have not seen any other vendor offering anything similar near this price level.
- Free Anycast IP address if you have VPS at all three locations (Las Vegas, New Jersey and Luxembourg).
- Free DirectAdmin with all VPS.
- Dedicated processor for Slice 4096 ($ 15 / month) and higher plans. You can use 100% of the processor all the time and it's quite fine. I do not totally control the processor, but it is still very useful, when performing full system backups, to know that they will not complain about the use of my processor.
- All the hardware belongs, as well as the IP range. The fact that they own their range of IP addresses was very useful when transferring from San Jose to Las Vegas because all the IP addresses remained the same.
- Traffic not measured at 1 Gb / s on all VPS
- Great support who really knows what they're doing
- Free Windows Server 2008/2012/2016 Licenses
- Stock is sometimes difficult to find. The most popular plans are often out of stock and you have to wait until they are replenished. By the way, I'm glad that they do not over-sell their services massively and limit the number of customers per node.
- The stallion still lacks some features
- No two-factor authentication
- No ability to download custom ISOs – Need to create a support ticket
- CPU: Intel E3-1270 v3 at 3.50 GHz
- Own IP addresses: Yes, AS53667 FranTech Solutions (BuyVM is a trading name of FranTech)
- Use their own services: Yes, buyvm.net and frantech.ca are hosted on their own servers (some hosts use other hosting providers for their own websites).
- IP Example: 126.96.36.199, 2605: 6400: 0020: 0078 :: 1
- Data Center: VegasNAP. Network mix of Hurricane Electric and Cogent, and Voxility for optional protection against DDoS attacks
Note: The above details are for Las Vegas because it is the place that I use
Also note: I am not paid by BuyVM to post this, it's entirely my own opinions I do not even use their affiliate program or anything of the sort.