US friends, are you renting a server or did you buy your own and run it at home?
If renting, where/which company are you renting from?
@bobstechsite I should really start thinking about creating a North America cloud. All going well, next year I will work on that.
@vickysteeves for what purpose?
@ted dedicated server for various projects/things I'd like to self-host -- nextcloud, various mailing lists, etc.
@vickysteeves for me, I realized I'm a pretty bad sysadmin. So I've paid folks to provide the various services. Then for the custom stuff I've just used a small cloud server here and there.
I have a VPS for my IRC bouncer and for my minimal/mostly dead pelican static site/blog.
Gandi as well for personal email (and DNS).
I do have a "big data" VPS ($10/mo for 1TB) for remote offsite backups that I "manage" (aka: run apt upgrade when I remember.... like right now).
@ted I also recently switched my IRC client, from irssi to weechat :P
yes, I'm "that guy" :/
@vickysteeves Not US but North America: I rent both VPSes from OVH as well as dedicated servers from their discount branch Kimsufi, hosted in Canada on the East Coast (Montréal).
@arx yeah I am looking at Kimsufi! You like 'em?
@vickysteeves I never had any problems with them — this can be a good sign, but this also means I never really had to test their customer support, for example...
@vickysteeves The CPUs are mostly older (and thus a bit slower) models because AFAIK they are left-over servers from OVHs more expensive lines. But their network is great IMHO and they have a lot of experience with DDoS protection if you need that. Oh, and I would get a model with an SSD as real disks are slow (but that’s true for all servers...).
@vickysteeves We had a marginal experience with Digital Ocean and now we use Linode.
@stevefoerster what happened with Digital Ocean, if you don't mind me asking?
@vickysteeves We weren't able to restore from backups and snapshots. It was very frustrating.
@vickysteeves I use Vultr for my hosted stuff. I wrote a script that supports both Vultr and Digital Ocean if I need to migrate for whatever reason:
I do have a small $80 HP server at home, but that's just a file server. I don't host anything from residential Internet (I have fiber so I probably could, but I don't have a static IP or business account).
@djsumdog thanks! I'll check out Vultr :)
@vickysteeves I rent a couple Digital Ocean droplets (one for patchbay.tech, one for testing/teaching myself server things or for workshops or what have you)
@vickysteeves Not US and not your friend, but I've been using Kimsufi for 5 years. Good if you need space (RAM+disk) rather than speed (CPU+io). Digital Ocean is good but tiny SSDs 😧
Google Cloud will get you 1 VM for free which is good to experiment