Monday, May 19, 2008

VPS hunting

I finally decided to get a VPS for my projects. I narrowed the list down to the following providers: Slicehost and Linode I decided to go with slicehost because of their focus on developers so I went to their site, chose a 256mb slice and proceeded to enter my details and credit card information. I gleefully submitted the purchase form thoroughly expecting that in a few minutes, I'd be configuring my very own VPS but lo and behold, I got an error message regarding my card failing verification. I've been using my credit card for online purchases since I got it and this is the first time I was denied. Anyways, I used their contact form to report the incident and in fairness to them, they gave an immediate reply which didn't help. This situation leaves me with only one choice at the moment and that is to try Linode. It might have been a blessing in disguise as it was then that I realized that Linode offered a much better deal i.e. more memory for the same price. The purchase went smoothly and my server was up in a few minutes. I chose to use the Ubuntu 8.0.4 LTS Hardy Heron Server build. Hopefully I'll have all the services running soon.

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