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Are there any good alternatives to Linode in Europe? I've been using them for years any not had any issues, I'm just wondering if there is anything cheaper, and also thinking about redundancy.

Most of the VPS providers that I've seen are US based, which means 150ms+ pings, which isn't great for SSH.

Linode also has London-based servers...

Rackspace UK's cloud offering is pretty much a VPS with a nice API - it works well and is cheap.

Brightbox.com also do good options for UK based VMs

Same here. I have an $8/mo prgmr.com VPS and a $10/mo. Rackspace cloud instance. Both running Ubuntu LTS with similar options, but the Rackspace box has more disk and is generally more responsive.

Given the "I'm gonna break something" feeling I get when using the Xen console on prgmr coupled with my desire to kill and rebuild VMs regularly I'll probably just stick with Rackspace in the future.

I am an happy Quickweb (http://quickweb.co.nz) customer. They are cheaper than Linode and they have some nice micro vps offers too.

They are also providing hosting services to LEB (http://www.lowendbox.com)

I am also happy Quickweb customer, although I only use their VPS for OpenVPN and to compile stuff on Linux. Stuff compiles more quickly on the VPS than on my 2010 MacBook Pro, which means processor and IO performance are good.

They've lost my data twice in a 2 year period, but for 4.95 a month I was kind of expecting it. But now they moved my VPS to another node and all should be fine. Which brings us to customer support: it is absolutely great and they respont to tickets very quickly.

So: use for non-critical stuff, backup, and be happy.

.co.nz (New Zealand) doesn't sound like a reasonable alternative for Europe.

Their servers are in the US, UK, and Germany. http://quickweb.co.nz/supa-vps-plans.html

https://www.jiffybox.de/ is excellent.

I've used Gandi for a few years on one project. https://www.gandi.net/hosting/vps

The price was right at the time, and they have a few basic cloud-style features (so not just a barebones VPS provider.)

I use www.glesys.se, they have hosting at two locations in Sweden, but also New York and Amsterdam. I'm quite happy with them for the 100 SEK i pay per month for some MFA sites.

Take a look @ VR - http://www.vr.org/lg/ you can ping+trace test etc from 11 locations, including 3 in europe.

futureVPS (KVM), based in germany: https://futurevps.de/

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