They really are the mutts-nuts!
With regards to privacy from warrants etc, we're currently considering a warrant canary - https://twitter.com/matthewbloch/status/348354514081951744
Have a great day!
Plus, they've got their Symbiosis Linux distro, which makes setting up servers considerably easier (although you can also use Debian, Ubuntu, etc), they actively work to support the Open Source community, and generally they kick ass.
I haven't measured it, but they're probably within the 99% availability (allows for 1.68 hours/week downtime) they advertise for any one machine.
Maybe my expectations are too high. :)
Never had any problems during our partnership with them, which we started 4 years ago.
They can't handle recurring billing automatically (you have to log in every month and pay - which leads to late charges if you forget) and they are much more expensive than Digital Ocean.
I've tried BrightBox too. Someone else has already mentioned them, and I left a big reply there - basically, very good if you need to jump from 1 to 15 servers automatically to host your massive app, but very expensive in any other case.
I'll be switching to Digital Ocean with their Amsterdam data centre when droplet deployment is back up - it's just so much cheaper than anything else I've seen, and perfectly matched to my requirements (if anything, generous - $5/mo compared to £18, or £26 with BrightBox, for a tiny 512MB RAM, 20GB HDD Linux box.)
£5.99/mo - 1 core - 512Mo - 25Go - 100Mbps/1To
There are been rumors that they might became an settle over to the states, but to the current day the are located in France (and I doubt this will change).
I can really recommend them, if you are looking for some "cloudy" servers (dynamic resources, etc.)
That said, Swedish hosting is pretty expensive compared to others.
I currently use Leaseweb for my own servers, but other alternatives are OVH, Hetzner among others.
And you pay, what the service is worth to you (minimum 1 € per month).
I switched there some time ago and am totally happy since. Great guys, great service, great philosophy behind the product (and, as the normally do server hosting for smaller companies, financially secured by themselves).
EDIT: By the way: you can try them for one month, just using a untaken uberspace-name without anything else (not even an email-address necessary):
GMOCloud (Japanese company) Japan location based KVM http://vps.gmocloud.com/ and CrownCloud (Australian company) Frankfurt location based KVM/OpenVZ
Non-EU is probably even better if privacy is your concern.
I asked them about their policies regarding plans to expand to the US or hold any US interests, and also specifically asked about a mention in their policy documents on defamatory content (as I deal with user generated content) and received this good response:
we're based in the UK, both co-founders are UK residents and we have no plans to
become a US company. All our datacentres are in the UK, and expansion plans are
for the EU only.
We believe strongly in data protection and obey all the relevant laws. I agree
that ISPs really *should* be considered "mere conduits" but unfortunately there
is legal precedent that means we can be held responsible for defamatory content
if we're notified and do nothing about it.
Usually, solicitors for the allegedly defamed contacts both us and our customer.
If our customer is unresponsive or uncooperative and the alleged defamation
continues, then we get held responsible.
So our AUP considers defamation abuse to enable us to take action to protect
ourselves if we have to. The only other option available to us would be to have
customers indemnify us against any legal action (most likely in the form of
a large deposit :).
But we're not interested in suspending accounts or servers any time a
solicitor writes to us. If you deal with the reports in a timely fashion (usually
within 48 hours) then you shouldn't expect any problems.
And for what it's worth, we've never actually had to suspend anyone for this
(though we've come close enough to feel the need to put it in our AUP).
Finally, other sites I checked out included http://www.cloudsigma.com/ and http://www.prometeus.net/sito/
I rent some of their London servers happily
( aside from cancelling my credit card the other day due to a breach, no-one's perfect )
Edit: I see you're concerned about data-privacy... so latency is not your issue
In that case I also use:
and in the past I have used
* FlexiScale ( based uin Reading, UK )
This is more akin to Amazon EC2
And my Raspberry Pi is (for free) in a rack with these guys:
(starts from 5 euro)
Unfortunately their website seems to be only available in German. I run several services on their VPS and root servers and have not experienced a major problem yet.
They seem to value privacy. I am not too happy with the SLA but then I had no issues so far - satisfied with the service so far.
The VPS prices are rather good, and I'm happy with the performance and reliability so far.
8€ / 1G RAM machine & access to all host cores.
KSplice on the host so no need to reboot.
Minimal but decent features.
The smallest, cheapest, single VPS system that I had running came out at about £26 per month. And that's with almost no bandwidth - which is pay as you go (typically I used 2p per month). They split this cost up, so you get billed separately for an IP address (which you can share between boxes via a load balancer), bandwidth, actual number of box-hours, etc, and then tack VAT on at the end.
It's a great service, I just ended up paying much more than I expected because of the way they structure their billing/price plans.
- https://www.switzerland.net/ (datacenter info: http://www.greendatacenter.ch/deCH.aspx)
listed by how quickly I found them on google :)
Prices are currently still higher (which screams for new competition, in case anyone from Switzerland is listening...)