Continuing in my quest to learn about VPS and to test some of the cheapest deals I could find, I couldn't resist this deal from HostUS:

HostUS

Storage: 200GB ($0.165c/GB)
RAM: 256MB
Swap: 1GB
CPU: 1x 2.6GHz
Network: Gigabit
Bandwidth: 1TB
Type: KVM
Price: $33/year

Previously, I tested a woothosting KVM VPS with similar specs but with only 40GB of storage but 1GB of RAM. When considering this VPS, I thought this would be a good storage solution. The relatively small RAM is something which will hurt if trying to use ownCloud/nextCloud as I've found 512+ is where it starts to become usable, but for infrequent use, it could still work.

Here are some benchmarks taken on different days at different times:

CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2670 0 @ 2.60GHz
Number of cores: 1
CPU frequency:  2599.998 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 236 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   2 days, 22:22,       
I/O speed:  400 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 7.25s
Download 100MB file: 34.9MB/s
CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2670 0 @ 2.60GHz
Number of cores: 1
CPU frequency:  2599.998 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 236 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   3 days, 22:13,
I/O speed:  619 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 5.14s
Download 100MB file: 15.1MB/s
CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2670 0 @ 2.60GHz
Number of cores: 1
CPU frequency:  2599.998 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 236 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   4 days, 7:53,       
I/O speed:  151 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 20.43s
Download 100MB file: 34.7MB/s

We can see that we're getting what we're promised, 1 2.6ghz core, network speed is consistent with gigabit and the I/O is not bad either. The Bzip test shows that at some times the CPU may be under load, but with such a low amount of RAM I don't think that will matter to me, especially if storage will be the killer feature of this VPS for me.

I did manage to install ownCloud on this VPS and I must say it was a horribly slow experience. I have decided that the RAM is a real killer for me, I will play with it some more and report back later, but I feel like this one might not get renewed.

Maybe the next VPS from openvirtuals can impress me, it's 180GB with 2 cores and 512MB RAM for $20/year!! That sounds almost too good to be true, I can't wait to see what it's like :)

-Dave