At the start of this journey, I had always had in mind that I would love to have my nextCloud server running on a VPS away from home, as an extra layer of redundancy in case something happens to my home server. My server has around 350GB of files, and the previous VPS I have tried weren't close to this amount of storage.

I found this awesome deal from ServerHub which I just had to check out:

ServerHub

Storage: 500GB ($0.12c/GB)
RAM: 512MB
Swap: 256MB
CPU: 2x 2.2GHz
Network: Gigabit
Bandwidth: 1TB
Type: OpenVZ
Price: $5/month ($60/year)

With 500GB of storage, I will be able to comfortably fit my nextCloud on this. 512MB of RAM and 256 of swap are a little on the lower end, compared to the 8GB of RAM I had in my Proxmox server, but time will tell.

Here are the results from the first benchmark I took:

CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v4 @ 2.20GHz
Number of cores: 2
CPU frequency:  2201.000 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 512 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   3 days, 5:11,       
I/O speed:  222 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 5.40s
Download 100MB file: 105MB/s

Interesting, it doesn't show that there is any swap, but when I use htop it shows 256MB.. but aside from that, I/O is fast, network is maxing out gigabit which is awesome to see and the CPU is fast.

I will post 2 more tests, again, from different times for comparison:

CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v4 @ 2.20GHz
Number of cores: 2
CPU frequency:  2201.000 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 512 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   4 days, 9:48,       
I/O speed:  43.0 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 7.10s
Download 100MB file: 108MB/s
CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v4 @ 2.20GHz
Number of cores: 2
CPU frequency:  1200.000 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 512 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   5 days, 55 min,       
I/O speed:  244 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 5.20s
Download 100MB file: 95.2MB/s

This service runs very well, at $60/year it's quite a bit more than the other 2, but with the storage and better performance, it makes it able to run nextCloud.

I may talk more about my experiences with ownCloud and nextCloud in future posts, but I have had good luck with getting it working on this VPS.

At this point I'm very happy to continue keeping this VPS, and I can't wait to test out the other servers.

Next up is another one from WootHosting, but it's only $14/year. I love these cheap VPS :D

-Dave