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Friday, March 22nd, 2013

With how pervasive virtualization technologies are now, hosting companies are able to offer virtual private servers (VPS) at very low prices. They basically carve up a huge server into smaller virtual chunks that are all independent of each other. You have complete control over it and can even reload the operating system in about 10 minutes with one click in the management website.

I used to host a server in my basement for my email and a couple websites and various other things. Now you can get a VPS with 2GB of memory, 50GB of disk space and connected to the internet at gigabit speeds for like $5 a month! At this price-point it just makes more sense for me to move my websites (including this one) to one of these servers since I can do anything I want on them, not just host sites.

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I even found one to use as a proxy or virtual private network (VPN) that's located in Canada for $12 a year. It's a very low end server (128MB memory), but for a proxy it's perfect. And when connected to it, all my traffic exits to the internet in Canada from an address not associated with me in any way. This is important because if I were to download something copyrighted, the MPAA or RIAA would not be able to contact my Internet Service Provider about it, but instead some hosting company in another country where US laws don't apply. Not that I would ever do anything like that though...

Should you be interested in a cheap server to play around with, http://lowendbox.com is a great place to start.

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