Are you looking for a cheap on-line virtual server for your personal use like practising Linux stuff or hosting your own website/DB server etc? Then this post is for you. Recently I come across Iozoom virtual hosting service which provides a VM at a reasonable price. The basic KVM virtual host will come with 1GB RAM and 20GB SSD which is more than sufficient for many activities which we do. I bought one host from them and doing all my R&D on that right now. And it is good to have one as a Linux box in cloud. I am doing below stuff normally on this box.

1)Host my dev site for development.

2)Do some load tests for a particular application.

3)Practice some commands on the go using JuiceSSH from mobile.

4)Install Docker stuff to replicate more machines with this machine(nesting virtualization).

Many more.

If you compare with competitors like Amazon AWS and Digital Ocean, the prices for IOZoom are very competitive and less when compared the VM’s with same configuration. Below table gives you brief idea about these services and I will leave to you which one to select. But if I think about price wise, I will go with IOzoom. One more thing which prompted me to use IOZoom is that the servers are based on KVM based machines. I am a strong supporter of Opensource and Linux.

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ServiceRAMDISKBandwidth chargesTotal cost
IOZoom1GB20GB SSDNil for 2000 GB transer$4/first month and $8/month after that.
Digital Ocean(1GB droplet)1GB20GB SSDNil for 2000 GB transer$10/month
Amazon AWS(t2.micro instance)1GB8GB SSDNil for first 2GB$9.5/mont

The above table explain 1GB RAM based virtual machine costs per month. If you observe IOZoom prices are almost 20% less compared to others. For complete list of pricing have a look at below image.

iozoom_pricing

 

Still the price is not good for you? Then signup with my unique link you will get any of the above servers half the price for first month. Get your first month hosting price reduced to 50% which comes to $4 for 1GB RAM machine by using my code ‘linuxnix‘ when signing  up with iozoom.

About the performance: As I already mention these machines are based on SSD’s which will give you good performance with 1GB RAM.

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About security: It provide 20 Gbps DDoS Protection for free of cost.

What that means for you? These days attacks are very sophisticated and you can not detect and we require sophisticated tools to detect them. One classic example is my host which I bought from is attacked from China and these people are smart enough they detected that protected me from it. Below is the logs which is shared with me by their support person.

Snippet of log what they are able to see:

2016-02-17 11:43:59.858     0.000 TCP      45.35.135.198:57523 ->    122.228.8.121:80           1      936     1
2016-02-17 11:43:57.821     0.000 TCP      45.35.135.198:54639 ->    122.228.8.121:80           1      936     1
2016-02-17 11:43:58.745     0.000 TCP      45.35.135.198:25257 ->    122.228.8.121:80           1      936     1
2016-02-17 11:43:57.342     0.000 TCP      45.35.135.198:54778 ->    122.228.8.121:80           1      936     1
2016-02-17 11:43:58.071     0.000 TCP      45.35.135.198:22959 ->    122.228.8.121:80           1      936     1

I feel I am not alone with my server and feels there are other persons who take care of my server security.