The guys of MiniVDS ordered a review of their service, first lets explain a little what a VDS/VPS is, It is a Server with some virtualization software installed, like VMWare, XEN, or any other, where there are installed some virtual servers, and you may rent one of them. So it is like having your own private server, but given the fact that you are sharing the resources of a server with others, it is affordable.

Now lets go to MiniVDS review.

Introduction

MiniVDS offers small Virtual Servers, at a really affordable prices, starting at 5.95 $us per month.

And what to get from a VDS?

Root Access

You get full root access to the server, in fact you own the server, where you can install all the software you may need or you want to try.

Dedicated resources

Even though you are sharing the server with other owners of VPS, your virtual server will not be affected by not working scripts or software or even digg effect in one of the other virtual servers. Servers like Apache, MySQL or any other are only running your applications.

Security

You are running in a virtual disk, so no one have access to your server, well it depends on how secure you make your server, but it all depends on you, nobody can exploit your neighbor security hole to kill you application, or a DOS attack to your neighbor will not affect you, only this reason is good enough to go for a VDS instead of share hosting plans.

Installed software options

MiniVDS offers you with Linux servers but they are most focused on FreeBSD, You may choose between

  • FreeBSD 6.x and among others Apache 1.3.x, MySQL 4.1, PHP 4.x, Perl 5.8.7, great for stability
  • FreeBSD 6.x and among others Apache 2.x, MySQL 5.x, PHP 5.x, Perl 5.8.7, good if you are running applications needing contemporary software, like modern PHP applications
  • FreeBSD 6.x with no added software, so you may install them your own, if you may want to run nginx+fastcgi instead of apache+mod_php

If you opt for Linux, you may choose between:

  • centos-5-i386-minimal-5.3-20090330
  • centos-5.1-i386-ispmanager
  • debian-4.0-i386-ispmanager
  • debian-5.0-i386-minimal
  • fedora-10-i386-default-20090318
  • ubuntu-8.04-i386-minimal

As you may see it is a lot more flexible if you choose FreeBSD, which is anyway the choice of some of the biggest online companies, you will find a list here

Packages

The packages offered by the time of this writing are:

package
VDS-Raccoon VDS-Coyote VDS-Mustang VDS-Buffalo
disk space
1000 Mb 2000 Mb 3000 Mb 4000 Mb
traffic
30 Gb 50 Gb 75 Gb 100 Gb
memory
64 Mb 96 Mb 128 Mb 160 Mb
CPU
300 MHz 400 MHz 500 MHz 600 MHz
As you see, there is an option for everyone's needs, this configurations may seem small compared to what other providers offer, but sometimes, you only need that, in fact the most of sites out there, may only dream about being in its own server, because it is too expensive for the small traffic they get, now here is the answer for those sites, and those webmasters wishing to be free.

Special applications

There are also special applications not offered by normal web hosting companies, like IRC servers, IRC bots, perl scripting, log analysis, or any other special need you could have, which may not need big CPU resources, so it will be covered by MiniVDS packages offered.

ISPManager / VDSManager

Each server comes with ISPManager and VDSManager ISPManager

ISPmanager 4 control panel is a web-interface that provides everything you need to control the server through a browser without any significant knowledge of system administration.

You can easily add or change new site parameters, records in DNS, users with FTP access, and mail boxes.

This tool will let you control your account, and manage it easily using your favorite web browser. VDSManager

The VDSmanager control panel is a web-interface which allows to make all necessary operations concerning virtual dedicated servers management through a browser without any significant knowledge of the system administration. The work with virtual dedicated servers, the IP-addresses management, monitoring of the traffic usage statistics will make your work simple and pleasant.

The VDSmanager administrator can manage all server parameters, including creation, removing and changing of virtual dedicated servers, distribution of access to VDSmanager and management of IP-addresses which are assigned to virtual dedicated servers. Also he can log in with the administrator permissions to any virtual dedicated server.

So as you can see, once your account is created it is really easy to manage your server, just like if you were behind it. And with the root access to it once created and installed, you are in full control of it.

Conclusion

If you are a experienced or middle experienced UNIX administrator, and want to administer your own server, at an affordable price, this could be your choice, if you are a newbie Linux/FreeBSD administrator, this is your chance to have an online server to start learning.