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.
MiniVDS offers small Virtual Servers, at a really affordable prices, starting at 5.95 $us per month.
And what to get from a VDS?
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.
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.
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:
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
The packages offered by the time of this writing are: