If you haven’t yet heard about DigitalOcean’s $5 Virtual Private Server, you are missing out. I recently stumbled upon a comment on stack overflow that mentioned it. I created an account, logged in and pretty quickly had my own Virtual Machine up and running – for only $5 / month.

I choose an Ubuntu Server install and the smallest “Droplet” package, consisting of 1,000 GB bandwidth, 20 GB Solid State Hard Drive, “1 CPU” and 512MB RAM. After logging in and changing my password, I couldn’t help but feel impressed. It’s a full linux machine, and I was kind of expecting less. I setup my lamp stack, some of my own software, and away I went! I kind of want to get one for all of my online / server related needs. One for my private GitLab, another for my other websites, one for torrent trackers and other related stuff, misc software projects, VPN hub/PFSense/VPNSense…you name it!

If you are like me, you have been looking for a VPC for a long time but seldom find anything less than $50-$75 /month. But all you want to run is a simple server side application – it’s not like you need a super powerful Dell PowerEdge something or another. You just need something small foot print, powerful enough, and online 24/7. This is it. It’s funny to me because it’s cheaper than my HostGator web hosting account and it’s more capable. That is a Win-Win for you….and not so good for HostGator.

Head on over to DigitalOcean.com and check it out!