Recently I was - once again - annoyed by the whole administration whatever that comes along with your own VPS. I was for a long time some kind of a self hosted guy, doing almost everything myself, including email, calendar&contacts, files, irc, git repositories, minecraft and so on and so forth. Although I like the freedom again and again I am annoyed by small stuff that either requires too much attention or does not work as you would expect it to. Examples for that are:
- Spam filtering on my self hosted email is just not as good as it should be
- Contacts/Calendar using baikal are not as stable as I would expect
- My server requires constant security updates
- There is always so much configuration to be done when pushing an app
- continue with your own experience…
So there is loads of annoying stuff around to think about other options. So I thought when I shut down my linode VPS (which is, I admit it, not the cheapest option around) for 25$, what can I get instead:
- Google Apps for Business (5$/month) will give me mail, contacts, calendar, online storage and much more with 30GB included, a perfect opportunity to get rid of some extra services, in this case dropbox.
- Some minecraft server, there is a lot of solid offers around for around 5$/month
- Replacing my sftp upload using dropshare with amazon s3 storage, should be pretty cheap (no idea how much, yet though)
- Switching my IRC stuff to IRCCloud (5$/month)
- Using github for my git stuff (I am a student, so I have 5 free repositories, which is fine for me)
- Using AWS S3/CFN to host my already jekyll generated webpage using SSL.
- For most of the apps I am running a free heroku account is more than enough.
- My clients who were still hosted on my server mostly agreed to switch either to a standard webhosting thing or a PaaS solution which leaves me with much less setup and administration stuff.
So if not everything goes wrong I still have some money left to add 1-2 more services and eventually get a cheap hourly or monthly VPS.
But this only becomes a really good deal considering how much less time I am spending now maintaining all this crap! I can just run and deploy stuff, it is really lovely.