There are two ways of running a staking wallet: you can do it at your home where your computer will run continually but the second option is hosting it over VPS or virtual private server with a VPS provider. Each of those alternatives has its advantages and disadvantages.
You might want to host through a VPS provider because you do not have time for maintenance and the technical aspects as would be required when running staking on a home computer, or there are connectivity issues that may hamper its availability for staking, or that it may be a cheaper option for you in terms of bandwidth and computer resources.
VPS are virtually accessible Windows or Linux machine resources on cloud provided and run by a third-party company and stays online and connected to the internet at all times. Customers can rent these resources at a cost for their projects. So lets say that project in this article is proof of stake mining.
Here are some of the options you can choose if looking for a good VPS provider.
Vultr SSD cloud-hosting vps solution offers a range of package plan including those meant for resource-intensive applications or workloads that require single tenant or non-virtualized environments. It deploys on different platforms including Windows, CentOS, CoreOS, Ubuntu, Debian and Fedora among others.
Among those plans include the Cloud Compute dedicated to providing high frequency compute. Resources provided virtually range from 1 CPU 10GB to 55 GB (512 MB to 2GB of RAM) with a price range of $2.5 up to $10/mo $0.015/hr. Others include the Bare Metal, suitable for those searching for dedicated servers with no virtualization; Block Storage a fast SSD-backed storage; and Dedicated Cloud on which a customer's resources are hosted alone with no other clients' resources.
Some of the cloud features it supports include one click apps, startup scripts, and SSH key preloading but does not support others such as snapshots, custom ISOs, additional IPs, and private networking. It also includes a number of adds-on such as ability to backup, snapshots, firewall, flexible networking and DDoS protection.
Servers are billed hourly up to the monthly rate cap with the hourly rate determined by dividing 672 hours in a calendar month, your account is billed on hourly basis if it has been online for more than 672 hours in a calendar month. With this service, even stopped servers do attract charges.
Digital Ocean promotes itself as a developer's platform to let them easily build, test and manage and scale applications regardless of the size of those applications. Its suitable for teams running and scaling distributed application, AI and machine learning workloads, hosted services, client websites or CI/CD environments.
With it, users are able to create droplets through which they can choose the right infrastructure for their jobs. Users are able to deploy by specifying the size and location of your worker nodes and projects can be deployed using 1-Click Apps, like LAMP, Docker, and WordPress.
Apart from the droplets, other products Kubernetes designed for developers and operators to improve resource efficiency and management as well as steamline and automate deployments, monitoring, instance replication, and clusture scheduling. Other products include Managed Databases, Spaces, Marketplace, Load Balancers, Block Storage, Tools and Integrations, and APIs.
Droplets range from a price of $5/month for a single CPU of 1 GB RAM and 25GB SSD Disk to $960/mo for 32 CPUs of 192GB RAM and 3,840 GB and 12 TB transfer size. Users are able to deploy Kubernetes cluster for as little as $30 per month. Only the outgoing transfers are considered for bandwidth billing.
Core VM Platform for managed databases costs $0.022/hr or $15/mo for a IGB RAM single CPU with 10GB to 2GB single CPU with 25GB disk on a no standby node, $0.074/hr or $50/month for a single standby node, and $70/mo or $0.104/hr if it has 2 standby nodes. A Managed database requiring 64 GB RAM 16 CPU with 1.12TB costs $2.381/hr or $1600/month for a single standby server and $3.333/hr or $2240/month. Users can also choose the data Storage package that allows a maximum of 250 GB, an outbound transfer of 1 TB for just a price of $5.
They also provide other tools (which are billed separately at different rates) such as load balancers to allow distribution of incoming traffic across their droplets in order to ensure reliability in performance of applications, floating IPs, and services such as monitoring and alerts, team accounts, and firewalls, DNS management and CLI and APIs and support.
According to their website, it is being used by more than 100,000 developer teams worldwide.
CoinHost, which is a team of Swiss-based crypto enthusiasts as they refer themselves as, is differentiated from many other services in the list because it has a crypto appeal starting with being able to accept crypto payments such as in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dash, Litecoin and Nextcoin for its VPS services. They provide Dedicated Servers, VPS and Cloud VMs, DDoS attack protection and Colocation in Zurich. The VPS servers work for a varity of OSs including CentOS 6 and 7, Debian, Windows 2016 Datacenter, Ubuntu, FreeBSD 12, Fedora, Windows 2016, FreeBSD 11, Windows 2012 R2 Standard, Windows 2008 R2 Web Edition, VMware ESXi Hypervisor, and Windows 2008.
Their dedicated bare metal server hosting comprises of over 30 configurations that can handle different kinds of virtual tasks. Monthly prices also vary depending on the amount of resources provided or bought. For instance, the 4 GB DDR3-1333 4 core (X3220 Intel Xeon 2.4 GHz) with 320 GB of SATA storage cost around $129/mo while a 4GB 2core with 2 320GB SATA costs around 99 USD.
They also provide various packages in the Classic Servers category, starting from 162 USD to 218 USD. Enhanced-performance Servers, which can be used for applications such as game server hosting as well: Minecraft, MMORPG, MMOFPS and other games with hundreds of simultaneous players, also come in 9 packages ranging from 170 USD and 378 USD depending on the resources provided in each of the packages.
The company also provides enterprise VPS server hosting, GPU servers, and high-performance clusters.
AWS Amazon EC2
AWS Amazon EC2 offers free for first year for a single instance (t2.micro) and adds $3.60 per extra IP. A user is able to run up to 5 IPs for each instance but are able to apply more. Given that it is free, it is a great option for people running to set up their masternodes for the first time to learn how it works.
A user choosing the free micro-instance can run multiple other micro-instances concurrently alongside this. The free VPS server is created by a user first of all creating a free user account and following directions of setting up a the VPS upon verification via mobile phone. Creating a free instance can be done according to the several videos provided in the documentation. For instance a user creates a datacenter where their instance will be created and it is recommended to choose the datacenter closest to your location. The Elastic Compute service is accessed by clicking the datacenter closer to your location.
The Launch instance" button allows the user to upload the base image or choose those that already available. After clicking "Free-tier only" and checking the box to show images available for the free micro-instance option we are using, they can select the instance they prefer and then choose default instance type as t2.micro which is eligible for the free tier of service. The next thing is to review settings before launching the instance by clicking on the "launch" button. There is also a request to download a private key.
iPage allows clients to customize VPS resources depending on the size of their project: The basic package costs $19.99/mo and offers 1 core CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 40 GB of disk space, 1 TB of bandwidth and 1 IP address and free 1 yr domain registration. The business category starts at $47.99/mo and offers 2 core CPU, 4GB RAM, 90 GB disk space, 3 TB of bandwidth and 2 IP addresses; while the Optimum package starts at $79.99/mo and offers 4 core CPU, 8 GB of RAM, 120 GB disk space and 4 TB of bandwidth, 2 IP addresses and a free 1 year domain registration. All of the three package offer CentOS 6.4 and cPanel support.
They also provide dedicated hosting starting at $119/mo for a 2 core CPU of 4GB RAM and 500 GB storage, 5 TB of bandwidth and 3 IP addresses. Professional category starts at $151.99/mo for a 4 core CPU, 8 GB RAM, 100 GB storage and 10 TB bandwidth and 4 IP addresses. There is also the enterprise category starting at 191.99/mo for 4 core CPU, 16 GB of RAM, 1000 storage, 15 TB of bandwidth and 5 IP addresses. All the three options feature free 1 year domain registration, CentOS 6.4 support and cPanel access.
A2Hosting was established in 1999 and has data-centers in Singapore, Michigan and Amsterdam. Their VPS hosting solution are categorized as Entry, starting at $5/mo; MID starting at $10/mo and Elite starting at $15/mo. A2Hosting offers both managed and unmanaged Windows and Linux VPS hosting.
Their unmanaged Linux VPS packages are three and start at $5/mo for 1 core 512 MB RAM to $15/mo for 4 cores, 1 GB RAM. The managed Linux VPS packages are also three and range from $32.99/mo for a 4 vCPUs and 4GB RAM resources to $65.99/mo for 8 vcpus 8 GB RAM resources.
The managed Windows VPS range from $32.29/mo for a 4 vCPUs 4 GB RAM (75 GB storage) to $69.29/mo for a 8 vCPUs 8 GB RAM (150 GB storage).
InMotion offers three plans all of which include cPanel management, automatic backup, secure email, root access, e-commerce ready, unlocked CPU cores, selectable data center and at least 3 dedicated IPs.
The VPS-1000 HA-S costs $29.19/mo and has 4GB RAM, 75 GB storage, 4TB bandwidth and free SSLs; The VPS-2000 HA-S costs $47.39/mo and features 6GB RAM, 150GB storage, 5TB bandwidth, free SSLs; and VPS-3000 HA-S costs $69.34/mo and features 8 GB RAM, 250 G B storage, 6 TB bandwidth and free SSLs.
Cloud Hosting (Self Managed with full root access) are also of three types Cloud VPS-1000 which costs $21.04/mo and provides 4GB RAM, 75GB SSD storage, 4TB bandwidth, 3IP addresses and full root access. Cloud VPS-2000 costs $42.24/mo and offers 6 GB RAM, 150 GB SSD Storage, 5TB bandwidth, 4IP addresses, full root access; while the Cloud VPS 3000 costs $69.34/mo and offers 8 GB RAM.
Liquid Web provides dedicated servers, cloud VPS hosting, cloud dedicated, cloud sites, managed WordPress and woo commerce products.
Below shows pricing for their Linux VPS hosting packages.
And below shows their Windows VPS hosting packages and pricing.
Virmach, which was founded in 2014, works for Windows, Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, Fedora, openSUSE, Liux Mint or another custom OS. They provide a variety of products including VPS, dedicated servers, remote desktop, private proxy and VPN as well as web hosting. Under VPS products and services, they provide Specialty Cloud VPS, Premium Cloud VPS, Windows and Linux VPS. The Specialty VPS can be employed by customers who want a VPS for specific use such as storage. Cost of Premium cloud servers range from $3.5/mo for a 0.5 GB RAM single CPU with 0.5 TB storage, dedicated IP and root access; to $28/mo for a 4GB RAM 2 CPU with 4 TB storage, a dedicated IP and with root access.
Linux VPS is cheaper than Windows VPS ranging from $2.25/mo for a 512 RAM 2CPU vCore with 20GB diskspace; to $12/mo for an Enterprise package of 8GB RAM 4 CPUvCore, and 100 GB diskspace resources. In comparison, Windows VPS costs around $7/mo for a 1GB RAM ICPU vCore with 35-50GB storage capacity to 40 GB 8GB of RAM, 4 CPU vCore and 100 GB. The company also provides virtual dedicated servers starti0ng at %80/mo to $160/mo.
Remote Desktop and VNC allows one to view their VPS. For this one, there are different plans for Linux and different plans for Windows.
Time4VPS provides Linux VPS starting from 3.99 EUR/mo, Windows VPS starting from from 5.99 EUR/mo, Container VPS starting from 2.99 EUR/mo, and Storage VPS starting from 2.99 EUR/mo. Their servers are located in Europe, Lithuania, and Vilnius. They support CentOS, 6CentOS 7,CloudLinux 7, Debian 8, Debian 9, Debian 10, Fedora 28, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 18.04.
Windows VPS on Time4VPS is designed for Windows Professional and is powered by Windows Server 2012, 2016 or 2019. There are eight categories in this package: At a cost of 5.99 EUR/mo, users can get 1 x 2.6 GHz CPU of 2GB RAM with 20 GB storage and a bandwidth of 2TB; up to 513.99 EUR/mo for 16 x 2.6 GHz CPU of 64GB RAM with 640 GB storage and a bandwidth of 64 TB.
Container VPS is designed for everyday tasks and pricing starts at 2.99 EUR/mo for single vCPU, 2gb OF RAM, 20 gb storage and 2 TB. The most resourceful is C64 Plan which costs 129.99 EUR/mo for 16 vCPU, 64 GB RAM, 640 GB and 64 TB.
Google VPS is free for the f1-micro VPS (free in some regions in US), and others can try VPS services for free for a month. Otherwise the cost of VPS depends on configuration and can be as high as $30 per month. The $30/mo plan offers 1vCPU, 3GB memory, Ubuntu 17.10 boot disk, and 45GB HDD resources. Google VPS also supports VPS with Windows operating system but the user needs to pay copyright fee of $20/month.
Google Cloud offers a number of products including Artificial intelligence & machine learning, API management (API Analytics, API Monetization, Cloud Endpoints, Developer Portal, Cloud Healthcare API), Compute, Data analytics, databases, developer tools, Internet of Things, hybrid and multicloud, media, migration, management tools, networking, security and storage.
Hostwinds offers a 30-day money guarantee and their basic shared hosting service offers unlimited bandwidth, unlimited diskspace, and 1 domain all at a price of $3.29/mo. VPS is provided as managed Windows, Managed Linux, unmanaged Linux or unmanaged Windows. Fully managed Linux VPS hosting packages start at $5.17/mo for a 1 GB RAM, 1 CPU core, 30GB SSD diskspace, and 1 TB data transfer package, while for $23.97/mo you get 6GB RAM, 2 CPU cores, with 100 GB disk space and 2TB data transfer. The latter is the most resourceful in this managed VPS category. For managed Windows VPS, you get 1 CPU Core 1 GB RAM with 30 GB SSD disk space and 1 TB data transfer for a cost of $7.99/mo and out of the four available packages in this category, the most expensive one costs $26.79/mo and it offers 2 CPU cores, 6 GB RAM, 100 GB disk space and 2 TB data transfer resources.
In the unmanaged categories, prices are a bit higher than for the managed categories. For instance, the cheapest of the 9 packages in unmanaged Windows VPS-- 1 CPU Core 1 GB RAM with 30 GB SSD disk space and 1 TB data transfer -- costs $9.89/mo. The most expensive (16 CPU, 96 GB of RAM, 750 disk storage and 9 TB transfer) costs $339.29/mo. Ultimate shared web hosting package costs $5.17/mo for unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disk space and unlimited domains.
The company offers hosting for personal users or businesses, cloud hosting customizable cloud servers with many 1-click install applications, VPS hosting for Windows or Linux managed or unmanaged, and dedicated hosting. All the hosting plans feature solid state drives, free website transfers, unlimited email accounts, free SSL certificates, Softaculous Auto Install, latest cPanel, unlimited databases, free domain, instant setup, unlimited subdomains, free dedicated IP, and weebly site builder.
I/O Zoom offers a variety of packages at different prices and they support both Windows and Linux systems. Launched in 2015, the USA-based company now has five data centers in Europe and US. They provide Cloud VPS, Windows VPS, Linux VPS and WordPress Hosting.
Linux VPS packages starts at $8/mo for a 1 CPU core, 2 GB RAM, 20 GB storage, and 2000 GB Bandwidth. Out of the 5 packages, this is the cheapest. However, the most resourceful called KVM 32 GB costs $120/mo (it offers 8 CPU cores, 32 GB RAM, 320 GB storage and 10k GB bandwith). All the packages also have DDOs protection.
The Windows VPS category offers 5 packages starting at $10/mo for the cheapest package (1 CPU core, 2 GB RAM, 30 GB storage and 2000 GB bandwidth) while the most resourceful (8 CPU cores, 32 GB RAM, 400 GB storage and 10k GB bandwith) costs costs $ 160 /mo. All of the packages again feature 10 GB DDOs protection.
The Cloud VPS category start at $5/mo for the cheapest (1 CPU core, 1 GB RAM, 20 GB storage, 1000 GB bandwidth) out of the five packages while the most resourceful -- Cloud 12GB costs $60/mo for 6 CPU cores, 12 GB RAM, 160 GB storage, and 5000 GB bandwidth. All of the five package also feature a 10 GB DDOs protection.
Hosting4Geeks has 5 packages each with different prices for VPS hosting starting with $3.95 per month for a 1 GB RAM, 4 core CPU, 25GB disc space and 1 TB. It also offers 1 Gbps networking, weekly backups and free IP. Most resourceful but also most expensive of these packages is the $38.95 package, which costs $38.95 per month for 4 CPU cores, 8 GB RAM, 200 GB of disk space and 8 TB bandwidth and 1 Gbps of networking. The later also features weekly backups and a free IP.
Not only does Linode offer comprehensive guides for those wanting to stake or host a masternode on a vps server through Linode, but customers also get good support. The service offers, among others Longview, Linode Managed, NodeBalancers, and Backups features. For instance nodebalancers, which are provided as-a-service because they are managed on the cloud, will help to route incoming requests to backend Linodes to help your application cope with load, and this improves applications availability.
A 1 GB RAM, one core, 20 GB SSD, 1 TB transfer, 40 Gbps in, and 1,000 Mbps out costs only $5 per month. The price is $640 for 80 GB RAM, 20 cores, 1536 GB SSD, 20 TB transfer.
They also provide tools such as APIs, StackScripts and CLI to help them with their setting of VPS for staking or for masternodes.
This application supports Debian, CentOS, Arch, Fedos, Gentoo, OpenSUSE, Slackware and Ubuntu OSs.
Those looking for standard plans, for a price of $5/mo you get 1GB of RAM, 1 CPU Core with 25GB SSD Storage, 1 TB Transfer, Gbps Network and 1000 Mbps Network Out. Out of the five packages, the most expensive one costs $80/mo and its a 16GB RAM, 6-CPU cores, with 320 GB SSD storage, 8 TB Transfer, 40 Gbps Network In and 6000 Mbps Network Out. For standard plans, you get five packages with the least Nanode 1GB costing $5/mo (1 GB ram, 1 CPU core, 5 GB SSD Storage, 1 TB Transfer, 40 GBPs network in and 1000 Mbps Network Out).
Hostgator VPS comes in 3 packages that have different needs for clients as well as different pricing. All of the plans are 73% to 75% cheaper than usual which is why they start at $29.95 only.
For $29.95/mo, a customer will get 2 Cores CPU, 2 GB RAM, 120 GB disk space and 1.5 TB Bandwidth resources. The Sanppy8000 is most resourceful but most expensive at $49.95/mo. It offers 4 cores CPU, 8 GB RAM, 240 GB Disk space and 3 TB Bandwidth.
The VPS comes with feautures such as flexible software and application installation because of full root access; unlimited domains and sub-domains; unlimited email addresses, databases, FTP accounts, and private nameservers with our easily managed VPS hosting; website development tools such as free web templates and script installers; weekly offsite backups.
Interserver, which was founded in 1999 by a group of high scholers, supports Linux and Windows operating systems and servers are planted in USA. About how it works, the service has 4 data centers in the United States and these are secured by biometric system. The various packages range from 1GB of RAM 1CPU with 25GB SSD to 1TB BW to 16 GB RAM 4 CPU with 400 GB SSD and 16 TB transfer.
Linux VPS servers cost $6 per month and all plans have 1 GB of RAM or more, 25 GB of storage and 1TB monthly bandwidth. And with a subscription of $30 a month, you get 2CPU cores with 5GB RAM, 125 GB and as much as 5 TB data transfer. Windows VPS is more expensive starting at $10, especially because one will require to have Windows licenses. The option with most resources aka 4 CPUs, 16 GB of RAM, 400 GB STORAGE AND 16 tb bandwidth costs $160 per month.
Nodesupply lets users to remotely host masternodes PIVX, ZCOIN, SmartCash, Crown and many other cryptocurrencies. Every customer is able to access their dashboard where nodes can be created, deleted and managed.
The cost for this VPS service is a bit on the low side compared to other services; for $9 per month, a user gets a fully managed dedicated VPS, 2 GB RAM, SSD storage and an income monitor, all without any monthly resubscription commitment; and if subscribed for a year, the price is lower at $6/month for the same features. There is also the option of subscribing for 3 months or six months.
Regarding payments, customers will be able to do recurring payments using Creditcard or PayPal. Another good thing about this service is that it allows users to pay for the service using cryptocurrencies.