RamNode? BuyVM? Want VDS with good CPU
Have been trying to figure how a new host for some months now (yes, months, I've been with NetDepot for ten years so I don't take moving lightly) and have been trying to do my due diligence/research on what to do next. Keep on landing on LET when I do various searches so I've eventually had the bright idea of just asking here to solve my conundrum!
Currently I have a dedicated server with NetDepot, got it (as mentioned) almost ten years ago, opted for all the "buydown" options I could when we ordered and it's served us well and we've had a dedi for $104 a month after the initial painful setup free. Issue is though the chassis is moderately new the drives and the OS are ten years old. Time for a change... and to virtualise. Ten year old OS, how embarassing! (c;
Due to some old Perl scripts running on the box we need something with good CPU power, currently we're running a load somewhere between 1.3 and 1.8 (server has E5620 @ 2.40GHz if that matters).
To get to the point... I've been toying up between a few providers, mainly those mentioned in the topic of the subject -- RamNode and BuyVM. Both seem to be well regarded here and that's one of the main reasons they're on the shortlist.
Due to the aforementioned processor requirements I'm looking at the RamNode VDS and the BuyVM Slice. RamNode always seems to be score well in the processor rankings but BuyVM I've got some hesitation with. I've seen some benchmarks here and on vpsbenchmarks.com that clearly give the lead to RamNode. Generally these are sysbench benchmarks, if I should be putting much stock in them.
Would initially be looking at RamNode 8GB SVDS or BuyVM SLICE 8192... unless someone has a cunning alternative. I want a reliable host but will self-manage the server. Obviously I'm aiming for long tenure wherever I move.
I was leaning toward RamNode, even went as far as trying to order one, but they're always out of stock in NY and their prices have just gone up 25%. BuyVM I like not just because of the price but because of how many upgrade plans there are.
Any suggestions, LET gurus? Is RamNode's CPU that much faster?
VZ: Any but want dedicated cores.
Cores: Whatever can cope with my load, but I'd guess 2 cores.
Disk: 150GB+ SSD
DDoS: Not required
IPs: 2 would be good but can survive with 1.
Location: US somewhere. I'm in Australia but I realise I probably need to be more concerned about the bulk of the visitors which are in the US and Europe.
Budget: Below my $104 dedi. Preferably well below.
Thanks heaps in advance.