Alternatives for cheap bare-metal dedicated servers (not VPS): Sub $25 a month! What is happening in France?
I was reading a news blog about datacenter/hosting and came across this article
which links to this video
showing a walkthrough tour of the datacenter operated by online.net in France
. Apparently online is a subsidiary of Iliad and free.fr, and claims to be
the second largest colo/hosting company in France. They're offering a package for 15 euro per month dedicated servers
, in which you get a tiny thing with a Via Atom CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 160GB 5400 rpm laptop HDD in a blade type server. This is a dedicated thing and not a VPS. You can see the things in their datacenter at about 1:40 in the video linked above.
My french is quite rusty but it appears that you can choose from one of the common distributions of 32-bit Linux
to be loaded onto the server.
It seems like something in this price range would be ideal for testing purposes, and anything that needs a bit of geographic redundancy such as a secondary nameserver. What other companies would I want to be looking at for extremely cheap dedicated server packages? Who would be the top 3 competitors at this extremely cheap price?! Does competition even exist in the USA? I was expecting to see a price more like $95 a month.