I am currently running my instance using a VMWare cloud server with the following specs: 1 GB RAM / 1 Core / 30 GB SSD / 10 Mbps

This costs 13.94 €/month.

Using the same provider (serverspace.io), I can rent a vStack cloud server with: 1 GB RAM / 1 Core / 30 GB SSD / 50 Mbps

For 4.55 €/month.

I am using the more expensive option because this is my first self-hosted project and I did not realize the cheaper option was available when I originally set up the server.

As I currently understand it, renting a VMWare is renting a physical machine, and renting a vStack is renting one of many virtual machines installed within a physical machine. Is this correct? And, are there any practical reasons not to “downgrade” to a vStack? When should someone choose a VMWare over a vStack?

Kromonos
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VMWare is a virtual machine. Not a physical one. The only difference that could be is, that vStack may run like an OpenVZ Container and using the hosts kernel, … instead of it’s own. I’m currently on mobile, so I can’t take a closer look the the homepage

Salamander
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Thanks! Do you know what are the downsides in practice, if any, of running like an OpenVZ container instead of on its own?

Kromonos
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There are minor things not working. E.g. networking with Wireguard and OpenVPN are turned off mostly, because on container VMs this needs some changes on host side. Switching the Kernel is not possible. Most of the time very system-oriented operations. If it’s just about providing a web page, e.g. Lemmy, etc. that would be perfectly adequate.

Salamander
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Update: Thank you for giving me the confidence. I ended up migrating to the cheaper option and I see the exact same performance ;-)

Salamander
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Thank you! In that case, I will run some tests and probably migrate my instance to the vStack :-)

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