A little bit about the differences between Russian and foreign hosters

    In the process of adding and updating information about tariffs for PoiskVPS and VPS.today projects, we view a large number of hoster sites, we correspond with their employees in order to provide our users with the most accurate and complete information about virtual server fees and related services. In this article I would like to share the differences between Russian and foreign hosts, to consider the difference in approaches to marketing and the tariff scale.

    Traffic use for virtual servers

    There is a reverse situation with traffic for virtual servers: Russian companies often claim unlimited traffic, whereas foreign ones almost always set fixed limits for each tariff (take at least DigitalOcean , Linode , Vultr or Hetzner ). It is clear that there is no unlimited traffic, and the maximum possible volume is limited by the bandwidth provided by the channel, divided between all clients on the server, so some domestic hosts limit the speed after consuming some (most often from 1 to 10 TB) traffic that creates an excessive load on network.

    Administering Virtual Servers

    Core-managed services are rarely found in foreign hosters (roughly corresponds to what is called basic administration here): non-administered servers are most often offered or fully administered (in many cases without root access). Many Russian companies declare the provision of administration services at various levels included in the tariff.

    Discounts for long periods

    Many foreign hosters offer discounts for a one-time payment of more than 3 months. There are offers with discounts of more than 50% when paying for a year or more. Russian hosters rarely offer a discount above 20% per year, which may indicate a more prudent pricing and a lower margin for services, or a slightly less desire to attract clients for a long time.

    Payment systems

    Almost all foreign companies accept payments only by bank cards or PayPal. Recently, BitCoin is gaining popularity, the ability to pay which is added by many companies. In Russia, it is considered good form to be able to accept payment using WebMoney, QIWI, Yandex.Money, and also to connect a certain number of payment aggregators (for example, Robokassa, Interkassa, Z-Payment, etc.).

    Virtual hosting organization

    Shared hosting is still quite popular. Domestic companies usually have 3-5 hosting rates with different available disk sizes and the number of hosted sites, as well as the allocation of computational resources that depend on it. Popular foreign hostings are usually limited to one tariff with an “unlimited” drive and no restrictions on the number of sites (often there is also an inexpensive basic rate for hosting a single site and a disk size from 1 to 10 GB). Naturally, it is assumed that users will not overload the system. In addition, in addition to the volume of the disk, other restrictions are used, for example, by the number of files or the maximum file size.

    I hope that the above differences will help to make a choice in favor of certain companies. Write in the comments, what other features in the work of hosts you come across. If you want to find a virtual server or compare offers from several hosters, then welcome to VPS.today .

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