Vultr is a VPS provider built on 100% SSD hardware with 14 optimized locations worldwide. They compete primarily with Linode and DigitalOcean in the VPS space, offering fast and simple deployment and low cost, up front pricing. The company was founded in 2014 in Matawan, New Jersey and is a child company of Choopa, LLC. They use KVM virtualization technology.
While the company is relatively young in the cloud hosting space, they have 14 locations across the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia. This already more than both Linode and Digital Ocean.
North America: Seattle, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, New Jersey, Atlanta Miami
Europe: London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris
APAC: Tokyo, Sydney
Vultr offers extremely simple and transparent pricing, similar to what you’d see with DigitalOcean. Plans start at $5/month and scale up from there depending on how much storage, memory and bandwidth you need. They also offer a free $5 credit so you can try the service for free. All plans are month-to-month with no long term commitments required.
Vultr’s biggest selling point is certainly simplicity. They are very developer-centric and enable customers to spin up a virtual server almost instantly with easy to understand pricing. Some of their key features include:
100% Intel Cores: Latest generation Intel CPUs guarantee consistent performance.
Infinite OS combinations: CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, Windows, FreeBSD, or use the Upload ISO feature.
Powerful API: Integrate with our API to quickly spin up, destroy, and control your instances.
Feature-rich control panel: Many features are available with one-click: Restart, Reboot, Reinstall, Reimage, etc
One-Click Apps: cPanel, Docker, Drupal, LAMP, LEMP, Minecraft, OpenVPN, ownCloud, Webmin, WordPress
But that’s not all. They also boast some pretty impressive performance. The chart below shows ‘low end’ performance between Vultr, Rackspace, and AWS. As you can see they put out a great UnixBench score, but even more impressive is the performance per dollar with Vultr beating Rackspace by over 3x.
Vultr is an innovative up and comer in cloud hosting that will definitely be giving companies like DigitalOcean a run for their money in the coming years. By making the cloud fast, simple, and affordable for everyone (even with limited technical ability) they are gaining market share fast. And with industry leading network performance and global reach that already beats their 2 primary comptitors, it’s not hard to see why.