Looking for a small UK/EU VM for a personal Nextcloud

Hi all,

As in the subject title, I'm looking for a small VM in the UK or EU for the purposes of installing a single-user Nextcloud for personal use only, for syncing documents and spreadsheets rather than large media files.

I'd like it to be with a provider that's been around for a while and is going to be around for a while (so no HostDoc type providers with unsustainable pricing). I don't have a specific budget in mind, but I'd like to pay quarterly or longer rather than monthly if possible.

Spec:

  • UK location preferred, EU location OK
  • 512MB or 1GB RAM
  • 5GB disk
  • Negligible transfer (500GB per month is more than enough)
  • 1x IPv4
  • Debian thx, php selekter ok

Open to any and all offers and deals :) x

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  • For UK I would go with @AnthonySmith - can check the latest UK offer here (although not sure if it's still live) https://talk.lowendspirit.com/discussion/545/nvme-ssd-kvm-uk-ddos-protected-free-da-50-off-free-2nd-ip-or-double-disk#latest

    Otherwise I would recommend @Francisco (BuyVM) in Luxembourg - connectivity to UK has been good from my previous testing. Although stock is quite limited for the LU location most of the time, currently 0 stock https://my.frantech.ca/cart.php?gid=39

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  • Oneprovider are doing no setup fees on small dedis just now - great for Nextcloud, if you stretch the budget a wee bit.
    Otherwise, either of the above gets my vote.

    Where's the ignore setting?

  • vyasvyas OGContent Writer
    edited February 17

    Owncube is a good though
    you will have to see which plan suits your need.
    https://owncube.com/

    For 5GB storage only, why not opt for a free tier plan from one of the nextcloud/owncloud providers for starters? Are there specific reasons for incurring the overhead of a vps just for nextcloud instance ?

    https://nextcloud.com/signup/

    Otherwise there is e.email (edit: they are new) or you can set up a nextcloud instance on aws lightsail .

    Edit:

    Hetzner https://www.hetzner.de/storage/storage-share

    Or get a shared / reseller hosting plan- as long as provider has no objections to you running nextcloud for personal use, it should be good.

    Edit 2:
    If intention is file storage / transfer only then pcloud Free tier more than meets your needs.
    And would recommend @koofr any day. They have been around a while.

    koofr.eu.
    Awesome apps for win, mac, linux, ios and android

    Edit 3: owncloud providers

    https://owncloud.org/hosting-partners/

    Edit4:
    If you do want to go the vps—> Nextcloud route, then

    liteserver.nl haven’t used their service myself, but have read good things. They have a 25 percent discount, so plans could be little under 4 euros/ month.

    Also, @mikeA had a deal for France. You may want to search it : it’s in the threads somewhere.

    Thanked by (2)uptime AK_KWH
  • vpsgeekvpsgeek OG
    edited February 17

    @Harambe said:
    For UK I would go with @AnthonySmith - can check the latest UK offer here (although not sure if it's still live) https://talk.lowendspirit.com/discussion/545/nvme-ssd-kvm-uk-ddos-protected-free-da-50-off-free-2nd-ip-or-double-disk#latest

    I wish @AnthonySmith would bring those back even if very limited in quantity as the offer you mentioned has expired. Recommend OP to get it from InceptionHosting as the pricing is fair even without promo codes

    Recommend: SmallWeb|BuyVM|Linode|RamNode

  • @vyas

    nice one ...

    re5pekt!

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  • AK_KWHAK_KWH Hosting ProviderOG

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  • vyasvyas OGContent Writer

    @uptime said:
    @vyas

    nice one ...

    re5pekt!

    Learning from the best sir, learning from the best

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  • seriesnseriesn Hosting ProviderOG

    @VPSensational said:
    Hi all,

    As in the subject title, I'm looking for a small VM in the UK or EU for the purposes of installing a single-user Nextcloud for personal use only, for syncing documents and spreadsheets rather than large media files.

    I'd like it to be with a provider that's been around for a while and is going to be around for a while (so no HostDoc type providers with unsustainable pricing). I don't have a specific budget in mind, but I'd like to pay quarterly or longer rather than monthly if possible.

    Spec:

    • UK location preferred, EU location OK
    • 512MB or 1GB RAM
    • 5GB disk
    • Negligible transfer (500GB per month is more than enough)
    • 1x IPv4
    • Debian thx, php selekter ok

    Open to any and all offers and deals :) x

    Hey Bud,
    Join the family :).

    We just added some fresh stock for our 0.5G plan @$24/year or $2.50/mo https://nexusbytes.com/cart.php?a=add&pid=18 :) (Germany)

    Thanked by (1)uptime
  • Or if you just need some nextcloud accounts and would happen to benefit from email hosting as well, MXroute offers NextCloud, you get a generous 10 GB per email account you create IIRC. :)

  • What @vyas said.

    Else I can't vouch enough for @seriesn. No fuss hosting(TM)

    @seriesn for realsies please trademark the above :wink:

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  • Nick_ANick_A Hosting ProviderOG

    Please check out our Netherlands location and use CLOUD25 when you sign up!

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  • seriesnseriesn Hosting ProviderOG

    @terrorgen said:
    What @vyas said.

    Else I can't vouch enough for @seriesn. No fuss hosting(TM)

    @seriesn for realsies please trademark the above :wink:

    Darn it!

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  • uptimeuptime OG
    edited February 18

    several soiid recommendations - and some excellent providers stepping up with offers in this very thread.

    Really good to see happening here.

    That is all.

    :)

    EDIT:

    also ...

  • vyasvyas OGContent Writer
    edited February 18

    OP has mentioned UK/EU as location but thought of mentioning the gratis Nextcloud 10 gb storage by Spry Servers in the U S. I haven’t used it myself, but it’s there and they are in this forum

    @seriesn
    I took OP's comment (I'd like it to be with a provider that's been around for a while and is going to be around for a while ) in the letter and not the spirit, and that is an oops!

    To make up for it: @VPSensational Nexusbtytes when paid for annual plan is 10 GB, and if you twist a discount code or two out of the threads here, you can get the base setup for < 2 US Dollars/month on a Ryzen. + NVMe.

    Or,

    (below is strictly for fun project, but doable if it fits the budget )

    Get the "buy two, get one free offer) and for less than $ 40 / year (including discounts) set up a NC instance on all 3 locations : 1 EU (Germany), 2 in US (on either coast). Now, you get a 5 GB Backup folder, and a backup of backup, plus a backup of a backup of a backup for free!


    Question for the wise

    I had a question for those who have set up NC/OC on a VPS. How do you do it?
    Do you do Stock OS install + LEMP/LAMP + Nextcloud?
    Or
    Ubuntu 18.04 server with nextcloud option?

    Do you use disk encryption?




    Now about that managerial nextcloud....

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  • Docker nextcloud behind docker nginx

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  • Nothing can beat FREE right?
    https://www.bacloud.com/en/cloud-drive
    I've been using their FREE tier for some time now and it works absolutely great. I plan on upgrading once I go over the 10GB limit.

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  • @vyas said:
    Question for the wise

    I had a question for those who have set up NC/OC on a VPS. How do you do it?
    Do you do Stock OS install + LEMP/LAMP + Nextcloud?

    This is what I do. It definitely requires more work than a "ready-made solution", but I feel like I have a better oversight of the moving parts.

    Or
    Ubuntu 18.04 server with nextcloud option?

    I guess that this would be some template offered by a provider. I find that templates vary a lot in quality, but there are some that are thoughtfully put together.

    If I were inclined to use a "ready-made solution", I'd probably choose TurnKey Linux:

    https://www.turnkeylinux.org/nextcloud or https://www.turnkeylinux.org/owncloud

    Do you use disk encryption?

    Not at this time.

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    "A single swap file or partition may be up to 128 MB in size. [...] [I]f you need 256 MB of swap, you can create two 128-MB swap partitions." (M. Welsh & L. Kaufman, Running Linux, 2e, 1996, p. 49)

  • uptimeuptime OG
    edited February 18

    @uptime said:
    several soiid recommendations - and some excellent providers stepping up with offers in this very thread.

    Really good to see happening here.

    That is all.

    :)

    EDIT:

    also ...

    Also forgot to mention @freerangecloud for NL location (and quoting previous list just to tag the referenced providers)

    @vyas said: [several good questions and suggestions ...]
    Do you use disk encryption?

    In general, I am in the habit of using full disk encryption unless there is a good reason not to (ie, some situation involving absolutely minimal resources / requiring low complexity / low effort / etc)

    I don't have any experience installing or administering nextcloud or owncloud so can't say whether FDE would complicate things.

    And I rather not run ubuntu if I can help it, but that's just me. If I'm looking for some setup shortcuts I might try a yunohost install to get something going quickly and have a working config to compare to. But that's a whole 'nother can of worms!

    My baseline understanding is that when planning to run nextcloud (etc), it is prudent to anticipate some CPU use (ie if much checksumming, making thumbnails of images, and so forth. Disk encryption, if any, may not actually be the most significant factor for CPU load in this scenario, especially if AES flag is enabled.)

    And ... I have been happily idling SpryServers free nextcloud service for a while now.

    Thanked by (1)vyas
  • There's some awesome suggestions in this thread! @seriesn (nexus bytes) and @SMARTHOST are 2 of the best IMO and either would be perfect.

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  • @vyas said:
    and if you twist a discount code or two out of the threads here

    To be fair, I think WHMCS lets you only enter one discount code :# (and most will be expired too).

  • Webmin on debian for Nexcloud, with encryption. None of that docker crap. What's the point of Ubuntu server any way? (Serious question.)

    Where's the ignore setting?

  • uptimeuptime OG
    edited February 18

    @AlwaysSkint said:
    What's the point of Ubuntu server any way? (Serious question.)

    Maybe worth breaking off to another thread, but ... using Ubuntu sometimes can make access to proprietary drivers more straightforward than (for instance) Debian. (I've run into this with GPUs. Not exactly a "typical" server, but one that I care about, so ....)

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  • vyasvyas OGContent Writer
    edited February 18

    @AlwaysSkint said:
    Webmin on debian for Nexcloud, with encryption. None of that docker crap. What's the point of Ubuntu server any way? (Serious question.)

    I prefer Debian, but almost every managed infrastructure provider limits to Ubuntu. Gridpane, Runcloud, even the default lightsail cms installs IIRC (amazon and ubuntu are a different matter altogether).

    When we were hiring for our site and content infrastructure, the recruitment agency put together the role description with the usual jargon, but they mentioned Ubuntu in four places.

    “Ubuntu is the industry standard. You will find majority of the candidates Ubuntu.” The agency rep said.
    I replied, “but I prefer Debian.”
    “No sir, believe me Ubuntu is the best.” Came the reply

    The conversation and their engagement ended there.

    Back to topic
    The reason I mentioned Ubuntu server is because I have seen option for Nextcloud in a couple if instances. I had accidentally chosen 18.04 sever edition template for a provider last week, saw it there too.

    (edit: corrected typos and autocorrects)

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  • edited February 18

    Personally, I also prefer Debian, but arguably, Ubuntu is more user-friendly, particularly on the desktop.

    I find Ubuntu Server slightly obnoxious, for example, with all of those login messages by default, but perhaps that's just me. =)

    "A single swap file or partition may be up to 128 MB in size. [...] [I]f you need 256 MB of swap, you can create two 128-MB swap partitions." (M. Welsh & L. Kaufman, Running Linux, 2e, 1996, p. 49)

  • So what's the consensus on the best free Nextcloud service? (I've always run my own ownCloud/Nextcloud, but I'm curious about the free options.)

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    "A single swap file or partition may be up to 128 MB in size. [...] [I]f you need 256 MB of swap, you can create two 128-MB swap partitions." (M. Welsh & L. Kaufman, Running Linux, 2e, 1996, p. 49)

  • vyasvyas OGContent Writer
    edited February 18

    @Sova mentioned bacloud. I have used NC on owncube in the past, Germany based, would recommend them.
    @uptime gives thumbs up to Spry Servers . That's NA
    @poisson / @fat32 any recommendations for free Nextcloud/Owncloud hosting in Asia?


    Personally
    currently trying out NC install on a Reseller hosting plan that was idling.

    Edit: Found this list on Github, adding it here since most of the discussion is around NC ...also corrected the incorrect attribution

    https://github.com/nextcloud/providers

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  • @angstrom said:

    So what's the consensus on the best free Nextcloud service? (

    If I'm not mistaken you can hook it into OneDrive etc...so any smallish VPS should do for hosting the actual running software

  • @havoc said:

    @angstrom said:

    So what's the consensus on the best free Nextcloud service? (

    If I'm not mistaken you can hook it into OneDrive etc...so any smallish VPS should do for hosting the actual running software

    Yes, I know, but I was just wondering about free Nextcloud services. If someone just wants a personal Nextcloud, a VPS may well be overkill and a free Nextcloud service may suffice (even if I personally have reservations about using a free service).

    "A single swap file or partition may be up to 128 MB in size. [...] [I]f you need 256 MB of swap, you can create two 128-MB swap partitions." (M. Welsh & L. Kaufman, Running Linux, 2e, 1996, p. 49)

  • VPS for only a nextcloud might overkill, but I host my nextcloud, gitea and bitwardenrs on a single node.

    Be aware or Be next

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