We’ve been big fans of $5/month VPS offerings of Digital Ocean and Vultr for many years. When Vultr reduced their lowest tier to $2.50/month, we were ecstatic. These weren’t ideal VoIP platforms because of their 512MB memory constraint, but they were perfectly suitable as a sandbox for experimentation. And then along came OVH with a 2GB VPS that was nearly perfect for VoIP at $3.49/month. As we all know, the Earth does not stand still, and WootHosting now has once again changed the landscape with two different $1.50/month offerings that include 2GB of RAM. That’s cheaper than the cost of electricity to run a server in your home or office. Never mind that you also have to purchase a server.

As most of you know, we eat our own dog food before recommending products, and we’ve deployed both the Wazo and Issabel PBXs on the WootHosting platform being reviewed today. In addition, we’ve deployed a multi-purpose web server to host more than a dozen of our personal sites using an even better second offering that we also will cover today.

The first offering (pictured above) actually provides a platform for two separate VoIP servers. For each of the servers, you have a choice of sites: New York, Miami, or Los Angeles. Why would you want two servers? The most obvious answer is redundancy. Wazo already offers High Availability (HA) redundant servers with the click of a button. Our deployment tutorial is available here. By deploying identical servers in two cities, you have a failsafe VoIP platform that can survive almost any natural or man-made disaster. And the total cost for both cloud servers is just $3 a month. A similar implementation for other Incredible PBX platforms is now under development on the PIAF Forum. Compare these free options to HA solutions from other VoIP providers costing $3,000 plus maintenance.

If a New York-based cloud offering will meet your needs, the second WootHosting offer is even more impressive with 4 CPU core allocations, 2GB RAM and swap space, a whopping 150GB of storage, 3TB of monthly bandwidth, and advanced DDOS protection for $1.50/mo.:



As we mentioned, we actually use this second VPS offering to host more than a dozen of our personal web sites without a hiccup. But it is sufficiently robust to host very large VoIP implementations with support for dozens of simultaneous calls. A deployment guide for Wazo is available here. As with all cloud-based servers, we strongly recommend redundant system deployments in separate locations. Additional WootHosting specials in their various locations are documented on the New York ordering page. Enjoy!

Published: Tuesday, August 15, 2017  




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    1. This is great I’m glad and was kind of surprised to see woothosting article but it makes since. I have been using them for a while. They are stable and have rapidly expanding for last year or so.
      A word of caution on the NY location they colo servers at ColoCrossing. I love the woot guys and they provided me with very reliable services especially at quaranet facilities. I’ve had services (not with woot) in ColoCrossings buffalo location that were plagued with network and power issues that stem from the facility. My woot test instance in buffalo has seemed stable since launch but I would still worry about reliabity not from woot but the upstream providers / ColoCrossing

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