Few can dispute the fact that OVH dominates the torrent landscape on many different levels. Whether it’s seedbox providers, resellers, trackers that use OVH, or savvy seedbox owners who do it on their own; OVH is reported to possess up to 70% of the seedbox/torrent market & traffic throughout private trackers. A simple peek into the peerlist on a popular torrent on a good private tracker easily concludes this - OVH is everywhere. Now that the Kimsufi C-05G comes with a €50 installation setup cost, we’ve found a few alternative providers that are more affordable (at least initially).
After digging around on dozens of dedicated server providers, we can confidently avow that not many can compete with Leaseweb. Leaseweb.com offers a variety of Linux (and Windows) dedicated servers, starting at €19/mo. Typically there are two methods of selecting servers: “Ready To Use” and “Start Building”.
“Ready To Use” — From €19/mo. and up.
- • All servers in “Ready To Use” currently come without an installation fee.
- • These are not unmetered (bandwidth is capped at 4 TB/mo). Bandwidth can be upgraded for about €20 more per additional 2 TB.
- • All come with 2 IPs; additional IPs are €1 each.
“Start Building” — From €99/mo. and up.
- • The “Unmetered 1” plan is €99/mo. - and is the only current server in “Start Building” that comes with no setup fee (aslo includes unlimited bandwidth on a 100 Mbit full-duplex uplink port).
- • For packages that have a €50 setup fee: these can be configured, such as by changing the upload link from 100 Mbit to 1 Gbit for €25/mo, and changing server specs (HDD, RAM, more OS options).
Leaseweb for Tracker Hosting? We wouldn’t recommend it, although scores of private trackers (mostly smaller ones) continue unabated to successfully use Leaseweb to host their sites, despite being located in BREIN’s backyard. However, we still feel this is unnecessarily risky.
Leaseweb for Seedbox Hosting? Recommended. We’ve been running stable boxes on Leaseweb for what seems like forever now, without a hitch.
Carat Networks offers mostly high-end dedicated servers, starting at $69/month - as well as Virtual Private Servers. Most dedi packages are on metered bandwidth (1 TB/mo. and up), although a robust selection of additional resources can be added on during configuration.
Carat Networks for Tracker Hosting? Recommended. Dozens of trackers are using Carat as their IT hosting solution - so far, we’ve heard nothing but good things.
Carat Networks for Seedbox Hosting? Not recommended (due to bandwidth cost). Because Carat uses premium Canadian bandwidth (which is metered) they won’t exactly become well-known as a company that can directly compete with other “seedbox” providers. Having said that, running a seedbox here is completely allowable. But seedboxes are not what Carat Networks is all about; they specialize in top-quality hardware, reliability, great customer support & affordable solutions - criteria that are far more important to customers who are hosting a website.
Both tracker and seedbox friendly, Luxembourg-based Server.lu only has a few options for servers without installation fees added on; typically these are their refurbished plans (with a €10/month option to waive the setup fee).
Server.lu for Tracker Hosting? Recommended (as safe), although customer service has been said to be sporatic.
Server.lu for Seedbox Hosting? Recommended. Server.lu has quickly become one of the Internet’s hotspots for seedbox providers, resellers and DIYers.
Other Notables (without Installation Fees):
NetDirekt — Offers a dedibox for €33.50 which includes 1 TB bandwidth/month and a 250 GB drive; very appropriate for torrent site hosting.
RapidSwitch — Has a £45/mo. dedi, comes with a 160 GB drive and 5 TB monthly traffic (suitable for a mid-range seedbox).
FDCServers — Lists a $49 dedicated server, comes with a 200 GB HDD and just a 10 MBit unmetered connection; not recommended as a seedbox.
For a more complete list, check out Dedicated Servers & VPS Providers.
never heard of carat. ill check them out but lw and serverlu are both gr8 and stable
what about http://www.santrex.net ?
could never understand, why u have limited traffic on dedicated line.
What is the use of having dedicated line with limited traffic, if u are going to limit traffic on dedicated line than it is better to buy vps.
James Scholes Says:
You forgot to mention Dynaceron. http://www.dynaceron.com
The prices like 19€ or 29€ at Leaseweb are only for 1 year and without VAT.
If you decide to pay VAT an Athlon 3000+ 512mo 160GB displayed at 29€ costs in fact 41€ / month for 3 months mini (you can’t rent only for 1 month if the bill is 20mbit.
Santrex is above all a reseller (of OVH, Leaseweb..) So if you can take directly a server from them it’s cheaper. Santrex is only interesting if you want a customized and ready to start service like a VPS, proxy, seedbox imo.
A dedicated server isn’t limited by a shared environment, for example on a shared server the HDD I/O is usually a bottleneck to get max speeds and reactivity of your system even if it has a big cpu and connected to a 1gbps line.
Then “unlimited bandwidth” usually means ~15TB max. Who really need it unless official uploaders ? 4TB of the leaseweb boxes seems enough for individuals who download for example 1TB of content (and it’s very important, it’s for example 8 x DVD5 per day). Then consume 1TB more to retrieve it at, and finally seed at 1:2 all stuffs.
Well santex sucks and I would not advise them as there servers are poorly managed and always going down.
Dynaceron I would definitely recommend as they are a great bunch of guys and have some crazy server deals.
But I think out of all I would recomemnd carat networks as that’s were my website is hosted right now and I have not had a better vps host.
Sorry a little error when posting.
For @sharky the message continues to “if the bill is < 100€”. Then you could add Keyweb imo, and Gigahosting is unlimited with data transfert, but not for speed (can be capped to 10mbits in some conditions)
Why does Torrentleech require 6000$ per month on Server Hosting then ?
‘Cause they need more than 2 powerful servers.
Well they have more then one server and i doubt they will have the cheapest ones.
Title is “Alternatives to OVH: The Best Money For Your Server” which doesn’t make sense.
Should be “Alternatives to OVH: The Best Servers for your Money”
what about http://www.prahost.com i am using it for my warez and torrent sites
http://www.superseedbox.com/ is the best … you can view and compare…the packages from other hosting….
+1 for prahost. fast server and great support
Dont forget, http://www.rapidpeer.com
Santrex SUX! Bug time … server always down… migrate, got auto shutdown .. they claim its a DDOS attack and what not …
dont go there .. after all they are resellers from above sites .. such as OvH, etc
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I made it only for 3 days…
You can see my payment here: 4fastfile.com/abv-fs/2010/06/18/payment.png
It’s very easy… They have the same affiliate program as the others but they are paying good.
1. You can make money from your downloads – up to $25 per 1000
2. You can make money from your websites – 10% per sold account
3. You can make money from all your referrals – 25% from all their earnings
They are paying every Friday automatically if you have more than $15
I wish you a lot of luck….