Changed to yet another VPS provider yesterday, so here are my initial experiences regarding our new host UpCloud.com.
Disclaimer: We struck a deal with UpCloud exchanging advertising on our community for hosting credits. Even with this affiliation, I intend to share my un-biased view on their operation. Good or bad, I will report.
UpCloud has four datacenters: Chicago, London, Helsinki and Frankfurt. The company itself is based in Finland. They are relatively new having started in 2012. They are somewhat popular in the Nordic IT-scene and have received favorable reviews. I also have some friends at Kontena.io (world class container gurus), and they spoke favorably about UpCloud.
In terms of pricing they position themselves exactly against the market leader Digital Ocean (another great option). What caught my attention is their marketing, where they also benchmark their operation against DO, claiming significantly better performance. Their marketing promise includes faster CPU cores and significantly faster disk I/O than the similar Digital Ocean VPS. I have not benchmarked their servers.
The UpCloud administration dashboard is straight forward and servers spin up in 45 seconds or so. I am currently on their 80$ plan (Frankfurt), featuring 6 cores, 8GB RAM and 200GB storage. My initial expression is that our site (Tappara.co) is now very snappy and responsive - better than ever before, but of course this is a rather beefy VPS I am using (I have also used DO’s 80$ plan in the past).
I have just started using them, so too early to say anything about the reliability or long term performance. At least based on the specs, UpCloud should be a good fit for Discourse. If anyone here has used them, I’d be interested in hearing any comments or feedback how they perform.