Pick a starting point below, then adjust the resources to your liking. Not sure where to start? You can change resources at any time with our seamless, zero-downtime upgrade system.
VPS Hosting is... mini, dedicated environments with full root access, within one large powerful server. This allows all the benefits of dedicated server hosting without the hefty price tag. Our virtual servers are Linux based OpenVZ containers. Unlike your typical Virtual Machines, this type of virtualization optimizes memory and disk space by sharing resources, like the kernel, with their hardware node. For performance reasons, no GUI is available by default; instead you get a root Linux shell.
vCores or CPUs
vCores are the number of virtualized processing cores dedicated to your VPS. While they don't directly represent a physical hardware core, they do still define the ability to respond to queries simultaneously.
For example if two visitors request access to your homepage at the exact same time, a process can be loaded in each vCore to respond to the query simultaneously rather than responding to each request in sequence.
A single vCore with sequential responses are often just fine, as most requests are responded to in fractions of a second, however if your site requires more intensive processing time, then more vCores will be very useful.
Memory & Swap
At its simplest, the system memory defines roughly how quickly your server can respond to requests. Control panels often take up a good 200 - 500MB to operate effectively, then everything beyond that is usable to respond to visitor requests, like loading your homepage.
vSwap is used when your memory is exhausted. It gives you some overflow space to handle additional requests even if you run out of standard system memory.
Storage is the amount of space (think Megabytes, Gigabytes, etc) that your website takes up. HTML and PHP files are pretty small; but, if you decide to share your vacation photos on your website, you may find that storage goes pretty quickly! Helpful tip: Some programs on your computer, or tools for your website, can help minimize the amount of storage pictures use.
Transfer is the total amount of data (Megabytes, Gigabytes, etc) which is sent to and from the server. So, if your website is 5 megabytes, and is downloaded 100 times, you've then used 500 megabytes of transfer.
Our new line of virtual servers provides pre-set resource chunks, but you can customize them as you see fit by increasing and decreasing individual resources like memory or storage! You can also change those values on the fly and have them automatically updated within just seconds of placing the order. Because of our choice of virtualization being OpenVZ, changes to disk storage or memory do not require a reboot to apply.
Although we don’t offer per-second billing like many cloud hosting providers, after years of feedback from actual VPS and Cloud hosting users, we've instead opted to implement a scalable pre-determined monthly pricing model. This means zero billing surprises where you're suddenly paying three times (or more) than you expected because of, say, a bunch of bots hitting the site. Instead, you might prefer to respond by blocking the bots and not incurring those additional fees.
Power & Performance
Just how much can these servers take? A mid-range VPS (2-4GB of RAM) that has been optimized for high performance (both the server and web app, like WordPress) can handle over 500,000 requests per day without breaking a sweat.
Keep in mind that if you haven't done any optimizations you might find that number considerably lower. Get in touch with us to find out how you can get more power out of your VPS!
Configuration & Uptime
Our bare metal is hosted in a datacentre just outside of Montreal. Each server is configured with mirrored RAID to ensure the integrity of your data.
Average annual uptime is 99.99%, with the .01% to accommodate for scheduled outages necessary for security patching and critical system upgrades.
Our primary data centre is located in Beauharnois, Quebec (just outside of Montreal). Its physical placement provides the absolute best in network latency throughout North America and the Western coast of Europe.
The location provides inherent protection from natural disasters (they're virtually unheard of in the area) and guarantees bandwidth through multiple fibre lines dedicated to the datacentre in all four directions. Thanks to its proximity to a nearby electric dam, all energy consumed is green. And even better, energy consumption as a whole is minimized by using open air chassis designs and water-cooling.
The data centre itself also has dedicated private vlans to three points in Europe (Paris, Central, and Western Europe) to avoid excessive hops for site visitors from just about anywhere across the globe.
It's this infrastructure matched with our powerful server optimizations which ensure that even our clients in New Zealand find our services faster than their local hosting providers.
These server slices are perfect for any hosting resellers looking for a dedicated web hosting solution without the hefty price tag of a dedicated server.
If you’re looking to transition your in-office server to a dedicated environment, our VPS hosting is an excellent balance of affordability, scalability, and reliability.
Love dedicated web app hosting services, but hate the high price? Configure your environment however you want with OpenVZ containers.
*Bandwidth overage fees only apply if you exceed the default allotment by a considerable amount without notifying us. Bursts of up to 1 TB / month over the included amount are not subject to additional fees. Please let us know if you expect to exceed the included amount and we'll make arrangements at a reasonable price.
New to server management, or just want a bit of added protection? Relax; we've got you covered.
Platinum Management for Virtual Servers
Let us take care of the details so you can get back to business
Platinum is what we call our management services. Our hosting plans are all do-it-yourself (DIY). When you need a hand, we’ll provide guidance to help you fix issues yourself, but we won’t fix them for you. A Platinum subscription means you’ve got us standing by to intervene when you need us. Adding our full Platinum to your account changes our responses from “try this out” to “all fixed up! Here’s what we did to fix it…” With Platinum, you can rest easy knowing we’ve got you covered. You'll see options available during your order for simple update management all the way to full management.
19.99 - 69.99* / month!
Simply select “Platinum Management” during your VPS order
*$99.99 one-time setup fee applies
Platinum Management for Virtual Servers includes:
Virtual Servers are set up with a basic installation of the Linux flavour of your choice. With Platinum Management for Virtual Servers we'll set it up to your needs and perform security hardening to keep your server safe.
We've got years of experience in setting up servers for a variety of tasks. Let us put that expertise to work for you! We'll implement the latest technologies to keep your server humming along, even under heavy loads.
Have a specific use in mind for your server? With Platinum Management for Virtual Servers we'll configure it the way you want, whether you want CentovaCast for radio hosting, Plesk Panel for web hosting, or almost any other configuration - we'll get the optimal configuration set up so you're ready to go.
Expert time means the time you’re paying for goes a long way! We get a lot done in just 30 minutes, but even when we’re not familiar with the systems we’re helping you with, we exclude the time necessary to learn it.
Who's watching your server? With Platinum Management for Virtual Servers, we'll keep an eye on your critical services to ensure that everything is up and running. If something goes wrong, we'll jump into action and fix the problem for you.
* Optional: Upon request, we can extend this service to the primary website hosted on the server. Including handling any website issues caused by plugin / theme / core application updates.
Want an extra level of protection? With our automated backup system you'll benefit from full-server backups done three times a week, plus three weekly backups and three monthly backups. While these should never replace your own on-server application backups, these are the equivalent of the disaster recovery backups we perform on our own shared servers.
Not sure how to make your VPS as secure as can be? Our security hardening add-on starts you off on the right foot with optimized firewall configurations (transport and application layer), automatic repeated failure banning, strong passwords, forced SSL, enhanced Spam protection, and full PCI compliance.
Tasks Included in Security Hardening
Transferring your website to Websavers? Let us take care of all the tricky business! Our SiteMigrator website transfer service includes the transfer of one complete website including files and databases, configuration of up to 10 email accounts (you can add more whenever you like!) and the installation of an SSL Certificate if necessary.
Now that you've read about it, get started by ordering your own Virtual Private Server today!
Why Host in Canada?
Having your data in Canada means that alongside proper use of secure protocols, the legal system of other countries can’t overreach to gain access to your data; it’s subject only to Canadian laws, which for the time being are a bit better than American laws when it comes to privacy. If it ever became necessary, employing a Canadian lawyer to represent a Canadian business is a simpler process than attempting to engage in legal proceedings across borders.
By hosting a server in Canada (particularly somewhat central Canada, like Toronto or Montreal) you gain geographical advantages, like great low latency to both major cities in the US and Canada as well as the UK and most of English speaking Europe. While the use of CDNs and edge server tech makes this less prevalent today, our clients tend to find that high performance localized servers are considerably easier to troubleshoot than when using a CDN, yet often perform similarly.
If you're Canadian: you'll be supporting a Canadian company rather than tossing your money across the border. Let's all work together to make our economy stronger!
If you're American: get up to 30% extra buying power in the exchange from USD to CAD.