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I am looking to develop a web application that will require Java. I've googled around quite a bit, but it seems that there are many options out there, lots of dubious-looking reviews sites, and not a lot of useful discussion regarding Java hosting on Linux.

  • Java will be used to run a third-party database for scientific data and not for any custom programming.

  • I will want SSH but not necessarily root access.

  • I want responsive email, chat, and phone support.

  • I want responsive network administrators that can customize and configure the software on the server as needed without me having to keep up with security patches.

  • I am assuming that VPS will give me the flexibility I need with less cost than a dedicated server. Will 512MB of RAM be sufficient? I've been told that 1024MB is a better idea, but the site will have fairly low traffic.

  • I've already found some VPS solutions at a trusted host that I've used for years that cost in excess of $1,800 yearly but this seems excessive.

Do you have any recommendations or general advice regarding this topic?

Thanks!

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I assume this will require Tomcat, any other software you need to be supported by this said host? –  gekkz Oct 30 '09 at 16:26
    
if you need a VPS, try some of the places mentioned here: serverfault.com/questions/808/who-is-your-favorite-vps-provider –  warren Nov 2 '09 at 10:26

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$1,800/yr = $150/mo Normally, sure, that might be expensive for shared hosting, but you say:

I want responsive network administrators that can customize and configure the software on the server as needed without me having to keep up with security patches.

$1,800/yr sounds like a steal for getting admin services like this which if you were to contract to someone would be the equivalent of paying them about 1 hour every month. Everything you describe can easily be accomplished with shared or virtual system hosting.

It is the support and responsiveness that you demand which will require pay-to-play.

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Thanks, I'll stick with our trusted hosting account provider. I guess there's a reason we've been happy with them so far! –  jkndrkn Dec 14 '09 at 19:23

You might give Amazon EC2 a shot. You can stand up a "reserved" 32-bit linux 1.7 GB RAM for about $500-600 per year (depending on what you get).

Of course, Amazon won't manage the patches for you, and they don't know how to operate telephones.

Relatively cheap though.

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