Whenever someone asks me to recommend a VPS host, my first recommendation is nearly always Ramnode.
They offer both OpenVZ and KVM plans, and have 5 different locations. 4 in the US (New York City, Atlanta, Seattle, Los Angeles) and an EU location (Netherlands).
The main reasons I (and many others) recommend Ramnode is because the performance and support are simply unbeatable, especially at the prices they offer.
Note: Ramnode currently has a 15% off coupon which you can see here
Here are some speedtests from Ramnode’s 128MB OpenVZ SSD plan located in the Netherlands. Naturally, the further away the speedtest server, the lower the results are going to be. So if your target traffic was in the US, you would of course be better off choosing from on of their US locations.
Speedtest to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Speedtest to London, England
Speedtest to Milan, Italy
Speedtest to New York, America
Speedtest to New Delhi, India
CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1230 V2 @ 3.30GHz
Number of cores : 1
CPU frequency : 3300.209 MHz
Total amount of ram : 128 MB
Total amount of swap : 64 MB
System uptime : 59 days, 18:03,
Download speed from CacheFly: 85.0MB/s
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 13.9MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 25.0MB/s
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 8.29MB/s
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 108MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 92.5MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 10.7MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 23.5MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 22.0MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 36.4MB/s
I/O speed : 638 MB/s
Another area where Ramnode shows why it’s number one is the support times. The support are extremely quick and very helpful. Here is a low-priority ticket from when I simply wanted to get my VPS changed from an SSD-cached plan to an SSD plan.
Ramnode Support Response Tmes
You can see how even just for a low-priority request (not even an incident) they reply extremely quickly and the request is completed within 8 minutes of my confirmation.
As you can see above, even with their cheapest $15/year plan the performance is amazing. And with Ramnode, you can expect this kind of performance on every single node, in every single location.
There’s also no need to just take my word for it, have a look on Google, WebHostingTalk, LowEndTalk, etc. and you will see nothing but praise for Ramnode.
Well done Nick + staff!