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The most affordable FreeBSD-supported Cloud/VPS hosting providers

Looking for a Cloud/VPS hosting provider that supports FreeBSD? Your search is more than half way done.

That’s because I have gone through the official list of ISPs that support FreeBSD and come up with the most affordable ones, plus one that’s not on that list. The result is given in the table below.

The cheapest service is TransIP, which is based in the Netherlands, but has just one data center. Next is DigitalOcean, a startup Cloud service provider based in New York City, USA. DigitalOcean has data centers in the US, UK, Netherlands and Singapore. For the record, I use DigitalOcean, so if you opt to sign up with them, you may do so using my referral id.

Table 1

FeaturesAstaro Security Gateway HEEndian Firewall CommunityEnGarde Secure Linux CEUntangle Network GatewayVyatta CE
Based on (Linux or BSD)Linux (kernel 2-6)Linux (kernel 2-6, optional xenU kernel installation), rpm package managerLinux (kernel 2-6), apt and rpm package managersLinux (kernel 2-6), apt (Debian) package managerLinux (kernel 2.6). apt (Debian) package manager
InstallerMenu-type installerMenu-type installerMenu-type installerGraphical installerText-based installer
ManagementBrowser-based (HTTPS), shell (SSH), consoleBrowser-based (HTTP & HTTPS), SSH, consoleBrowser-based (HTTPS), SSH, consoleBrowser-based (HTTP & HTTPS), GNUstep desktopBrowser-based (HTTPS), shell (SSH), console
InterfacesWired (wireless not detected during installation). Link aggregation. Bridging with aging timeout and ARP broadcastsWired (wireless not detected during installation). WAN interface aliasing. BridgingWired (wireless not detected during installation). Virtual interfacesWired (wireless not detected during installation). Transparent BridgeWired and wireless. Link aggregation (bonding), bridge
VLAN SupportYesNoNoYesYes
WiFi ModeNoNoNoNoNo
Failover/Load Balancing/HAYes (uplink failover and multipathing). Server load balancing. Active-passive and active-active HANoNoNoYes - WAN load balancing, clustering
RoutingStatic routes, RIP, OSPF. Policy-based routingStatic routesStatic routesStatic routesStatis routes, RIP, RIPng, OSPF, BGP,
Captive PortalYesNoNoNoNo
Network ServicesDNS, Dyn DNS, DHCP, NTP, NAT, Traffic shaping (QoS), SIP, H.323DNS, Dyn DNS, DHCP, NTP, Traffic shaping (QoS)DNS, NTP, SSH, Web (Apache), FTP (vsftpd), mail (Postfix)NAT, DHCP, DNS, QoSDHCP, DNS, NTP, QoS
Firewall & VPNStateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall. Site-site and remote access SSL and IPSec VPN. PPTP, L2TP over IPSec. Cisco VPN clients supportedSPI firewall, SSL/TLS and IPSec VPNShorewall firewall, SELinux Mandatory Access Control. PPTP VPN.SPI firewall. Site-site and remote access SSL VPNSPI firewall. IPSec and SSL VPN. PPTP
Web ServicesWeb/FTP proxy, URL filtering, DoS, DDoS attacks, worms, and anti-virus protectionWeb/FTP/DNS proxy, content filtering, DoS, DDoS protection, anti-virusApache and FTP serverWeb proxy. DoS, URL and file (application) filtering. Tracking/ad cookies, and ActiveX controlsWeb proxy
Mail ServicesSMTP/POP3 proxy. Anti-spam, anti-virus, anti-phishing and email encryptionSMTP/POP3 proxy. Anti-virus, anti-spam. Black/white listingsSMTP, sPOP3, sIMAP serversSMTP/POP3/IMAP proxy, with SMTP tarpitting. Anti-spam, anti-virus, anti-phishing, ad-blocking, anti-spywareNo
IM and P2PMulti-service IM and P2P protocol controlsNoNoMulti-service IM and P2P protocol controlsNo
VoIP ServicesStateful VoIP support. SIP and H.323SIP proxyNoSIP and H.323 controlsNo
IDS/IPSIPS with real-time signature updates. TCP SYN, UDP, and ICMP flood protection. Anti-portscanIDS with Sourcefire VRT and Community rules. TCP SYN, ICMP flood protection. Anti-portscan Network and AIDE host IDSYes. Signature- and heuristic-based IPSYes
Authentication, AuthorizationActive Directory, eDirectory, RADIUS, Tacacs+, LDAP, LocalActive Directory, RADIUS, LDAP, Local, NTLM single sign-on (SSO)Local, LDAPLocalLocal. RADIUS
Logs/ReportsLocal, remote syslog. Automatic log file deletion. Real time log viewing. Report graphsLocal, remote syslog. Limited report facilities. System and traffic graphsReal time attack graphs, real-time log analysis.Summary, detail, and per user reports in pdf or HTML format. Automated email report delivery Local and remote syslog
Backup/RestoreAutomaticAutomatic, with GPG encryption of backup archivesAutomaticAutomaticYes
Updates/UpdatingAutomatic signature (anti-Virus, IPS, Docs) download/install. Automatic system updatesAutomatic signature updates. Manual system updatesAutomatic system updates via GDSNAutomatic (IPS, virus) signature updates. Automatic system updatesAutomatic
Minimum Hardware RequirementsStandard PC. Intel x86 or compatible. 1024 MB+ RAM, 20 GB HD, 1.5+Ghz processorStandard PC. Intel/AMD x86, x86-64 processors. 512 MB+ RAM, 4 GB HD.Intel/AMD x86, x86-64 processors. 512MB+ RAM, 4GB HD. Hardware RAID supportStandard PC. Intel/AMD-compatible Processor - minimum 750 MHz P IV. 1 GB+ RAM, 80 GB HDIntel x86 and alpha architectures. 2 GB+ HD
License/PriceASG-HE comes with GPL and free, non-GPL applications. You may choose to use only GPL apps. Good for no more than fifty, active IP addressesFree Software, GPLv2. No IP address restrictionsFree Software, GPLv2. No IP address restrictionsUntangle Server and 13 of the application packages are Free Software (GPLv2), with no IP address restrictions. Other "Pro" packages are fee-basedFree Software. Components under various Free Software licenses. No IP address restrictions
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