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.
|Features||Astaro Security Gateway HE||Endian Firewall Community||EnGarde Secure Linux CE||Untangle Network Gateway||Vyatta CE|
|Based on (Linux or BSD)||Linux (kernel 2-6)||Linux (kernel 2-6, optional xenU kernel installation), rpm package manager||Linux (kernel 2-6), apt and rpm package managers||Linux (kernel 2-6), apt (Debian) package manager||Linux (kernel 2.6). apt (Debian) package manager|
|Installer||Menu-type installer||Menu-type installer||Menu-type installer||Graphical installer||Text-based installer|
|Management||Browser-based (HTTPS), shell (SSH), console||Browser-based (HTTP & HTTPS), SSH, console||Browser-based (HTTPS), SSH, console||Browser-based (HTTP & HTTPS), GNUstep desktop||Browser-based (HTTPS), shell (SSH), console|
|Interfaces||Wired (wireless not detected during installation). Link aggregation. Bridging with aging timeout and ARP broadcasts||Wired (wireless not detected during installation). WAN interface aliasing. Bridging||Wired (wireless not detected during installation). Virtual interfaces||Wired (wireless not detected during installation). Transparent Bridge||Wired and wireless. Link aggregation (bonding), bridge|
|Failover/Load Balancing/HA||Yes (uplink failover and multipathing). Server load balancing. Active-passive and active-active HA||No||No||No||Yes - WAN load balancing, clustering|
|Routing||Static routes, RIP, OSPF. Policy-based routing||Static routes||Static routes||Static routes||Statis routes, RIP, RIPng, OSPF, BGP,|
|Network Services||DNS, Dyn DNS, DHCP, NTP, NAT, Traffic shaping (QoS), SIP, H.323||DNS, Dyn DNS, DHCP, NTP, Traffic shaping (QoS)||DNS, NTP, SSH, Web (Apache), FTP (vsftpd), mail (Postfix)||NAT, DHCP, DNS, QoS||DHCP, DNS, NTP, QoS|
|Firewall & VPN||Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall. Site-site and remote access SSL and IPSec VPN. PPTP, L2TP over IPSec. Cisco VPN clients supported||SPI firewall, SSL/TLS and IPSec VPN||Shorewall firewall, SELinux Mandatory Access Control. PPTP VPN.||SPI firewall. Site-site and remote access SSL VPN||SPI firewall. IPSec and SSL VPN. PPTP|
|Web Services||Web/FTP proxy, URL filtering, DoS, DDoS attacks, worms, and anti-virus protection||Web/FTP/DNS proxy, content filtering, DoS, DDoS protection, anti-virus||Apache and FTP server||Web proxy. DoS, URL and file (application) filtering. Tracking/ad cookies, and ActiveX controls||Web proxy|
|Mail Services||SMTP/POP3 proxy. Anti-spam, anti-virus, anti-phishing and email encryption||SMTP/POP3 proxy. Anti-virus, anti-spam. Black/white listing||sSMTP, sPOP3, sIMAP servers||SMTP/POP3/IMAP proxy, with SMTP tarpitting. Anti-spam, anti-virus, anti-phishing, ad-blocking, anti-spyware||No|
|IM and P2P||Multi-service IM and P2P protocol controls||No||No||Multi-service IM and P2P protocol controls||No|
|VoIP Services||Stateful VoIP support. SIP and H.323||SIP proxy||No||SIP and H.323 controls||No|
|IDS/IPS||IPS with real-time signature updates. TCP SYN, UDP, and ICMP flood protection. Anti-portscan||IDS with Sourcefire VRT and Community rules. TCP SYN, ICMP flood protection. Anti-portscan||Network and AIDE host IDS||Yes. Signature- and heuristic-based IPS||Yes|
|Authentication, Authorization||Active Directory, eDirectory, RADIUS, Tacacs+, LDAP, Local||Active Directory, RADIUS, LDAP, Local, NTLM single sign-on (SSO)||Local, LDAP||Local||Local. RADIUS|
|Logs/Reports||Local, remote syslog. Automatic log file deletion. Real time log viewing. Report graphs||Local, remote syslog. Limited report facilities. System and traffic graphs||Real 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/Restore||Automatic||Automatic, with GPG encryption of backup archives||Automatic||Automatic||Yes|
|Updates/Updating||Automatic signature (anti-Virus, IPS, Docs) download/install. Automatic system updates||Automatic signature updates. Manual system updates||Automatic system updates via GDSN||Automatic (IPS, virus) signature updates. Automatic system updates||Automatic|
|Minimum Hardware Requirements||Standard PC. Intel x86 or compatible. 1024 MB+ RAM, 20 GB HD, 1.5+Ghz processor||Standard 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 support||Standard PC. Intel/AMD-compatible Processor - minimum 750 MHz P IV. 1 GB+ RAM, 80 GB HD||Intel x86 and alpha architectures. 2 GB+ HD|
|License/Price||ASG-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 addresses||Free Software, GPLv2. No IP address restrictions||Free Software, GPLv2. No IP address restrictions||Untangle Server and 13 of the application packages are Free Software (GPLv2), with no IP address restrictions. Other "Pro" packages are fee-based||Free Software. Components under various Free Software licenses. No IP address restrictions|
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