My very first node was an OVH cloud server (the cheapest in the range) hosted in Strasbourg.
In order to test the internal routing, I looked for ways to have several additional nodes. I’m sharing below the plans I was able to find:
- Google Cloud: it’s possible to get a small instance for free in certain geographical areas, you just have to pay for the network traffic;
- Oracle Cloud: it’s possible to have two instances totally free of charge in certain geographical zones (both instances in the same zone);
- EUserv: offers one LXC instance free of charge.
Finally, I bought a Raspberry pi 4 that I host at home behind my Freebox.
After the OVH fire, I decided to recreate my main node at Virtua Cloud (affiliate link, but you’ll help me host this blog). Why I chose them:
- Datacenter in the Paris region;
- Possibility of setting up a BGP session free of charge (more on this in a future article);
- Possibility of benefiting from a /64 ipv6 ;
- Possibility of setting the reverse of the ipv4 address and the first ipv6 address;
- Attractive rates.