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Alright folks, I'm new here but I want to do a bit of a brain dump on my search for a solid VPS with connectivity to Shanghai where latency and reliability are the first priority as I want to run an OpenVPN server via UDP for gaming (maybe a bit of web hosting too~). Not talking about a US vps because the China-US cable is notorious for lost packets and lag spikes at any given time and then I wouldn't have good pings to the rest of Asia. For reference I am using FTTH on China Telecom
So first thing is location: Japan and South Korea are good in theory but China Telecom's routing is just too flaky, it can be good some days and other days >100 ms. Linode would be great but currently I get 400ms ping to their speedtest server most of the time (probably being routed through America, hell yeah!). A few small Japanese VPSes are pinging lower but I just don't think it is a safe bet. internetbrothers.co.kr could be interesting but as of this writing I'm getting about 110ms to them.. Another day it might be 30ms, but I need some stability.
Singapore: pretty good but a bit too far away and not always totally reliable... Geographic position means too high pings back to Hong Kong or Japan and not really the best route to the US either. I'm getting 80ms to AsiaOneHost right now, and I've never seen less than 65ms to Singapore
Taiwan: the mysterious holy grail, but VPS there are non existent or absurdly expensive. There was a new cable built recently connecting the mainland, and I have personally experienced its greatness as my old VPN used to have a server there on HINet, and I got like 20ms ping to first hop, then 170 ping to west coast America and low pings everywhere else in Asia, huge bandwidth, no packet loss. PERFECT! except they closed the server because I assume it was bankrupting them.. Every other VPN I've found either has a terrible server there or they have even been known to lie about having a server there (OverPlay I'm looking at you). Anyway, if someone actually knows of a good Taiwanese VPS or VPN that a mere mortal could afford let me know!
Which leaves: Hong Kong So we have VR.org (currently sold out), edis.at (not available yet) 36cloud, 38cloud, vpshosting.hk and who knows what else.. VR.org is the only one that seems to have truly reliable connections to the US, but it has horrible connections to the rest of SE Asia. edis.at looks really good but when will it be out? Also not quite perfect connectivity to the US.
XXcloud, I'm always getting them mixed up but they all seem to be on regional ISPs. 38cloud is on City Telecom/HK Broadband I believe, which is great for Asia connectivity but dropping packets all over the place when connecting to the US. SunnyVision which I think 36cloud and edis are using is actually looking pretty good, despite what others on the board have been saying about it. But I'm currently still leaning towards VR.org for access to the solid cross pacific NTT backbone.
What do you guys think? Please share! Don't let me forget about other possible VPS in the region