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If you’ve been following our Twitter and Facebook feeds lately, you know we’re getting ready to launch a new line of OpenVZ, Xen, and KVM VPSes within the next month or two. The servers are currently undergoing testing and burn-in here in Harrisburg, and if all goes according to plan, they’ll be shipped up to Scranton and installed in the datacenter within a month. But before that happens, we need to settle one lingering choice: the VPS control panel.
The VPS control panel gives you a nice, clean, web interface for performing administrative tasks on your VPS. Think backups, reboots, reimaging, that sort of thing. It’s a completely different animal from “main” control panels like cPanel or DirectAdmin, which handle your day-to-day tasks (such as email setup and file management). We spent a lot of time at HostingCon talking with our new-found friends from other web hosting companies about what panels they like (and why), what panels they don’t like (and why), and what challenges they’ve run into when launching their VPS lines.
There are lots of competing VPS control panels out there, and it seems like a new one springs up every few months. Even if you narrow the list down to “major” panels, there are still at least a half dozen to choose from. Although they all perform the same basic functions, the manner in which they do it varies greatly from vendor to vendor. After a week of testing and heavy-duty coffee consumption, we’ve narrowed the list of candidates down to three contenders:
We’ll be doing a more in-depth review of each during the coming weeks, with a final announcement coming later this month. Stay tuned!