I've been a happy customer of Sakura for the better part of two years now and it seems that my loyalty has actually paid off in a really big way … although not directly due to how long I've had an account with them. Earlier this year Sakura started phasing out their lower tiered VPS services in order to make room for another higher tier in their four-choice brackets. When they did this, they also bumped up everybody's virtual servers to the next level up, as the prices for each their remained the same. That means that across my 6 virtual servers, I managed to score an extra 4GB RAM and over 700 GB of extra disk space. But that's not the best part.
Zero Work On My Part
The most impressive aspect of this entire upgrade process has been the fact that I haven't had to lift a finger. The company sent out email notifications in March, April, and two weeks before the update to let everyone know exactly what was going to happen and when. They asked that everyone make a backup of their instances in the event something goes terribly wrong and let us know that we shouldn't have to do anything to receive the updates. They would be rolled out automatically at 7:00 AM Japan time on May 31st. All of our virtual machines would be shut down and then brought up again with the new resource limits.
And this is exactly what happened.
My sites were down for a grand total of 4 minutes while everything rebooted, resynchronized, and reconnected. Once done, the servers started communicating with each other like nothing had ever happened, and I was gifted with double the RAM in each and every instance. Beautiful.
The disk space is still the same, though, and I'll need to destroy the instance and build a new one to get the full amount of storage, but this really shouldn't be necessary as I only store logs and the websites themselves on the servers. Images and other media are stored elsewhere. All in all, this was a completely painless upgrade and it couldn't have gone any smoother … which is why I've recommended them to everyone I know who's looking for a reliable web server in Japan. Unfortunately, they don't have any referral promotions1, but they do have some excellent prices for virtual servers with no extra charge for bandwidth.
Here's a quick breakdown of their virtual server offers:
So, even though I don't really have any incentive to say so, if you're looking for some incredibly reliable VPS services in Japan, you can't go wrong with Sakura. They don't have service in English, but even this can be worked around with a little bit of machine translation in the purchase process if you get lost.
Feel free to ask me any questions about the service, too, as I can probably give you the answer you're looking for. I haven't worked with anyone at Sakura, but I've pushed their servers hard enough over the last few months to know what can and should not be done to them.
Note: This is not a sponsored post. I'm just really, really happy with these guys right now.