So I missed the announcement somewhere, but somewhere in the past few days, Dreamhost significantly upgraded their VPS offering. Previously you got 300 MB of RAM and unlimited disk space for $15/month.
A few Trade-offs
Now Dreamhost is advertising 1GB of RAM but only 30GB of storage. It looks like they are continuing to move away from their “unlimited everything” from their younger days. Personally, I am will to sacrifice the unlimited storage as I am currently using about 3GB of storage. The new machines also use Ubuntu 12, but that was a change almost a year ago. This is a bigupgrade from my Debian 5 VPS.
You will lose your usernames
A bigger downside is that it looks like you will need to create a new VPS instance and move all of your stuff over and then delete your old instance. The real bummer of this, is that Dreamhost doesn’t allow usernames to be reused again, EVER. So you can’t move your username and you can’t delete and recreate them on the new machine. (I do have a hack to get around this, but more on that another day)
A Long History
The other sad part is that I will be losing my comparatively low VPS number. My original VPS had a 10,000 number, the new one is in the 380,000 range.