I've been an AWS customer since the summer of 2014 and that's all I've been using for my Minecraft server for all the years I've been running them. About a year ago, I've discovered the beauty of hosts made for Minecraft server, in the past, the cheap hosts clouded my mind of how bad they were because those around me that I saw bought budget servers while I was running AWS VPS. I'm gonna give you the links to the Amazon Instance types and pricing so you know what machine I am talking about as you are reading this. Types and Specs: https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/ Pricing: https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/pricing/ My journey through AWS I got my first VPS during the summer of 2014, t2.micro. I ran 1.7.9 and 1.7.10 and invited people at school as I haven't discovered advertising on the internet yet. I racked up about 60 player files on that world. I ended up making cards that contained the IP to my server and gave out to every person on my grade. Around the summer of 2015, I ended up moving onto a 1.8 server ended up switching to a t2.small. I didn't quite do anything significant up until the next summer (2016). The server ran with the same specs up until I updated the server to 1.11 during December this is when I added 2GB virtual ram on top of the machine I currently had as 2GB wasn't enough. I eventually changed to t2.medium after converting to spigot, and I continue to run this hardware up until May 2020. On May 24, 2020, I decided to move on running a network server using the r5.large machine, I bought a year without giving more research into if that was the best machine for what I was looking for. But besides that point, the machine ran pretty well. On 5 instances I ended up running the z1d.large for Spleef events and a UHC event. On May 28, 2021, I downgrade my r5.large to a t3.large to conserve my spendings while I am away from the server. I later downgraded again to another smaller machine t3a.small to conserve even more of my spendings. You might be wondering this isn't enough RAM to run my server, you are certainly right. I ended up switching my survival world to a host called EnviroMC on a dedicated so I can use the storage more freely unlike Amazon charging me a ton. I'm currently using AWS to run the proxy, MySQL, website, discord bots. My Opinion about Amazon's Specs & Prices Overall, amazon has served me very well, absolutely no downtime for all the years I used them. The prices are quite high but it's what you get for pay-as-you-go type of thing. You can save up to 66% of your spendings by reserving 3 years but that's too much so I would recommend 1 year if you do use amazon. Amazon's best single-core CPU is the z1d instances. They provide me enough performance, for the most part, the only downside is it most likely wouldn't be able to surpass 150 players on a survival world. Amazon is planning to release a new M1 Mac mini instance in the future marking one of the best single-core CPUs in the market. I do presume they'll cost a fortune. If I could describe amazon in one sentence. If you got the money then go for amazon, it serves you well for most of what you need. Current Hardware I am using for my server t3a.small - Proxy, Website, MySQL, and Discord Bots EnviroMC Dedicated - Survival World What I'm looking for from you. I'd like your opinion on what alternative host I should use if you believe Amazon isn't the best option. I plan to continue using amazon but if you can convince me otherwise I'd be happy. At the same time if you think I should continue using amazon tell me.