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where to host java socket server

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I feel that i could be missing something obvious, but is there any hosting company that would host Java socket server (maybe it's called differently)

Everyone seems to be offering JSP, Servlet, Tomcat support, but my server is essentially .jar file, which when executed, listens and responds on specified port, using plain ServerSocket and Socket.

I could host the server at home, but I need more reliability and better speed.
I'm unable to find any company advertising such services :(
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You need a server box, with jvm installed. So, you should ask for the
provider, if you can install jvm.
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you can just get a standard vm and install whatever you want on it if you like.

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What you must remember is that hosting companies need to achieve economies of scale, which is why they need to host using widely required platforms.

The only way (normally) you are going to get what you want is to get an account with shell access so you can load what you want. Be aware though that those are the most expensive accounts.

You could try to open a socket from a servlet using a Java hosting co, but they might not allow that on an arbitrary port, and non-arbitrary ones are going to be in use already
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You probably want to find a hosting service that can offer you a "virtual private server".  (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_private_server ).  This isn't going to be as cheap as an account with more limited capabilities, but it will give you what you are looking for.

I won't endorse any particular service here -- since you couldn't know whether I had a vested interest -- but I know that there are plans for as low as $20 a month out there.

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$20 a month for arbitrary ports and the loose cannon that's the Java VM sounds pretty good to me! Keep us posted ...

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Indeed, Virtual Private Server is the answer to my question, I found a package for £15 a month.
Thanks so much, always knew there should be a simple solution :)
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That's good. Can you tell us what that is?
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Thanks

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or even better http://cheapvps.co.uk/ :)
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> Indeed, Virtual Private Server is the answer to my question, I found a package for £15 a month.

thats what I had already suggested earlier :)

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