i had a good run with host gator but they do not seem to provide a good enough protection against high brute force attacks. my site is very active and is growing high in numbers also attracting a lot of attention also unwanted. recently many mad script kiddies have been attacking my site either with a dense high brute force attack around 20-40gbps or using scripts to slow/kill my forums, symptoms include:
front page usually loads as i am using different software for that but forums almost never loads and most of the time the site doesn't load and i cannot even access my domain cpanel the whole server is usually dead, no ftp no access at all.
so i need good protection against such attacks also some friends referred to getting a BSD Server with PF tables set up. but i am not sure what this is.
i also need to know what is the recommended server specs such as OS, memory storage to run Xenforo.
because at the moment i use 2-3 CPU cores and around 30-80 mb of ram i think.
and on Cent OS Linux With Cpanel installed.
also what software packages are recommended such as image magic, ruby on rails, php 5.3-5.4, mysql, my php admin that kind of stuff
and as i do not know much about VPS hosting all i know it is closer to dedicated hosting but what would i need to set up? because i am used to using a already managed server where everything is easy for me to do using a web hosting interface via cpanel, i just import tables using my php admin restore files using ftp and presto the site is working.
so what plan do you think is best with OVH VPS? and i would prefer anything close to a self managed server with cpanel installed.
but if not possible what would i get a blank server where i have to use ssh/terminal to install all the packages such as php, mysql, ruby on rails and all the scripts manually? and cpanel + integrate the packages with it for an easy gui access?
because i dont know what to expect from VPS as i never done this before and i have played around with my mac osx system via CLI i know how to do basic installations but not sure about configuration as i configure stiff usually via GUI interface not CLI.
and i would really would like to know more about this "BSD Server with PF tables"
probably my min preference:
1 gb min
2 cores min
150gb storage min
budget $200-400USD a yer maybe $300-600 USD a year if no good plans available with previous budget.
and does OVH offer it?
i would also like to see any other recommendations outside VPS hosting and maybe other hosting with my needs above.