It’s been more than a month since I started to provision a VPN server in Tokyo on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. I’ve been watching TVs and movies in Japan whenever I have time. I analyzed how much it would cost me to have a semi-permanent VPN server in Japan on OCI previously and I estimated it at $1.8 per month. Has it been really that little? Here is the actual cost.
So for entire March (31 days), it was $1.98. If cost per day is $0.06, it would be $1.86 but it was $1.98. I found out the resource cost to the fraction of cent is $0.064, so it came up to $1.98. That said, a stable and reliable VPN server without noisy neighbor problem at less than $5 is very very reasonable.
One thing I found out is that if you connect multiple devices at the same time, it can get unstable. I have no problem with it because I can’t watch multiple TVs at the same time. If I wanted to have multiple devices connected, I’d provision one or two more VPN servers because one ARM host is at around $2 after all.