Topic: Cheap (VPS?) options to begin live testing multiple EAs 24/7
I'm at the stage where I want to start to live test multiple EAs on multiple MT4 installs but can't justify big expenses at this early learning unprofitable stage.
On my laptop an MT4 install running 12 x FSB EAs is using 1.7gb Ram and an MT4 install with a few charts and no EAs is using 170mb ram. So, e.g. 4 x MT4 installs with 12 x EAs each = 6.8gb ram
Running 12 x EAs was very interesting and gave me the idea that a 'portfolio' of EAs may be a viable risk reduction strategy (like an investment portfolio of 20 diverse stocks vs. 1 or 2 stocks)
Maybe the FSB Trader module is much less memory intensive and trade execution is acceptable and I need to try this?
The many free or cheap VPS offerings online are a confusing minefield with various specs and convoluted T&Cs and obligations and hidden costs e.g. to open trading accounts with minimum balances, minimum trading volume etc with unknown brokers.
I have been recommended BeeksFX.com as a professional level solution, but for GBP25 p.m. you only get 1.3gb ram; and 5gb ram is GBP80 p.m. Using my weak South African currency currently at ZAR19.3 / 1 GBP = ZAR1542 per month.
I have a stable 3.5mbps download speed and only 0.44mbps upload speed unlimited data usage internet access at my 'work from home' office.
I tested 1 x MT4 install with 12 EAs running 24/7 last week and it worked great, but it's not very practical on my work laptop with limited resources (i7 with 4gb ram - yes I know I also need more ram for FSB)
I have no idea how much bandwidth MT4 uses set up as described and if what I have would be sufficient.
I'm thinking unless there is some cheap VPS options someone can suggest providing the required ram usage, my most cost effective solution may well be to invest in an additional i5 or i7 laptop with 8gig ram - which would be paid for after 6 or 7 months at e.g. GBP80 p.m. using my home office internet access.
Or, maybe I need to be less 'ambitious but rubbish' (Top Gear quote) and selective about which EAs to live test.
Any input is much appreciated.