Host1Plus Review Update – 14 Days Solid As A Rock

Network graph for the Chicago VPS provided by Host1Plus

Network graph for the Chicago VPS provided by Host1Plus

Hello everybody!

Just an update on the Host1Plus review from earlier, the service is running smooth and zero interruptions according to my network monitoring LibreNMS (Observium fork) monitoring. There’s a slight gap in the reporting but at the time, the OVH VPS where I host LibreNMS on had a super small outage.

Uptime: 14 days, 11h 51m 57s

The server is located in Chicago and runs great. I’ve had no complaints so far and I’ve been very please with the performance. For the price, you cannot go wrong with choosing Host1Plus over other Chicago VPS options.

Keurig 2.0 and Ekobrew Universal Cup Review

My friend’s girlfriend likes coffee and got a Keurig 2.0 a few months ago.

I’ve heard the technical side of the Keurig 2.0’s digital rights management (DRM) in their official “K-Cups” where the built in DRM in each K-Cup purchased at retail will only work with the Keurig.

Occasionally, I would get the dreaded “this setting is not compatible with the carafe” message while using Ekobrew’s reusable K-Cup which allows you to use your own blend of coffee, tea or whatever you would like in the Keurig 2.0 but to bypass this error message, I completed the following steps.

I brewed a carafe full of coffee by completing the following steps:

  • Unplugged the Keurig for 3 minutes or so
  • Pulled the Ekobrew cup out and wiped off the condensation from the previous cup being made
  • Wiped out the area where the K-Cup is inserted

The Keurig automatically recognized the Ekobrew K-Cup and started to brew the coffee.

The Ekobrew K-Cup can be purchased by clicking the image below.

OVH VPS #1 Review – Solid As A Rock

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Regardless of everybody’s opinion on OVH, you can’t fault them for running a reliable and affordable service.

Yes I know about the occasional downtime at their BHS location but over the past few months after the fiber outage at BHS, it’s been pretty reliable and you can’t really go wrong with a KVM virtualized VPS for $3.49 per month that has 1 vCPU at 2.4Ghz, 2GB of RAM and 10GB SSD of local RAID10.

The only thing I could think of is if the option was available for more SATA disk space would be more attractive due to the low disk space being offered but regardless some people can make this work and some would complain about 10GB SSD not being enough.

I run LibreNMS on this OVH VPS #1 instance and it’s reliable for what I need it for.


You could use a OVH VPS #1 for the following services:

  • VPN server
  • Mail server
  • IRC / XMPP server
  • Nginx server part of a CDN service
  • DNS server part of a cPanel DNS Only cluster

Plus much much more!

Network and I/O benchmarks ran on April 25th 2016 at 0752 EST

Network and I/O benchmarks ran on April 25th 2016 at 0752 EST

The network benchmarks are acceptable.

Please note- your OVH VPS #1 is on a 100Mbps port, not a 1Gbps port or higher, so this is why the network speeds look “slow”.

I have never had any issues with the network performance due to the 100Mbps port so if you’re looking for the biggest numbers, you won’t be satisfied about this network port issue however I’ve never had an issue and regularly forget that it’s not on a 1Gbps port but it doesn’t matter to me.

I will say that using this benchmark script and the speedtest locations that OVH gets some of the best, consistent results using this benchmark script when usually Colo@’s Atlanta speed test is notorious for being the slowest and Linode’s Tokyo location providing similar results however if you look, Colo@’s speed is almost the full 100Mbps and Linode’s Tokyo speeds are very respectable considering the location from Montreal, Quebec for OVH’s BHS location connecting all the way to Tokyo, Japan.


Conclusion:

I know I’m going to receive a lot of grief about this upcoming statement but I’m a very satisfied OVH customer.

Do I 100% agree with everything OVH does, including their pricing and policies? Of course not. I really wish the VPS services were more competitive with resources other than being low cost.

I would have no hesitation hosting something “production” on the OVH VPS #1 service however this production service would have some kind of failover such as if the OVH VPS #1 service became responsive, another production quality service with a premium provider or on a physical dedicated server was ready on standby to takeover if OVH’s BHS location is having network issues or a power outage.

Other providers aren’t doing OpenStack based KVM services with 1 vCPU and 2GB of RAM for $3.49 and most would charge $5 – $8 per month for such resources if they could even come close enough to that price. If it was OpenVZ, which you can oversell, they could easily do it. However KVM is reliable and solid, which OpenVZ is also if it’s not oversold.

CableChief Review – Utah VPS Hosting

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That’s right… VPS hosting in Ogden, Utah.

I reached out to CableChief and their sales team quickly responded regarding an interest in having their service reviewed. The price is extremely affordable and the unique location of Ogden, Utah is very interesting!

Servers are powered by Intel Xeon L5630 processors running at 2.13GHz and the servers are connected to 1Gbps uplinks. According to details I found online, CableChief is using Gorilla Server’s network and the Ogden, Utah network has the following network capacity: 10Gbps Cogent, 10Gbps GTT, 10Gbps Zayo and 10Gbps Ace Datacenters to give the Utah location over 40Gbps of connectivity.

Speedtests using Softlayer all show excellent connectivity and speed tests to Tokyo, Singapore and Netherlands all show above average connectivity compared to other providers.

CableChief looks promising with their uptime guarantee of 99.9% as your typical “new providers” don’t provide such guarantees or make it sound unrealistic. However I feel this shows the experience behind the company which they explain on their website.

I’m adding in the CableChief VPS into my LibreNMS monitoring to keep a close eye on it during this 30 day review and will have an update for you in the next 5 – 7 days regarding the performance of this service. I’m eager to report back details because of the Utah location which is a great alternative to Seattle, Las Vegas and Phoenix when Los Angeles is the main “west coast” location for hosting providers.

VPSLIST Update – Spring 2016

Just giving an update to everybody:

March was an extremely busy month for me and April is slowly becoming the same. Hopefully May will be a little bit relaxed.

I’ve had Host1Plus and RoseHosting reach out to have their services reviewed, which I’m working on right now. The OVH VPS #1 (scheduled to publish in about 6 hours from now), HostUS, and OneProvider OneCloud reviews were recently published.

My day to day obligations are a little erratic- some days I have planned, some days are more reactionary and some days are lazy. However planned days can easily go chaotic and reactionary days could turn lazy. A nice week’s worth of doing absolutely nothing would be amazing and much needed.

A nice tropical vacation on a beach…. mmmmm…. sounds perfect.

Otherwise, I’ve got planned between now through the next summer update is a possible web site redesign/update. I don’t *mind* the current layout I’d just like it to be more user friendly and engaging versus how passive it is with the menus. My plan is to have various categories/tags come up on an easy to navigate area on the homepage where you click based on those category/tag interests versus just reading reviews.

Thank you to all the loyal VPSLIST visitors and readers.
It’s been an interesting coming up on 6 years.

HostUS Review – My cPanel DNS Only Cluster

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I’ve been a HostUS customer since December 2015 with their $10/year and $12/year 768mb RAM OpenVZ plans.

I have services in Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington DC (Ashburn, VA) and London, UK. I can’t really say I have one location preference over another but I will say all four of these locations are solid. I even have a monthly VPS in Atlanta which I’ve been extremely satisfied with that I use as a VPN.

LibreNMS graph from the LA DNS server

LibreNMS graph from the LA DNS server

The Los Angeles location has over 39 days of uptime since I deployed the cPanel DNS only software on the service. This service is located in Psychz’s LA location. The network at this location is DDOS protected and 20Gbps of complimentary DDOS protection is offered at no additional price when you sign up.

LibreNMS graph from the Dallas DNS server

LibreNMS graph from the Dallas DNS server

The Dallas location has over 39 days of uptime since I deployed the cPanel DNS only software on the service. This service is located in Psychz’s Dallas location. The network at this location is DDOS protected and 20Gbps of complimentary DDOS protection is offered at no additional price when you sign up.

LibreNMS graph from the WDC DNS server

LibreNMS graph from the WDC DNS server

The Washington, DC (Ashburn, VA) location has over 39 days of uptime since I deployed the cPanel DNS only software on the service. This service is located in Psychz’s Ashburn, VA location. The network at this location is DDOS protected and 20Gbps of complimentary DDOS protection is offered at no additional price when you sign up.

As you can see with the graphs, where the LibreNMS installation is running on an OVH VPS #1 instance, that the network with HostUS is reliable with only one network gap in the Los Angeles graphs over the 39 days of the DNS cluster running.


The low cost of running this DNS cluster is what attracts me to the service.

For $12/year for the Los Angeles, Dallas and Ashburn location you cannot beat $36 per year for running a DNS cluster in the United States especially with how reliable it is. I know there are some providers offering similar or more generous resources for less than $12/year but with this you get the 768mb of RAM, 2TB of network transfer on a 1Gbps port and the 20Gbps free DDOS protection in the Psychz locations of Los Angeles, Dallas and Ashburn.

Some providers only offer DDOS protection in the location they have it at but HostUS provides it at all their US locations. The only exception that I know of is there is a Dallas #1 and Dallas #2 location, with one of the locations not having Psychz protection, so if it’s required you can add it to the order notes and/or open up a sales ticket when you submit your order stating that you need the Dallas DDOS protection on Psychz’s network otherwise there is a possibility that you won’t get the deployment in that location.

If running DNS isn’t your thing, you could easily host static files with a type of content delivery network (CDN) using nginx, rsync and the generous 20GB disk space provided on each service. Maybe toss in some free Rage4 geolocated DNS for good measure.. there’s tons of potential and not much limitation with the resources except the limitations of your imagination.


Conclusion:

I am very satisfied with Alexander’s service he offers with HostUS.

The technical support is responsive for what you are paying for- you’re not going to get top premium support at this monthly price but I’ve had response/resolution times that I felt were very adequate and sometimes it’s been faster than “better known” providers. I think customers who complain about technical support might not understand to explain, in detail, the issue and submit the ticket but submit a vague issue, add in the support ticket delay, then complain that it’s taking too long.

However I’ve filed 6 tickets in my client area- 3 tickets wondering about activation, one ticket requesting sys_time to be enabled so I can use NTP on the DNS cluster to set the system time, the outage at the UK location which they moved to another UK facility in response to the DDOS attacks, and a ticket wondering about the Dallas DDOS protection.

With just 6 tickets filed, I would say HostUS is definitely smooth sailing and an enjoyable experience.

I have LibreNMS installed so I can easily see if I have any network/connectivity issues which I have none. There was that minor outage in Los Angeles but the third party monitoring I use on top of my LibreNMS installation didn’t indicate anything so I figured it was some temporary network connectivity issue with HostUS in Los Angeles and OVH VPS #1 at the BHS location.

OneProvider VPS Review – New York City

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I’ve been using a OneProvider OneCloud VPS for the past 30 days in their New York City location.

OneProvider is an affordable dedicated server hosting provider with locations across North and South America, Europe, Asia and even Australia. In the multiple locations they provide, their VPS solution called “OneCloud” is also offered.

Plans for OneCloud start out at $5 per month for 512mb RAM, 1 CPU, 20GB SSD disk space, 1 IPv4 address and 1TB transfer on a 1Gbps port. OneProvider was running a 50% off in North America deal so I grabbed a New York City and Chicago service for $2.50/mo in each location and looking at the OnePanel it appears this offer was for a limited time which is unavailable.

There are over 25 data centers to choose from with OneProvider with this offer with locations such as:

  • Atlanta, US
  • Chicago, US
  • Los Angeles, US
  • Mexico City, MX
  • Montreal, CA
  • New York, US
  • Vancouver, CA
  • Amsterdam, NL
  • Bucharest, RO
  • Copenhagen, DK
  • Frankfurt, DE
  • London, UK
  • Milan, IT
  • Moscow, RU
  • Oslo, NO
  • Paris, FR
  • Stockholm, SE
  • Valencia, ES
  • Vienna, AT
  • Zurich, CH
  • Hong Kong, HK
  • Singapore, SG
  • Tokyo, JP
  • Melbourne, AU
  • Johannesburg, ZA

As you can see above, more than enough choice and OneProvider offers 2 months free if you prepay for an entire year. The stability at the New York City location is more than reliable and I’ve been extremely pleased with the stability of the location with both the power and the network.


OneProvider OneCloud Review:

I purchased my OneProvider OneCloud New York VPS about 34 days ago and installed snmp monitoring on it so I could add it to my LibreNMS installation to monitor the network stability. There are a few small gaps in the reporting but it was not enough of a gap/lapse for LibreNMS to trigger this as a downtime alert so I don’t really consider this “downtime”.

When you sign up with OneProvider, you have to submit a “photo ID selfie” with you holding up your photo ID and taking a selfie with a smart phone, tablet or webcam. I found it slightly unusual but if its what OneProvider needs to do to keep the fraud and abuse down with their service to continue to offer their pricing which is extremely generous, I don’t have an issue as it’s their own policy.

What I like and find interesting about OneProvider’s billing for their VPS services is that it’s pro-rated from the first of the month. Nothing is more confusing than when 10+ VPS services are due and having to keep up with it. The 2 services I ordered were pro-rated to the first of the month when I ordered and had the monthly recurring rate added to the invoice. Some customers may not like it but I like it because of the ease of keeping up with knowing that your invoice is due at the first of the month, every month, and not on the end of your 30 day usage of the service.

The virtualization is QEMU based, not Xen or OpenVZ like other providers and not KVM based like OVH VPS product line. I don’t have an issue with this and haven’t noticed a difference between KVM, OpenVZ or QEMU. If it works, it works and I’m happy. When it doesn’t work or doesn’t work like its supposed to is when I have an issue.

Network and I/O benchmarks ran on April 25th 2016 at 0930 EST

Network and I/O benchmarks ran on April 25th 2016 at 0930 EST

The service is connected on a 1Gbps port, not a 100Mbps port like with OVH VPS, so the network connectivity is a little bit faster. A lot of people have been curious about the network locations since OneProvider doesn’t provide much details but the New York City facility provider is Ubiquity Servers/NobisTech according to the IP assignment and the traceroutes.

I don’t have an issue with this as it’s reliable and I’ve never had any outages related to this service so there’s no need to make an issue out of this non-issue.

My guess is OneProvider uses its purchasing power with facility providers like Ubiquity Servers/NobisTech to negotiate the best deals which benefit us, the customers.

The network benchmarks, ran at 0948 EST, aren’t looking that great. The connectivity to Cachefly’s CDN service is excellent but connectivity to Colo@, Softlayer and Linode aren’t looking too great. This is when OneProvider running their own network at Ubiquity/NobisTech would be more advantageous rather than OneProvider being reliant on Ubiquity/NobisTech fixing the network connectivity issue during a period of the network being slow.

Conclusion:

With the limited time 50% off per month offer now unavailable, I still feel that this offer is an attractive offer especially to customers who need a variety of options for location with similar resource requirements.

I think Ubiquity Server/NobisTech’s network quality is the only disadvantage for OneProvider’s OneCloud platform. The pricing and resources are right, just the shortcoming of the network facility is what could harm the reputation of the platform. If OneProvider moves around too much in establishing a better location, they run the risk I feel of having the service interpreted as being not the greatest which would harm the reliability a hosting provider would try to project to their current and future customers.

However it could be worse such as having the platform reliant on ColoCrossing’s Buffalo, NY location. I will give OneProvider credit for actually selling something in the New York City area and not selling Buffalo while claiming it’s New York City even with the “it’s less than 10ms difference” when Buffalo is on the northwest corner of New York state and New York City is over 350 physical miles away on the other side of the state but in the southeast corner.

I look forward in trying OneProvider’s other locations once discounts and coupon codes come out to make it under $5 per month.

Host1Plus Review – OpenVZ VPS Hosting

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Hello

The team at Host1Plus contacted me regarding a review.

According to their VPS packages page on their website, they have locations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Frankfurt (Germany), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Johannesburg (South Africa). The locations in Frankfurt, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg are very attractive as there was once a large amount of German VPS locations but lately it seems like it’s mainly UK or France these days. I can’t really think of any other Brazil or South Africa VPS locations.

Their website is one of the best looking websites I’ve seen in awhile- it’s quick and to the point, the color layout is very pleasing to the eye and it’s very responsive.

The plans start out at $2/mo for their “Amber” plan which is 512mb of RAM, 0.5 CPU core, 20GB of disk space and 500GB of bandwidth. The virtualization is OpenVZ.

The review VPS the sales team provided me is in their Chicago location and so far, everything seems great. I hooked up the Chicago VPS they provided to my LibreNMS installation so I can monitor it for a few days as I write this review.

I would like to thank the sales team for provisioning the VPS and deploying it very quickly so I can do this review. So far, with some minor benchmarking, the service is well worth the very affordable cost.

 

RamNode Review – Update

Ramnode PerformanceI decided to put my Ramnode VPS into production by installing LibreNMS.

LibreNMS is a fork of Observium and in my opinion, better than “paid” Observium while also free.

As you can see with the stats of the bench.sh from FreeVPS, the performance on this VPS is definitely respectable and well worth your money.

Please note- with this test, I have rarely seen good performance come from Softlayer’s Washington DC location. The performance to Netherlands is slow due to this VPS being in the Northwest US at Ramnode’s Seattle location.

Ramnode is one of my favorite “go to” providers where I know I can host something of production value and not be concerned about downtime, outages or anything that could cause performance degradation. My previous Ramnode review shows excellent uptime and I never had any issues with lack of performance.