HostUS One Year Review

I’ve been a customer for over a year with HostUS and currently have five active 768mb OpenVZ services with them.

Let me go ahead and say that I’m absolutely 100% satisfied with their services over the past year.

I use 3 of those 5 services for a cPanel DNS Only cluster which has worked absolutely great. This cluster is used for my primary cPanel server for my customers. If I had any issues with the cluster, it would impact my customers and my websites which it did not.

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ServerComplete – Jacksonville Florida OpenVZ Review

I picked up a VPS from ServerComplete for testing purposes and I am very satisfied with it.

It is 1GB of RAM, 50GB of RAID-10 disk space and 500GB of network transfer in Jacksonville, Florida for $5 per month.

I have 31 days of uninterrupted uptime on the hardware and with my LibreNMS snmp based network monitoring, the network monitoring is uninterrupted just like the hardware. Excellent.

I received 4 CPUs which were Intel Xeon X5650 @ 2.67 Ghz but at 1.6Ghz with a 12mb cache.

root@jax1:~# cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 44
model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           X5650  @ 2.67GHz
stepping        : 2
microcode       : 20
cpu MHz         : 1600.000
cache size      : 12288 KB
physical id     : 0
siblings        : 12
core id         : 0
cpu cores       : 6
apicid          : 0
initial apicid  : 0
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 11
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid dca sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt aes lahf_lm ida arat epb dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid
bogomips        : 5333.35
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes   : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor       : 1
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 44
model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           X5650  @ 2.67GHz
stepping        : 2
microcode       : 20
cpu MHz         : 1600.000
cache size      : 12288 KB
physical id     : 0
siblings        : 12
core id         : 1
cpu cores       : 6
apicid          : 2
initial apicid  : 2
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 11
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid dca sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt aes lahf_lm ida arat epb dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid
bogomips        : 5333.35
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes   : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor       : 2
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 44
model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           X5650  @ 2.67GHz
stepping        : 2
microcode       : 20
cpu MHz         : 1600.000
cache size      : 12288 KB
physical id     : 0
siblings        : 12
core id         : 2
cpu cores       : 6
apicid          : 4
initial apicid  : 4
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 11
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid dca sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt aes lahf_lm ida arat epb dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid
bogomips        : 5333.35
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes   : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor       : 3
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 44
model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           X5650  @ 2.67GHz
stepping        : 2
microcode       : 20
cpu MHz         : 1600.000
cache size      : 12288 KB
physical id     : 0
siblings        : 12
core id         : 8
cpu cores       : 6
apicid          : 16
initial apicid  : 16
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 11
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid dca sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt aes lahf_lm ida arat epb dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid
bogomips        : 5333.35
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes   : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

I downloaded a 100mb test file from CacheFly and it downloaded in less than a second. The VPS appears to be on a Gigabit port.

root@jax1:~# wget -O /dev/null http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
converted 'http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test' (ANSI_X3.4-1968) -> 'http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test' (UTF-8)
--2017-01-30 05:05:42-- http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)... 205.234.175.175
Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)|205.234.175.175|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: '/dev/null'

/dev/null 100%[=====================>] 100.00M 92.0MB/s in 1.1s

2017-01-30 05:05:43 (92.0 MB/s) - '/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]

Conclusion:

I highly recommend ServerComplete since they are in a limited location. There are not many hosting providers in the Jacksonville, Florida area. It is usually Miami in Florida then Tampa and lastly Orlando has some facilities. Jacksonville has only one real main data center, which is GoRack.

Make sure to sign up for the $5 limited time offer for the 1GB RAM offer with the information we provided above. I think it is a great value.

BudgetVM / Enzu Dallas Migration

I just got this in my email:

We are happy to announce that we will be migrating all servers in our Dallas location to an upgraded facility. The migration will take approx. 45 minutes per server group. We will move only a small number of nodes at any one time to prevent a large simultaneous outage and allow for troubleshooting of a small pool of servers if needed.

With this upgrade we are happy to report that, our customers will enjoy an upgraded hosting experience. Our new facility will feature several enhancements including redundant power and network improvements within the Infomart datacenter. These new features will be provided at no additional cost to you. At BudgetVM, we are investing a great deal of resources into improving our infrastructure to better serve our customers.

This maintenance window will begin at 2000 EST on October 18th and continue through 0100EST on October 19th.

We will ensure a graceful shutdown of all nodes to ensure the integrity of any data at that time. We will also be taking this opporunity to introduce software upgrades and security improvements on the nodes themselves.

If you have any questions regarding this migration please let us know. We thank you for your business and look forward to serving you on our improved infrastructure!

One additional notice will be sent on October 18th once the maintenance begins as well as when it completes.

Hostodo Review Update – 100% Uptime

Just an update about my Hostodo Los Angeles VPS, I have the following uptime:

Uptime 21 days, 6h 1m 46s

I’m very satisfied and looking at the network graph of LibreNMS, I don’t see any interruption of the reporting. My initial post is located here for Hostodo.

100% uninterrupted uptime with my Hostodo LA VPS service.
100% uninterrupted uptime with my Hostodo LA VPS service.

For $7/mo you receive 2GB of RAM, 120GB of disk space, 1 IPv4 address, 4 TB of bandwidth and 6 shared CPUs. The CPUs are Intel Xeon E3-1241v3 @ 3.5Ghz and 8mb cache.

For their Los Angeles VPS location, there is an option for an “Asian optimized IP address” which will get better connectivity to Southeast Asian customers or traffic. Many Los Angeles VPS providers offer such optimized IP addresses which better handle the network issues of Southeast Asia, specifically China, which is known to constantly change with the issues with GFW (China’s Great Firewall)

Hostodo also has services in Miami, Florida and also Dallas, Texas on top of their Los Angeles, California location so the company has your major US locations covered. I like seeing a Miami location because Miami is becoming less common as some providers have pulled out of Miami or completely stop using Miami such as when ServerAxis packed up all their equipment and moved to Chicago, leaving a lot of Miami based providers with little or no notification on the move.

I am very satisfied with the performance of the service because 6 shared CPU cores for $7 with 2GB of RAM and 120GB of disk space is an excellent deal for a Los Angeles OpenVZ VPS.

In the next coming days, I’ll upload a benchmark even when I don’t really care for benchmarks because they provide an unreasonable expectation to a lot of inexperienced users who just chase after the biggest number.

One day’s performance isn’t necessarily the same the next day when resources are shared with OpenVZ and the churn of customers coming in then leaving the service. I’ve heard that 30% churn/turnover is a reasonable expectation monthly so.

 

OVH Launches 3 New Locations- Poland, Singapore and Australia

This is exciting news.

It appears OVH has launched three new locations in Poland, Singapore and Australia. Poland is very exciting as there are relatively few providers in that region and it provides nice central European connectivity for Western Europe and also areas in the East such as Russia, China, etc.

Singapore and Australia are very interesting as well as Singapore would appeal to Southeast Asian customers such as China, Japan, Hong Kong and others. Australia is probably one of the biggest interests as Australian customers are limited on their expensive options within their own country.

However I have spoken to a friend who lives in Australia who has stated that an Australian hosting provider within Australia has to comply with some really strict rules compared to worldwide standards such as the United States, Canada and Europe regarding data retention of customers.

I think the Singapore option would suit Australian customers who wish to bypass that silliness as the connectivity would have some additional latency but not be too much.

Like with all locations, anti-DDOS is included which is a great industry game changer as to stay competitive other hosting providers in Poland, Singapore and Australia would need to meet or exceed what OVH can provide. However many will be disappointed at the 3 TB/mo on 1 Gbps bandwidth allocation that OVH is providing with this launch however if you exceed 3 TB/mo on this offer, your bandwidth is throttled down to 10 Mbps.

The hardware being offered is:

  • Intel Xeon E3-1245v5
  • 4 Cores / 8 Threads
  • 3.5 GHz / 3.9 GHz
  • 32 GB DDR4 ECC 2133 MHz
  • Your choice of 2x 2TB SATA or 2x 480GB SSD
  • 3 TB/mo @ 1 Gbps

$129/mo (40% discount and limited offer until 10/30 or if 750 participants sign up)

I think the great news is this offers an alternative to SoftLayer being one of the “major” providers in the area and could increase the competition which benefits us all. For the VPS customer, this means more offers from a variety of companies with servers in Poland, Singapore and Australia that are using OVH as their infrastructure provider.

So prepare to start seeing such offers from hosting providers real soon.

The only limitation at this time is IP addresses with this offer as there is only 1 IPv4 provided with signing up and it appears that the 16 IPv4 address limitation on their other brands (SoYouStart) is going to be put on these locations. This may upset some however many hosting providers can maneuver around this by adapting their services to the limitation with options such as NAT VPS services or IPv6 only services as OVH generously offers IPv6 blocks to their customers.