Ramnode Review – 186 Days of Uptime


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Ramnode is a relatively new company by industry standards of where companies have been around 10 or more years.

This is nothing against the company as they’re making name recognition in some areas of the web hosting industry.

First, Ramnode operates their own US network and own EU network through a partner which is absolutely amazing since IPv4 is starting to end the ‘depleted’ phase where IPv4 shortages are going to happen soon.

Second, what I like the most is on the about Ramnode page, the CEO Nick even puts out his email address and encourages you to email him if there is an issue!

Plan:
I am using a SSD VPS v2 plan which is 1GB of RAM, 4 CPU cores, 1 IPv4 address, a /64 IPv6, and 75GB of disk space. This is under the “Premium” section and this is $10 per month.
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BudgetVM Review – Chicago Xen VPS

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About:

BudgetVM, known also as their parent company Enzu, was founded in 2005. Enzu also operates their own website, operates the BudgetVM website and also operates the brand RapidXen.

For this review, we’re going to focus on the BudgetVM offer of Xen VPS services in Chicago at their location at 350 Cermak, which is one of the world’s largest data centers, according to BudgetVM’s Chicago network information page.

Plan:
I have an older legacy plan that is a 256MB VPS. 1GB plans start off at $4.99/mo which is a great deal for a Xen VPS.
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Ubiquity Hosting’s Cloud Platform Review – My First Outage

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I’ve been reviewing Ubiquity Hosting’s Cloud platform for the past 2 weeks as I decided to host a service there lured in by the $25 free credits and the cloud platform which advertisies 100% uptime, failover if the service is unresponsible and seemingly like more features/options than a “low end” provider who offers 1GB VPS services for 1/3 of the cost.

Last night, October 14th 2015, I had an alert on my LibreNMS installation that the Chicago DNS server went down which was hosted by Ubiquity Hosting’s Cloud platform.

I inquired via a support ticket, which I received a fast response, however when I asked about the 100% network uptime and the auto failover – I keep receiving canned responses regarding my reasonable inquiries. I’m not the type to flaunt that I review VPS services, but I did mention I have to add this in my review so it would need to be answered by somebody who knows or escalated to a higher level because I’m not completely disappointed at the promise of 100% network uptime as network “blips” and “burps” happen however when it says “automatic failover” and my service didn’t come back up over an hour later is where my issue is.

If I want downtime and being ignored by support, I can go on LowEndBox and find a kid’s summer host project going into the fall / autumn where they usually collapse.

Downtime from a 10/14 to 10/15 overnight outage.
Downtime from a 10/14 to 10/15 overnight outage.

I checked all the rest of my graphs from other instances to confirm it was not a network issue with my LibreNMS issue as some know with monitoring, all the sudden some random monitoring locations stop responding could indicate an issue with your network monitoring service’s own network however this was not the case.

Once I get more information, as I bumped my ticket, I will edit this post below to give Ubiquity Hosting a reasonable time to respond.

I looked and it appears to be exactly 6 hours of downtime. However I do not see an announcement for such a downtime or even something emergency.

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Edit:
I spoke to Brett in the ticket and he was very apologetic for the incident.

It appears the Motion panel had a bug regarding the maintenance announcement and apologized for lack of notification in my ticket that the service was undergoing maintenance. Brett also said Los Angeles and New Jersey would be updated similarly very soon. He offered a 1 month credit for the 6 hour outage which I feel is very sufficient and more than generous as I wasn’t pushing for a credit.

Linode – New Jersey SSD Cloud VPS Review

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Linode is an established provider, first started in 2003 which it seems a lot of hosting providers started around this time.

Linode has excellent name and brand recognition by the web hosting community although some disputes you see regarding the service on web hosting forums and blogs seem to be regarding Linode policies such as nullrouting of IP addresses.

At one time, the complaint was Linode is “too expensive” however their prices have been dropped for the 1GB plans down to $10/mo which I feel is very reasonable for the features and stability you receive with the service.

Plan:
I picked up the Linode 1GB service for $10/mo USD.
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BudgetVM Review – Miami Xen VPS

About:
BudgetVM, known also as their parent company Enzu, was founded in 2005. Enzu also operates their own website, operates the BudgetVM website and also operates the brand RapidXen.

For this review, we’re going to focus on the BudgetVM offer of Xen VPS services in Miami. Their Miami location is located in “downtown Miami” according to their Miami network information. I know the physical location is located at 36 NE Second Street at the IM Integrated facility.

Plan:
I have an older legacy plan that is a 128MB VPS. 1GB plans start off at $4.99/mo which is a great deal for a Xen VPS.
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