I’ve been a customer of FDCservers’ 99 cents 128mb VPS for the past month.
FDCservers is an established provider with locations such as Chicago, Denver, Miami, Los Angeles, and New York City in the United States. However FDCservers operates locations such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Vienna, Paris, London and Madrid in Europe. In the past 15 years, they’ve grown to their current 13 locations worldwide and operate a 10 Tbps network of capacity which is very attractive, showing off that indeed they’ve been around 15 years.
I saw the offer for the 99 cent VPS and decided to try it out because I would only be a loss of 99 cents if the VPS didn’t work or if it had stability issues.
For 99 cents, I received:
- 128mb RAM
- 10 GB SSD disk space
- 1 CPU core
- 1 IPv4 address
- 5 Mbps unmetered connection
- Choice of 13 worldwide locations
It’s not a bad deal and I know some people are going to immediately thumb their nose saying that at 99 cents per month for an entire year, which is $11.88, they can receive these resources with this provider or that provider. This is the beauty of a market regulated by customer demand and trends.
I use providers that have the $12 – $15 / year resources but these companies with the $12 – $15 / year services haven’t been around 15 years or operate a 10 Tbps network of capacity so it’s unfair to compare an established company to these companies that pop up, change names, get sold/renamed and sometimes do well but often times go out of business due to a small list of reasons we’ve all heard before.
Let’s start the review-
For those wondering and I’m pretty sure this is what a majority of people are thinking but yes, you do receive a 5 Mbps unmetered network connection. Some providers will say their connection is a certain speed and often times its just to advertise a minimum but the 5 Mbps network connection is indeed a 5 Mbps network connection which won’t burst or get faster. You get exactly what you pay for and nothing more.
I have tested from Cachefly a few times writing up this review, plus in past testing, and receive 5 Mbps consistently from the testing servers taking 3 minutes to download 100mb test file.
The CPU speed on the service is 2.1 Ghz and I don’t have any other specifics as it’s a QEMU based virtualization which doesn’t show the exact make/model of the processor. It’s not a deal breaker but some would want to know if it was an AMD or Intel based system with the specific processor. For 99 cents, hey.. it’s fine with me.
I have over 31 days of uptime. I haven’t ran anything intensive or critical on this VPS, as this is a 99 cent VPS, but my snmp monitoring haven’t shown any network interruptions or “blips” in the monitoring. Some budget providers will have this happen from time to time.
Is this service worth it? Absolutely if this meets your budget and your bandwidth requirements as your monthly quota would be 1.65 TB/mo. I know I had issues enabling TUN/TAP and PPP which the option was not available from the client area. I didn’t feel like bothering support because I have a feeling if TUN/TAP and PPP support was enabled/allowed that it would be easily enabled via the client area. Attempts to enable this from the command line didn’t work and my initial plan was to turn this into a VPN.
However with this being only 99 cents, I may end up cancelling the service and signing up for the service in Miami as I have a requirement to have 10 GB of disk space in Miami. I was just using Amsterdam for testing as that’s a popular location for a lot of users and oddly, Amsterdam is becoming less and less common than it once was when it seemed that everybody had servers in Amsterdam.