HostUS Review – Solid Uptime In London

HostUS is one of my favorite, “go to” hosting providers.

I’ve been a fan of their 768mb VPS plans in their locations which have 1 CPU, 768mb RAM, 20GB of disk space and 2TB of transfer per month. The price has changed since it was initially offered but the $11 – $12/year cost is now up to $16/year which is still a great price. It’s not a great price for those seeking sub-$15/year plans however you can’t make everybody happy.

The 768mb VPS plans are perfect for private VPN servers, web servers, small clusters like DIY CDNs, and even cPanel DNS Only clusters which I use the service for on the US locations. I currently use this London UK service for an OpenVPN installation. I run an LibreNMS instance on one of the 768mb services. I have 6 active 768mb VPS plans with HostUS and I’m extremely satisfied.

HostUS London location showing the uninterrupted network transfers
HostUS London location showing the uninterrupted network transfers

As you can see on the 30 days of graphs above, there has been no interruption in the network uptime of the VPS at their London, UK location. I am extremely satisfied and was hesitant at first to get the location but the location hasn’t failed me in my decision to go with it.

The VPS is powered by a Intel Xeon E3-1270v5 CPU running at 3.6Ghz which is a very powerful and new (by hosting industry standards) CPU compared to some of the older 1230s and 1270s being used by other companies. For a 768mb VPS, 1 CPU is more than enough for what you’re trying to reasonably do.

With my LibreNMS monitoring, I can see the service uses minimal hardware and network resources. This service just idles until I need to login to use the VPN. The service just runs so smoothly that the only downtime I experienced was seeing network alerts regarding flapping when HostUS was having some issues with denial of service attacks the past few weeks but it never impacted my experience. It seems that a lot of hosting companies, data centers and network carriers are experiencing some large denial of service attacks lately with some suggesting that somebody/something is possibly ‘testing’ the Internet out for weaknesses.

Conclusion:

You cannot go wrong with choosing HostUS for your hosting needs.

I’ve been with new and established providers over the past 6 years but have closely been watching HostUS establish themselves then expand into new locations that are the same quality that their customers expect. HostUS has locations in the US, the London location but also Sydney, Singapore and Hong Kong which these three locations are rare for most providers let alone having all three locations as a provider would have one of the three as Southeast Asian locations have their different operating costs which can add additional costs to hosting in those areas.

HostUS Review – London, UK VPS Hosting

There’s a limited amount of London, UK VPS hosting offers so when I see one I’ll pick one up which is the case with the offer from HostUS.

The offer was 768mb RAM/vSwap, 1 vCPU, 20GB and 2TB transfer on a 1Gbit/s port and 1 IPv4 for only $2 per month. For 50 cents more, at $2.50/mo, you could get London UK on a 10Gbps port. The best deal is prepaid annual payment in London is $17 per year. With the attractive offer, I went ahead and picked up the $17 per year offer in London.

So far, the service is extremely reliable and just a warning for anybody in a rush- there might be a delay in provisioning as the ordering is not automatic however it is quicker than a 24 hour delay. I would place an order, wait a few hours, contact support and my service was definitely activated within 12 hours.

The server has been up almost 5 days and the CPU isĀ Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2660 v3 @ 2.60GHz which I get 1.2Ghz and there’s no issue with performance or the VPS feeling like it’s underpowered as the Intel Xeon E5 series is more modern especially being a v3 compared to some VPS providers using E3 based Xeon processors or even older Xeon L series hardware.

On a Cachefly speed test, I received about 325Mbps on this 10Gbps port which is fine with me as with the timezone I’m more in an “off peak” timezone and the London, UK server could be facing “peak” time as it would be almost 12:40 in the afternoon in London.

When connected via OpenVPN, I receive about 5Mbps in both directions on the Speed Test website. Your results might vary depending on your location and network connectivity but I have received reliable 5Mbps back and forth with other friends who tested receiving similar results. Compared to Paris, France and Online SAS- OnlineSAS is slightly faster but is not a prepaid annually option like HostUS.

Conclusion- so far so good with HostUS. I purchased a Los Angeles service for $11 per year and purchased the $17 per year London UK service after being extremely satisfied in Los Angeles. HostUS has hosting in Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington DC and Atlanta in the United States and London, UK in Europe.

I monitor the service with LibreNMS and also NixStats where I’ve had zero interruption/downtime with the London, UK and Los Angeles, CA services offered by HostUS. You will not be disappointed.