HostUS Los Angeles VPS Review – Excellent Value!

Good morning everybody!

I have been a customer of HostUS for quite some time.

Matter of fact, I signed up for the company December 29th 2015 after seeing their offers posted on Low End Box for their 768mb annual VPS offer they did for awhile which was really competitive at the time.

Fast forward to now, it’s a very solid service and I’m very pleased with everything HostUS has offered me over the years.

I have a total of four OpenVZ services with them:

  • Los Angeles, Dallas and Ashburn/WDC are part of a cPanel DNS only cluster.
  • Another Los Angeles VPS on standby/backup.

I was letting a Filipino friend I went to high school with connect to the LA VPS to allow him VPN access to US content.

To give you an idea, I am paying $11/year for this service I’m reviewing and later on in March 2016 the prices increased to $12/year so I purchased the DNS cluster using the performance and stability of this VPS as a measure. Now the price is up to $16/year.

You might be tempted with all these reseller offers of a certain company in their predictable locations at that price but avoid temptation and go with HostUS.

Anybody can order VPS nodes and offer $11 – $16/year VPS plans. Only HostUS, it seems, can stay long term offering these plans but also not relying on racing to the bottom trying to be the cheapest thing because now that I think about it, they rarely if ever have to advertise on LowEndBox or LowEndTalk.

# wget -qO- bench.sh | bash
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CPU model            : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2670 0 @ 2.60GHz
Number of cores      : 1
CPU frequency        : 2600.010 MHz
Total size of Disk   : 20.0 GB (11.0 GB Used)
Total amount of Mem  : 768 MB (768 MB Used)
Total amount of Swap : 768 MB (72 MB Used)
System uptime        : 45 days, 0 hour 7 min
Load average         : 0.08, 0.03, 0.01
OS                   : Debian GNU/Linux 8
Arch                 : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel               : 2.6.32-042stab130.1
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I/O speed(1st run)   : 34.2 MB/s
I/O speed(2nd run)   : 31.9 MB/s
I/O speed(3rd run)   : 31.5 MB/s
Average I/O speed    : 32.5 MB/s
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Node Name                       IPv4 address            Download Speed
CacheFly                        205.234.175.175         98.9MB/s
Linode, Tokyo, JP               106.187.96.148          15.3MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG           139.162.23.4            7.06MB/s
Linode, London, UK              176.58.107.39           2.47MB/s
Linode, Frankfurt, DE           139.162.130.8           9.31MB/s
Linode, Fremont, CA             50.116.14.9             20.1MB/s
Softlayer, Dallas, TX           173.192.68.18           47.8MB/s
Softlayer, Seattle, WA          67.228.112.250          63.0MB/s
Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE        159.122.69.4            9.34MB/s
Softlayer, Singapore, SG        119.81.28.170           17.9MB/s
Softlayer, HongKong, CN         119.81.130.170          20.9MB/s
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Node Name                       IPv6 address            Download Speed
Linode, Atlanta, GA             2600:3c02::4b           5.51MB/s
Linode, Dallas, TX              2600:3c00::4b           32.4MB/s
Linode, Newark, NJ              2600:3c03::4b           15.7MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG           2400:8901::4b           7.51MB/s
Linode, Tokyo, JP               2400:8900::4b           11.1MB/s
Softlayer, San Jose, CA         2607:f0d0:2601:2a::4    73.8MB/s
Softlayer, Washington, WA       2607:f0d0:3001:78::2    36.4MB/s
Softlayer, Paris, FR            2a03:8180:1301:8::4     15.5MB/s
Softlayer, Singapore, SG        2401:c900:1101:8::2     6.91MB/s
Softlayer, Tokyo, JP            2401:c900:1001:16::4    6.73MB/s
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Very respectable if you ask me.

The Los Angeles location is ideal across all of the US and in the Asia-Pacific region. If you’re in Western Europe, it’s not exactly the best but you’ll survive.

Also, its amazing to see their expansion at the following locations below:

  • Charlotte, USA
  • Atlanta, USA
  • Dallas, USA
  • Los Angeles, USA
  • Washington DC, USA
  • London, UK
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Singapore

At first it was Dallas, LA, WDC, and London.

Next came Singapore and Hong Kong, then all the rest were established.

I have only tested Dallas, LA, WDC and London but I may look into ordering additional services with HostUS as I have a project where I’d need reliability.

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 nench.sh v2018.04.14 -- https://git.io/nench.sh
 benchmark timestamp:    2018-11-17 14:49:26 UTC
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Processor:    Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2670 0 @ 2.60GHz
CPU cores:    1
Frequency:    2600.010 MHz
RAM:          768M
Swap:         768M
Kernel:       Linux 2.6.32-042stab130.1 x86_64

Disks:
Filesystem        Type      Size Inodes
/dev/ploop44277p1 ext4       20G   1.3M

CPU: SHA256-hashing 500 MB
    4.674 seconds
CPU: bzip2-compressing 500 MB
    7.207 seconds
CPU: AES-encrypting 500 MB
    2.061 seconds

ioping: seek rate
    min/avg/max/mdev = 32.2 us / 127.2 us / 12.9 ms / 248.7 us
ioping: sequential read speed
    generated 599 requests in 5.01 s, 149.8 MiB, 119 iops, 29.9 MiB/s

dd: sequential write speed
    1st run:    29.95 MiB/s
    2nd run:    30.23 MiB/s
    3rd run:    30.23 MiB/s
    average:    30.14 MiB/s

IPv4 speedtests
    your IPv4:    104.128.233.xxxx

    Cachefly CDN:         82.96 MiB/s
    Leaseweb (NL):        9.13 MiB/s
    Softlayer DAL (US):   0.00 MiB/s
    Online.net (FR):      2.97 MiB/s
    OVH BHS (CA):         16.07 MiB/s

IPv6 speedtests
    your IPv6:    2602:ffc5:20:xxxx

    Leaseweb (NL):        7.24 MiB/s
    Softlayer DAL (US):   0.00 MiB/s
    Online.net (FR):      7.79 MiB/s
    OVH BHS (CA):         12.89 MiB/s
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I like this benchmark script due to the CPU testing but the network testing isn’t as good. I may fork both scripts into a “vpslist” script.

The disk I/O isn’t exactly the best which isn’t surprising looking at the uptime of the server. I’m sure its a rowdy VPS node with noisy neighbors and who knows running what. As a past VPS company sysadmin, you always have that one node that always goes crazy at predictable hours full of people doing things.

However monitoring on my other services isn’t a problem.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a hosting provider and want reliability but don’t want to go to a “big box” hosting company and want to establish a relationship with a smaller hosting company, go with HostUS.

I am very pleased and it just simply works without any drama.

I am going to pay my invoice for this service I reviewed and keep it going for the third year then renew my cPanel DNS only cluster in March when it comes up for renewal also.

Big Power Hosting Review – Miami KVM VPS Hosting

I found a really attractive offer online from a company called Big Power Hosting who offered the following in Miami:

*exceed 2 TB/mo then throttled back to 10Mbps.

Don’t like Miami?

Big Power Hosting has servers in New York (NJ) and Los Angeles for that same offer.

I thought to myself that’s a pretty attractive offer and even more attractive with the 60off coupon being valid until the end of 2018 which pushes it into a lot of pricing that Vultr, Digital Ocean, Linode, and other “cloud” providers offer.

The CPU on the VPS node is a Intel Xeon E5-1650 v4 @ 3.6 Ghz and 15mb cache.

The network is amazing. I think the node I’m on is idling but I’m using close to full download on the 1 Gbps uplink where I downloaded the 100mb test file at 112M/s in less than 1 second.

CPU information:

# cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 79
model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1650 v4 @ 3.60GHz
stepping : 1
microcode : 0x1
cpu MHz : 3599.998
cache size : 15360 KB
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 13
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon rep_good nopl xtopology pni pclmulqdq ssse3 fma cx16 pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand hypervisor lahf_lm abm 3dnowprefetch arat xsaveopt fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips : 7199.99
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 46 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor : 1
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 79
model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1650 v4 @ 3.60GHz
stepping : 1
microcode : 0x1
cpu MHz : 3599.998
cache size : 15360 KB
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 13
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon rep_good nopl xtopology pni pclmulqdq ssse3 fma cx16 pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand hypervisor lahf_lm abm 3dnowprefetch arat xsaveopt fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips : 7199.99
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 46 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

Here is a hardware benchmark and some network benchmarking but I don’t like the small amount of network testing available in this script because you could reasonably assume that it’s not an optimal connection when it’s not exactly a comprehensive network test of multiple sources where you’d download 10 or more test files for more data.

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 nench.sh v2018.04.14 -- https://git.io/nench.sh
 benchmark timestamp:    2018-11-16 16:57:53 UTC
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Processor:    Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1650 v4 @ 3.60GHz
CPU cores:    2
Frequency:    3599.998 MHz
RAM:          496M
Swap:         1.0G
Kernel:       Linux 3.2.0-4-amd64 x86_64

Disks:
sda     20G  HDD

CPU: SHA256-hashing 500 MB
    2.225 seconds
CPU: bzip2-compressing 500 MB
    4.057 seconds
CPU: AES-encrypting 500 MB
    1.081 seconds

ioping: seek rate
    min/avg/max/mdev = 144.6 us / 158.4 us / 982.3 us / 23.7 us
ioping: sequential read speed
    generated 20.2 k requests in 5.00 s, 4.94 GiB, 4.05 k iops, 1012.0 MiB/s

dd: sequential write speed
    1st run:    287.06 MiB/s
    2nd run:    286.10 MiB/s
    3rd run:    276.57 MiB/s
    average:    283.24 MiB/s

IPv4 speedtests
    your IPv4:    103.195.102.xxxx

    Cachefly CDN:         103.93 MiB/s
    Leaseweb (NL):        2.12 MiB/s
    Softlayer DAL (US):   0.00 MiB/s
    Online.net (FR):      2.13 MiB/s
    OVH BHS (CA):         5.52 MiB/s

IPv6 speedtests
    your IPv6:    2605:9880:400:xxxx

    Leaseweb (NL):        2.04 MiB/s
    Softlayer DAL (US):   0.00 MiB/s
    Online.net (FR):      2.15 MiB/s
    OVH BHS (CA):         5.42 MiB/s
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For example, when I use bench.sh instead of nench.sh

# wget -qO- bench.sh | bash
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CPU model            : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1650 v4 @ 3.60GHz
Number of cores      : 2
CPU frequency        : 3599.998 MHz
Total size of Disk   : 38.0 GB (2.6 GB Used)
Total amount of Mem  : 496 MB (74 MB Used)
Total amount of Swap : 1022 MB (0 MB Used)
System uptime        : 0 days, 15 hour 25 min
Load average         : 0.03, 0.10, 0.04
OS                   : Debian GNU/Linux 7
Arch                 : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel               : 3.2.0-4-amd64
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I/O speed(1st run)   : 285 MB/s
I/O speed(2nd run)   : 271 MB/s
I/O speed(3rd run)   : 277 MB/s
Average I/O speed    : 277.7 MB/s
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Node Name                       IPv4 address            Download Speed
CacheFly                        205.234.175.175         111MB/s
Linode, Tokyo, JP               106.187.96.148          1.43MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG           139.162.23.4            942KB/s
Linode, London, UK              176.58.107.39           245KB/s
Linode, Frankfurt, DE           139.162.130.8           2.01MB/s
Linode, Fremont, CA             50.116.14.9             2.22MB/s
Softlayer, Dallas, TX           173.192.68.18           7.63MB/s
Softlayer, Seattle, WA          67.228.112.250          3.38MB/s
Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE        159.122.69.4            2.07MB/s
Softlayer, Singapore, SG        119.81.28.170           907KB/s
Softlayer, HongKong, CN         119.81.130.170          1.00MB/s
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Node Name                       IPv6 address            Download Speed
Linode, Atlanta, GA             2600:3c02::4b           11.8MB/s
Linode, Dallas, TX              2600:3c00::4b           7.22MB/s
Linode, Newark, NJ              2600:3c03::4b           6.47MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG           2400:8901::4b           1007KB/s
Linode, Tokyo, JP               2400:8900::4b           1.31MB/s
Softlayer, San Jose, CA         2607:f0d0:2601:2a::4    3.26MB/s
Softlayer, Washington, WA       2607:f0d0:3001:78::2    7.02MB/s
Softlayer, Paris, FR            2a03:8180:1301:8::4     1.72MB/s
Softlayer, Singapore, SG        2401:c900:1101:8::2     975KB/s
Softlayer, Tokyo, JP            2401:c900:1001:16::4    1.39MB/s
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I know in some examples its not looking good but nothing against this company but Miami is a location where you deploy in Miami if Miami is a requirement for Florida or Southeast US users. I know in Florida, three points where traffic come in and out of the state are in Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami where even in Jacksonville traffic can be routed down to Miami then back up to Atlanta.

Another group of users is Central and South America because Brazil has good connectivity to Miami due to underwater fiber optic connections. But your users in Central or West US aren’t going to have the exact best connectivity to the very very end of the southern tip of Florida.

Conclusion

So far so good with Big Power Hosting.

I opened up a ticket with the sales department asking about a particular type of VPS hosting plan that is becoming popular. Brian and Jason have been keeping me updated about it and once they have more information, which supposedly is supposed to happen this weekend, I will post it on here.

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.

Continue reading “HostUS One Year Review”

Hostodo Review Update – 100% Uptime But Don’t Use Them In 2018

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.

November, 16th 2018 Edit:

I do not recommend Hostodo at all.

They offer services in Miami but when you order the service, its delivered on a broken node where reinstalls are not working. I tried for over 3 days to resolve the issue with support, got no progress, and finally opened up a dispute.

It’s sad and goes to show that a company can do really good within the first few years then all the sudden, just mysteriously collapse providing subpar service and basically just looking for customers who tolerate what little they provide when there are way more options available to the general public.

Hostodo 2GB VPS Review But Don’t Use Them In 2018

Hassan and the team from Hostodo has sent me my login information for the 2GB VPS I am reviewing.

Hostodo picked out their Los Angeles, California location for me and the deployment was very smooth. 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.

From what I can see on my MTR testing from OVH, it appears that the Los Angeles location is at Quadranet’s Los Angeles facility which has over 60,000 square feet of colocation space in the Telecom Center building which is adjacent to the One Wilshire facility. Quadranet has been at the Telecom Center location since 2004.

I just checked with Cachefly to download a 100mb test file on the service and I received over 106 MB/s with the file downloading in less than 0.9 seconds so it appears this service is more than ready to start being used by anybody who need Los Angeles VPS hosting. The download speed with Hostodo is one of the fastest speeds I’ve seen on a test file and it shows the quality of Quadranet Los Angeles’ bandwidth.

Needless to say, Hostodo‘s choice of Quadranet in Los Angeles is an excellent choice with the excellent operation of the facility that Quadranet does and the company’s recent expansion.I can’t wait to monitor and review this service some more to show the VPSLIST audience and possible future Hostodo customers what this service can offer to them.

November, 16th 2018 Edit:

I do not recommend Hostodo at all.

They offer services in Miami but when you order the service, its delivered on a broken node where reinstalls are not working. I tried for over 3 days to resolve the issue with support, got no progress, and finally opened up a dispute.

It’s sad and goes to show that a company can do really good within the first few years then all the sudden, just mysteriously collapse providing subpar service and basically just looking for customers who tolerate what little they provide when there are way more options available to the general public.