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.

CatalystHost Review – Dallas Texas VPS Hosting

Howdy!

This is one of my first reviews after the Hurricane Matthew situation. I have 2 active CatalystHost services with their 1 vCPU, 256mb RAM, 10GB disk, and 333TB bandwidth plan which is an amazing $12 per year.

What makes this an even greater value is the service is on a 1 Gbps or greater connection so you receive excellent speeds with this service when you do speedtesting. Both of my services are on the “Dallas Two” node and according to my LibreNMS monitoring setup, I have not received any downtime or gaps in the snmp based monitoring.

CatalystHost review speedtest
An example of the speedtest from Cachefly for CatalystHost. Blazing fast.

I ordered one service awhile back and the latest one recently so the uptime is 205 days with the oldest service ordered and 35 days with the recent service. 200+ day or longer uptime on OpenVZ services is unheard of by “low end” industry standards.

I am extremely satisfied with the quality of the service which is why I will continue to renew the services. By comparison, for slightly more per year, I can get a HostUS service with 768mb RAM and less bandwidth in a Dallas location also. However the network connection with CatalystHost is blazing fast as you can see with the speedtest above.

CatalystHost Support:

With CatalystHost, the service is reliable with unmanaged support so in the past 6-7 months with being a customer of the company I’ve only had to file one ticket.

The ticket was with the new service I ordered was giving me an error when I attempted to set reverse DNS. I’m assuming when I signed up for the second account, I added something in a username field which “didn’t link the services under my account” and gave me the error. I fiddled with it for some time and after 10-15 minutes I figured I exhausted my attempts.

I filed a ticket and Ryan, the owner, responded. I even clearly provided the record I was adding in the ticket thinking maybe there was a known issue or the technical support would set it then send me on my way. With my experience in technical support, you have to do it but balance out that you’re not spoonfeeding customers who expect this to be done when the service is unmanaged but the client area provided what most customers need to self-manage their service.

When Ryan responded, he explained how to do it and there was some back and forth where eventually at the end he figured out the services weren’t under my account. The back and forth could had been easily macro’d or added into a knowledgebase article as I can see this being an issue with people ordering more than one service.

I’m not disappointed at the support, it’s just I think this known issue could be documented better to prevent unnecessary tickets and allow smoother operation.

Conclusion:

CatalystHost is an excellent service with their 256mb RAM / 333TB bandwidth OpenVZ service in Dallas, Texas for $12/year. The excellent uptime and awesome network connectivity make this an excellent value for any high bandwidth uses. The CatalystHost team are active on forums like LowEndTalk and are well reviewed so you cannot go wrong as far as I’m concerned with choosing this company for your VPS hosting needs.

I mean who doesn’t have the budget of $1 per month prepaid for a year?

I don’t think I could spend $12 in a bar so it’s definitely within most people’s budget. However you must know this is completely self-managed so if you’re trying to do something where it’s possibly not enough memory you’ll have an issue if you request support. I knew this signing up and have been extremely satisfied with the performance, reliability, stability and value of this service.

CableChief Review – Utah VPS Hosting

That’s right… VPS hosting in Ogden, Utah.

I reached out to CableChief and their sales team quickly responded regarding an interest in having their service reviewed. The price is extremely affordable and the unique location of Ogden, Utah is very interesting!

Servers are powered by Intel Xeon L5630 processors running at 2.13GHz and the servers are connected to 1Gbps uplinks. According to details I found online, CableChief is using Gorilla Server’s network and the Ogden, Utah network has the following network capacity: 10Gbps Cogent, 10Gbps GTT, 10Gbps Zayo and 10Gbps Ace Datacenters to give the Utah location over 40Gbps of connectivity.

Speedtests using Softlayer all show excellent connectivity and speed tests to Tokyo, Singapore and Netherlands all show above average connectivity compared to other providers.

CableChief looks promising with their uptime guarantee of 99.9% as your typical “new providers” don’t provide such guarantees or make it sound unrealistic. However I feel this shows the experience behind the company which they explain on their website.

I’m adding in the CableChief VPS into my LibreNMS monitoring to keep a close eye on it during this 30 day review and will have an update for you in the next 5 – 7 days regarding the performance of this service. I’m eager to report back details because of the Utah location which is a great alternative to Seattle, Las Vegas and Phoenix when Los Angeles is the main “west coast” location for hosting providers.

Host1Plus Review – OpenVZ VPS Hosting

Hello

The team at Host1Plus contacted me regarding a review.

According to their VPS packages page on their website, they have locations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Frankfurt (Germany), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Johannesburg (South Africa). The locations in Frankfurt, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg are very attractive as there was once a large amount of German VPS locations but lately it seems like it’s mainly UK or France these days. I can’t really think of any other Brazil or South Africa VPS locations.

Their website is one of the best looking websites I’ve seen in awhile- it’s quick and to the point, the color layout is very pleasing to the eye and it’s very responsive.

The plans start out at $2/mo for their “Amber” plan which is 512mb of RAM, 0.5 CPU core, 20GB of disk space and 500GB of bandwidth. The virtualization is OpenVZ.

The review VPS the sales team provided me is in their Chicago location and so far, everything seems great. I hooked up the Chicago VPS they provided to my LibreNMS installation so I can monitor it for a few days as I write this review.

I would like to thank the sales team for provisioning the VPS and deploying it very quickly so I can do this review. So far, with some minor benchmarking, the service is well worth the very affordable cost.

 

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 is 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.