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.

Keurig 2.0 and Ekobrew Universal Cup Review

My friend’s girlfriend likes coffee and got a Keurig 2.0 a few months ago.

I’ve heard the technical side of the Keurig 2.0’s digital rights management (DRM) in their official “K-Cups” where the built in DRM in each K-Cup purchased at retail will only work with the Keurig.

Occasionally, I would get the dreaded “this setting is not compatible with the carafe” message while using Ekobrew’s reusable K-Cup which allows you to use your own blend of coffee, tea or whatever you would like in the Keurig 2.0 but to bypass this error message, I completed the following steps.

I brewed a carafe full of coffee by completing the following steps:

  • Unplugged the Keurig for 3 minutes or so
  • Pulled the Ekobrew cup out and wiped off the condensation from the previous cup being made
  • Wiped out the area where the K-Cup is inserted

The Keurig automatically recognized the Ekobrew K-Cup and started to brew the coffee.

The Ekobrew K-Cup can be purchased by clicking the image below.

HostSailor Review

I’ve had my Host Sailor “Sailor” plan in their Netherlands location for a month.

The plan is $2.99 per month and has the following resources:

  • 1 E3-1240 CPU
  • 512mb RAM and vSwap
  • 25gb disk
  • 512gb transfer on 1Gbps
  • 1 IPv4 and /64 IPv6
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM

For an additional fee, DDOS protection is available.

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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

Ubiquity Hosting

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.

Ubiquity Hosting Announcements


 

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.