Yes VPSLIST Is Actually Back

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted but one of the original VPS review pages, VPSLIST, is coming back.

For those who may never remember, I was reviewing back when Low End Box was mostly focused on showing offers. People left their reviews in the comments, but nobody was really reviewing.

96mb.com was “reviewing” but it was just a weird system and layout. It was very angry, moody LowEndTalk style reviewing. Now I see that site is completely gone and hasn’t posted for years.

Low End Box was sold off from the original Low End Admin to a guy named “Chief” who did some shady stuff and ultimately did what everybody would predicted -flipped/sold the site to a commercial interest thus tainting the whole “community” that was built because it would just get cheesy like WebHostingTalk, which right now is exactly what is going on.

That interest later on ended up being “VSNX”, ultimately ColoCrossing, and all their hilarious drama and trolling on Low End Talk.

Now, Low End Box is absolutely sad. It’s all ColoCrossing resellers slickly posted with nothing intriguing, nothing innovative, almost seems like part of a marketing plan for resellers to get orders and exposure without any sales or marketing people on the reseller’s team. Just sign up for ColoCrossing and we’ll manage your servers, manage your marketing, and you just sit back.

Slick but can’t blame them. But customers need to be smarter than just slick marketing.

I will have some reviews that I can post once I figure out a new system of review for the site relaunch. I plan on an official launch on the January 1st 2019 so stay tuned for that and I’ll be regularly posting up until the official launch.

I’ve taken a career change over the past few years and it’s taken me away from doing technical work for a living. However it’s given me the break I needed when you do any kind of technical work, you have the problem of being burned out. I was burned out running this full-time and trying to find sysadmin work, then when I found sysadmin work I didn’t feel like keeping this updated.

Now I have a very predictable schedule with regular time off and vacations, like the vacation I’m enjoying right now for the next twelve days.

I just fired up a LibreNMS installation on Scaleway and have plans to regular post about it.

I find that Scaleway is best suited for LibreNMS’s resource demands and network utilization where you *may* get away with it on a lower end OpenVZ yearly offer but as any OpenVZ user knows, noisy neighbor syndrome happens when that node fills up and all the sudden your SQL load or resource intensiveness is being flagged as resource abuse.

VPSLIST was launched on Christmas 2010, so it always seems to be relaunched, tweaked or adjusted around Christmas time.

I find it interesting that the race to the bottom that Low End Box started with the $7/mo and less target, which I have nothing against, is now a race of being unsustainable with thin margins against a highly competitive market but also a market where a reseller might only last 1 – 3 years if not keep things running for 3 – 6 months.

Sadly I’m seeing the proof of this with the ridiculous offers on one, two and three year hosting offers with a company barely established that long. Are they using prepaid annual plans as fundraising for expansion and operation?

So you might ask, what am I using right now?

  • OVH dedicated server at BHS, the past 3 years.
  • Scaleway.
  • Vultr.
  • A handful of “low end” providers for semi-production stuff.

For projects where I need a competitive price, features and the availability of IP addresses – OVH is king. You can’t compete against them unless for some unforeseeable reason they start raising prices dramatically without giving value to the customer.

Scaleway is my favorite middle ground where I need more resources than a VPS but not to the point of a dedicated server.

Vultr works perfect for me for pricing on testing something and also something in semi-production, like a mail server, for my projects.

I don’t name my handful of low end providers for now but they’re no strangers to the name game if you follow the hosting industry, specifically VPS hosting and the low end market. Some are names you’ve probably used, some are names you’ve thought about using but don’t have reviews of and some you’ve probably never heard of because they’re humming along just fine with minimal marketing or trying to race to the bottom.

So stay tuned and again, my apologies for sorta walking away but at that point in your life you sometimes need to take a break, analyze your life and see what you need to do. I just needed to take a break from managing sites.

VPSLIST Update

Sorry for the lack of updates the past week or so.

Hurricane Matthew impacted my area with a less than 48 hour power outage and it has taken a few days for my area to return to being normal. There are some areas in my region that are still without power, Internet and other conveniences. Up in some parts of Georgia and North Carolina, some areas are devastated.

I’ve lived in my area my entire life and only have evacuated from 2 strong tropical storms which move slower and dump more rain so by nature, I decided to stay versus evacuate. I live on a barrier island so the decision wasn’t completely understood by friends and family. With the almost 48 hour power outage, many weren’t updated with what was going on and got upset at the lack of updates.

I’m going to continue my reviews over the next few days.

Moved The Site Over To CloudLinux

Hey everybody

Sorry about yesterday’s site interruptions but I moved the site over from a CentminMod installation to my main CloudLinux/cPanel installation.

I’ve been wanting to test the resource management that CloudLinux provides through LVE and other settings but right now, I don’t have any decent traffic websites other than the vpslist.net website that I have.

I just ran vpslist.net on a 1GB RAM VPS for awhile which had CentminMod running but it’s just something I’ve been meaning to test and need to test and never had the time to transfer or migrate the site over to my main CloudLinux/cPanel installation.

I’ve got some reviews coming up also from other companies and had a few offers come in from providers contacting me.

I’m a big fan of cPanel and also CloudLinux. If you’ve never ran both together, it’s absolutely amazing how manageable they can make a normally wild shared hosting server. Some attacks on an individual account, such as using Apache’s benchmark tool, can make the entire server absolutely crawl. With the LVE option and also other features, I’ve ran the same “attack” against the shared hosting server with it not being impacted at all when it previously almost took the shared hosting server down.

EpiDrive / Berry.pw Merge With Another Company

Source: Low End Talk

Dear Clients and Friends:

I have the great pleasure of announcing that Epidrive Web Hosting Solutions and Berry.PW will be combining with the Saint Louis, MO.-based company of New Era Web Solutions, LLC. The new combined organization will lead to not only a larger customer base but more cost effective service offerings. All traffic will be routed through New Era’s main website and all customers will be migrated to New Era’s more robust and efficient hosting platforms.

I want each of you to understand that this type of acquisition is normal in this line of business and the transition of clients from one company to the next will be as seamless as possible to all involved. We understand that change can be troubling or off-putting and we want each of you to be completely confident with our service and support.

As such we will be adding 2 months of service to everyone’s plans as well as customers are able to stay on their legacy pricing or move to New Era’s pricing and packaging if they wish.

The first steps in an acquisition are always tough but we are doing everything we can to make this move as smooth as possible, we recognize that in the past few months under the previous management there have been service outages among other issues. New Era’s management is committed to providing the best product for the best price possible. As such we are moving everyone to better equipment, the first moves will be the cPanel Shared hosting customers. Followed by all the VPS customers from both Epidrive.com and Berry.PW. You will receive new login information for your services as well as the New Era billing system in the coming days. The full migration of each of you will be completed by 9/20/2016.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this major milestone as it provides a tremendously exciting opportunity for you, our clients, and ourselves. We look forward to bringing to you a range of expertise and a quality of service unmatched by any other provider.

Sincerely,

Michael Herring

New Era Web Solutions, LLC – Director of Technology

 


 

It appears a lot of hosts are combining and selling to other companies. Is it official that summertime is over?

VirtWire Global is shutting down

I just saw this on LowEndTalk but it appears VirtWire Global is shutting down. There’s no exact explanation but it appears the infamous “plug has been pulled” from their servers. VirtWire Global sold NAT VPS services which is a shared IPv4 address that has assigned ports for you to use, for a web server or whatever you wish to run, but also an assigned SSH port.

I never understood NAT VPS servers except for their efforts to limit IP exhaustion or have services in locations where IP addresses are limited.

Many of the customers are rightfully upset as the owner was posting offers for their services before this unfortunate downtime. If you were a customer, you have 180 days to dispute a Paypal payment as it was moved from 45 days to 180 days on a virtual good. A service with a VPS hosting company would technically fall under a virtual good.