Host1Plus Review Update – 14 Days Solid As A Rock

Network graph for the Chicago VPS provided by Host1Plus
Network graph for the Chicago VPS provided by Host1Plus

Hello everybody!

Just an update on the Host1Plus review from earlier, the service is running smooth and zero interruptions according to my network monitoring LibreNMS (Observium fork) monitoring. There’s a slight gap in the reporting but at the time, the OVH VPS where I host LibreNMS on had a super small outage.

Uptime: 14 days, 11h 51m 57s

The server is located in Chicago and runs great. I’ve had no complaints so far and I’ve been very please with the performance. For the price, you cannot go wrong with choosing Host1Plus over other Chicago VPS options.

Host1Plus Review – OpenVZ VPS Hosting


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.


BudgetVM Review – Chicago Xen VPS

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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.

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

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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


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.

Ubiquity Hosting’s Cloud Platform Review

Ubiquity HostingUbiquity Hosting was founded in 2004 and is sometimes known by their older name NobisTech which is used on their IP assignments.

Very recently, Ubiquity launched their Cloud hosting platform called “Motion” which has an API and is one of the best control panels I’ve seen. It’s easier to use and “flows better” than OVH’s control panel for their dedicated and VPS services.

Recently, I purchased a 1GB Cloud VPS from Ubiquity Hosting in their Chicago location to replace a Xen VPS that I was using with a “non-cloud” hosting provider. The $10 per month plan which I receive 1GB of RAM, 25GB of disk space, 1 vCPU, and 2TB of bandwidth isn’t a bad price at all. Compared to the “low end providers”, this $10/mo for what those providers sell for $3-5/mo does seem like “almost double or triple” but at this price you’re paying for a sustainable service with a reputable provider.

Who knows if your $3-5/mo per 1GB VPS provider will be around tomorrow or can handle a failure on hardware/network which seems to impact so many newer providers.
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