OneProvider VPS Review – New York City

I’ve been using a OneProvider OneCloud VPS for the past 30 days in their New York City location.

OneProvider is an affordable dedicated server hosting provider with locations across North and South America, Europe, Asia and even Australia. In the multiple locations they provide, their VPS solution called “OneCloud” is also offered.

Plans for OneCloud start out at $5 per month for 512mb RAM, 1 CPU, 20GB SSD disk space, 1 IPv4 address and 1TB transfer on a 1Gbps port. OneProvider was running a 50% off in North America deal so I grabbed a New York City and Chicago service for $2.50/mo in each location and looking at the OnePanel it appears this offer was for a limited time which is unavailable.

There are over 25 data centers to choose from with OneProvider with this offer with locations such as:

  • Atlanta, US
  • Chicago, US
  • Los Angeles, US
  • Mexico City, MX
  • Montreal, CA
  • New York, US
  • Vancouver, CA
  • Amsterdam, NL
  • Bucharest, RO
  • Copenhagen, DK
  • Frankfurt, DE
  • London, UK
  • Milan, IT
  • Moscow, RU
  • Oslo, NO
  • Paris, FR
  • Stockholm, SE
  • Valencia, ES
  • Vienna, AT
  • Zurich, CH
  • Hong Kong, HK
  • Singapore, SG
  • Tokyo, JP
  • Melbourne, AU
  • Johannesburg, ZA

As you can see above, more than enough choice and OneProvider offers 2 months free if you prepay for an entire year. The stability at the New York City location is more than reliable and I’ve been extremely pleased with the stability of the location with both the power and the network.


OneProvider OneCloud Review:

I purchased my OneProvider OneCloud New York VPS about 34 days ago and installed snmp monitoring on it so I could add it to my LibreNMS installation to monitor the network stability. There are a few small gaps in the reporting but it was not enough of a gap/lapse for LibreNMS to trigger this as a downtime alert so I don’t really consider this “downtime”.

When you sign up with OneProvider, you have to submit a “photo ID selfie” with you holding up your photo ID and taking a selfie with a smart phone, tablet or webcam. I found it slightly unusual but if its what OneProvider needs to do to keep the fraud and abuse down with their service to continue to offer their pricing which is extremely generous, I don’t have an issue as it’s their own policy.

What I like and find interesting about OneProvider’s billing for their VPS services is that it’s pro-rated from the first of the month. Nothing is more confusing than when 10+ VPS services are due and having to keep up with it. The 2 services I ordered were pro-rated to the first of the month when I ordered and had the monthly recurring rate added to the invoice. Some customers may not like it but I like it because of the ease of keeping up with knowing that your invoice is due at the first of the month, every month, and not on the end of your 30 day usage of the service.

The virtualization is QEMU based, not Xen or OpenVZ like other providers and not KVM based like OVH VPS product line. I don’t have an issue with this and haven’t noticed a difference between KVM, OpenVZ or QEMU. If it works, it works and I’m happy. When it doesn’t work or doesn’t work like its supposed to is when I have an issue.

Network and I/O benchmarks ran on April 25th 2016 at 0930 EST
Network and I/O benchmarks ran on April 25th 2016 at 0930 EST

The service is connected on a 1Gbps port, not a 100Mbps port like with OVH VPS, so the network connectivity is a little bit faster. A lot of people have been curious about the network locations since OneProvider doesn’t provide much details but the New York City facility provider is Ubiquity Servers/NobisTech according to the IP assignment and the traceroutes.

I don’t have an issue with this as it’s reliable and I’ve never had any outages related to this service so there’s no need to make an issue out of this non-issue.

My guess is OneProvider uses its purchasing power with facility providers like Ubiquity Servers/NobisTech to negotiate the best deals which benefit us, the customers.

The network benchmarks, ran at 0948 EST, aren’t looking that great. The connectivity to Cachefly’s CDN service is excellent but connectivity to Colo@, Softlayer and Linode aren’t looking too great. This is when OneProvider running their own network at Ubiquity/NobisTech would be more advantageous rather than OneProvider being reliant on Ubiquity/NobisTech fixing the network connectivity issue during a period of the network being slow.

Conclusion:

With the limited time 50% off per month offer now unavailable, I still feel that this offer is an attractive offer especially to customers who need a variety of options for location with similar resource requirements.

I think Ubiquity Server/NobisTech’s network quality is the only disadvantage for OneProvider’s OneCloud platform. The pricing and resources are right, just the shortcoming of the network facility is what could harm the reputation of the platform. If OneProvider moves around too much in establishing a better location, they run the risk I feel of having the service interpreted as being not the greatest which would harm the reliability a hosting provider would try to project to their current and future customers.

However it could be worse such as having the platform reliant on ColoCrossing’s Buffalo, NY location. I will give OneProvider credit for actually selling something in the New York City area and not selling Buffalo while claiming it’s New York City even with the “it’s less than 10ms difference” when Buffalo is on the northwest corner of New York state and New York City is over 350 physical miles away on the other side of the state but in the southeast corner.

I look forward in trying OneProvider’s other locations once discounts and coupon codes come out to make it under $5 per month.

OneProvider – VIA Nano 2GB RAM Paris France Hardware Review

I admit that the 7EUR/mo VIA Nano 2GB RAM offer from OneProvider was too tempting to pass up so I went ahead and ordered one.

OneProvider offers tons of hardware options at a variety of prices, including as low as 7EUR/mo in Paris, so I signed up. OneProvider has an interesting ID verification system, which all customers must complete, where you do an “ID verification selfie” holding your driver’s license and credit card if you paid with a credit card.

I was going to grumble and let the 48 hour requirement expire so I could receive a refund but honestly, I needed the OneProvider services for an upcoming project so I decided to proceed with the service activation. I both have OneProvider and a server with Online SAS, so I’m going to put them ‘head to head’ against each other as OneProvider is cheaper while Online SAS has one-time setup fees that are steep. I’m more familiar with Online SAS and have no real reason to leave them at anytime however getting 2 servers for the price of one Online Dedibox XC is appealing.
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