OneProvider – VIA Nano 2GB RAM Paris France Hardware Review

OneProvider

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.

The offer:

  • 1 VIA Nano U2250 1.6Ghz CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 160GB hard disk
  • 1 IPv4 address
  • 1Gbps network connection
  • 7 EUR per month

I did some 100mb test file downloading from Cachefly and received 54MB/s which is 432Mbps and not bad at all.. especially for 7EUR per month and not shared bandwidth like on a VPS node.

A few years ago, I was noticing the declining prices of hardware and it’s official now with companies like Online and OneProvider offering these ‘low end’ dedicated servers which provide the same resources being sold as ‘low end’ virtual private servers. Think about it- 1 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 160gb of disk space, and on 1Gbps network connection for the same price of sharing a VPS node with other customers.

Granted, the CPU isn’t the most powerful but you have guaranteed and full use of the CPU.

However 7EUR to risk is not much of a risk to me because of guaranteed resources. You can’t upgrade like on a VPS but if you ordered this knowing you were using this for minimal CPU/resources and needed more bandwidth, such as a reverse proxy or as a VPN server, this is absolutely perfect.

I ran UnixBench below for those interested in benchmarks. I’m not a big on running constant benchmarks on shared VPS services as it’s unfair to the provider and puts too much load on a VPS node when the node could be idle or could be running with more users. I feel VPS benchmarks are poor indications of a service quality because you could be setup on a less dense node and your later orders put on the same node or a more idle node.


 

Benchmarks:

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Version 5.1.3 Based on the Byte Magazine Unix Benchmark

Multi-CPU version Version 5 revisions by Ian Smith,
Sunnyvale, CA, USA
January 13, 2011 johantheghost at yahoo period com

1 x Dhrystone 2 using register variables 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1 x Double-Precision Whetstone 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1 x Execl Throughput 1 2 3

1 x File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 1 2 3

1 x File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1 2 3

1 x File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 1 2 3

1 x Pipe Throughput 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1 x Pipe-based Context Switching 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1 x Process Creation 1 2 3

1 x System Call Overhead 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1 x Shell Scripts (1 concurrent) 1 2 3

1 x Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 1 2 3

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BYTE UNIX Benchmarks (Version 5.1.3)

System: fr-02-01-00: GNU/Linux
OS: GNU/Linux — 3.2.0-4-amd64 — #1 SMP Debian 3.2.73-2+deb7u2
Machine: x86_64 (unknown)
Language: en_US.utf8 (charmap=”UTF-8″, collate=”UTF-8″)
CPU 0: VIA Nano processor U2250 (1.6GHz Capable) (3191.7 bogomips)
x86-64, MMX, Physical Address Ext, SYSENTER/SYSEXIT, SYSCALL/SYSRET, Intel virtualization
00:03:34 up 5:17, 1 user, load average: 0.21, 0.07, 0.06; runlevel 2

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Benchmark Run: Tue Jan 19 2016 00:03:34 – 00:31:46
1 CPU in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables 10529502.2 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone 1682.7 MWIPS (9.9 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput 1405.1 lps (29.9 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 184460.2 KBps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 54827.6 KBps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 446242.2 KBps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput 372526.1 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching 85824.7 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation 3367.9 lps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent) 2348.4 lpm (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 300.9 lpm (60.1 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead 679486.2 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values BASELINE RESULT INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables 116700.0 10529502.2 902.3
Double-Precision Whetstone 55.0 1682.7 305.9
Execl Throughput 43.0 1405.1 326.8
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 3960.0 184460.2 465.8
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1655.0 54827.6 331.3
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 5800.0 446242.2 769.4
Pipe Throughput 12440.0 372526.1 299.5
Pipe-based Context Switching 4000.0 85824.7 214.6
Process Creation 126.0 3367.9 267.3
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent) 42.4 2348.4 553.9
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 6.0 300.9 501.5
System Call Overhead 15000.0 679486.2 453.0
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System Benchmarks Index Score 410.9