Colorhost.de Review

Colorhost is a german hosting company that has been around for a while now, since at least 2013. Their website is in both German and English, and even though all site pages are not fully translated the site works fine in Google Translate. Their support team speaks fluent English, and I have had no issue communicating in tickets. Colorhost is still one of my favourite VPS providers, and although I have moved away from using them for my main server I still highly recommend them to others. Please do not mistake colorhost.de for colorhost.co, the latter of which is crap!

I have had both an OpenVZ VPS and a KVM Small Red and Orange. Both of these have been excellent, although the benchmarks below are for their KVM. They offer both a number of install templates and ISO’s to use as well as Windows Server 2008 and 2012 images. They have full IPv6 connectivity with each VPS, and reverse dns available for IPv4 and IPv6. I have had no issues with the disk speed, although they do perform regular backups which can disrupt I/O tests. In regular use SH feels very snappy, and normal operations perform very fast. From the UK I get 30ms ping, which I find very good for my use. Overall network quality is excellent, and I have not had any speed or ping issues although the following result is a little slow from when I used to have active services with colorhost.

speedtest.tokyo.linode.com: 251ms
speedtest.london.linode.com: 12.1ms
speedtest.newark.linode.com: 94.5ms
speedtest.atlanta.linode.com: 101ms
speedtest.dallas.linode.com: 118ms
speedtest.fremont.linode.com: 166ms
ipv4.sbg.proof.ovh.net: 3.84ms
ipv4.rbx.proof.ovh.net: 13.0ms

At the time of the test I had not configured the IPv6 network on my VPS as I installed via ISO. No sysctl settings had been changed at this point for the tests either. Although I’m not a big fan of benchmarks, I decided to get a small red KVM to run these.

root@test:~# curl -s http://freevps.us/downloads/bench.sh | bash
CPU model : QEMU Virtual CPU version (cpu64-rhel6)
Number of cores : 4
CPU frequency : 3499.998 MHz
Total amount of ram : 496 MB
Total amount of swap : 1023 MB
System uptime : 24 min,
Download speed from CacheFly: 42.7MB/s
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 1.95MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 1.64MB/s
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 635KB/s
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 7.56MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 10.3MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 731KB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 1.62MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 1.45MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 2.35MB/s
I/O speed : 369 MB/s

They use 12x 1TB SAS RAID6 7200rpm disks (RAID Level : Primary-6, Secondary-0, RAID Level Qualifier-3) in their servers, and they are blazing fast!

root@test:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync; unlink test
16384+0 records in
16384+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 2.6389 s, 407 MB/s

root@test:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync; unlink test
16384+0 records in
16384+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 1.39544 s, 769 MB/s

root@test:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync; unlink test
16384+0 records in
16384+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 1.3153 s, 816 MB/s

root@test:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=128k conv=fdatasync; unlink test
131072+0 records in
131072+0 records out
8589934592 bytes (8.6 GB) copied, 10.8852 s, 789 MB/s

Here is the famous FreeVPS benchmark script!

root@test:~# curl -s http://freevps.us/downloads/bench.sh | bash
CPU model : QEMU Virtual CPU version (cpu64-rhel6)
Number of cores : 4
CPU frequency : 3499.998 MHz
Total amount of ram : 496 MB
Total amount of swap : 1023 MB
System uptime : 24 min,
Download speed from CacheFly: 42.7MB/s
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 1.95MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 1.64MB/s
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 635KB/s
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 7.56MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 10.3MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 731KB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 1.62MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 1.45MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 2.35MB/s
I/O speed : 369 MB/s

The CPU powerful, and I have had no issue using all of it for a few hours while compoling software on all 4 cores.

root@test:~# dd if=/dev/zero bs=1M count=1024 | md5sum
1024+0 records in
1024+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 2.198 s, 489 MB/s

In conclusion Colorhost.de is one of my favourite VPS providers, and I would consider them for any critical projects. Support normally replies within the hour, even late on sunday night and always fixes my issues or questions first time! They have quite a presence on LowendTalk and often reply to questions or queries there. Here is also another benchmark I found on their Facebook page.

32mb.club Review

Since mtwiscool has been bugging me to do a review, here goes. 32mb.club is a new service started by the famous mtwiscool, with the goal of offering 32mb’s of RAM for $2 a year. The service is hosted on a Kimsufi with NAT’d IPv4, and a dedicated IPv6 address per VPS provided through a HE tunnel. Payment is only possible with bitcoin or amazon giftcards, and I feel that this is the main downside to the service.

I would class this service as fine for playing around, and I do not think it would be possible to find a production use for this service, and not just due to the low specs. The owner of this host, mtwiscool, does not have a very positive reputation and has several posts on LET that seem to support this. His thread about starting this service can also be found here on vpsboard, and I suggest reading some of these comments before purchasing so you know what you are buying. This is also a one man show, so be sure to have backups!

I have had my two VPS’s with 32mb.club for little over a month, and although these are performing fine right now, I suspect this is because the node is underloaded. As with Kimsufi, there is no RAID on these nodes, and only a 100mbit port. Disk speed is fine for the price, however the VPS’s are using ploop so posting a dd test would be useless. For the price of this service, no RAID and and sharing the node with 500 others is fine. Kimsufi’s anti DDoS is also included.

The downsides to this service would have to be the lack of PayPal, tunneled IPv6 and no IRC being allowed, the reason being “OVH TOS”, of which I find no mention of IRC being banned. I’ve asked what others think of 32mb.club, and have had positive feedback so far!

<linuxthefish> is 32mb.club good?
<linuxthefish> mtwiscool wants me to write a review
<WilliamDotAT> gayy

HostingandVPS CZ 2GB Review

HostingandVPS is a fairly new host that has emerged on the LET market. They are offering VPS hosting in the UK and CZ at very low prices, with 2GB ram for only $7 a month. However this range of pricing does seem to be quite normal, with $7 for 6GB ram not being too uncommon! HostingandVPS does get quite a lot of stick in the LET community, although this is mostly due to his silly forum threads, and this seems to be quite normal with new hosts in the lowend community. My VPS with them has 2GB ram, 2.5TB bandwidth on a gigabit port, 2 CPU cores and 40gb of RAID 1 storage. This VPS is used for quite a large SA-MP server with a CZ playerbase, and although this is not allowed in their TOS I requested special permission due to the low resource nature of SA-MP.

I can’t seem to get full gigabit speeds, although I suspect this is because of the low speed of the speedtest servers, and the shared nature of VPS hosting.

IPv4 speedtest: 2014-07-30 14:13:55 (17.8 MB/s) – “/dev/null” saved [1073741824/1073741824]
IPv6 speedtest2014-07-30 14:15:19 (14.4 MB/s) – “/dev/null” saved [1073741824/1073741824]

The service for the most part is what you would expect at these prices, and the only downtime I have suffered is 2 server moves both taking about half an hour. Their node hardware uses an i7 in CZ and E3 in the UK, with 32gb ram and RAID 1 7200rpm disks. This is not a high end node, but I think they are doing well to balance out their customer base, with benchmarks looking quite good. Although this review is on their CZ location, I also have another good VPS in the UK. Disk speed is about above average for software RAID1, and according to support they use Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001-1CH164 drives.

[root@zlin tmp]# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync; unlink test
16384+0 records in
16384+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 7.83965 s, 137 MB/s

Support response times range from about 10 minutes to an hour, and I have had no issues getting in touch – both times to ask about the server move. Hopefully they will not have to do any more server moves in the future! Their website is nicely laid out, and although it does not have much depth to it everything seems to be where you expect it and has valid SSL. Overall HostingVPS is very good value for money, and I would highly recommend them for personal and low budget use – as with all small hosts on LET, it’s best to keep backups 🙂

Linode 1GB Review

Linode is a host that has been known for some time now, and I believe they have been running since around 2003! Their services have been classed as somewhat expensive and premium, however they are still on the same price level as competitors such as Digital Ocean and Vultr. Their 1GB ram plan has only been out for a month or so, and is a steal for $10 a month.

Linode’s performance is stable, and I’ve not seen any variants in the speed throughout using the server. They are using full SSD disks on local storage, which in my opinion does not equate to the full cloud experience. You can however, clone and re-create your VPS on another location along with fast resizing. Linode also allow you to create snapshots of your server, and this could be useful for those who just like playing around or who make mistakes a lot.

As for downsides, you get 1TB bandwidth allocated to your account per Linode, and this is shared between all your Linodes. Other providers seem to be offering quite a bit more ram in the 1GB price range, with 2TB or even unlimited being common. Their network is however, very high quality and I have had no problem getting full gigabit download speeds (however the test speeds at this time were a little lower for some reason)

In other benchmark terms, the disk I/O speed is excellent – as you would expect from RAID10 SSD’s, although not as good as a performance oriented provider such as RamNode. You can see my full serverbear benchmark here. I will note that the CPU performance is a little shabby in this test, however piping dd to md5sum did not reflect this:

root@(none):~# dd if=/dev/zero bs=1M count=1024 | md5sum
1024+0 records in
1024+0 records out

1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 2.7762 s, 387 MB/s

And on an i5:

root@30075:~# dd if=/dev/zero bs=1M count=1024 | md5sum
1024+0 records in
1024+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 2.26156 s, 475 MB/s

On the subject of support at Linode, the only tickets I have had were abuse tickets. I rented user accounts on my Linode out to friends of mine, and one of them decided to start a torrent client (according to him it was a great seedbox!). Linode gives you 24 hours to reply or resolve any abuse complaints, and in this case I resolved the complaint and had no downtime. Support reply times for these tickets was under 10 minutes, and from what I hear support at linode is top notch even on the budget plans.

In conclusion Linode is a premium provider, with premium prices. What you are paying for is not necessarily the performance, but the support and assurance that your linode will be there when you need it. Sorry for the short review, this is my first time doing one!