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!