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.