9 months+ mini review of Prometeus, Urpad.net, SolaDrive and KnownHost.

It’s over 9 months since I based my VPS setup on cheaper VPS hosts. Increasing the numbers of servers, using a good DNS Fail over service, servers in different locations etc etc.

I have gone from two servers (that I paid almost $100/month) to 15 servers that I pay around $600/year for. Thats half the price what I paid for two servers before.

My old servers was fully managed, but still, I had so much problems with the servers that I used lots of time on them, time that I did not like to use on them.

Now I have 15 servers, almost everyone of the unmanaged, still, I have less problems with all my servers now, then I had with only two fully managed servers.

Prometeus.com is the best host I ever have had. They have a really good product. Their uptime on my 4 servers I have with them is 100% the last 6 months. One server that I have had no need to reboot, had a uptime of 268 days yesterday.
All my servers with Prometeus is really fast, their network speeds i great and you could not ask for a better host.
They are unmanaged, but really do help out if you need something.

I’m sure I could have canceled all my other servers and only used Prometeus as my only host without any risk of any problems.

Prometeus.com has all of my main servers.

15.01.2014: Urpad.net is not one of my favorite hosts any more. They was sold, and all went downhill, and they closed down all EU servers and moved all to the US.

Urpad.net have one thing Prometeus don’t have: servers in many different locations, both here in Europe and the US.
They have good servers, good network and really good prices. And many locations.

Of course, Urpad.net also have lots of DDoS attacks against their UK node, so I have stopped using that server and taken it out of my DNS Fail Over service. Last week I have had more then 22 hours downtime on that server, and the last 6 months I have had more then 5 days downtime total.

But if I look at my 4 other servers (Iceland x 2, Luxemburg, Florida) I’m really happy. The uptime is great, the network is great, the servers is great.

So in total I’m pretty happy with Urpad.net. But I hope I can move my server from UK to another location soon, for I really hate getting downtime messages.

Urpad.net is my 1. backup host


SolaDrive.com has a great product, fully managed servers for a really good price. But as Urpad.net they also have had lots of problems, most DDoS issues on their UK node.
It has been better, but I still get outages report, and seeing very high load on the server.

So I have taken them out of my DNS Fail Over service, but are using the server as a backup server, that I can put in production within 20 minutes.


My only server with Plesk, my old favorite control panel, is with KnownHost.com.
I have a personal backup server for my online photo album, and some backup files in the US.

The server is really great, fast, good network and no downtime. They do really deliver a good product.
The only drawback for me is that they only offer servers in the US, no I can not use them for any of my customers sites.

Benchmark – semoweb.com – SSD #1 plan

I have tested semoweb.com and their smallest SSD #1 plan in Orlando, Florida. And the result is good.

Thank you for providing me with this VPS for my test.

Server location: Orlando, Florida. USA
*SSD #1* – $7.99 / mo
Plan info: OpenVZ – 128 MB RAM, 5 GB SSD , 500 GB BW
Disk info: SSD – unknown RAID?

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30 day review – TMZvps.com

Here is my 30 day review of my VM-1024 plan at Tmzvps.com

Product/hardware/price

tmzvps.com has five standard fully managed VPS plans, from 512 MB RAM to 2.5 GB RAM. I used their VM-1024 plan with 1 GB of RAM for my test period. They offer only OpenVZ plan just now, but they have announced that they will start offering KVM servers soon. They are using RAID10 disk setup with really good disk speeds. I got 314 MB/s on my DD test.

I tested their L.A node, and I did get a UnixBench score of 1454. It’s not a very high results, but it’s not a very low score either.

Their price is in the higher range for most of my VPS servers. Around $36/mo for my 1 GB plan. For that price I got 1 GB of RAM, 40 GB HDD, 1500 GB BW and 1 x 2.26 Ghz CPU core. It’s also include a Cpanel license.

Service/Support

tmzvps.com offer fully managed servers (you can get unmanaged also). In their price you get Cpanel/WHM also, and you have to have a control panel if you want their fully managed service.

I did only open one ticket in the period I used their service, and they used 49 minutes to reply on my ticket. That not fast for a fully managed host. Still, since I only opened one ticket, I can’t say what their average support time is.

One good thing is that TmzVPS (user TMZHosting) is very active on Webhostingtalk.com, so if you have any issue, I’m sure you can get a reply there. But it’s of course not their official support channel.

Network/uptime

My server was up 100% in the time I used it, with 1 minutes monitor service from several location. I have not seen any other problems with their network speeds or other.

Benchmark

Read the latest benchmark of my VPS at TmzVPS.com here…

Conclusion

If you need a fully managed server in US or in UK with Cpanel and OpenVZ technology, Tmzvps.com can be the right host for you. They are highly recommended at Webhostingtalk.com and if you search their offer section, you may find a good offer also.

They do not have the fastest servers I have tested, but still, solid servers backed up with a solid network.

Benchmark – FutureHosting – Gold/Miami

Here is my benchmark test of my Gold plan with FutureHosting.com in Miami. Thank you FutureHosting.com for providing me with the VPS for this test.

Server location: Miami, USA
*Gold – Unmanaged – 20% + CPU* – $30.22 / mo
Plan info: Virtuozzo – 768 MB RAM, 30 GB , 2000GB  BW
Disk info: Raid 10 Drives with 15K SAS drives

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Benchmark – TMZvps.com – VM-1024 plan

Here is my benchmark test of my VM1024 plan at TMZvps.com and their L.A node, that provided me with this VPS for free. Thank you.

VPS1 – OpenVZ –  RAID10 –  VM-1024 plan

Server location: Los Angeles
Plan info: OpenVZ –1 GB RAM, 100 GB HDD, 1.5 TB BW.
Disk info: RAID10

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