Bencmark – GridVirt.com – East Coast 1 Node

GridVirt.com has opened a new DC in New Jersey (East Coast) and their hardware is even better then on the West Coast. All customers on the West Coast got a free transfer to the East Coast if the wanted. And I moved my VPS to the new location. Here is my benchmark from the new location, and is has improved. The disk spedd (DD) is 1.5 GB/S on the new location, thats insane speeds.

Server location: New Jersey, USA
*1 Node* –$25 / mo
Plan info:
KVM – 1.5 GB RAM, 20 GB SSD , Unmetered GB BW.
Disk info: Pure SSD

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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 – SolaDrive.com

SolaDrive.com is really one of my favorite hosts. They are fully managed and their hardware is really good. They do care about their customers, and offer a good product to a good price.

Product/hardware/price

SolaDrive offers both OpenVZ and XEN servers in three location (Los Angeles and Scranton, USA) and Kent, UK. They offers three main plans on both OpenVZ and XEN, from 1 GB RAM to 4 GB of RAM.

I use their smallest plan, the OpenVZ Business plan with 1 GB of RAM, 40 GB of HDD (RAID-10 protected), 500 GB BW and a 16 core XEON E5620 @ 2.40GHz CPU.

They have the best server I ever have tested, with a UnixBench score of over 6.000.

Service/Support

SolaDrive.com cares about their customers, and often check up on customers to see if there is anything.

I have only started two tickets my first 30 days. I was going to use SolusVM when I found out that I did not have the logon info. I raised a ticket, and they replied back after 29 minutes. The second ticket was about both of my monitoring services told me that the server was unreachable several times that day. Both reported the outages at the same time. I’m using two different companies to monitor my services, they have different IP ranges, monitors from different locations etc, still they reported the same error.

SolaDrive.com replied back after 42 minutes. They did only tell me that there was nothing wrong with their network or servers. So it had to be an error in both of my monitor services. Not the kind of reply I expected from SolaDrive.com.

Edit 25.08.12:

I got a reply from a Supervisor today, telling me that there was in fact a client on the node that had a DDoS attack against his server. So it was the reason why I got outage reports. Nice to know that two different monitoring services don’t fail at the same time.

Still, there has been no issues before this network issue, and there has been none after.

Network/uptime

My one minute monitor is reporting a uptime of: 99.974%, my 5 minute monitor is reporting an uptime of: 99.873%

Benchmark

Read my latest benchmark test of my VPS at SolaDrive.com here…

Conclusion

I was very happy with SolaDrive to my last support ticket. Was not expecting so little understanding for my issue. But my server has been up all the time, and they have good customer service most of the time, so they still are a good host. Was planning to give them 8 of 10 points, but going down to 7/10 because of the network issue I had and their support reply.

50 days with Urpad.net

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.

Today I have been with Urpad.net for 50 days. And it has been 50 good days with only one outage (the reason was a DDoS attack on the node).

I still have two servers with them, one on Iceland and one in the UK. I use a WHT special on both my plans, so I paying $5.99/mo each for 1 GB RAM, 40 GB HDD, 250/500 GB BW.

What amaze me with Urpad.net is their very fast reply time on support tickets. You forget that you are using an unmanaged plan. They have true 24/7/365 support. And if you use Webhostingtalk, they almost instant reply in threads and on PM. They follow up their customers with mails from time to time, so you feel like an important customer.

Urpad.net do not fill up their nodes for so forgetting them and the customers. They are adding new hardware from time to time. Their new servers have got better and better speeds, and now have they also added SSD nodes to their stock. With “insane” disk speeds of 871 MB/s. I have been invited to test their new servers from time to time, and they really take my advice seriously and have done changed to their setup that gains all customers.

I have to add a star in my book, 5 stars but unmanaged. Still, you almost forget that you are using a unmanaged host when you are using Urpad.net

Edit 2014: I have reduced the number of point because they are not the same company that I reviewed back in 2012.

Benchmark – Urpad.net – 1 GB RAM + 10 GB SSD

Urpad.net is renewing their servers, and this time they have added SSD disk to their setup. The results, insane disk speeds up to 871 MB/S with DD.

Server location: Dallas, USA
*WHT special* – $6.99 / mo
Plan info: OpenVZ – 1 GB RAM, 10 GB SSD , 750 GB BW, 1 CPU Core, 3.30 GHz
Disk info: (4x Samsung 830 SSD drives in RAID10)

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30 day review – gridvirt.com

My 30 day review of GridVirt.com

I signup at GridVirt.com because I had heard about their insane I/O speeds. So of course I had to test this out. And everything I had heard was true, they have the best I/O speed of them all.

Product/hardware/price

GirdVirt.com uses hardware virtualized KVM Virtual Private Servers with a SSD RAID setup and multiple 10GBit network backbone. And it’s not hard to see that they uses good hardware. The server is very fast, their network is very good, and all tops of with the insane disk speed from their SSD RAID.

Their VPS plans start with 1 Node plan, and it’s the plan I’m using. This plan offer 4 CPU cores, 1.5 GB of RAM, 20 GB SSD disk, 25 GB NAS, 1 TB BW and a 200mbit port. The price is $40/mo without any promo codes.

When you setup your VPS plan you get the choices of:

  • SSD Configuration: 60,000 4kb Random R/W IOPS, 400-500MB/s Sequential or
  • SSD Configuration: 100,000 4kb Random R/W IOPS, 600-900MB/s Sequential

So you can get the extra disk speed if your site needs it. They take $5/mo more for the best speed.

On their pages they say that they will never put more then 10 users on 1 node, so you will never share the server with more then 9 others. This can be one of the reason why there servers is so fast.

Service/Support

I have had two support tickets in this period. The first one was about my port speed being lower then 200mbit, and the second one was about downtime on my VPS.

They replied back within 14 minutes of my first ticket, and only used 3 minutes before they replied back on my second ticket. So to be an unmanaged host, they do reply fast on tickets.

The quality of the reply has also been good. The port speed issue was past on to their DC, that fixed it pretty fast. The downtime was also a DC issue.

Network/uptime

I have only had one outage my first 30 days, but it was a “huge” one, over 40 minutes of downtime. And when my VPS did go down, GridVirt.com pages, including support page also did go down. So there was no way to create any support ticket. The outage was caused by a power distribution unit, and after 40 minutes GridVirt was placed on a backup power distribution unit, and their sites and my server was up again.

More info about the Coloinseattle Tukwila Datacenter power outage can be found here…

Beside this my network is working very good, and i get my 200mbit port speed.

Benchmark

Read my latest benchmark of my VPS at GridVirt.com here…

Conclusion

GridVirt delivers what they promise, incredible fast VPS plans with really high disk performance. And all this for $40/mo. I glad I’m a customer and will stay for a long time. The only drawback for me, is that they only offers servers in USA.

Edit 2014:

Have reduced their numbers of points because they are not selling service anymore.

30 day review – GetKVM.com

My first 30 days with GetKVM has gone without any issues, and I do not have much to write. They do deliver their product, and you get great value for your money.

Product/hardware/price

GetKVM.com special in KVM servers. They are a UK based company with servers in Germany. They offer four VPS plan from 256 MB RAM to 2 GB RAM. I use a 512 MB plan called Medium and it comes with 20 GB RAID10 HDD, 750 GB BW and 2 x Intel 3.3 GHz CPU Core(s). My server is pretty fast, with a UnixBench score of 2291. They held the first place for some time on my Top 20 list.

Service/Support

GetKVM offers KVM servers and i think they have a good service. Most of my communication has been at webhostingtalk.com, so really don’t know how fast they reply on sales etc. When I did my benchmark of them, we discovered an issue with one of their nodes. GetKVM got the issue fixed within short time, so they took the problem serious.

What can I say, I ordered, I got my VPS, it was online, and it have not been any issues after that. I have had no reason to rise any support tickets before today. Tried to access my SolusVM control panel, but the server hosting SolusVM was not online, or I could not connect to it. But GetKVM has sent out info that they will have vacation from 07.08 – 21.08, so support ticket can take some time. Still, it’s not a big problem, and I’m sure it will be fixed.

Network/uptime

My server has had 100% uptime my first 30 days. The network seems good.

Benchmark

Read my latest benchmark of my VPS at GetKVM.com

Conclusion

GetKVM is a new company, started this year, but the owner Ashley Hawkridge has owned other brands, like VMPort.com, so he is not new to this game. Their servers is solid with a good network. Their price is good for what you get. I have no problems recommending their service.

Benchmark – altushost.com – OpenVZ VS-4 NL

I have tested several VPS plan from AltusHost the last time, and this is the best result so far. It’s their OpenVZ VS-4 plan in Netherlands.

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

Server location: Netherlands
*OpenVZ VS-4* – $59.95 / mo
Plan info: OpenVZ – 3 GB RAM, 100 GB , 3000 GB BW
Disk info: Raid-10 Diskspace

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Benchmark – reliableweb.co.uk – SPECIAL 1024MB UK new.

Here is my benchmark test of my SPECIAL 1024MB PLAN  at reliableweb.co.uk. This plan is on their new UK node, with brand new hardware. The server was populated 50% before the test. The score is now almost 3.000 points higher then my first test.

Thank you for providing me with this VPS for free under the tes.

Server location: UK
*SPECIAL 1024MB PLAN* – $8.95/mo
Plan info: OpenVZ – 1 GB RAM, 80GB , 1000 GB BW.
Disk info: RAID10

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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.