29 month review of KnownHost.com

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KnownHost is one of my fully managed services, and I think this is the reason why I have not had any issues with them the last 28 months. They have also taken the 4. place on my Top20 list after their recent server upgrade. Read more in my review.

Product/hardware/price

KnownHost is a US based company with data centers in Texas, California and New Jersey. They are using Virtuozzo on their servers, and offer fully managed plans with both Plesk and Cpanel.

Their plans goes from 512 MB of RAM to 5 GB of RAM. With a price of $25 – $90/mo on their SSD plans, and $25 to $120 on their normal plans.

I’m using their SSD2 plan with 2 GB of RAM, 30 GB of SSD disk space and 3.000 GB of BW. I’m using Plesk 11 as control panel. The price for this plan is $50/mo and for a fully managed server with Plesk/Cpanel this is a good price.

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Service/Support

KnownHost is known for their good service, and I have only positive experience with KnownHost so far. I have used their support once in 29 months, it was because I wanted to update PHP from 5.3 to 5.4. They responded in person within 3 minutes after I opened the ticket, an within 8 minutes the issue was solved. But three minute response time is really good.

Free stuff

The last 29 months, my VPS plan has been upgraded for free several times. I have gone from normal RAID 10 disks to SSD disk. My RAM has been upgraded from 960 MB to 2 GB. My BW has gone from 2.5 TB to 3 TB. And the CPU has been upgraded from Xeon(R) CPU E5645 to Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v2 @ 2.60GHz

Benchmark:

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Network/uptime

My monitoring services tells me that I have a 99.999% uptime the last 12 months with 1 minute monitors.

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Conclusion

It just works. Almost no downtime, no issues, no need for support. (just me asking for updating PHP) What a perfect host. If you need a fully managed host with Cpanel/Plesk in the US, take a look at KnownHost.com, and I’m sure you will be happy.

18 month review of KnownHost

KnownHost is one of my fully managed services, and I think this is the reason why I have not had any issues with them the last 18 months. Read more in my review.

Product/hardware/price

KnownHost is a US based company with data centers in Texas, California and New Jersey. They are using Virtuozzo on their servers, and offer fully managed plans with both Plesk and Cpanel.

Their plans goes from 512 MB of RAM to 5 GB of RAM. With a price of $25 – $90/mo.

I’m using their SSD2 plan with 2 GB of RAM, 30 GB of SSD disk space and 3.000 GB of BW. I’m using Plesk 11 as control panel. The price for this plan is $50/mo and for a fully managed server with Plesk/Cpanel this is a good price.

Service/Support

KnownHost is known for their good service, and I have only positive experience with KnownHost so far. I have used their support once in 18 months, it was because I wanted to update PHP from 5.3 to 5.4. They responded in person within 3 minutes after I opened the ticket, an within 8 minutes the issue was solved. But three minute response time is really good.

Free stuff

The last 18 months, my VPS plan has been upgraded for free several times. I have gone from normal RAID 10 disks to SSD disk. My RAM has been upgraded from 960 MB to 2 GB. My BW has gone from 2.5 TB to 3 TB. And the CPU has been upgraded from Xeon(R) CPU E5645 to Xeon(R) E5-2630.

Benchmark:

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Network/uptime

My monitoring services tells me that I have a 99.994% uptime the last 12 months with 1 minute monitors.

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Conclusion

It just works. Almost no downtime, no issues, no need for support. (just me asking for updating PHP) What a perfect host. If you need a fully managed host with Cpanel/Plesk in the US, take a look at KnownHost.com, and I’m sure you will be happy.

Benchmark – natcoweb.com – Golden plan

I have dome my benchmark test on a Golden VPS plan from natcoweb.com. They just released a new SSD based VPS line. The results can you see in this test, they have really good disk speeds and IO. Not so fast CPU. Still, read the test and look for your self.

Server location: USA, Clifton, NJ
*Golden* –$45.95/ mo
Plan info:
KVM – 1024 MB RAM, 30 GB HDD , unmetered bandwidth.
Disk info: RAID 10 array

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70 day review – Ramnode.com

I have got a new five star host..Ramnode.com. Read my 70 day review here.

Product/hardware/price

Ramnode.com has expanded a lot the last 70 days. They have added new powerful hardware, several new VPS lines, including pure SSD and SSD cached VPS plans. They have added KVM. They have a new DC in Atlanta etc etc. I have tested most of their new servers and Ramnode.com gets high results, and currently has four places on my Top 20 list.

Their plans goes from 512 MB RAM up to 4 GB of RAM, and the price starts at $7.50/mo up to $60/mo. They do also have a small 256 MB RAM plan for $15/Quarterly.

Service/Support

Their service is really good. They are active on WHT, they do send out info mails about scheduled maintenance or other things. One day I got an mail about a DDoS attack on the node I used, but I had not seen any issue, and did not know about the attack. So good info from Ramnode.

I have not opened one support ticket since I signup, so I can’t say anything about their response times etc.

Network/uptime

Their network seems very good, fast speeds and my server have 100% uptime. It can’t be any better.

Benchmark

Read my latest Benchmark – Ramnode.com – KVM SSD-Cached VPS

Read my Benchmark – Ramnode.com – Atlanta 1024MB plan (pure SSD)

Conclusion

Ramnode.com has got a new DC, new servers, new technology (KVM) and SSD Cached plans. You get allot for your money. You have the choice between really fast pure SSD plans with up to 966 MB/S disk speeds (DD) and slightly slower SSD cached plans with lot more disk space and disk speeds around 7-800 MB/s.

Benchmark – Ramnode.com – KVM SSD-Cached VPS

Ramnode.com continue expanding their VPS line, and have now added KVM VPS with SSD Cached HDD. You get more space then on their pure SSD nodes, but of course, you get lower disk speeds. Still, you get VERY good disk speeds with SSD cached plans also.

Here is my benchmark test of their 1 GB KVM SSD cached plan.

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

Server location: Atlanta, USA
*1024MB CKVM* –$30 / mo
Plan info:
KVM – 1024 MB RAM, 50 GB , 2000 GB BW, Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1230 V2
Disk info: RAID10 SSD-Cached HDD Space

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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 – Ramnode.com – Atlanta KVM 1 GB

Ramnode.com is still expanding their line of products, and this time they have added KVM plans. And with all Ramnode plans you get some kind of SSD. The plan I tested uses pure SSD RAID setup, but they will also offer SSD-Cached KVM plans soon. With 804 MB/s in disk speed (DD command) this is the second best KVM node ever tested.

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

Server location: Atlanta, USA
*1024MB SKVM* –$30 / mo
Plan info:
KVM – 1024 MB RAM, 20 GB SSD , 2000 GB BW
Disk info: RAID10 SSD HDD Space

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Benchmark – Ramnode – SSD Cached VPS

Ramnode continue their server upgrading, and do now offers a SSD Cached VPS line. Here is what Ramnode is writing about their SSD cached servers: “These VPSs run on RAID10 arrays of HDDs behind a RAID10 array of SSDs that act as a cache for “hot” data. That means data frequently called for by the server stays on the SSD space. These VPSs provide similar performance to our all-SSD VPSs but with more than twice the space available! ” When I tested the VPS I got a disk speed of 583 MB/s, that a very good speed, but their pure SSD nodes is faster with 966 MB/s. But you get lots more disk space with their SSD cached plans.

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

Server location: Atlanta, USA
*1024MB VPS* –$15 / mo
Plan info:
OpenVZ – 1024 MB RAM, 50 GB , 2000 GB BW, Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1230 V2
Disk info: RAID10 SSD-Cached HDD Space

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