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    Contabo Review - VPS M SSD

    YmpkerYmpker Member
    edited March 2017 in Reviews

    Updated Review

    I feel like I have to row back a bit and give kudos to Contabo for what its worth. After talking to a Contabo Rep on the phone regarding my issues and concerns the problem which was most annoying to me (the limited SSD speed) has been fixed and is working quite good right now.
    That being said I need to say it is good to know that Contabo is willing to talk things through and act when needed. Coincidence or triggered by my reviews? Even if the latter applies, from a Salesman POV customers who do complain and acctually talk about their problems are always getting treated accordingly. This does not only apply to Contabo but probably any company out there.

    This experience is about Contabo.de (although I doubt contabo.com is any different)

    Hello everyone,
    I've recently tried out Contabo and am quite happy now despite being off to a rough start hehe :P The phone support is really nice so I recommend you to contact them with any issues you face. Helped me out promptly.

    If you are still wondering whether to use Contabo I've run a couple of benchmarks:

    Benchmarks

    So far I've run those listed below. Any more just pm me and I will run it :)

    FreeVPS: wget freevps.us/downloads/bench.sh -O - -o /dev/null|bash

    System Info


    Processor : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v4 @ 2.20GHz

    CPU Cores : 4

    Frequency : 2199.998 MHz

    Memory : 11910 MB

    Swap : 0 MB

    Uptime : 1 day, 3:44,

    OS : CentOS release 6.8 (Final)

    Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)

    Kernel : 2.6.32-642.15.1.el6.x86_64

    Hostname : -

    Speedtest (IPv4 only)


    Your public IPv4 is -

    Location Provider Speed

    CDN Cachefly 11.9MB/s

    Atlanta, GA, US Coloat 6.33MB/s

    Dallas, TX, US Softlayer 9.98MB/s

    Seattle, WA, US Softlayer 9.74MB/s

    San Jose, CA, US Softlayer 9.91MB/s

    Washington, DC, US Softlayer 6.68MB/s

    Tokyo, Japan Linode 7.64MB/s

    Singapore Softlayer 9.32MB/s

    Rotterdam, Netherlands id3.net 11.8MB/s

    Haarlem, Netherlands Leaseweb 11.9MB/s

    Disk Speed

    I/O (1st run) : 283 MB/s
    I/O (2nd run) : 350 MB/s
    I/O (3rd run) : 357 MB/s
    Average I/O : 330 MB/s

    vHWINFO

    wget --no-check-certificate https://github.com/rafa3d/vHWINFO/raw/master/vhwinfo.sh -O - -o /dev/null|bash

    hostname: - (public ip ---)

    SO: CentOS release 6.8 64 bits

    kernel: 2.6.32-642.15.1.el6.x86_64

    virtual: KVM

    cpu: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v4 @ 2.20GHz

    vcpu: 4 cores / 4399.99 bogomips

    RAM: 11910 MB (6% used) / swap 0 MB (0% used)

    HD: 301G (4% used) / inkling speed 741 MB/s

    cachefly 10MB: 11.4 MB/s

    Geekbench 4 (coming soon):
    .
    .
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    ServerScope.io Benchmark

    https://serverscope.io/trials/740M#system

    Kind regards,
    Ympker

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    Comments

    • ewrekewrek Member

      Looks not so bad to me. The only thing is that the info about the Ssd speed is not on there site.

      Have they problems with high CPU usage?

      Developer/Linux expert here. Need help with your project? PM me!

    • @ewrek said:
      Looks not so bad to me. The only thing is that the info about the Ssd speed is not on there site.

      Have they problems with high CPU usage?

      For me that's well.. 5 reasons not to go with them :)

      Not that I know of however I might inquire about that.

    • I didn't have a too bad experience with them. Cancellation 4 weeks before end is quite fair I think. If you need onDemand Service use DO or similar.

    • YuraYura Member

      @webcraft said:
      I didn't have a too bad experience with them. Cancellation 4 weeks before end is quite fair I think. If you need onDemand Service use DO or similar.

      There is a vast difference between cloud hourly billed hosting and regular VPS with cancelation policies like that. Absolute majority of normal VPS providers don't have such terms. Notable exception I met was Netcup. Gotta love sending physical letter 1 month prior cancelation.

      Same goes with bandwidth limit. Pretty shitty. Netcup have that too, they state it clearly on their site but they usually don't enforce it. Contabo is bait and switching. Oh and Netcup SAS blows socks off from Contabo SSD.

      Good review. I wouldn't go with Contabo because fuck that bait and switch.

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    • AmitzAmitz Member

      Don't say I didn't warn you... ;-)

      For those who care:
      You can now find me at https://talk.lowendspirit.com or https://www.hostballs.com

    • ehabehab Member

      any german providers must have a approved by Falzo™ for me to even look at.

      • do not prepay > 1 year and check for reviews/support
      • only use monthly from a provider operating < 1 year 🍆
    • Update:
      A few minutes ago I was phoned by a Contabo representative regarding the nature of my FB/TrustPilot and LET review about them and the phone rep has offered to work things out with me. All I can say is that again I do like their phone support and if things are going to work out as promised on phone I might just be reconsidering my view on Contabo.

      New I/O results are very different:

      Disk Speed

      I/O (1st run) : 263 MB/s
      I/O (2nd run) : 378 MB/s
      I/O (3rd run) : 385 MB/s
      Average I/O : 342 MB/s

      @ehab said:
      any german providers must have a approved by Falzo™ for me to

      even look at.

      I've been in contact with Falzo about german hosting providers since a while :)

    • They have removed the limitations for you, as expected.
      But from now I will not trust a reseller or a vps, only trust big providers like ovh.

    • AnthonySmithAnthonySmith Top Provider
      edited March 2017

      I would only need 1 reason:

      1) what they offer and what they charge for it, then apply common sense and realistic expectations.

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    • Ympker said: New I/O results are very different:

      this proves what i have said in the past. they will change things (the hidden limits) if you push them, i had something similiar.

      I AM BACK :)
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    • FalzoFalzo Member

      @ehab said:
      any german providers must have a approved by Falzo™ for me to even look at.

      that made me smile, thank you!

      but I wouldn't go that far to say I know about, I am just watching the market for quite some years and try to compensate lack of knowledge with quick reading german pages and comparing imprints and such ;-)

      most recommended Provider: First-Root KVM Power-Edition /w SSD
      UltraVPS.eu KVM in US/UK/NL/DE: 15% off first 6 month | Netcup VPS/rootDS - 5€ off: 36nc15279180197 (ref)

    • Falzo said: quick reading german pages and comparing imprints and such ;-)

      Knowing German is not enough, my first VPS I picked from here was in germany and left me such a bad impression, that I don't think I had more since.
      They are also not that cheap.

      Extremist conservative user, I wish to preserve human and civil rights, free speech, freedom of the press and worship, rule of law, democracy, peace and prosperity, social mobility, etc. Now you can draw your guns.

    • rskrsk Member, Provider

      To be completely honest, for personal projects contabo has been great for me. The only issue I had was the ssd read/write limits, but that was quickly adjusted and the limits were lifted.

      Since that moment, everything was great.

      They listen and work with customers.

      On top of this, I think the limiting ssd is a good thing, we all know how abusers come in and mess it up for everyone.

      Plus, guaranteed 100MB r/w is nothing to worry about.

      Just my 2 cents :)

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    • yamyam Member

      Any update on point 2#, 3#, 4# and 5# ?

    • YmpkerYmpker Member
      edited March 2017

      @yam said:
      Any update on point 2#, 3#, 4# and 5# ?

      2

      60 mbit/s is acctually quite more than I initially thought. I could use about 3TB within 5 days which is most likely not gonna happen so 100 Mbit/s should not be throttled at all :)

      3 + 4

      Virtualization is in fact KVM like due to rep. Cancellation period of 4 weeks is not the most comfy solution but can be dealt with I was just taken by surprise on this one^^ Maxing out cpu cores at 100% is allowed.

      5

      This is a thing of the past I can't confirm for the current situation.

    • FalzoFalzo Member
      edited March 2017

      Maounique said: Knowing German is not enough,

      I agree, just wanted to point out that I think I am able to do quick researches on businesses I never used and put them into context of providers/datacenters and such around here ;-)

      PS: good to see someone finally tried contabo and is reporting back about all highs and lows that might occur... @Ympker: waiting for geekbench results!!! :-P

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    • @Falzo said:

      Maounique said: Knowing German is not enough,

      I agree, just wanted to point out that I think I am able to do quick researches on businesses I never used and put them into context of providers/datacenters and such around here ;-)

      PS: good to see someone finally tried contabo and is reporting back about all highs and lows that might occur... @Ympker: waiting for geekbench results!!! :-P

      You have to wait until I get rid of that centOS sh*** <333

    • YuraYura Member

      So they made your IO less crappy because of the review and everyone else would still have that limit? What about other users?

      Sounds too much like "we never said at what speed our dedicated CPU cores are throttled".

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    • @Yura said:
      So they made your IO less crappy because of the review and everyone else would still have that limit? What about other users?

      Sounds too much like "we never said at what speed our dedicated CPU cores are throttled".

      That I cannot say but the lastest statement was they do not limit SSD speeds. Going with that it would seem that applies to all of their customers. Can I proove this? No, I can't.
      But I am happy that my SSD is operating as it should now :)

      Time will tell^^

    • I seem to remember the amount of SSD being offered was enough to make the plans suspicious all by itself.

      #lexit spread the word.

    • WHTWHT Member

      Fill your disk to 90% and review them again :)

      P.s take a screeschot on 89% :)

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    • YmpkerYmpker Member
      edited March 2017

      @WHT said:
      Fill your disk to 90% and review them again :)

      P.s take a screeschot on 89% :)

      df

      Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on

      /dev/sda2 309251080 273631816 19903476 94% /

      tmpfs 6098352 0 6098352 0% /dev/shm

      /dev/sda1 247919 75063 160056 32% /boot

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    • Cool, can you reboot the vps and then do a random seek benchmark? Not sure what that one is called.

      #lexit spread the word.

    • YmpkerYmpker Member
      edited March 2017

      @willie said:
      Cool, can you reboot the vps and then do a random seek benchmark? Not sure what that one is called.

      Rebooting is not an issue I guess. What do you want me to do though? If you give me some more info I will attempt to do so :)
      Are you looking to get the random read/write speed? If so do you have any script for that?

    • FredQcFredQc Member
      edited March 2017

      Ympker said: do you have any script for that?

      Try this:

      fio --randrepeat=1 --ioengine=libaio --direct=1 --gtod_reduce=1 --name=test --filename=test --bs=4k --iodepth=64 --size=4G --readwrite=randread
      
      fio --randrepeat=1 --ioengine=libaio --direct=1 --gtod_reduce=1 --name=test --filename=test --bs=4k --iodepth=64 --size=4G --readwrite=randwrite
      

      Stuff to look at is:

      bw=588179KB/s, iops=147044

    • @FredQc said:

      Ympker said: do you have any script for that?

      Try this:

      fio --randrepeat=1 --ioengine=libaio --direct=1 --gtod_reduce=1 --name=test --filename=test --bs=4k --iodepth=64 --size=4G --readwrite=randread

      fio --randrepeat=1 --ioengine=libaio --direct=1 --gtod_reduce=1 --name=test --filename=test --bs=4k --iodepth=64 --size=4G --readwrite=randwrite

      Stuff to look at is:

      bw=588179KB/s, iops=147044

      Haha Falzo has already requested fio and Geekbench but both seem to not run with centos so I will do it once I finish some testing :)

    • FalzoFalzo Member
      edited March 2017

      @Ympker said:

      @FredQc said:

      Ympker said: do you have any script for that?

      Try this:

      fio --randrepeat=1 --ioengine=libaio --direct=1 --gtod_reduce=1 --name=test --filename=test --bs=4k --iodepth=64 --size=4G --readwrite=randread

      fio --randrepeat=1 --ioengine=libaio --direct=1 --gtod_reduce=1 --name=test --filename=test --bs=4k --iodepth=64 --size=4G --readwrite=randwrite

      Stuff to look at is:

      bw=588179KB/s, iops=147044

      Haha Falzo has already requested fio and Geekbench but both seem to not run with centos so I will do it once I finish some testing :)

      fio or IO tests seems to have been run by the serverscope bench: https://serverscope.io/trials/740M#io (scroll down for rand write)

      underlying caching kicks in heavily as it seems, at least for that 256M test so better, so make sure to only look at the numbers from the DIRECT test like @FredQc's version would do... still 50K iops on random read is not that bad - seen a lot worse. also 10k on random write should be quite good, keep in mind time4vps limited services to 400 iops once or ovh on public cloud limits etc. ;-)

      would like to see the result of that size=4G command above anyways...

      PS: forgot to mention unixbench result doesn't look so bad either, so maybe the service is really worth the money ^^ cheap and fast box to put windows on it or something like that :-)

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    • @Falzo said:

      @Ympker said:

      @FredQc said:

      Ympker said: do you have any script for that?

      Try this:

      fio --randrepeat=1 --ioengine=libaio --direct=1 --gtod_reduce=1 --name=test --filename=test --bs=4k --iodepth=64 --size=4G --readwrite=randread

      fio --randrepeat=1 --ioengine=libaio --direct=1 --gtod_reduce=1 --name=test --filename=test --bs=4k --iodepth=64 --size=4G --readwrite=randwrite

      Stuff to look at is:

      bw=588179KB/s, iops=147044

      Haha Falzo has already requested fio and Geekbench but both seem to not run with centos so I will do it once I finish some testing :)

      fio or IO tests seems to have been run by the serverscope bench: https://serverscope.io/trials/740M#io (scroll down for rand write)

      underlying caching kicks in heavily as it seems, at least for that 256M test so better, so make sure to only look at the numbers from the DIRECT test like @FredQc's version would do... still 50K iops on random read is not that bad - seen a lot worse. also 10k on random write should be quite good, keep in mind time4vps limited services to 400 iops once or ovh on public cloud limits etc. ;-)

      would like to see the result of that size=4G command above anyways...

      PS: forgot to mention unixbench result doesn't look so bad either, so maybe the service is really worth the money ^^ cheap and fast box to put windows on it or something like that :-)

      I have to agree that it really seems to be worth the money atleast for now :) If I were to look for a bigger vps in general I might consider the 60 mbit/s a bottleneck at some point but that probably wont happen anytime soon :P
      And yeah just remind me to run that fio once Im done testing on centos^^

    • They must like me lol, none of that e5 crap

      processor : 1
      vendor_id : GenuineIntel
      cpu family : 6
      model : 45
      model name : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz
      stepping : 7
      microcode : 0x1
      cpu MHz : 3200.256

      I AM BACK :)
      Working Windows Server 2012 R2 on 6GB! Beat that!

    • @TarZZ92 said:
      They must like me lol, none of that e5 crap

      processor : 1
      vendor_id : GenuineIntel
      cpu family : 6
      model : 45
      model name : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz
      stepping : 7
      microcode : 0x1
      cpu MHz : 3200.256

      Could be that contabo.com offers different cpu :) For contabo.de cpu is acctually named.

    • am just installing windows on it now. will give a windows geekbench soon :)

      Thanked by 2Falzo Ympker

      I AM BACK :)
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    • sorry for delay here it is: https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/2043615

      not very impressive at all. some major overselling me thinks (On cpu side) but it still performs okay.

      Thanked by 1Falzo

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    • .

      #lexit spread the word.

    • YmpkerYmpker Member
      edited August 2017

      Update!:

      New Benchmark of Contabo SSD XL (seperate thread to allow for easier finding): https://www.lowendtalk.com/discussion/122471/contabo-vps-ssd-xl-benchmarks

      Contabo changed their "UNLIMITED TRAFFIC" policy. VPS with 100 Mbit/s are never throttled and 1 Gbit/s are throttled to 100 Mbit/s if they use more than 100 Mbit/s on avg more than 9 days in a row. This is about ~15 TB per 9 days. You will not so easily reach that limit.

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    • @Ympker said:
      Update!:

      New Benchmark of Contabo SSD XL (seperate thread to allow for easier finding): https://www.lowendtalk.com/discussion/122471/contabo-vps-ssd-xl-benchmarks

      Contabo changed their "UNLIMITED TRAFFIC" policy. VPS with 100 Mbit/s are never throttled and 1 Gbit/s are throttled to 100 Mbit/s if they use more than 100 Mbit/s on avg more than 9 days in a row. This is about ~15 TB per 9 days. You will not so easily reach that limit.

      well. depending on the person. just imagine @nekki collecting more panda koala and unicorn porn!!

      Thanked by 1Ympker
    • @blackjack4494 said:

      @Ympker said:
      Update!:

      New Benchmark of Contabo SSD XL (seperate thread to allow for easier finding): https://www.lowendtalk.com/discussion/122471/contabo-vps-ssd-xl-benchmarks

      Contabo changed their "UNLIMITED TRAFFIC" policy. VPS with 100 Mbit/s are never throttled and 1 Gbit/s are throttled to 100 Mbit/s if they use more than 100 Mbit/s on avg more than 9 days in a row. This is about ~15 TB per 9 days. You will not so easily reach that limit.

      well. depending on the person. just imagine @nekki collecting more panda koala and unicorn porn!!

      Well @nekki is a mystery for itself.

    • @Ympker Hows the uptime on your VPS?

    • @Hostlovin said:
      @Ympker Hows the uptime on your VPS?

      This one I bought today so no uptime to really schedule. You can check their status pages for previous shutdowns.

    • VPS L

      nixbench v0.6.2 - https://github.com/jgillich/nixbench

      cpu

      Sha256 (1x) : 87.13 MB/s
      Gzip (1x) : 91.39 MB/s
      AES (1x) : 387.70 MB/s

      Sha256 (4x) : 280.90 MB/s
      Gzip (4x) : 323.70 MB/s
      AES (4x) : 810.56 MB/s

      disk

      1. run : 72 MB/s
      2. run : 75 MB/s
      3. run : 74 MB/s
      4. run : 76 MB/s
      5. run : 75 MB/s
        Average : 74 MB/s

      geekbench

      Single-Core Score : 1762
      Multi-Core Score : 4725
      Result URL : https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/3746738

      host


      OS : linux

      Platform : centos 7.3.1611

      CPU : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v2 @ 2.10GHz

      Cores : 4

      Clock : 2099 Mhz

      RAM : 13869 MB

      net


      CDN : 11.74 MB/s

      Amsterdam, The Netherlands : 10.98 MB/s

      Dallas, USA : 9.12 MB/s

      Frankfurt, Germany : 4.97 MB/s

      Hong Kong, China : 4.95 MB/s

      London, United Kingdoms : 10.79 MB/s

      Melbourne, Australia : 7.30 MB/s

      Oslo, Norway : 9.88 MB/s

      Paris, France : 9.80 MB/s

      Queretaro Mexico : 8.60 MB/s

      San Jose, USA : 8.51 MB/s

      Sao Paulo, Brazil : Failed

      Seoul, Korea : 7.34 MB/s

      Singapore, Singapore : 8.11 MB/s

      Tokyo, Japan : 5.94 MB/s

      Toronto, Canada : 7.90 MB/s

      Washington, USA : 9.98 MB/s

    • Looks pretty decent TBH ( for price ), if uptime is good, it would be a great purchase :), they only offer 95 % uptime guarantee tho :(, thats pretty scary

    • @Hostlovin said:
      Looks pretty decent TBH ( for price ), if uptime is good, it would be a great purchase :), they only offer 95 % uptime guarantee tho :(, thats pretty scary

      Yeah the pricing and quality (hw, specs, network) are quite tempting. The SLA on the other hand...

      SLA level of 95 % uptime/availability gives the following periods of potential downtime/unavailability:

      Daily: 1h 12m 0.0s
      Weekly: 8h 24m 0.0s
      Monthly: 1d 12h 31m 27.3s
      Yearly: 18d 6h 17m 27.6s

      However there are still many tasks/projects that should be totally fine with that SLA. Afterall it is unlikely that the specified downtime happens all at once.

    • Does anybody know if their anti-DDoS is any good?
      https://contabo.com/?show=ddos_protection

      I'm using Contabo for a few months, and they are pretty cool imo. I'm just a bit worried about the anti-DDoS. They don't want to give any explaination of it, even when I call them.

    • @Pilovali said:
      Does anybody know if their anti-DDoS is any good?
      https://contabo.com/?show=ddos_protection

      I'm using Contabo for a few months, and they are pretty cool imo. I'm just a bit worried about the anti-DDoS. They don't want to give any explaination of it, even when I call them.

      Basically it's nullroute. And yeah you should be worried about ddos because they can cancel your contract, contabo telling the incoming ddos is impacting their network.

    • @Kevinjoa said:

      @Pilovali said:
      Does anybody know if their anti-DDoS is any good?
      https://contabo.com/?show=ddos_protection

      I'm using Contabo for a few months, and they are pretty cool imo. I'm just a bit worried about the anti-DDoS. They don't want to give any explaination of it, even when I call them.

      Basically it's nullroute. And yeah you should be worried about ddos because they can cancel your contract, contabo telling the incoming ddos is impacting their network.

      They told me that they aren't going to null route it. They have "protection".

    • @Pilovali said:

      @Kevinjoa said:

      @Pilovali said:
      Does anybody know if their anti-DDoS is any good?
      https://contabo.com/?show=ddos_protection

      I'm using Contabo for a few months, and they are pretty cool imo. I'm just a bit worried about the anti-DDoS. They don't want to give any explaination of it, even when I call them.

      Basically it's nullroute. And yeah you should be worried about ddos because they can cancel your contract, contabo telling the incoming ddos is impacting their network.

      They told me that they aren't going to null route it. They have "protection".

      Same when I phoned them. They said they no longer null route.

    • Does somebody knows something about the cpu usage? Don't want to burst it 24/7 but are bursts allowed ?

    • @Naxid said:
      Does somebody knows something about the cpu usage? Don't want to burst it 24/7 but are bursts allowed ?

      Contacted their support. You are allowed to fully use them and ofc also burst. If you are continuously running at 100% you may encounter performance issues as cores are still ( virtual)shared.

    • I am going to test/review soon a Contabo box similar to this one; I expect it to be similar to the one I reviewed from Netcup.

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