HostSailor dirt cheap KVM - quick review
After a "vivid" discussion in a recent @HostSailor dedi offer thread, including some Krebs "security authority" based smearing I got interested and as a friend just happened to need a really cheap VPS we went for it.
As I don't know whether the VPS we purchased is an official promo or we just were lucky finding it I will, for the sake of fairness, not provide a link. I'll leave it to HostSailor to provide it (or to someone else who feels like sharing it).
The KVM VPS costs about 9€ yearly and one gets 1 Core (2 T), 256 MB memory, 15 GB hdd, 256 GB traffic and is in NL.
Machine: amd64, Arch.: amd64, Model: QEMU Virtual CPU version (cpu64-rhel6) Mem.: 221 MB CPU - Cores: 2, Family/Model/Stepping: 6/13/3 Cache: 32K/32K L1d/L1i, 2M L2, ? L3 Std. Flags: fpu de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 cflsh mmx fxsr sse sse2 sse3 cx16 hypervisor Ext. Flags: syscall nx lm lahf_lm --- proc/mem/performance test single core --- 64 rounds~ 1.00 GB -> 172.67 MB/s --- proc/mem/performance test multi-core --- 4 times 64 rounds ~ 4.00 GB -> 367.71 MB/s --- disk test --- Sequential writing 273.71 MB/s Random writing 12.58 MB/s Sequential reading 309.18 MB/s Random reading 21.05 MB/s --- network test --- mel01.softlayer.com AU,MEL: 16.5 Mb/s che01.softlayer.com IN,CHE: 32.6 Mb/s lon02.softlayer.com UK,LON: 395.1 Mb/s fra02.softlayer.com DE,FRA: 462.9 Mb/s mil01.softlayer.com IT,MIL: 192.3 Mb/s par01.softlayer.com FR,PAR: 355.8 Mb/s lg-ro.vps2day.com RO,BUC: 41.6 Mb/s ftp.otenet.gr GR,UNK: 87.6 Mb/s 220.127.116.11 RU,MOS: 12.2 Mb/s dal05.softlayer.com US,DAL: 40.4 Mb/s sjc01.softlayer.com US,SJC: 33.5 Mb/s wdc01.softlayer.com US,WDC: 54.5 Mb/s sao01.softlayer.com BR,SAO: 24.4 Mb/s tokyo.linode.com JP,TOK: 21.0 Mb/s osl01.softlayer.com NO,OSL: 159.4 Mb/s
- Very nice performance considering the price
- Really nice connectivity
- slow spindles (don't know whether RAID or single spindle)
- their support is not slow (I've seen a lot worse) but somewhat bureaucratic which costs time. Explanation: Whenever one opens or adds to a ticket, one first gets what seems like a meaningless formal reply along the lines of "we are looking into it". But maybe that's just annoying me and others like that. All in all problems get resolved within a couple of hours, which is very acceptable considering the price.
- Should you need a 2nd IP that IP alone costs more than double the price of the basic VPS.
Summary: Excellent bang for the buck. I like it a lot. And if one knows how, quite a lot can be done with a small but decent 256MB VPS. As far as I know they have larger VPSs in that cheap line too.
Disclaimer: I had no relation to or with HostSailor before getting that VPS for a friend and still am not related to them (other than via support if and as needed for the normal operation of the VPS). I didn't ask for or receive any kind of special pricing or treatment. HostSailor were not informed in advance of this test/review.