Testing SoftShellWeb's 12$/year tiny NL vps
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I had couple of servers on Aruba to do tests, and as private proxy. One in Arezzo, and one in Ktys. They were stellar performers for more that 2 years. (1G RAM 20G SSD 1TB/month via 1Gbit/s). I don't know the reasons why Aruba is increasing prices, as my both vps with them used less than 1% of traffic & cpu and were sitting 99.9% of time idle. As exodus from Aruba I tried this great offer from SoftShellWeb:
CPU: ½ Core @ 2.6 Ghz
RAM: 256 Mb
DISK: 15 GB SSD
Bandwidth: 2000 GB @ 1 Gbps (connection speed is limited to 20Mbit when bandwidth exceeded)
DDoS Protection 600+ Gbps
1x Dedicated IPv4
1x IPv6 /64 Subnet
for $12.00/year which is superb.
The initial attempt to order has failed and Cloudflare said that it cannot connect to somewhere and please try it again. I tried and the same thing happened again. I opened up a ticket and support answered withing an hour (which is amazing for saturday 18:00UTC ) and said to disable adblock. Which I did and this time all went ok. This is first time that my adblock prevented me from ordering a hosting
I reinstalled Debian 10 from control panel and started testing.
Ipv6 is working out of the box.
The network quota,connectivity and speed is very good. But it seems that disk IO is capped at
20MB/s which is not in SSD league at all.
Of course it's just $1/month, but my another low end vps is just 22EUR/year from https://minikvm.com/ and inside it is just OVH server near Frankfurt and is literally flying.
bench.sh for SoftShellWeb NL Special .
CPU model : Intel Xeon E3-12xx v2 (Ivy Bridge, IBRS)
Number of cores : 1
CPU frequency : 2599.998 MHz
Total size of Disk : 15.0 GB (1.7 GB Used)
Total amount of Mem : 231 MB (43 MB Used)
Total amount of Swap : 383 MB (0 MB Used)
System uptime : 0 days, 0 hour 5 min
Load average : 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
OS : Debian GNU/Linux 10
Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel : 4.19.0-9-amd64
I/O speed(1st run) : 22.0 MB/s
I/O speed(2nd run) : 18.6 MB/s
I/O speed(3rd run) : 21.1 MB/s
Average I/O speed : 20.6 MB/s
Node Name IPv4 address Download Speed
CacheFly 126.96.36.199 49.1MB/s
Linode, Tokyo2, JP 188.8.131.52 6.72MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG 184.108.40.206 7.85MB/s
Linode, London, UK 220.127.116.11 45.9MB/s
Linode, Frankfurt, DE 18.104.22.168 39.8MB/s
Linode, Fremont, CA 22.214.171.124 10.6MB/s
Softlayer, Dallas, TX 126.96.36.199 14.0MB/s
Softlayer, Seattle, WA 188.8.131.52 9.48MB/s
Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE 184.108.40.206 41.8MB/s
Softlayer, Singapore, SG 220.127.116.11 10.0MB/s
Softlayer, HongKong, CN 18.104.22.168 3.13MB/s
The ping time across Europe is excellent. To Johannesburg 180ms, to Beijing 168ms (surprise here, as other Chinese provinces are in 250-300ms range), Singapore 158-180ms,HK 200ms, L.A. 142ms, Australia >300ms.
ipv6 is faster for some places.
Opened up a ticket with low priority for uncapping disk IO.
So far I think, SoftShellWeb is an excellent provider for the price paid.
I'll let you know how this vps will run with time.