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Testing SoftShellWeb's 12$/year tiny NL vps

umiumi Member

Hi everyone! As a long time reader, I have found here, on LET, huge amount of insights to make my and my client's web hosts faster and solid. Thank you, all!
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 205.234.175.175 49.1MB/s
Linode, Tokyo2, JP 139.162.65.37 6.72MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG 139.162.23.4 7.85MB/s
Linode, London, UK 176.58.107.39 45.9MB/s
Linode, Frankfurt, DE 139.162.130.8 39.8MB/s
Linode, Fremont, CA 50.116.14.9 10.6MB/s
Softlayer, Dallas, TX 173.192.68.18 14.0MB/s
Softlayer, Seattle, WA 67.228.112.250 9.48MB/s
Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE 159.122.69.4 41.8MB/s
Softlayer, Singapore, SG 119.81.28.170 10.0MB/s
Softlayer, HongKong, CN 119.81.130.170 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.
Thanks!

Comments

  • RoboCainRoboCain Member
    edited May 31

    Damm Papillon Soo Soo, $12 is cheap. I like cheap.

    Is that thing dependable for blogging on Wordpress or for building a commercial landing page?

    "People want paradise. They will have it."

    -Cain (RoboCop 2 ,1990)

  • umiumi Member

    Nope. For wordpress you'll need at least 512MB RAM to squeeze MYSQL&webserver&php.

  • RoboCainRoboCain Member

    @umi said:
    Nope. For wordpress you'll need at least 512MB RAM to squeeze MYSQL&webserver&php.

    "People want paradise. They will have it."

    -Cain (RoboCop 2 ,1990)

  • umiumi Member
    edited May 31

    But static landing page may work quite well.

  • umiumi Member

    Ticket was answered (on sunday!) and now disk IO speed has increased to 68MB/s which is better.

  • qmessoqmesso Member

    @umi I don't see the offer you are writing about on their page SoftShellWeb

  • debaserdebaser Member

    @umi said:
    Ticket was answered (on sunday!) and now disk IO speed has increased to 68MB/s which is better.

    They sell it as NVMe? Could still be NVMe of course, but this would still be heavily capped.

  • @debaser said:

    They sell it as NVMe? Could still be NVMe of course, but this would still be heavily capped.

    Normal SSD, the NVME one is 10 GB.

    VPS : Too many
    Shared Hosting : SmallWeb/My website

  • umiumi Member

    Of course Aruba's servers are way more beefy, and even for 2.79EUR/m are still decent, but in Europe there are more sweet deals now, like https://minikvm.com for 1.33-1.83EUR/m (paid annually). For my usage I'd like to have 3 servers for $1.6 instead of 1 for $5. To make tiny CDN from them. More tests:

    Aruba, Arezzo:

    CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 5119T CPU @ 1.90GHz
    Number of cores : 1
    CPU frequency : 1895.547 MHz
    Total size of Disk : 19.5 GB (17.1 GB Used)
    Total amount of Mem : 974 MB (198 MB Used)
    Total amount of Swap : 951 MB (82 MB Used)
    System uptime : 33 days, 20 hour 35 min
    Load average : 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
    OS : Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS
    Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)

    Kernel : 4.15.0-15-generic

    I/O speed(1st run) : 493 MB/s
    I/O speed(2nd run) : 355 MB/s
    I/O speed(3rd run) : 832 MB/s

    Average I/O speed : 560.0 MB/s

    Node Name IPv4 address Download Speed
    CacheFly 205.234.175.175 87.4MB/s
    Linode, Tokyo2, JP 139.162.65.37 8.89MB/s
    Linode, Singapore, SG 139.162.23.4 13.3MB/s
    Linode, London, UK 176.58.107.39 72.4MB/s
    Linode, Frankfurt, DE 139.162.130.8 86.1MB/s
    Linode, Fremont, CA 50.116.14.9 12.1MB/s
    Softlayer, Dallas, TX 173.192.68.18 12.4MB/s
    Softlayer, Seattle, WA 67.228.112.250 10.8MB/s
    Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE 159.122.69.4 68.8MB/s
    Softlayer, Singapore, SG 119.81.28.170 9.87MB/s

    Softlayer, HongKong, CN 119.81.130.170 8.52MB/s

    Aruba, Ktys: (network a bit slower, but again not bad for 1EUR/m)

    CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2650 v3 @ 2.30GHz
    Number of cores : 1
    CPU frequency : 2299.998 MHz
    Total size of Disk : 19.5 GB (17.2 GB Used)
    Total amount of Mem : 985 MB (135 MB Used)
    Total amount of Swap : 951 MB (97 MB Used)
    System uptime : 33 days, 20 hour 27 min
    Load average : 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
    OS : Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS
    Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)

    Kernel : 4.15.0-96-generic

    I/O speed(1st run) : 457 MB/s
    I/O speed(2nd run) : 547 MB/s
    I/O speed(3rd run) : 831 MB/s

    Average I/O speed : 611.7 MB/s

    Node Name IPv4 address Download Speed
    CacheFly 205.234.175.175 67.6MB/s
    Linode, Tokyo2, JP 139.162.65.37 1.14MB/s
    Linode, Singapore, SG 139.162.23.4 1.57MB/s
    Linode, London, UK 176.58.107.39 3.34MB/s
    Linode, Frankfurt, DE 139.162.130.8 4.29MB/s
    Linode, Fremont, CA 50.116.14.9 1.71MB/s
    Softlayer, Dallas, TX 173.192.68.18 3.24MB/s
    Softlayer, Seattle, WA 67.228.112.250 1.47MB/s
    Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE 159.122.69.4 7.40MB/s
    Softlayer, Singapore, SG 119.81.28.170 1.70MB/s

    Softlayer, HongKong, CN 119.81.130.170 1.79MB/s

    Minikvm, fr5 OVH:


    CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) Silver 4214 CPU @ 2.20GHz
    Number of cores : 1Of course Aruba's servers are way more beefy, and even for 2.79EUR/m are still decent, but in Europe there are more sweet deals now, like https://minikvm.com for 1.33-1.83EUR/m (paid annually). For my usage I'd like to have 3 servers for $1.6 instead of 1 for $5. To make tiny CDN from them. More tests:

    Aruba, Arezzo:

    CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 5119T CPU @ 1.90GHz
    Number of cores : 1
    CPU frequency : 1895.547 MHz
    Total size of Disk : 19.5 GB (17.1 GB Used)
    Total amount of Mem : 974 MB (198 MB Used)
    Total amount of Swap : 951 MB (82 MB Used)
    System uptime : 33 days, 20 hour 35 min
    Load average : 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
    OS : Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS
    Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)

    Kernel : 4.15.0-15-generic

    I/O speed(1st run) : 493 MB/s
    I/O speed(2nd run) : 355 MB/s
    I/O speed(3rd run) : 832 MB/s

    Average I/O speed : 560.0 MB/s

    Node Name IPv4 address Download Speed
    CacheFly 205.234.175.175 87.4MB/s
    Linode, Tokyo2, JP 139.162.65.37 8.89MB/s
    Linode, Singapore, SG 139.162.23.4 13.3MB/s
    Linode, London, UK 176.58.107.39 72.4MB/s
    Linode, Frankfurt, DE 139.162.130.8 86.1MB/s
    Linode, Fremont, CA 50.116.14.9 12.1MB/s
    Softlayer, Dallas, TX 173.192.68.18 12.4MB/s
    Softlayer, Seattle, WA 67.228.112.250 10.8MB/s
    Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE 159.122.69.4 68.8MB/s
    Softlayer, Singapore, SG 119.81.28.170 9.87MB/s

    Softlayer, HongKong, CN 119.81.130.170 8.52MB/s

    Aruba, Ktys: (network a bit slower, but again not bad for 1EUR/m)

    CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2650 v3 @ 2.30GHz
    Number of cores : 1
    CPU frequency : 2299.998 MHz
    Total size of Disk : 19.5 GB (17.2 GB Used)
    Total amount of Mem : 985 MB (135 MB Used)
    Total amount of Swap : 951 MB (97 MB Used)
    System uptime : 33 days, 20 hour 27 min
    Load average : 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
    OS : Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS
    Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)

    Kernel : 4.15.0-96-generic

    I/O speed(1st run) : 457 MB/s
    I/O speed(2nd run) : 547 MB/s
    I/O speed(3rd run) : 831 MB/s

    Average I/O speed : 611.7 MB/s

    Node Name IPv4 address Download Speed
    CacheFly 205.234.175.175 67.6MB/s
    Linode, Tokyo2, JP 139.162.65.37 1.14MB/s
    Linode, Singapore, SG 139.162.23.4 1.57MB/s
    Linode, London, UK 176.58.107.39 3.34MB/s
    Linode, Frankfurt, DE 139.162.130.8 4.29MB/s
    Linode, Fremont, CA 50.116.14.9 1.71MB/s
    Softlayer, Dallas, TX 173.192.68.18 3.24MB/s
    Softlayer, Seattle, WA 67.228.112.250 1.47MB/s
    Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE 159.122.69.4 7.40MB/s
    Softlayer, Singapore, SG 119.81.28.170 1.70MB/s

    Softlayer, HongKong, CN 119.81.130.170 1.79MB/s

    Minikvm, fr5 OVH:


    CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) Silver 4214 CPU @ 2.20GHz
    Number of cores : 1
    CPU frequency : 2199.998 MHz
    Total size of Disk : 15.0 GB (13.0 GB Used)
    Total amount of Mem : 1491 MB (132 MB Used)
    Total amount of Swap : 511 MB (0 MB Used)
    System uptime : 17 days, 22 hour 50 min
    Load average : 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
    OS : Debian GNU/Linux 10
    Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)

    Kernel : 4.19.0-6-amd64

    I/O speed(1st run) : 239 MB/s
    I/O speed(2nd run) : 209 MB/s
    I/O speed(3rd run) : 402 MB/s

    Average I/O speed : 283.3 MB/s

    Node Name IPv4 address Download Speed
    CacheFly 205.234.175.175 27.0MB/s
    Linode, Tokyo2, JP 139.162.65.37 7.39MB/s
    Linode, Singapore, SG 139.162.23.4 9.81MB/s
    Linode, London, UK 176.58.107.39 126MB/s
    Linode, Frankfurt, DE 139.162.130.8 143MB/s
    Linode, Fremont, CA 50.116.14.9 12.5MB/s
    Softlayer, Dallas, TX 173.192.68.18 14.4MB/s
    Softlayer, Seattle, WA 67.228.112.250 11.8MB/s
    Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE 159.122.69.4 64.9MB/s
    Softlayer, Singapore, SG 119.81.28.170 6.70MB/s

    Softlayer, HongKong, CN 119.81.130.170 6.82MB/s

    CPU frequency : 2199.998 MHz
    Total size of Disk : 15.0 GB (13.0 GB Used)
    Total amount of Mem : 1491 MB (132 MB Used)
    Total amount of Swap : 511 MB (0 MB Used)
    System uptime : 17 days, 22 hour 50 min
    Load average : 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
    OS : Debian GNU/Linux 10
    Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)

    Kernel : 4.19.0-6-amd64

    I/O speed(1st run) : 239 MB/s
    I/O speed(2nd run) : 209 MB/s
    I/O speed(3rd run) : 402 MB/s

    Average I/O speed : 283.3 MB/s

    Node Name IPv4 address Download Speed
    CacheFly 205.234.175.175 27.0MB/s
    Linode, Tokyo2, JP 139.162.65.37 7.39MB/s
    Linode, Singapore, SG 139.162.23.4 9.81MB/s
    Linode, London, UK 176.58.107.39 126MB/s
    Linode, Frankfurt, DE 139.162.130.8 143MB/s
    Linode, Fremont, CA 50.116.14.9 12.5MB/s
    Softlayer, Dallas, TX 173.192.68.18 14.4MB/s
    Softlayer, Seattle, WA 67.228.112.250 11.8MB/s
    Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE 159.122.69.4 64.9MB/s
    Softlayer, Singapore, SG 119.81.28.170 6.70MB/s

    Softlayer, HongKong, CN 119.81.130.170 6.82MB/s

    gcorelabs.com, Khabarovsk, Russian Far East:
    88RUB/m(1.1EUR) for 500GB of bandwidth, sitting just across Amur river with China has an excellent connectivity with China Telecom and China Unicom but not with China Mobile. China mobile can be well served from Japan ($3/m for comparable 500GB of bandwidth). Please explain me China-optimized term on US West coast hostings? I just don't get it. Maybe it was nice to have ping of 150-200ms from China some time ago, but now there are more links up and running within region. Even SoftShellWeb pings Beijing 168ms from Wormer,NL, via RETN I guess. https://ping.chinaz.com/ http://webkaka.com/Ping.aspx are nice tools to ping your host from different places in China. Surprisingly, free version of cloudflare is not good here, as they have start struggling even on dns level and have they own China special thing.


    CPU model : Intel Core Processor (Broadwell)
    Number of cores : 1
    CPU frequency : 2399.996 MHz
    Total size of Disk : 6.8 GB (2.0 GB Used)
    Total amount of Mem : 483 MB (230 MB Used)
    Total amount of Swap : 0 MB (0 MB Used)
    System uptime : 18 days, 16 hour 35 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) : 141 MB/s
    I/O speed(2nd run) : 115 MB/s
    I/O speed(3rd run) : 93.5 MB/s

    Average I/O speed : 116.5 MB/s

    Node Name IPv4 address Download Speed
    CacheFly 205.234.175.175 9.16MB/s
    Linode, Tokyo2, JP 139.162.65.37 1.72MB/s
    Linode, Singapore, SG 139.162.23.4 6.93MB/s
    Linode, London, UK 176.58.107.39 10.1MB/s
    Linode, Frankfurt, DE 139.162.130.8 10.3MB/s
    Linode, Fremont, CA 50.116.14.9 6.91MB/s
    Softlayer, Dallas, TX 173.192.68.18 3.46MB/s
    Softlayer, Seattle, WA 67.228.112.250 3.58MB/s
    Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE 159.122.69.4 7.91MB/s
    Softlayer, Singapore, SG 119.81.28.170 5.56MB/s

    Softlayer, HongKong, CN 119.81.130.170 10.1MB/s

    Have a nice day!

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