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Hostigation 128 MB KVM VPS Review
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Hostigation 128 MB KVM VPS Review

iKockaiKocka Member
edited September 2011 in Reviews

Due to awesome reviews about Tim's Hostigation I decided to take a 128 MB KVM VPS from them almost 2 months ago. After payment, VPS was brought online in 5 minutes. Installation was easy, after a long ticket regarding I/O speeds, Tim enabled Virtio for me. Today I have 3 KVM VPSs and I'm a happy customer.

12:46:15 up 2 days, 12:53,  1 user,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00

Uptime isn't best at Rock Hill due to constant reboots caused by broken UPS.

00:58:29 up 40 days, 18:51,  2 users,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00

There was only one reboot so far at Los Angeles.

             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:        124884      54816      70068          0      23472      12936
-/+ buffers/cache:      18408     106476
Swap:       242680          0     242680

With Debian 6 + Nginx + MySQL + PHP installed VPS uses about 18 MB of memory.

processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 13
model name      : QEMU Virtual CPU version (cpu64-rhel6)
stepping        : 3
cpu MHz         : 3392.714
cache size      : 4096 KB
fdiv_bug        : no
hlt_bug         : no
f00f_bug        : no
coma_bug        : no
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 4
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 syscall nx lm up pni cx16 hypervisor lahf_lm
bogomips        : 6785.42
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes   : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

VPS comes with 1 core of E3-1270, which outperforms dual E5620.

Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/vda1             9.7G  771M  8.4G   9% /
tmpfs                  61M     0   61M   0% /lib/init/rw
udev                   57M  112K   57M   1% /dev
tmpfs                  61M     0   61M   0% /dev/shm

All disk space is here.

# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync && rm -rf test
16384+0 records in
16384+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 8.01671 s, 134 MB/s

I/O speed is great as always.

# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync && rm -rf test
16384+0 records in
16384+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 6.03462 s, 178 MB/s

It's obvious that VPS node has hardware RAiD controller with cache.

# wget -O /dev/null http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test && rm -rf 100mb.test
--2011-09-05 13:20:32--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net... 205.234.175.175
Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net|205.234.175.175|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `/dev/null'

100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 6.72M/s   in 16s

2011-09-05 13:20:48 (6.31 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]

Network speed is good too. It takes only 135 ms to reach it from Central Europe.

Integer Score:                2800 |||||||||||
Floating Point Score:         5667 ||||||||||||||||||||||
Memory Score:                 7961 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
Stream Score:                 5684 ||||||||||||||||||||||

Overall Geekbench Score:      5124 ||||||||||||||||||||

Geekbench is impressive as this is a single core system.

Despite Tim is ridding solo, support ticket are being handled fast and promptly. What counts is that he goes beyond what everybody else do to keep customers happy. These 128 MB boxes are currently out of stock, but definitely a must have.

Thanked by 1drmike

Comments

  • @iKocka

    Uptime isn't best at Rock Hill due to constant reboots caused by broken UPS.

    In his defense, that would have been about the time we had Hurricane Irene come though. I know we had high winds power outages here in Charlotte. Heck, on one of my walks into town, I stopped to pull trees out of the road three times.

    Is Virtio something we should be having activated on VPSes? First I;ve heard about it.

  • iKockaiKocka Member
    edited September 2011

    @drmike: There were few reboots in the past month, so Hurricane Irene is not a reason. I hope DC gets new batteries for UPS fast. Virtio is only used for KVM virtualization because it significally increases I/O speed.

  • @iKocka Not a biggie. Just wanted to mention it. Wasn't sure of the time frame.

    Thanks by the way for the review.

  • iKocka said: I hope DC gets new batteries for UPS fast.

    New batteries arrived last Thursday, so I'm hoping our maintenance guy gets to them this week, today is a holiday here so we have it off, but I am kind of expecting it to go down once more before it's back up to snuff, hopefully we get 5 years of good power now.

    Also, back to your VPS. Did you format ext4? Seems to be a great boost from that as well, one of the guys on an LA node is getting 230-270MB/sec from his KVM VPS. I tried to recreate it in Rock Hill, then I discovered I made the dork move of not enabling write cache on the raid card in node kvm04, but it's really rocking now.

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  • @miTgiB: I will try to convert from ext3 to ext4 in the upcoming weekend. By the way, I really hope your maintenance guy will finally replace UPS batteries this week, as we were down today again.

  • I'm including a link to the discussion of the battery issue just in case someone comes across this via a google search or from elsewhere:

    http://www.lowendtalk.com/discussion/205/hostigation-down

    That link will get you to the thread although may not be right at the top.

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