GreenValueHost VPS Review (New Years Special)
I thought I provide you with a quick review of my services so far with GreenValueHost as there isn't many reviews of them here.
I've been tempted several times in the past by some of GreenValueHost's offers, but was somewhat wary for a few reasons - mainly their ToS seemed potentially somewhat excessively restrictive and potentially wouldn't allow running a software download mirror (my primary use). I know that some people can find their responses a little terse at times, but this was never really a concern for me - providing the service works well thats all i care about.
I confirmed with them that I could run a software mirror with them, and decided to take a punt on one of their New Years Specials.
The service was advertised as:
LET Exclusive New Years Special #4 - $7.00/month OR $48.00/year (BEST VALUE!)
300GB SSD Accelerated RAID-10 Disk Space
35TB Premium Bandwidth @ 1Gbps Port
4048MB Guaranteed RAM
8192MB Burstable RAM
$7.00/month OR $48.00/year- NO CONTRACTS and NO BS-
I run XBMCNightlyBuilds.com which is a site that builds and distributes nightly development builds of XBMC, OpenELEC and a few other similar projects. I already have a number of download mirrors, but was looking to implement a better system using MirrorBrain and this offer looked ideal for running the MirrorBrain master.
Signup process was relatively straight forward. Provisioning wasn't instant, but was setup within an hour or so.
I've had it in use for about a week now and so far I can't complain about the service so far, especially given the resources - I can't think of any other provider that offers 300GB/4GB for anywhere close to $48 a year.
Good network links
Excellent resource allocations
Initially erratic disk io, was benchmarked at 120MB/s but quickly dropped to about 45/MB/s. This seems to be resolved now and I can only assume it was down to lots of users running benchmarks. It seems fairly consistatant at about 120-140MB/s
A little downtime (less than an hour i think) on the node yesterday due to abuse on the node. Again quickly resolved.
As of last night they have implemented a new policy to tackle abusive clients. Should your VPS be suspended, un-suspension for vps's that have been suspended for CPU abuse will be assessed a one-time administrative fee of up to $10.00 per incident. I assume this is to penalise abusive clients. They also state "To clear up any confusion regarding our CPU resource policy, we allow clients to burst up to 50% of their CPU allocation -- NO EXCEPTIONS." I understand this is to protect them, however I hope that there would be a degree of common sense applied to legitimate users. I hope, that like other providers they attempt to contact you before suspending a vps, rather than suspend first and ask questions later.
I've opened a couple of tickets since I've had the VPS, all have been answered quickly and to my satisfaction - so no complaints there.
Disk IO is lower than what I would expect for a typical VPS advertised as SSD cached. However, given the price point, allocated storage and my usage its more than acceptable in my opinion.
Overall I'm fairly happy with this service and would likely signup for a similar plan with them, however I'm not sure i would use it for a production site or anything I had to rely on - I would constantly be concerned that something might trigger their monitoring system and result in suspension / termination.
----- UPDATE ------
Whilst putting this review together I ran Serverbear to generate some stats. I know this can be fairly intensive on a node, but I can't think of a provider I'm currently with that its caused any significant issues with. Unfortunately it triggered GVH's monitoring system and my VPS was suspended for CPU abuse. They have since reinstated it, and in-fairness without the $10 fee - but this highlights just how easy it could be to have your vps suspended. I could understand if i had been running it 24x7 but this wasn't the case. It seems you only get one chance at being unsuspended for free and after that you must pay the $10 fee.
I'm not entirely happy with my experience of being suspended. I received no communication from them indicating I was using excessive CPU usage, likewise when they shutdown my vps and suspended it there was no email or ticket created by them. I left it an hour before contacting them, as i had wrongly assumed they were doing work on the node. It was only then that I was told that it had been suspended for CPU abuse. I think regardless of the reason for shutting down or suspending a vps, be it for this CPU abuse policy or any other violation of their ToS, then you should contact the customer / email / raise a ticket stating the reason.
I'm still on the fence on what I will do with this VPS, I can't have lots of down time and feel uncomfortable with always wondering if I'm using too much resources. They do claim to have a 45 day no questions asked refund policy, so I'll probably give it another week or so and decide then.
It is unfortunate that they are so stringent in terms of usage, else this would be a great plan and I probably would have ordered one in each of their locations.
Some stats for those interested in hard numbers:
[email protected]:~# wget freevps.us/downloads/bench.sh -O - -o /dev/null|bash CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1240 v3 @ 3.40GHz Number of cores : 8 CPU frequency : 3392.093 MHz Total amount of ram : 8144 MB Total amount of swap : 0 MB System uptime : 30 min, Download speed from CacheFly: 74.1MB/s Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 27.5MB/s Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 10.7MB/s Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 7.22MB/s Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 10.6MB/s Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 14.0MB/s Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 1.75MB/s Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 17.1MB/s Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 5.37MB/s Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 77.8MB/s I/O speed : 85.6 MB/s
[email protected]:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync && rm -f test 16384+0 records in 16384+0 records out 1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 9.3857 s, 114 MB/s
[email protected]:~# python speedtest_cli.py Retrieving speedtest.net configuration... Retrieving speedtest.net server list... Testing from ColoCrossing (126.96.36.199)... Selecting best server based on ping... Hosted by LayeredServer (Buffalo, NY) [16.56 km]: 9.378 ms Testing download speed........................................ Download: 66.27 Mbit/s Testing upload speed.................................................. Upload: 54.73 Mbit/s