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All hail BuyVM! (review) | BuyVM.net

Mind the title, but in all honesty they're VPS gods.

I've used BuyVM for a number of critical projects, both in terms of uptime, stability, support & ddos protection. BuyVM support is excellent; reply times are within a 30-45 minute window, although most replies are 10 minutes or under - for emergency contact a simple PM to @Francisco on the BuyVM IRC will get things sorted very fast.

BuyVM hardware & stability is up to par and great - with full SSD you cant really go wrong. Uptime in all honesty was a bit rocky last month, but in the past several months; it has been 99.99%+.

DDoS protection with BuyVM was run via tunneling through CNServers - whilst CNServers are excellent at L4 mitigation, they lacked L7 mitigation. Francisco did the responsible thing and switched me over to Staminous Communications ddos protection; shortly after he switched all ddos protection to Staminous Communications and it has been smooth sailing ever since.

All in all, BuyVM are an excellent top-notch provider that do not get enough attention on LET primarily because I think Francisco does not want to target his client base at LET members for some reason.

I would highly recommend BuyVM to everyone. A+ from me! :)

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  • 0xdragon0xdragon Member
    edited July 2014

    If I got a discount, I'd definitely consider them.

    EDIT: I searched for "BuyVM meme" and found "You can't say nay to the ponay". Cracked up.

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  • said: All in all, BuyVM are an excellent top-notch provider that do not get enough attention on LET primarily because I think Francisco does not want to target his client base at LET members for some reason.

    There was a time when LEB / LET was all hyped up with Buyvm (pre colocrossing era). But I guess most providers has caught up with them so you got a lot of others to choose from.

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  • epaslvepaslv Member

    Great Support, I agree,

    But I can't say the same for the iops performance on their VPS, as I am getting 1020 read, 339 write. Considering they are SSD's in RAID10.

    read : io=3073.4MB, bw=4081.5KB/s, iops=1020 , runt=771071msec
    write: io=1022.7MB, bw=1358.2KB/s, iops=339 , runt=771071msec

    Run status group 0 (all jobs):
    READ: io=3073.4MB, aggrb=4081KB/s, minb=4081KB/s, maxb=4081KB/s, mint=771071msec, maxt=771071msec
    WRITE: io=1022.7MB, aggrb=1358KB/s, minb=1358KB/s, maxb=1358KB/s, mint=771071msec, maxt=771071msec

    Also can't run fio to run iodepth beyond 8

    ./fio --randrepeat=1 --ioengine=libaio --direct=1 --gtod_reduce=1 --name=test --filename=test --bs=4k --iodepth=16 --size=4G --readwrite=randrw --rwmixread=75

    fio: check /proc/sys/fs/aio-max-nr
    fio: io engine init failed. Perhaps try reducing io depth?
    fio: pid=16185, err=11/file:engines/libaio.c:264, func=io_queue_init, error=Resource temporarily unavailable

  • netomxnetomx Member, Moderator

    You may also add that @francisco is an excellent person who is always in the mood to help . And yup, they were all active here until CC bought LET

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  • jcalebjcaleb Moderator

    What do you mean rocky uptime? Is it just network?

  • gracagraca Member

    what happen between them and cc?

    I'm Fanatical Lowendbox enthusiast

  • kaflokaflo Member

    @vampireJ said:
    There was a time when LEB / LET was all hyped up with Buyvm (pre colocrossing era).

    Yeah they were always out of stock at that time because everyone wanted to buy. There was even this website - doesbuyvmhavestock.com (gone now).

  • netomxnetomx Member, Moderator

    @graca said:
    what happen between them and cc?

    long story, not sure if someone has the mood to write all about. Just think of this: CC got LET and BuyVM went to VPSB

  • alexhalexh Member
    edited July 2014

    netomx said: long story, not sure if someone has the mood to write all about. Just think of this: CC got LET and BuyVM went to VPSB

    It's sad that this had to happen; BuyVM was one of the original LEB providers that did it right, and one of the first I ever tried.

    Look at this: http://www.spamhaus.org/sbl/listings/velocity-servers.net

    Fran did the right thing considering this site is hosted & ran by a company known to host ROKSO for a number of years. There's even a /15 and /17 on that list.

  • netomxnetomx Member, Moderator

    @alexh said:
    Fran did the right thing considering this site is hosted & ran by a company known to host ROKSO for a number of years. There's even a /15 and /17 on that list.

    I don't know why it is "sad". It is just a business, like a lot of them.

  • alexhalexh Member
    edited July 2014

    @netomx said:
    I don't know why it is "sad". It is just a business, like a lot of them.

    Maybe you don't consider:

    • Child labor as means to support guerrilla marketing strategies
    • Being an accessory to crime(s) / facilitating crime(s)

    To be sad or questionable, but many do. Just to clarify.

  • @vampireJ said:
    There was a time when LEB / LET was all hyped up with Buyvm (pre colocrossing era). But I guess most providers has caught up with them so you got a lot of others to choose from.

    BuyVM was my first ever LEB. I was paying $5-10/mo before that

    I remember the posts on WHT saying "no way, $15/yr is impossible! this is a scam, they won't be around next year, etc.."

    that was years ago.

    Favourite host in general: Ramnode (affiliate link)
    Favourite host for hourly billing/custom ISOs: Vultr ($50 free credit for new accounts, affiliate link)

  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider
    edited July 2014

    @epaslv said:
    Great Support, I agree,

    But I can't say the same for the iops performance on their VPS, as I am getting 1020 read, 339 write. Considering they are SSD's in RAID10.

    read : io=3073.4MB, bw=4081.5KB/s, iops=1020 , runt=771071msec
    write: io=1022.7MB, bw=1358.2KB/s, iops=339 , runt=771071msec

    Run status group 0 (all jobs):
    READ: io=3073.4MB, aggrb=4081KB/s, minb=4081KB/s, maxb=4081KB/s, mint=771071msec, maxt=771071msec
    WRITE: io=1022.7MB, aggrb=1358KB/s, minb=1358KB/s, maxb=1358KB/s, mint=771071msec, maxt=771071msec

    Also can't run fio to run iodepth beyond 8

    ./fio --randrepeat=1 --ioengine=libaio --direct=1 --gtod_reduce=1 --name=test --filename=test --bs=4k --iodepth=16 --size=4G --readwrite=randrw --rwmixread=75

    fio: check /proc/sys/fs/aio-max-nr
    fio: io engine init failed. Perhaps try reducing io depth?
    fio: pid=16185, err=11/file:engines/libaio.c:264, func=io_queue_init, error=Resource temporarily unavailable

    I completely agree on the IOPS and even the raw throughput. I'm fairly sure the Adaptec's are just not performing as they should. When we did the SSD's we
    were on borrowed time so I wasn't able to debug every last thing with them. We simply got them to acceptable levels and started rolling out nodes with them with whatever time I had left before my next flights.

    Ideally it should be 1.5 - 2GB/sec in throughput and probably 40k - 80k in IOPs.

    I'm fully aware (since I figurd it out on my own, could never find it written much) that DD's are affected by raw CPU speed. It should still be way higher than it actually is.

    Either way, thanks for the review :)

    Francisco

    BuyVM - Free DirectAdmin, Softaculous, & Blesta! / Anycast Support! / Windows 2008, 2012, & 2016! / Unmetered Bandwidth!
    BuyShared - Shared & Reseller Hosting / cPanel + Softaculous + CloudLinux / Pure SSD! / Free Dedicated IP Address
  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider
    edited July 2014

    @jcaleb said:
    What do you mean rocky uptime? Is it just network?

    NJ's network is solid now that Choopa finally addressed that router/switch.
    Minus a route blip here/there, it's solid all around.

    Vegas was a much harder mess since it was a different platform (being 10gig
    uplinks instead of how Jersey is).

    In the end, we quickly spent $6,000 and got the brocade in place. It runs solid
    and minus a planned maintenance I have for October to add additional redundancy
    (additional PSU unit and a 2nd management card), it's awesome.

    Francisco

    BuyVM - Free DirectAdmin, Softaculous, & Blesta! / Anycast Support! / Windows 2008, 2012, & 2016! / Unmetered Bandwidth!
    BuyShared - Shared & Reseller Hosting / cPanel + Softaculous + CloudLinux / Pure SSD! / Free Dedicated IP Address
  • Any good coupons lying around by any chance ? ;)

  • J1021J1021 Member

    xavier66 said: Any good coupons lying around by any chance ? ;)

    There was a 50% discount code for first payment on any terms last month but this has expired. I don't think BuyVM do coupon codes often because they don't struggle to bring the customers in at full price.

  • NekkiNekki Moderator

    xavier66 said: Any good coupons lying around by any chance ? ;)

    BuyVM have never done coupons. Just drop the few dollars it takes to try the, and see if you like.

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  • I think u could get a slightly lower price when paid annually. Btw Love their support...

  • ShhhInvi said: I think u could get a slightly lower price when paid annually. Btw Love their support...

    It's one month free per 6 ordered, I believe

    Contractually bound by a verbal non-disclosure agreement

  • I love love love the network at BuyVM NJ (haven't used LV in awhile but I don't remember it being bad) minus the few blips, and love that inbound b/w is now unmetered (though I never got close to my allocation before)

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  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    @ShhhInvi said:
    I think u could get a slightly lower price when paid annually. Btw Love their support...

    Correct :) 1 month free with every 5 months paid. We have a 'new customer' offer in place right now that gives you your 2nd month free.

    Nekki said: BuyVM have never done coupons. Just drop the few dollars it takes to try the, and see if you like.

    We did a 50% off first payment (no restriction on plan or payment period) for DailyServerDeals but that's about it for coupons.

    I never much cared for competing on price, instead we compete on features and extras. Stallion provides a lot of things, many features that other OVZ hosts don't/can't have.

    All 256MB+ plans get free nightly backups in LV (NJ pending SSD's to make it possible). Private IP ranges, free inbound, free upgrade to SSD's (even if they are performing underpar, but that's hopefully a short term issue), affordable DDoS filtering, etc.

    If I was charging $1/month for a 256, I can assure you we wouldn't bother trying to offer all these extra's.

    Francisco

    BuyVM - Free DirectAdmin, Softaculous, & Blesta! / Anycast Support! / Windows 2008, 2012, & 2016! / Unmetered Bandwidth!
    BuyShared - Shared & Reseller Hosting / cPanel + Softaculous + CloudLinux / Pure SSD! / Free Dedicated IP Address
  • @texteditor said:
    It's one month free per 6 ordered, I believe

    Ahhh sorry my mistake then... should refresh my own 'memory' harder than ever lol

  • @Francisco Ahhh then it is slightly lower :-P

  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    @ShhhInvi said:
    I think u could get a slightly lower price when paid annually. Btw Love their support...

    We're actually working on offering free, fully managed support. I've been fiddling with some additional plans aimed at that, but the plan right now is to offer full management on all 256MB+ plans.

    128MB's will get the same level of support they get now, just we won't do constant backflips to tune your kloxo to run 40 sites on it, etc.

    We're hoping to have this upgrade to support done in the coming month or so.

    Francisco

    BuyVM - Free DirectAdmin, Softaculous, & Blesta! / Anycast Support! / Windows 2008, 2012, & 2016! / Unmetered Bandwidth!
    BuyShared - Shared & Reseller Hosting / cPanel + Softaculous + CloudLinux / Pure SSD! / Free Dedicated IP Address
  • rds100rds100 Member

    Francisco said: We're actually working on offering free, fully managed support.

    Have you suddenly become a mazochist? ;-)

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  • J1021J1021 Member

    Francisco said: 128MB's will get the same level of support they get now, just we won't do constant backflips to tune your kloxo to run 40 sites on it, etc.

    Do you know what you're letting yourself in for!

  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    rds100 said: Have you suddenly become a mazochist? ;-)

    I enjoy ticket work :) There's a lot of work that I automate from a repository of scripts Aldryic, & I have written over the years.

    I mean, think about it. We got into shared and I've not hung myself yet.

    How bad could fully managed be...............

    Francisco

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  • J1021J1021 Member

    I wish you the best with your new managed venture, though I think you could charge atleast $2 for the service.

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  • Nice to hear your future plan @Francisco

    There will be more workload then... but I do believe your team could cope with it.

    Wish you the best

  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider
    edited July 2014

    @kcaj said:
    I wish you the best with your new managed venture, though I think you could charge atleast $2 for the service.

    Sure but that's not the BuyVM way ;) We like to roll things into our costs and don't mind eating the cost of hiring some more staff in this.

    ShhhInvi said: Nice to hear your future plan @Francisco
    There will be more workload then... but I do believe your team could cope with it.
    Wish you the best

    It will be but I don't think it'll be that bad. Most of our current users don't require tons of additional attention. There's already a good amount of users we do a lot for, including
    fully managed support on some cPanel VPS customers.

    Thanks for the interest,

    Francisco

    BuyVM - Free DirectAdmin, Softaculous, & Blesta! / Anycast Support! / Windows 2008, 2012, & 2016! / Unmetered Bandwidth!
    BuyShared - Shared & Reseller Hosting / cPanel + Softaculous + CloudLinux / Pure SSD! / Free Dedicated IP Address
  • J1021J1021 Member

    Francisco said: don't mind eating the cost of hiring some more staff in this.

    Staff? What are wrong with ponies?

  • @kcaj said:
    Staff? What are wrong with ponies?

    Lol perhaps they enjoying cough riding cough XD

  • jvnadrjvnadr Member
    edited July 2014

    Francisco said: We got into shared and I've not hung myself yet

    And have to say that their shared hosting, especially the resellers plan, are soooooo cheap that if you only see their prices, you will probably say "they have to be a really crap provider". But, no, their quality on those plans (starting for just 2$!!!) are exceptional! You have to try it to believe it, compared with the price tag...

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  • rds100rds100 Member

    Francisco said: I enjoy ticket work :)

    I don't mind it too, when we speak the same language with the customer. I imagine you have a lot of customers from the other end of the Pacific that can be a big challange...

    -

  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider
    edited July 2014

    @jvnadr said:
    And have to say that their shared hosting, especially the resellers plan, are soooooo cheap that if you only see their prices, you will probably say "they have to be a really crap provider". But, no, their quality on those plans (starting for just 2$!!!) are exceptional! You have to try it to believe it, compared with the price tag...

    Thanks :) Shared has been a fun project. It's hard to differentiate yourself in that market. We recently made it so all outbound connections originate from the users dedicated IP and not the shared nodes primary IP. This helps greatly for users accessing IP locked API's and crap like that.

    rds100 said: I don't mind it too, when we speak the same language with the customer. I imagine you have a lot of customers from the other end of the Pacific that can be a big challange...

    True but you'd be surprised how well google translator works for a lot of that. I've also found us replying in somewhat broken english, as odd/offensive as it sounds, helps greatly as well.

    Francisco

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  • jvnadrjvnadr Member

    Francisco said: from the users dedicated IP

    I forgot that. Every 2$ reseller plan with 20GB hdd has, also, a dedicated ip and a jailed ssh access for basic tasks, as transfering files!! A perfect way to setup a quick managed server for small sites with a lot of functions cpanel offer to the user, with access to whm but without the headache to manage the server, vps or dedi and at a fragment of the cost! Dedi ip + cpanel + whm + managed/secured server + jailed ssh for 2$!

    (No, I pay for my service, this is not advertisement for BuyVM but, after a lot of years that I tried a lot of shared providers for some of my client's projects, it costs less and offers a way to much than competitors...)

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  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    Thanks :)

    CageFS is nice and gives a lot of control w/o the headaches/fears of break outs. We originally didn't have cloudlinux/cagefs but within the first week we realized that not having the PHP selector was enough of a reason to license it.

    I'm hoping to put 2 'fully managed cpanel' plans out in the coming weeks. I'll go into more detail at WHT/etc with the details. The plans w/ cpanel will be way over the $7/m mark so I won't bother necro'ing this thread.

    Francisco

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  • netomxnetomx Member, Moderator

    @alexh said:
    To be sad or questionable, but many do. Just to clarify.

    Sorry, didn't know CC uses child labor

  • k0nslk0nsl Member, Member without signature

    I'm also happy with their services, has worked out great for me so far. Except for the issues last month, but that was perfectly understandable in my view - nothing to get hung up about. Their shared hosting platform seems pretty solid so far, as well.

    Great provider.

  • One of BuyVM's biggest assets is their IRC. A few interesting characters there, but all are super helpful and more than willing to go the extra mile to help you out - especially the community members who aren't collecting a paycheque.

    @Francisco has helped me countless times, and that extra level of support in a supposedly unmanaged service, is so awesome. Any "premium" you pay - which isn't much of a premium, their pricing is pretty spot on - is easily made up if you 1) ever need help 2) pre-pay for longer terms.

    On a side note: @Francisco - any plans to offer nightly cPanel backups at a premium? I'd happily double the monthly (lol - which is already next to nothing for the level of service) for some additional peace of mind.

  • BoxodeBoxode Member

    Agreed!

    The only reason I use BuyVM is because it has more of a "personal touch" than Ramnode or other providers.

    A+ for BuyVM as always! :)

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  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider
    edited July 2014

    mikeyur said: On a side note: @Francisco - any plans to offer nightly cPanel backups at a premium? I'd happily double the monthly (lol - which is already next to nothing for the level of service) for some additional peace of mind.

    Nightly backups for cpanel rolled out on Sunday ;) Aldryic was supposed to send out an email about it but I guess he didn't get the chance. Free, of course.

    You can check inside your cpanel and you'll see a 'cpremote' option that you can do a manual backup or do a restore from one of the backup points.

    Francisco

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  • Boxode said: "personal touch"

    I didn't know @Francisco was talented on that area.

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  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    serverian said: I didn't know @Francisco was talented on that area.

    I personally don't, he's probably talking about m0shbear or earlykyler.

    There's always 'personal touch' when it comes to those two in IRC...even when you don't want it :(

    Francisco

    BuyVM - Free DirectAdmin, Softaculous, & Blesta! / Anycast Support! / Windows 2008, 2012, & 2016! / Unmetered Bandwidth!
    BuyShared - Shared & Reseller Hosting / cPanel + Softaculous + CloudLinux / Pure SSD! / Free Dedicated IP Address
  • Francisco said: Nightly backups for cpanel rolled out on Sunday ;)

    Sweeeeeet. Wonder if there's a way to automate backups of all accounts from WHM, to remote (S)FTP... hrmm.

    Francisco said: There's always 'personal touch' when it comes to those two in IRC...even when you don't want it :(

    Don't remind me...

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  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    mikeyur said: Sweeeeeet. Wonder if there's a way to automate backups of all accounts from WHM, to remote (S)FTP... hrmm.

    You could always setup a cron to use RSYNC for it.

    rsync is enabled in CageFS/SSH.

    Francisco

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    Yep the BuyVM IRC gets pretty wild at times, lol.

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  • Francisco said: You could always setup a cron to use RSYNC for it.
    rsync is enabled in CageFS/SSH.

    I'm pretty sure it's doable on a per-cPanel account level, but I'm talking WHM/Reseller level. I think it's possible for you guys to set it up that it'll backup all WHM accounts and stick them in a directory accessible by the main reseller account - but it's not setup out of the box.

    I was hoping to find something that would backup all the accounts at once and then I can setup a cron to rsync them over to another machine.

  • J1021J1021 Member

    @Francisco said:

    I think digi_vps is the worst. ;-)

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