LFCVPS 1 Month Review
I signed up for a VPS with these guys after they posted in the offers section here on LET.
Description: XenPV with 4 Cores of those lovely E5's, 512MB ram, 512MB Swap, 20GB disk and 600GB bandwidth at gigabit speeds for $5.17 per month. They also provide DNS service which can be accessed via WHMCS. The welcome email includes all the pertinent details related to this service.
Signup and Purchase: Fairly standard. No problems. WHMCS based website. Valid SSL cert. Normal sign up process.
Delivery: Welcome to email received at 2:34PM and VPS info received at 2:38PM. Nice welcome email. Clear text password but good info and everything you need in a welcome email.
Customer Service: Has been great. During the signup process I requested in the order notes that they draw me a cat using MS Paint or Gimp and take a screenshot. at 2:31PM (yes, even before WHMCS sent me the emails! I received an email with the following link: http://i.imgur.com/M1XhB.jpg from a staff member himself. A few weeks later I opened a ticket for additional info on backups and I opened the ticket on a Saturday at 4:39PM and received a reply containing the info requested at 4:45PM.
They are quick to reply to tickets and very polite and easy to work with.
SolusVM: secured using default https port and a valid cert. No instant RDNS but RDNS can be done using WHMCS though for both ipv4 and ipv6 (tested). Decent little selection of images (Standard distros)
Node: One thing I like about these guys is they are not afraid to give you the node specs. Asus Server board with dual hexa core E5 2600's, 64GB ram and 8x 15k SAS drives in a raid 10 powered by an Adaptec controller.
VPS Backup information: I decided to play around with this feature after speaking with Jeff at LFCVPS and it is very cool. You login to whmcs and go to my backups and you will see a list of your backups (10 total, and you can create one yourself) and there is a restore button and also a get credentials button. When you click get credentials you get the FTP details for it. It uses FTP with SSL and once you login you basically get a file system structure. I was expecting a big tar.gz but no this is much better, Everything is laid out like the real Filesystem so you can pick and choose what to download.
Actual VPS Info:
processor : 3 vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 6 model : 45 model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 0 @ 2.00GHz stepping : 7 cpu MHz : 2000.000 cache size : 15360 KB fdiv_bug : no hlt_bug : no f00f_bug : no coma_bug : no fpu : yes fpu_exception : yes cpuid level : 10 wp : yes flags : fpu tsc msr pae cx8 cmov pat clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss nx constant_tsc pni pclmulqdq vmx ssse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt aes avx hypervisor tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid bogomips : 4000.00 clflush size : 64 cache_alignment : 64 address sizes : 46 bits physical, 48 bits virtual power management:
[email protected]:~# free -m total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 500 218 282 0 20 178 -/+ buffers/cache: 18 482 Swap: 511 0 511
[email protected]:~# df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/xvda1 20G 826M 18G 5% / tmpfs 251M 0 251M 0% /lib/init/rw udev 240M 24K 240M 1% /dev tmpfs 251M 4.0K 251M 1% /dev/shm
ioping -c 30 . (Tried this at various times over the last few days and it is always around this mark):
--- . (ext3 /dev/xvda1) ioping statistics --- 30 requests completed in 29013.4 ms, 3573 iops, 14.0 mb/s min/avg/max/mdev = 0.2/0.3/0.4/0.1 ms
DD test (Tried this at various times over the last few days and it is always around this mark):
[email protected]:~/ioping-0.6# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync 16384+0 records in 16384+0 records out 1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 4.40289 s, 244 MB/s
Network tests: FDC Servers Denver 1GB:
2012-06-16 23:21:02 (72.3 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [1073741824/1073741824]
FDC Chicago 1GB:
2012-06-16 23:23:12 (20.2 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [1073741824/1073741824]
2012-06-16 23:24:58 (32.4 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]
Linode London (started slow but then went to 11.2 and stayed there: 104,857,600 11.3M/s in 13s )
2012-06-16 23:26:08 (7.83 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]
GeekBench score of 5640.
Conclusion: For the price I find this to be a well balanced service. Great node. Good service and support and good value for money. I have not received a single Nagios or Pingdom alert so things seem to be very stable.