FirstVDS (Russia) 1 month review (English)
Just a quick review since I've only had the service for a month and I'm not sure whether to renew it or not since I don't really need it.
I originally signed up to this host when the Ruble dropped in value, and I thought I would use it to test out a cheap VPS.
The website is in Russian only, but works fine with Google translate. Once you register an account for their billing manager (which consists of your name, email and a password) you can change the language to English. The same goes for their VPS manager. For some reason every Russian host seems to use ISPSystem's BILLmanager, and FirstVDS (not sure about others) uses ISPSystem's VMmanager which is actually a really nice panel. I can't find an option for tun/tap in there though if you need that.
I sent one message to support (in English) with a query (asking if the port was 1000mbps like it says on their website), and they replied (in Russian, I had to Google translate) saying they're all 100mbps.
I got this plan which cost 60 rubles (about £0.67 ($1) when I signed up, £0.60 ($0.90) now) for 256MB RAM, 10GB HDD space, and an unmetered 100mbit connection. It works by paying for 60 rubles, which are added to your account, and then they take about 2 rubles (60/30) per day. I don't know if you can cancel midway through the month and stop paying or not. There is no discount for paying yearly.
Hardware performance is actually pretty good. Feels quick and responsive. The templates are all minimum as well I think (I only used Debian)
CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5645 @ 2.40GHz Number of cores : 1 CPU frequency : 1596.000 MHz Total amount of ram : 256 MB Total amount of swap : 0 MB 1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 1.28546 s, 835 MB/s System Benchmarks Index Values BASELINE RESULT INDEX Dhrystone 2 using register variables 116700.0 13426771.6 1150.5 Double-Precision Whetstone 55.0 2937.3 534.1 Execl Throughput 43.0 4418.9 1027.7 File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 3960.0 467644.8 1180.9 File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1655.0 123812.1 748.1 File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 5800.0 1077592.7 1857.9 Pipe Throughput 12440.0 799786.2 642.9 Pipe-based Context Switching 4000.0 176214.6 440.5 Process Creation 126.0 9156.3 726.7 Shell Scripts (1 concurrent) 42.4 5959.2 1405.5 Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 6.0 903.7 1506.2 System Call Overhead 15000.0 684445.1 456.3 ======== System Benchmarks Index Score 876.7
Network performance on the other hand, is pretty good in Russia. Everywhere else... it's not
Overall for the price and location, you get a nice little box for under $1/mo.
If you feel like signing up, they currently have a 25% off discount for their normal OpenVZ/KVM VPSes (not this one, this one I've reviewed for 60 rubles is some kind of special offer already)