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Time4VPS 8 month review
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Time4VPS 8 month review

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In October '15 I was looking for a small VPS with a rather large HDD for as cheap as possible.
At that time Time4VPS just made a splash around LET.
Offer sounded too good to be true and the company had no reputation around here so I even went as far as to specifically refuse them in my search request to get some alternatives.
It quickly turned out that nobody could match that amount of HDD space at the same price point.
After a few users still recommended them I decided to give them a try getting the 0.5 TB High Volume Storage plan.

It didn't take long for me to find the catch of the offer. The IOPS were limited to 50 and the single threaded transfer speed to residential western europe was rather poor with around 1.5 MB/s being the limit I could get from multiple locations. However they upgraded their infrastructure in early 2016 which they increased the IOPS and the residential download speed to around 3.5 MB/s.
On the upside the connectivity to the large providers like Hetzner, OVH and Leaseweb is outstanding.

The communcation in the very few times I had with them was good. Ticket reply was within an hour and mostly helpful. However general inquiries can take a while when outside their business hours. Something to watch out for if you are not from europe.

All in all they are a fine provider which offer a fair product for a cheap price.

Please note that these benchmarks were performed on a completely configured and working machine, not a fresh installation.

System Info
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Processor       : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2609 v3 @ 1.90GHz
CPU Cores       : 1
Frequency       : 1897.933 MHz
Memory          : 512 MB
Swap            : 256 MB
Uptime          : 90 days, 12:00,

OS              : Debian GNU/Linux 8
Arch            : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel          : 2.6.32-042stab113.17


Speedtest (IPv4 only)
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Location                Provider        Speed
CDN                     Cachefly        36.6MB/s

Atlanta, GA, US         Coloat          1.92MB/s
Dallas, TX, US          Softlayer       8.34MB/s
Seattle, WA, US         Softlayer       7.16MB/s
San Jose, CA, US        Softlayer       6.68MB/s
Washington, DC, US      Softlayer       5.89MB/s

Tokyo, Japan            Linode          3.92MB/s
Singapore               Softlayer       4.24MB/s

Rotterdam, Netherlands  id3.net         27.5MB/s
Haarlem, Netherlands    Leaseweb        38.8MB/s


Disk Speed
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I/O (1st run)   : 47.1 MB/s
I/O (2nd run)   : 42.7 MB/s
I/O (3rd run)   : 42.4 MB/s
Average I/O     : 44.0667 MB/s
randwrite: (groupid=0, jobs=8): err= 0: pid=28034: Thu Jun 23 13:44:57 2016
  write: io=414504KB, bw=5229.3KB/s, iops=1307, runt= 79266msec
    slat (usec): min=3, max=53231K, avg=5868.78, stdev=441991.59
    clat (usec): min=0, max=9517, avg= 4.01, stdev=129.10
     lat (usec): min=4, max=53231K, avg=5873.86, stdev=441991.65
    clat percentiles (usec):
     |  1.00th=[    0],  5.00th=[    0], 10.00th=[    0], 20.00th=[    0],
     | 30.00th=[    0], 40.00th=[    0], 50.00th=[    1], 60.00th=[    1],
     | 70.00th=[    1], 80.00th=[    1], 90.00th=[    1], 95.00th=[    1],
     | 99.00th=[    3], 99.50th=[    4], 99.90th=[  836], 99.95th=[ 2672],
     | 99.99th=[ 6176]
    bw (KB  /s): min=    0, max=34734, per=39.91%, avg=2086.74, stdev=5161.15
    lat (usec) : 2=97.43%, 4=1.90%, 10=0.47%, 20=0.02%, 50=0.05%
    lat (usec) : 100=0.02%, 250=0.01%, 500=0.01%, 750=0.01%, 1000=0.03%
    lat (msec) : 2=0.02%, 4=0.02%, 10=0.04%
  cpu          : usr=0.04%, sys=0.24%, ctx=35017, majf=0, minf=217
  IO depths    : 1=100.0%, 2=0.0%, 4=0.0%, 8=0.0%, 16=0.0%, 32=0.0%, >=64=0.0%
     submit    : 0=0.0%, 4=100.0%, 8=0.0%, 16=0.0%, 32=0.0%, 64=0.0%, >=64=0.0%
     complete  : 0=0.0%, 4=100.0%, 8=0.0%, 16=0.0%, 32=0.0%, 64=0.0%, >=64=0.0%
     issued    : total=r=0/w=103626/d=0, short=r=0/w=0/d=0
     latency   : target=0, window=0, percentile=100.00%, depth=1
Thanked by 2erkin Saheb_Biswas

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