Review of DMB Hosting
I have decided to review DMB Hosting to share my experience so far. I have copied the format of the review from other reviews because its nicely structured.
Overview - I recently bought an OpenVZ special from DMB Hosting which you can find here, the specs are as follows -
~ 256mb guaranteed RAM
~ 512mb burstable ram
~ 40gb HDD space in a RAID 10 array,
~ 100gb bandwidth
~ 1 ipv4 address
~ 10 ipv6 addresses
It costs £2.99/month or £29.99/year but its worth noting that these prices don't include VAT which is charged at the UK rate of 20%, which is fair enough considering they are a UK based company. There is now only one location on offer UK (Telecity Synergy House in Manchester), but I find this a very good location, especially for low ping times to the EU. Unfortunately I can't comment on the network of the chicago offering because I live in the UK and therefore naturally I went for the UK VPS. All of the main VPS operating systems are available for install on SolusVM -
Although it would be nice to see a wider variety of operating systems available i'm sure all it would take is a support ticket. WHMCS is secured by a valid 256bit SSL certificate provided by PositiveSSL.
With every VPS you get 20gb free FTP backup space in a different data center, provided its for legitimate backup use. To obtain this you need to request it using the link that you are sent via email. The backup server is actually based in the Racksrv DC in Kent,England. My connection to the backup server is extremely quick and therefore it is effortless to backup to the server.
The only thing I have to comment on negatively is SolusVM, All of the pages within SolusVM seem to load really quickly once your logged in, but logging in takes an age.
Support - The welcome emails I received once I bought my VPS were concise and provided me with all the information I needed to get started with my VPS almost instantly. The VPS I ordered was setup instantly, and I could log in to SolusVM and manage my VPS as soon as I paid.
When I requested my free FTP backup space I had a problem with not being able to change my account password and not being able to log in to the server at all. I opened a support ticket and I had a response and the problem was fixed in minutes. I have never been with a LEB provider before that responds to tickets and resolves problems as quickly as that! DMB Hosting have multiple support staff with different areas of expertise to cater with problems regarding. specific services I don't really have anything else to say about support because so far everything has been fine with my vps, but I can trust @daimonb to provide a quick and to the point solution if I ever get a problem.
Setup - I know OpenVZ isn't the platform of choice for most users wanting reliability and less chance of overselling, however, with DMB Hosting I don't really think it matters if your on OVZ or XEN because there is obviously no overselling going on. Connection to the VPS via SSH is lightning fast and it reboots in a matter of seconds. Re-imaging via SolusVM also takes under a minute which is great for someone like me who uses a different operating system every day! Using yum and apt-get on the vps to install packages is also amazingly fast, so the VPS obviously has a good connection to the repo mirrors.
Performance - The performance on my VPS is probably on a par with premium VPS providers like linode etc. There is obviously no overselling and no abuse of the servers due to a rock solid terms and conditions. Here are some benchmarks which demonstrate the VPS's capability -
Disk IO -
[email protected]:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=16k count=64k conv=fdatasync 65536+0 records in 65536+0 records out 1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 8.05689 s, 133 MB/s
An exemplary IO speed, especially for a LEB provider. They obviously manage the IO capacity of the server very well to provide the best user experience.
Disk Space -
[email protected]:~# df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/simfs 40G 1.7G 39G 5% / tmpfs 256M 0 256M 0% /lib/init/rw tmpfs 256M 0 256M 0% /dev/shm