ServerMania Dedicated Server Review
I will say that I have been using ServerMania now for my main server since March 1st and though it is only going on 1 month, I have been blown away by what I have found.
Number one is price, I have yet to find another provider who could match their price in terms of pure power (E3-1270v2, 32gigs ram, 1TB hdd) for 99.00! The price of their add-ons are fair priced also as I added a raid card for 30 a month and another 1TB for 10.00. Right now the price I pay per month is 139 with the 2 1TB hdds and raid card, hardware wise I find everything top of the line. I set the server into Xen virtual machines for personal projects and Raid-0 with the drives is running very well.
Edited to add: Based my order off of the 99.00 deal available here: http://www.servermania.com/lowendtalk-specials.htm
The only time I have needed support was to add extra hardware and to fix one thing. Upon setup the newly created IPMI user did not have the right permissions so I had to ask them to fix it, which they did very quickly and kept me updated that they were handling the ticket within minutes.
I have done some speed tests and east coast speeds are just awesome for about any needs and the hardware has been everything I needed.
[[email protected] ~]# wget freevps.us/downloads/bench.sh -O - -o /dev/null|bash
CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1270 V2 @ 3.50GHz
Number of cores : 1
CPU frequency : 3500.114 MHz
Total amount of ram : 343 MB
Total amount of swap : 2047 MB
System uptime : 7 days, 16:36,
Download speed from CacheFly: 70.6MB/s
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 34.2MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 21.9MB/s
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 5.04MB/s
Download speed from Linode, London, UK: 5.06MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 9.12MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 4.78MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 12.6MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 12.4MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 64.6MB/s
I/O speed : 255 MB/s
^ I am using Xen so some of the resources shown are off a bit (like ram).
I have to say the hard drives are NEAR new, so I cant complain either since I have had the server 506 hours.
[[email protected] linux]# smartctl -d sat+megaraid,5 -a /dev/sda | grep Power_On_Hours
9 Power_On_Hours 0x0032 098 098 000 Old_age Always - 1634
[[email protected] linux]# smartctl -d sat+megaraid,4 -a /dev/sda | grep Power_On_Hours
9 Power_On_Hours 0x0032 099 099 000 Old_age Always - 881
If you are looking for a new provider and want a quote for something special then ask them. I know I see so many bad reviews out there for providers and I knew that with such a positive experience I needed to give something positive back for reviews.
I have dealt with many different server providers over the years and have seen a range of good and bad, both with sales and after sales. ServerMania is the first company I have actually felt were willing to help you and discuss anything with you no matter how many servers you were buying with them, every customer counted the same and that is refreshing. This is the first time I have seen a company shine in every single level of service from hardware, value, sales and support. I would love to hear if anyone else has experience with them also to add.
I have already talked to Chris about getting more servers because this is a company I want to expand with.
If you want to talk to them about prices or addons you can message @chriscm like I did, he got back to me pretty quick.