Over the past couple of days I have been testing some of the cheapest VPS deals I could find, and next up is this deal from OpenVirtuals:

OpenVirtuals

Storage: 180GB ($0.11c/GB)
RAM: 512MB
Swap: 1GB
CPU: 2x 2.4GHz
Network: Gigabit
Bandwidth: 2TB
Type: OpenVZ
Price: $20/year

180GB for $20/year is insanely good value at 11 cents per gigabyte! I will be honest, I don't have high hopes considering the price, but for simple storage this could be perfect.

Lets try some benchmarks by first making sure time and bzip2 are installed by doing a simple

apt-get install time bzip2

and then running this command to perform some tests:

bash <(wget --no-check-certificate -O - https://raw.github.com/mgutz/vpsbench/master/vpsbench)

Just like with the last ones I have reviewed, I have done these tests at different times on different days to get a better idea of what it's like.

Here's the first result:

CPU model:  Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU  C2750  @ 2.40GHz
Number of cores: 2
CPU frequency:  2399.791 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 512 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   2 days, 3:25,       
I/O speed:  4.2 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 11.08s
Download 100MB file: 79.7MB/s

So this is a little different from the last couple of VPS I have reviewed, this seems to be running on an Intel Atom CPU which is not exactly a server CPU by any means, however, the Bzip2 test completed in a reasonable time. The I/O speed is terrible, which could mean at the moment I did the test the system was under a heavy load, so maybe the next tests will be better. The network speed is very good, that's actually the fastest test I've seen so far of all providers.

Here's another test:

CPU model:  Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU  C2750  @ 2.40GHz
Number of cores: 2
CPU frequency:  2399.791 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 512 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   3 days, 1:19,
I/O speed:  4.9 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 11.08s
Download 100MB file: 64.4MB/s

We see a similar situation with the I/O here, and also respectable network speed. I would imagine that this service is highly used and constantly under load, which is hardly surprising for the price. Having said that, for $20/year it's not bad.

One last test:

CPU model:  Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU  C2750  @ 2.40GHz
Number of cores: 2
CPU frequency:  2399.791 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 512 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   4 days, 18:56,       
I/O speed:  3.1 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 10.66s
Download 100MB file: 61.2MB/s

So this is not a high performance VPS, but it does perform as expected for the price. For storing files, backups, running a HTTP server, this would be very useful. For learning Linux or having a cheap server to play with, it's perfect.

I will consider this, so far, to be the best value service for storage that I've tested. The performance, mainly the I/O is not good, but depending on the use, may be acceptable.

The next plan I look at will be slightly more higher end, it will be the first monthly one I try. It's $5/month from ServerHub for 500GB. This is the perfect size for my nextCloud server, so I can't wait to get that up and running and see how it feels.

-Dave