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A year later..

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It was a year ago when I started my journey into learning about VPS.

It all started when I came across lowendbox.com and found that there are some cheap VPS available. Before that, I knew you could get them from places that would charge an arm and a leg.

I originally had a server running at home, running Proxmox that was used for nextCloud and Plex Media Center and it was costing me around $30/month in electricity (the cost of electricity in Australia is stupid) and I quickly learned that I could offload this to "the cloud" (there really is no cloud, it's just a buzzword for someone else's computer!)

So, looking back at the start of my journey I have learned a lot. I have found the need to upgrade from a VPS to a dedicated server, which I found the amazing deal from SerweryDedyKowane.pl which now handles everything I need.

I still keep a few VPS for playing with, I don't really want everything to be running on my dedicated server for various reasons.

This blog, for instance, started off running on WootHosting's shared hosting for $1/year and now it's running on my dedicated server with absolutely zero downtime (except for when I restarted the server for security patches)

NextCloud and Plex run flawlessly and I'm very happy with the way it's all working.

I could still get away with using VPS instead a dedicated server for these tasks.

If I were to do that, with the hindsight that I now have, I'd recommend to myself to do this:

It's been a pretty fun learning experience, and I have certainly learned a lot by doing this. It's been also really awesome being able to share it with the world through this blog :)

Using a VPS as a proxy with SSH

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Just a quick tip, if you want to use a VPS as a proxy server through SSH then use this command (if your computer runs Linux)

ssh -D 12345 [email protected]

Replace 12345 with the port you want to use.

Then in Firefox, go to Preferences and add localhost as a Socks 5 proxy and the port 12345

I always test it first by going to Google and searching "What's my IP" to make sure it shows as the VPS's IP.

And you're done.

Reviewing a $5/year VPS from AlphaRacks

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Today I was looking for the absolute cheapest VPS that I could possibly find that wasn't a NAT VPS - on other words, one that comes with a dedicated IP as opposed to a shared one.

I found this neat little VPS:

  • 10 GB HDD
  • 1 CPU (Xeon E5620)
  • 1 IPv4
  • 128MB RAM
  • 100mbit
  • 250GB Bandwidth
  • OpenVZ
  • $5/year

$5 per year barely covers the cost of an IP, let alone the rest of the specs you get!

I paid with Bitcoin, and it was set up instantly.

Here are some benchmarks:

CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5620  @ 2.40GHz
Number of cores: 1
CPU frequency:  2400.119 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 128 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   5 min,       
I/O speed:  33.4 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 10.42s
Download 100MB file: 11.3MB/s

Getting the full speed out of the network, the I/O is what you'd expect for $5/year.

CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5620  @ 2.40GHz
Number of cores: 1
CPU frequency:  2400.119 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 128 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   18 min,       
I/O speed:  68.5 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 11.15s
Download 100MB file: 11.1MB/s

Looks a little bit better in the IO department this time, network is consistent.

This would be perfect for running an Iodine DNS tunnel! It would also suit running as a VPN, an IRC bouncer, a small web server, even for playing with Linux for the first time.

128MB of RAM is the only real limitation on this VPS, but again, for the price it's hard to beat.

If you want one of these, click here :)

Reviewing Wishosting's "KVM SSD Plus LA" VPS

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Here we are again, reviewing yet another VPS from Wishosting, this time its their "KVM SSD Plus LA" plan, which has the following specs:

  • 4 vCPU cores Intel Xeon E5-2650
  • Unlimited CPU cores 2.4GHz Turbo
  • 16GB ECC RAM
  • 80GB SSD
  • Linux/Windows OS
  • Bandwidth 250Mbps
  • Traffic 8TB
  • 1 IPv4
  • Private networking
  • Location - Los Angeles
  • Setup time up to 24 hours
  • Price: $15.99/month

What I love about Wishosting's VPS is they come with no limits on the CPU usage. You can run ANYTHING and make 100% usage of the resources advertised. I think other providers should do the same, they could learn something from Wishosting.

Apart from that, they have extremely friendly and helpful support - when I speak with Michael he's so damn professional in his ticket etiquette - again, other providers should take a page out of his book!

They use a system which is called OpenNebula which is a breath of fresh air after seeing so many SolusVM hosts. I really like the fact that you can basically treat a VPS as a resource pool. This one comes with 4 cores and 16GB of RAM plus 80GB SSD. I could split this into 4 VMs if I wanted to. It's nice to know those options exist.

Anyway, let's have a look at the performance of this KVM.

CPU model:  Intel Xeon E312xx (Sandy Bridge)
Number of cores: 4
CPU frequency:  1999.999 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 16051 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   4 min,       
I/O speed:  275 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 6.55s
Download 100MB file: 95.0MB/s

:) :) That I/O is nice, 6 second bzip is also nice. But 95MB/sec looks a lot like gigabit speeds to me, and it's only advertised as 250mbit!

CPU model:  Intel Xeon E312xx (Sandy Bridge)
Number of cores: 4
CPU frequency:  1999.999 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 16051 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   6 min,       
I/O speed:  506 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 7.79s
Download 100MB file: 103MB/s

Consistent as we can see here, the I/O jumped the second time round which is typical with these benchmarks.

Here's another "benchmark" you may be interested in:

[2018-02-28 12:02:54] speed 2.5s/60s/15m 126.4 133.3 n/a H/s max: 145.8 H/s
[2018-02-28 12:02:59] speed 2.5s/60s/15m 101.0 131.3 n/a H/s max: 145.8 H/s
[2018-02-28 12:03:04] speed 2.5s/60s/15m 89.6 129.4 n/a H/s max: 145.8 H/s
[2018-02-28 12:03:09] speed 2.5s/60s/15m 101.6 127.5 n/a H/s max: 145.8 H/s

I thought I'd run that for a minute to see what it's like, the CPU supports AES-NI and this is on 3 of the 4 cores :)

I've reviewed plenty of servers in the past, and a few from Wishosting, but this is the first Wishosting server I've had which is located in LA, which has great connectivity to Australia. I'm happy with the way this performs, I could probably easily justify keeping this server as a web server with the 80GB SSD it's insanely fast.

If you're looking for a speedy, beefy KVM with some kickass specs for a reasonable price, I'd recommend this package from Wishosting.

Cloud resource pools

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I thought I'd write up on cloud resource pools. Some VPS providers offer a pool of resources which you can use to make up multiple VPS for yourself, or to resell. They vary in shapes and sizes, but they're basically the same principle.

I've found that these are incredibly useful for spinning up a quick VPS for testing or playing around.

I'll be looking at one of the resource pools from WootHosting since they're cheap enough :)

The deal I'm looking at can be found here.

For $50/year you get the following:

  • 8 GB RAM
  • 200 GB RAID-10 Storage
  • 20TB Monthly Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps port
  • 6 IPv4 Addresses
  • 300 IPv6 Addresses
  • Deploy Instances in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Chicago
  • Create up to 6 VPS
  • Each VPS has 4 cores (not mentioned anywhere on their site)

We can create up to 6 VPS with this pool, or combine them into 1 massive VPS. We're given a control panel where we can add "users" and create VPS easily. Keep in mind that these are allowed to be resold too, and the control panel is white labelled, meaning there is no WootHosting branding or anything like that - nobody would know.

Today I'm going to focus only on setting up a single VPS with all of the resources combined, so we'd have a VPS with the following specs:

  • 4 CPU cores (Xeon E5620 @ 2.4ghz)
  • Set up in LA
  • 8GB RAM
  • 20TB Bandwidth (gigabit!)
  • 200GB HDD
  • 6 IPv4 addresses and 50 IPv6 (I'm not even going to use them I don't think, it's just for testing at this stage)

So now that I've built that, I'm going to do a benchmark:

CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5620  @ 2.40GHz
Number of cores: 4
CPU frequency:  2127.973 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 8192 MB
System uptime:   26 min,       
I/O speed:  134 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 16.54s
Download 100MB file: 99.55MB/s

We can see that the specs have combined, and it's pretty decent :) When you consider the low price, that's a high end VPS!

Since I now have this for a year, I'm going to try to find something for it to do. My thoughts so far consist of either:

  • Running a nice Plex server (LAX has the best connectivity to Australia)
  • Running a web server with VestaCP and making use of those extra IPs
  • 200GB of backups, but then the CPU and RAM go to waste.
  • I could mine on it until I decide (I like this idea, let's try that now..)

Curious to see what hashrate I get here..

Hmm, the CPU doesn't support AES-NI which means mining is not going to work too well, but I'm getting about 50h/sec.

Curiously, WootHosting have a rather large collection of servers in this pool, and I know from past experience that quite a few of their servers support AES-NI which is great!

That's one of the best things about these pools though, if you happen to get a bad IP or maybe a crowded server (let's face it, at this price it will be oversold and Woot are famous for overselling lol) then you can just destroy and create a new one until you get something awesome.

Anyway, I will play around some more with this and see how I go. In a previous article I wrote up about a MONSTER VPS which costs about $30/month and comes with a crazy amount of features. I'm probably not going to renew that, for that price I could get a dedi ;)

If you want to play around with one of these, the deal is here

If you have one and you have found something cool to do with it, please let me know in the comments below or email me dave at this website dot com :)

Benchmarking the WootHosting MONSTER VPS

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Today I decided to do some benchmarks of my WooHosting MONSTER VPS!

My MONSTER VPS has 4 cores, 24GB RAM, 980GB RAID 10 HDD space and 20TB bandwidth on a gigabit connection!

Here's some benchmarks:

CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1240 v5 @ 3.50GHz
Number of cores: 4
CPU frequency:  3504.042 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 24576 MB
I/O speed:  142.3 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 6.92s
Download 100MB file: 72.2MB/s

Nice!

CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1240 v5 @ 3.50GHz
Number of cores: 4
CPU frequency:  3504.042 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 24576 MB
I/O speed:  151.6 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 6.94s
Download 100MB file: 71.5MB/s

Woot!

CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1240 v5 @ 3.50GHz
Number of cores: 4
CPU frequency:  3504.042 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 24576 MB
I/O speed:  195 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 6.02s
Download 100MB file: 75.1MB/s

:D

CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1240 v5 @ 3.50GHz
Number of cores: 4
CPU frequency:  3504.042 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 24576 MB
I/O speed:  149.2 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 6.68s
Download 100MB file: 63.8MB/s

This is awesome!

It gets better actually.. this isn't any normal VPS, it's part of a cloud resource pool which gives you the following:

  • You can create up to 16 VPSs
  • 16 IPv4 addresses
  • 300 IPv6 Addresses
  • 1000GB RAID 10 HDD Storage
  • 32GB RAM
  • 30TB of bandwidth on a GIGABIT connection
  • In Los Angeles (Perfect for me here in Australia!)
  • Each VPS has 4 cores of Xeon E3-1240 v5 @ 3.50GHz

I can still build more VPSs with my pool, after creating this MONSTER VPS I still have the following left over:

  • 15x 4 cores of Xeon E3-1240 v5 @ 3.50GHz
  • 15 IPv4 addresses
  • 300 IPv6 Addresses
  • 44GB RAID 10 HDD Storage
  • 8GB RAM
  • 10TB of bandwidth on a GIGABIT connection

I have build the following with the left overs:

15x VPS each with:

  • 4 cores of Xeon E3-1240 v5 @ 3.50GHz
  • 1 IPv4 addresses
  • 2GB RAID 10 HDD Storage
  • 512MB RAM
  • 600GB of bandwidth on a GIGABIT connection

All of that costs $32/month - awesome value.

Guess how much I am really paying for it? NOTHING! It's actually making me money.. it makes me over $40 per week so it pays itself off in less than a week each month :D Have a look at this to find out more!

If you want one too, click here for the deal :)

A MONSTER VPS

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I just found something really really cool!

Check this out for $32/month, it beats the pants off a lot of dedicated servers!

32 GB RAM
1 TB RAID-10 Storage
30TB Monthly Bandwidth
1Gbps port
16 IPv4 Addresses
300 IPv6 Addresses

This is a WootHosting Cloud Resource Pool, a massive pool of resources here! You can make up to 16 VPS out of this, or just create one monster VPS out of it..

I doubt there's anywhere on the planet where you can get a dedicated server that gives you 16 IP addresses included for the price.

It's an insane deal! Each VPS you build comes with 4 CPU cores too so it's actually a beast!

If you look at my Dedicated Servers list, you'll see that there is nothing that even comes close to this.

Go get em!

Reviewing a brand new Woothosting VPS

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WOOT! It's WootHosting again, love 'em or hate 'em, they have some cheap goodies, that's for sure!

Today I received a special offer from WootHosting and I'll share it with you guys.

It's only $9/year - that's not a typo! Nine dollars for a year of this:

Here's the deal:

WootHosting OpenVZ

1 CPU Core Allocation
1024MB Dedicated RAM
1024MB vSwap
40GB Secured Disk Space
3000GB Premium Bandwidth
1 IPv4 Address
100Mbps Port Speed
Instantly Setup
Advanced DDoS Protection Included! NEW FEATURE

Nice! 1GB of RAM and 40GB of HDD for only $9, too good to pass up!

Benchmark time!

CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1240 v5 @ 3.50GHz
Number of cores: 1
CPU frequency:  3504.036 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 1024 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   0 days, 2:17,       
I/O speed:  54.7 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 4.71s
Download 100MB file: 11MB/s

And another one...

CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1240 v5 @ 3.50GHz
Number of cores: 1
CPU frequency:  3504.036 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 1024 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   0 days, 3:45,       
I/O speed:  70.2 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 4.41s
Download 100MB file: 11MB/s

And one more...

CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1240 v5 @ 3.50GHz
Number of cores: 1
CPU frequency:  3504.036 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 1024 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
System uptime:   0 days, 4:12,       
I/O speed:  67.9 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 5.22s
Download 100MB file: 11MB/s

This is pretty decent for $9!!

You can get one from here, if you use this link no coupon needed :)

Oh, and as a side note, I am able to get 80 hashes per second on this... which if you mine Electroneum will give you $43 per year.. that pays for itself in 2 months :D

VPS roundup

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I have had some people ask me what VPS I use and would recommend. I have decided to round up the best of the best VPS services that I have and still use.

These are the providers that offer the best value for money and I highly recommend using these guys if you're looking for reliable VPS servers.

  • TNAHosting - High RAM (6GB) with powerful cores
  • Wishosting - High storage (1.8TB) with excellent performance, amazing support and unbeatable value!
  • Shock Hosting - Very fast SSD VPS with powerful cores with excellent support and great value.
  • Time4VPS - Insanely good value OpenVZ storage plans starting at 1TB to 4TB, large company with their own datacentre.

Reviewing a KVM VPS from Shock Hosting

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I will be reviewing a VPS from a company called Shock Hosting. They have 2 DC locations to choose from, 1 in New Jersey and the other is in Los Angeles. They have recently updated their plans and I will be looking at this offer:

  • 2 GB DDR4 RAM
  • 30 GB of RAID 10 SSD storage
  • 2 TB of bandwidth
  • 1 x 3.4 Ghz E5-1680 v4 core
  • DDoS protection is also included
  • $7.49 with 25OFF coupon (Normally $9.99/month)

There is also a plan for $4.99 with 20 GB of storage, 1 GB of RAM and 1 TB of bandwidth if you think that would be better.

There is a 25% discount promotion which brings the price down to $7.49 for the 2 GB plan and $3.74 for the 1 GB plan if you use the coupon "25OFF"

Now, let's have a look at some benchmarks:

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CPU model            : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1680 v4 @ 3.40GHz
Number of cores      : 1
CPU frequency        : 3399.996 MHz
Total size of Disk   : 30.0 GB (1.8 GB Used)
Total amount of Mem  : 2000 MB (58 MB Used)
Total amount of Swap : 511 MB (0 MB Used)
System uptime        : 0 days, 0 hour 31 min
Load average         : 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
OS                   : Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS
Arch                 : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel               : 4.4.0-31-generic
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I/O speed(1st run)   : 1.0 GB/s
I/O speed(2nd run)   : 928 MB/s
I/O speed(3rd run)   : 1.1 GB/s
Average I/O speed    : 1026.1 MB/s
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Node Name                       IPv4 address            Download Speed
CacheFly                        205.234.175.175         104MB/s       
Linode, Tokyo, JP               106.187.96.148          20.4MB/s      
Linode, Singapore, SG           139.162.23.4            5.50MB/s      
Linode, London, UK              176.58.107.39           6.90MB/s      
Linode, Frankfurt, DE           139.162.130.8           4.60MB/s      
Linode, Fremont, CA             50.116.14.9             9.17MB/s      
Softlayer, Dallas, TX           173.192.68.18           45.4MB/s      
Softlayer, Seattle, WA          67.228.112.250          42.2MB/s      
Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE        159.122.69.4            5.97MB/s      
Softlayer, Singapore, SG        119.81.28.170           9.00MB/s      
Softlayer, HongKong, CN         119.81.130.170          9.28MB/s      
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CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1680 v4 @ 3.40GHz
Number of cores: 1
CPU frequency:  3399.996 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 2000 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
I/O speed:  1.1 GB/s
Bzip 25MB: 3.74s
Download 100MB file: 105MB/s
CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1680 v4 @ 3.40GHz
Number of cores: 1
CPU frequency:  3399.996 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 2000 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
I/O speed:  956 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 3.62s
Download 100MB file: 106MB/s

Pardon the pun, but that I/O is shock-ingly fast! I've never reviewed a VPS that fast! The 3.4ghz CPU core along with that crazy awesome SSD setup makes this VPS feel snappier than a hungry crocodile! 30GB of this awesome SSD is enough to store plenty of assets for your projects or applications. The 2GB of RAM is a nice bonus. I'm honestly really impressed with this!

The network speed is excellent, considering I'm testing this during peak time. Being in the LA datacenter, this has excellent connections to Australia compared with other parts of North America.

It honestly feels like a dedicated server, this is a very well set up server indeed.

I'm going to install Plex and see how it handles transcoding 1080 down to SD, which I find seems to set a good server and an excellent server apart.

plexmediaserver_1.9.4.4325-1bf240a65_amd64.deb                      100%[==================================================================================================================================================================>] 102.82M   110MB/s    in 0.9s    

2017-11-02 05:36:21 (110 MB/s) - ‘plexmediaserver_1.9.4.4325-1bf240a65_amd64.deb’ saved [107815492/107815492]

Off to an excellent start!

Plex is installed and I'm transcoding a 1080 film to SD and it's flawless. Not a single stutter or skip! I did something I don't normally do, I ran another bench while it's transcoding:

CPU model:  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1680 v4 @ 3.40GHz
Number of cores: 1
CPU frequency:  3399.996 MHz
Total amount of RAM: 2000 MB
Total amount of swap:  MB
I/O speed:  687 MB/s
Bzip 25MB: 7.86s
Download 100MB file: 73.5MB/s

This CPU is a monster! It only took a small hit (the Bzip time) down to a very respectable 7.86 seconds which is still very good.

I can honestly say this is the fastest VPS I've had to date, and I even reviewed an i5 dedicated server and this outperforms it!

I highly recommend this VPS to anyone looking for something with huge power, a very generous 30GB of shocking fast SSD on a budget.

Click here to order it, and don't forget to add the 25OFF coupon in the checkout :)