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Post4VPS VPS 16 Review

Introduction
When Jordy (F7N) presented post4vps.com with a second VPS – VPS 16, we were overjoyed, particularly since the VPS has a KVM configuration, and promised to be much faster than VPS 15.  You can have a look at my review of VPS 15 that was written earlier in the month.  VPS 15, although with generous specs, has an OpenVZ configuration and only 100 Mbps connection speed.  Speed is not really bad though, and since the RAM, traffic and disk space are generous VPS 15 should be OK for a light private game server.  Someone still has to test it for a game server, but for my test with WordPress blog, it was fast and a good VPS to use for that purpose.

When Jordy turned VPS 16 over to me he asked that I try it out before it was added to the Giveaway.  Which is what I did.  VPS 16 will be available during the next Giveaway on 1st of April.  The following is my review of VPS 16.

Network, Performance & Reliability
Not only does VPS 16 have a KVM configuration, but the connection speed is 1Gbps making it much faster than VPS 15.  RAM may be less than ideal for a fully fledged games server, but I’m sure if someone tried it for a games server, that they will find it a good VPS to have.  I again tried it out with a WordPress blog, and compared with VPS 15 VPS 16 handled much faster.  A speed test of VPS 16 appears below.  Some members mentioned that the location of VPS 16 in Los Angeles would be a problem since it’s far out of the way of most members ISPs, however I found it not to be a problem at all.  My ISP is located in South Africa, and speed was fast.

This was the speed on the first day I started using VPS 16 on 23rd of March 2019:

And this is the speed today:

Specs of VPS 16
Disk Size: 20 GB SSD
Monthly Traffic: 2 TB
Memory: 1 GB
IP Addresses: 1x IPv4
Virtualization: KVM
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Control Panel: None
Connection: 1 Gbps
Provided by: Hostlease

VPS 16 Host – Hostlease, Netherlands
VPS 16 has been donated by Hostlease, a sponsor of post4vps.com, and hosting company based in Heerde, the Netherlands.  Hostlease specializes in business hosting and reseller hosting with focus on unlimited fast SSD disk space, data and cPanel features, and e-mails.  It also provides unlimited Comodo SSL certificates for domains and subdomains. VPSs are an add on service and any one interested in a VPS should contact Jorgy (F7N) in the Forum.

System Information
The System Information below was generated by the Hidden Refuge’s Benchmark 2.0 Test.  Thank you to @Hidden Refuge for being so generous to continuously update and support it for us:

CPU Model:  Intel® Xeon® CPU ES-2620 0 @ 2.00GHz
CPU Cores:  1
Frequency:  1999.999 MHz
Total Amount of RAM:  996 MB
Total Amount of SWAP:  0 MB
Uptime:  4 days, 6:42,
Download Speed: (94.20 MB/s)
I/O Speed: 198 MB/s

OS: CentOS Linux 6.10 (Final)
Architecture: x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel:  2.6.32-696.1.1.el6.x86_64

Benchmark Test
Here are the results of the Benchmark Test:

wget --no-check-certificate
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/hidden-refuge/bench-sh-2/master/bench.sh
&& bash bench.sh -b && rm bench.sh

Canada
Download speed from Cachefly: 11.3MB/s

America – United States
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta, GA: 4.19MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 11.0MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 11.18MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 11.2MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 10.4MB/s

Asia
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, Japan: 8.69MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 8.08MB/s
Download speed from Hinet, Taiwan: 6.23MB/s

Europe
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, Netherlands: 8.08MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, Netherlands: 11.0MB/s

Disks and Storage

Disk speed:

Drive Speed
I/O (1st run): 212 MB/s
I/O (2nd run): 232 MB/s
I/O (3rd run): 242 MB/s
Average I/O: 228.667 MB/s

Usage
I’ve been using VPS 16 mostly for a WordPress blog.  I loaded VestaCP and had it up and running in minutes.  I then added my Softaculous license on VestaCP and had a WordPress blog up and running in no time.  I gave it a solid workout with adding blog pages and posts and making modifications.  Plugins loaded in no time.  This is a very fast VPS for a blog.  Speed should sustain a Games Server as well.  Jordy says that it should be OK to run the Games Server without any limitations.  Hopefully some one can test this and do a review on running VPS 16 as a Games Server. I’d be interested to see whether the 1 core 1 GB RAM would be able to sustain a Games Server without any limits.

Initially it looked as though VPS 16 like VPS 15 wouldn’t come with a panel, but looks as though Jordy will be able to set up a panel for the VPS as well.

Things to Improve
Both VPS 15 and VPS 16 still have to be tested for Games Servers.  Jordy believes that VPS 15 should be good for a light games server and VPS 16 for a heavier games server with no limits.  Depending on the outcome of the tests, I’d say that 1GB RAM may be too little for VPS 16 and the 100Mbps connection speed too little for VPS 15 for a Games Server, but that would depend on the outcome of the tests. So far there is nothing I can fault on VPS 16.  Particularly since it looks as though it will come with its own panel as well.

Conclusion
All in all everything worked excellent with VPS 16 – like really really fast – distance from Los Angeles was never an issue.  Support from the sponsor through F7N (Jordy) during the set up of the VPS was excellent and I want to extend a special note to him for Hostlease’s super support and the donation of VPS 16 for use by post4vps.

Post4VPS VPS 15 Review

Published first at post4vps.com

Introduction
It is probably unfair to compare a VPS of such huge specs like VPS 9 with VPS 15.  Not that VPS 15 specs are anything to complain about, as they are very significant as you can see below.  The performance is however very different and the speed of VPS 15 much slower, mostly due to the difference in connection speed between the two.  1 Ggbps (VPS 9) vs 100 Mbps (VPS 15).  Having said that though, there is nothing wrong with the speed of VPS 15, and any one should be OK with using the VPS for normal resource applications.  I’d guess however with users who require a lot of resources for games servers or possibly other heavier non-website applications I’m not so sure that I’d recommend VPS 15 for the application.  I have however not tested VPS 15 for these applications, so it would be great if someone else would give VPS 15 a try for a games server and do a review on it.

Here are the specs of VPS 15:

Disk Size: 270 GB SSD
Monthly Traffic: 10 TB
Memory: 3 GB 3 GB vSwap
IP Addresses: 2x IPv4
Virtualization: OpenVZ
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Control Panel: None
Connection: 100 Mbps
Provided by: Hostlease

VPS 15 Host – Hostlease, Netherlands
VPS 15 has been generously donated by Hostlease, a sponsor of post4vps.com, and hosting company based in Heerde, the Netherlands.  Hostlease specializes in business hosting and reseller hosting with focus on unlimited fast SSD disk space, data and cPanel features, and e-mails.  It also provides unlimited Comodo SSL certificates for domains and subdomains. VPSs are an add on service and any one interested in a VPS should contact Jorgy (F7N) in the Forum.

Network, Performance & Reliability
When I first started to use VPS 15, the installation of VestaCP was super slow, but I think it was an extreme event as after a couple of hours things started to speed up, and still is good.  This is what the speed was when I first started using the VPS on 8th of March 2019:

Possibly the slow speed that I first encountered could also have had something to do with my ISP, however it soon sorted itself out, and settled into the following average speed (taken today) that is definitely OK for working with the VPS:

System Information
The System Information below was generated by the Hidden Refuge’s Benchmark 2.0 Test.  Thank you to @Hidden Refuge for being so generous to continuously update and support it for us:

CPU Model:  Intel® Xeon® CPU E5520 @ 2.7GHz
CPU Cores:  4
Frequency:  2266.742 MHz
Total Amount of RAM:  3072 MB
Total Amount of SWAP:  0 MB
Uptime:   11 days, 11:42,
Download Speed: (81.86 MB/s)
I/O Speed: 68.2 MB/s

OS: CentOS Linux 7 (Core)
Architecture:  x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel: 2.6.32-042stab125.5
Hostname: Hostlease-freevps

Benchmark Test
Here are the results of the Benchmark Test:

Code: (Select All)

wget --no-check-certificate
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/hidden-refuge/bench-sh-2/master/bench.sh
&& bash bench.sh -b && rm bench.sh

Canada
Download speed from Cachefly: 8.95MB/s

America – United States
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta, GA: 4.37MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 8.75MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 8.18MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 10.1MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 3.37MB/s

Asia
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, Japan: 348kb/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 4.73MB/s
Download speed from Hinet, Taiwan: 4.34MB/s

Europe
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, Netherlands: 6.31MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, Netherlands: 11.4MB/s

Disks and Storage

Disk speed:
Drive Speed
I/O (1st run): 3.3 MB/s
I/O (2nd run):  14.5 MB/s
I/O (3rd run):  12.1 MB/s
Average I/O: 9.96667 MB/s

Usage
I’ve been using VPS 15 mostly for a WordPress blog.  I loaded VestaCP, when it loaded slow, but I’m sure if I should repeat this that it would load must faster.  It’s still much slower than VPS 9 though.  For WordPress this VPS works great.  When I work with the Dashboard Plugins and themes they load and activate very fast.  It’s easy and fast to blog.  However as previously said, I’m not so sure this VPS would be ideal for a Games Server, but then it hasn’t been tested as a Games Server yet.

VPS 15 doesn’t come with its own panel, so that would be a drawback for some who need the panel for reinstallation of the OS.  However, for someone to own the VPS, the panel that is available is really great.  At one stage when I was trying to change the port number of the VPS I was completely locked out of the VPS.  Fortunately the panel that Hostlease has available allowed me to temporarily SSH in to fix the problem.

Things to Improve
Definitely the connection speed.  100 Mbps is much too slow for a large VPS like this.  It would be great if the speed could be increased to the average speed one gets for the VPS of this size – 1Gbps minimum or faster.  The sponsor mentioned the possibility of adding a panel for the user, and that would definitely be a great plus.  Must say I’m a bit puzzled too with the location of the VPS in Los Angeles for a VPS host who is located in the Netherlands.  I’d say one of the reasons for the lower speed has to be the far distance on top of the low connection speed.

Conclusion
All in all everything worked well with VPS 15, and support from the sponsor through F7N (Jordy) during the set up of the VPS was excellent.  The Hostlease Website has a great chat feature “TalkTo” that works much better than Discord or support tickets.  Also no captchas to worry about which had me smiling from ear to ear.   We were able to conduct our business on TalkTo with maximum efficiency and the least waste of time.

I want to extend a special note of appreciation to Jordy for Hostlease’s super support and the donation of VPS 15 for use by post4vps.

HostUS VPS Review

Published first at post4vps.com

Introduction
I discovered HostUS for the first time after I joined freevps.us in February 2016 and have had this cheap category HostUS VPS from February 2016 until today. I’m currently on a year rental until August 2019.

What I like about Hostus is its excellent support, fast speed, low prices, HostUS.us knows how to create great VPSs that are cost effective and affordable.  They don’t have fancy marketing schemes – what you see is what you get.

HostUS used to be a sponsor of a number of excellent spec VPSs at FreeVPS.us until FreeVPS.us came to an end on 31 May 2018. I have the cheapest VPS Plan in the Hostus Unmanaged OpenVZ Category.  Here are the specs of my VPS:

Disk Size: 20 GB
Monthly Traffic: 500 GB
Memory: 768 MB & 768 MB vSwap
IP Addresses: 1x IPv4 & /4 IPv6
Virtualization: OpenVZ
Location: London, UK
Control Panel: SolusVM
Connection: 1 Gbit/s

Cost of the VPS is US$ 7.95 for three months or 2.60 US$ per month.  If one takes a year subscription it will be even less.

I’ve had this particular VPS since January 2018 after the previous identical VPS had a meltdown.  I had the previous identical VPS from February 2016 to end of 2017.  I’m currently on a year renewal until August 2019 and intend to keep this VPS as long as it lasts.  HostUS has a great track record of stability, with a bunch of Admin like Alexander and Leo who have been consistently around since the beginning of time.

The quality of VPSs from hostus.us since February 2016 when I first got to learn about them has been consistently great.  If you check the hostus.us link you’ll notice it has a long list of locations in the US, Europe and Far East – you can try them out for speed.  My ISP performs best with the London Location, and I was very lucky to get the location. I’ve had this location since January 2018.

Before January 2018 I’ve also had a free VPS from Host.us at freevps.us.  VPS 16.  One of the best performing VPSs in their stable – although without a control panel.  Never gave problems however, so didn’t need a control panel.

Every paid HostUS VPS Includes:

Terms and Conditions of Hosting (TOS)

HostUS.us
As far as I could learn from their excellent Website, HostUS was founded in 2012 as a Limited Liability Company operating out of Delaware, United States.  It offers a diverse selection of web hosting services ranging from low cost Shared cPanel hosting to OpenVZ VPSes to large dedicated servers. HostUS works towards affordable rates all of the time – with very little wastage.  Its focus is on what it does best, which are Linux servers – as far as I know Hostus doesn’t provide Windows VPSs. It has ten global locations with emphasis on the US.  My location is London, UK, perhaps the fastest location I’ve had yet by Europe standards.

Here is a link to its VPS Plan Selector which is hooked to all of the locations together with mirror IPs so that you can see the cost of the VPS immediately and test the speed from your ISP to the test IP – everything is set up to be simple, what you see is absolutely what you get.  No smart catch you if we can type marketing strategies.
https://hostus.us/openvz-vps.html

Network, Performance & Reliability
Speed has always been important to me, particularly when HostUS was only able to offer US locations when I got my first VPS from them in 2016.  I had one from Dallas location, and it wasn’t that bad in 2016.  However towards end of 2017 the speed was not as good as it should be, so when a rare double disk failure completely obliterated my VPS in early January 2018, I was very happy to be able to change my location to England, UK.  During 2017 HostUS expanded its locations to go completely global – including Europe and the Far East.  Here are some of the speed tests that I took of the HostUS VPS under review spanning January 2018 when I first took occupation of the VPS to date:

Here is a speed test that was taken on 28 January 2018 from South Africa:

This speed test was taken in August 2018 from South Africa:

This speed test was taken today – 11 December 2018 from South Africa:

System Information
The System Information below was generated by the Hidden Refuge’s Benchmark 2.0 Test.  Thank you to @Hidden Refuge for being so generous to continuously update and support it for us:

CPU Model:  Intel® Xeon® CPU E3-1270 v5 @ 3.60GHz
CPU Cores:  1
Frequency:  3600.035 MHz
Total Amount of RAM:  768 MB
Total Amount of SWAP:  768 MB

Uptime:   70 days, 9:29, (Note: VPS was stopped and reloaded with OS 70 days ago – so probably longer Uptime)
Download Speed: (223.59 MB/s)
I/O Speed: 571.667 MB/s

OS: CentOS Linux 7 (Core)
Architecture:  x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel: 2.6.32-042stab128.2
Hostname: dhsites.net

Benchmark Test
Here are the results of the Benchmark Test:

wget --no-check-certificate
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/hidden-refuge/bench-sh-2/master/bench.sh
&& bash bench.sh -b && rm bench.sh

Canada
Download speed from Cachefly: 87.5MB/s

America – United States:
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta, GA: 4.05MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 8.47MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 3.73MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 8.58MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 4.28MB/s

Asia
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, Japan: 8.28MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 13.6MB/s
Download speed from Hinet, Taiwan: 8.37MB/s

Europe
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, Netherlands: 103MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, Netherlands: 104MB/s

Disks and Storage
Disk speed:
Drive Speed
I/O (1st run): 200 MB/s
I/O (2nd run):  1.5 MB/s
I/O (3rd run):  1.6 MB/s
Average I/O: 67.7 MB/s

Breeze Control Panel
All of the HostUS servers come with its in-house developed Breeze Panel.  It’s one of the better panels I’ve experienced, definitely a few steps up Virtualizor – although probably shouldn’t be compared as the panel is also part of the client management system that includes the billing and invoices.  I’ve seen the Breeze Panel continously improved from February 2016 when I first started with HostUS to date.  In the beginning the billing was a headache for me as I was living in the UAE with a dynamic IP shared with spammers, and HostUS had an agent who rejected me all of the time.  But since 2017 payments have been effortless and they perfected their billing system.  The support tickets are also done through the Breeze Panel and turn around in tickets is super fast, like definitely within 12 hours max, and more often within hours of submitting the ticket.

What impresses me too with the Breeze Panel is its security system where it helps clients to change their port numbers and to make keyless access to the VPSs.  Here is a print screen of their security page in the Breeze Panel:

Usage
I’ve been using my HostUS VPSs since 2016 for projects that are higher risk – experimenting – and as a backup VPS to my freevps.us and post4vps.com VPSs.  I’m a little more conservative and perhaps even over careful about the use of my free VPSs from freevps and post4vps as would hate to be responsible for anything going wrong with them.  Furthermore I currently don’t have a control panel with my VPS 9, so would hate to bother the Admin for reloading the OS.  With my HostUs VPS I’m more adventurous and have gone through a few times already of reloading my VPS.  With the Breeze Panel of HostUS it’s also very effortless – takes less than two minutes for the new OS to be loaded.

In addition to the HostUS Breeze Panel that also gives me all the info I need regarding my use of resources, I have installed VestaCP on my VPS to manage the DNS of my Websites and WordPress sites.  I have a paid Softaculous loaded with my VestaCP and am able to set up WordPress under 2 minutes.  One of my projects is to find how I can load VestaCP and my WordPress sites in the shortest amount of time including backups. Also how to manage the content of a VPS as portable as I can – i.e. with VPS I’ve learned that they can go up in smoke in record time.

Things to Improve
To be honest, I don’t know how one could improve on this low cost VPS.  Like the speed is faster than my high spec VPS 9.  Performance wise there was that double disk failure of January 2018 when my VPS went up in smoke, but the Admin of Hostus.us went to a lot of trouble to make me happy – including changing my US location to England, UK resulting in one of the fastest speeds I’ve had yet.  Even by European standards.  I guess all I can wish for is for HostUS to continue to thrive and to be around for more years to come.

Conclusion
I’m more than happy with my Hostus VPS.  For the low price that doesn’t seem to make any difference to their very high standards – like it’s the same high quality product, just with less specs.

I want to extend a special note of appreciation to the Admin of hostus.us for their super support and hope that this will continue to last as it has already lasted since 2012.

A special thank you too to all of the helping hands at post4vps that make my experience at the Forum and with this VPS so positive.  It’s been great fun and am listening and learning every day!

Post4PS VPS 9 Review

Following is my VPS 9 review that was posted at post4vps.com for the period 14 April to 6 September 2018.
Introduction
I was completely blown away when I was awarded VPS 9 during Post4VPS’s Giveaway in April.  The VPS was given to me on 14 April 2018.  VPS 9 is a very sought after VPS that comes with an exceptional service record at post4vps.  So when @perryoo11 informed me of this great news I was thrilled to bits.  Thank you to all of the helping hands who made this VPS possible.  They include all of the staff and members of the community who are always very generous in sharing their expertise.I’ve given the VPS a good workout over the almost five months I’ve been the proud owner of it, enough to be able to write this review.
VPS 9 Host
As every one knows, VPS 9 is from VirMach who is one of post4vps’s favourite sponsors. VirMach specializes in high-quality affordable VPSs with locations in all of the main areas of the US and also in Amsterdam and Frankfurt in Europe (refer map below). They offer cheap Linux and Windows VPS plans as well as dedicated servers. As far as I know VPS 9 is one of the most popular VPSs at Post4VPS.  I feel very lucky to have won one.Here is a map of all of the VirMach locations.  My VPS is located in Phoenix.
Specifications of VPS 9
Disk Size: 100 GB SSD
Monthly Traffic: 4 TB
Memory: 8 GBIP Addresses: 1x IPv4 & 3 IPv6
Virtualization: OpenVZ
Location: Phoenix, USA
Control Panel: None
Connection: 1Gbps
Provided by: https://virmach.com/best-cheapest-linux-vps/
Network, Performance & Reliability
When I checked the packages before I applied for VPS 9 the most important consideration for me was the speed with which my ISP in South Africa could respond with the Virmach VPS in its Phoenix location.  I’ve had experiences already of unstable connections of the South African ISP with some of the locations in the US.  As it turned out the speed was below perfect as one can note from the high pings of the speed tests below, but because of the very generous specifications of the VPS as well as speed and reliability of the VirMach overall Network I haven’t had any issues with speed when working with the VPS – to the contrary – the speed and performance of my VPS 9 have been consistently excellent from 14 April when I first took occupation of the VPS to date  I haven’t experienced a single occurrence of down time.  You can read my blog article about speed tests that have been taken of VPS 9 in April and August 2018:
http://deanhills.us/vps-9-rocks/
Here is a speed test that was taken on 7 August 2018 from South Africa:

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