iwstack.com – vps review

iwstack.com – vps review

First, like a week ago I started my first iwstack instance at USA for production use. Previously it was just for tests and so. And I had a mysterious

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First, like a week ago I started my first iwstack instance at USA for production use. Previously it was just for tests and so. And I had a mysterious shutdown like a week ago. No idea what happened, but I booted my machine manually.Second, my first support ticket (notice the first, so I never required support until now, which is great) was left unanswered after a little bit of conversation. Maybe they just forgot to answer it and got closed automatically or something. Not a big deal since isn’t an important issue to be honest.

Overall, I am happy. The service is really good for the price, and I am looking forward to see new features in their offerings. Mainly, I hope to get the Milan features at Dallas, like true HA, or native IPV6 and so on.

Provider: Prometeus

Plan: iwStack

Price: ~7€ / month

Location: Milan, Italy

Features:

  • 2 cores @ 2GHz
  • 1024MB RAM
  • 10GB root disk (included free) + extra 20GB disk
  • 1 IPv4 and /64 IPv6
  • Unmetered incoming traffic & 1TB/month outgoing
  • Free DNS hosting with Rage4

What the instance is doing:

  • Private email server
  • My website (static site generated)
  • 2 small PHP webapps with MySQL
  • IRC bouncer (znc)
  • Squid private proxy

How it is doing the job:

The VPS is doing its job just fine with no issues. Only time when it felt slow was when my webapp was eating all the ram accidentally :D

Uptime is currently rocking at 133 days. This month I installed uptime monitoring service on a Kimsufi box which reports 99.991% availability with downtime of 4 minutes. (Might have been caused by the kimsufi box and its network though ;) )

The latency from my location (Finland) is 49ms which to me is completely acceptable considering my usage.

 

Support:

I’ve needed a ticket to set a reverse DNS entry for my domain. I set my ticket as low priority and it got answered in an hour, which I find good for low priority tickets. As a previous customer of Prometeus I’ve noticed that all the replies are very polite.

Hardware Information:

  • cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor	:0
vendor_id	:GenuineIntel
cpu family	:6
model		:13
model name	: QEMU Virtual CPU version (cpu64-rhel6)
stepping	:3
microcode	:0x1
cpu MHz:1999.999
cache size	:4096 KB
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	:4
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 syscall nx lm nopl pni cx16 hypervisor lahf_lm
bogomips	:3999.99
clflush size	:64
cache_alignment	:64
address sizes	:46 bits physical,48 bits virtual
power management:
  • dd
dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
16384+0 records in16384+0 records out1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied,3.56492 s,301 MB/s
  • bench.sh
CPU model :  QEMU Virtual CPU version (cpu64-rhel6)Number of cores :2
CPU frequency :1999.999MHzTotal amount of ram :1002 MB
Total amount of swap :465 MB
System uptime :133 days,22:35,Download speed fromCacheFly:54.5MB/s 
Download speed fromColoat,Atlanta GA:3.69MB/s 
Download speed fromSoftlayer,Dallas, TX:3.55MB/s 
Download speed fromLinode,Tokyo, JP:1.73MB/s 
Download speed from i3d.net,Rotterdam, NL:17.8MB/s
Download speed fromLeaseweb,Haarlem, NL:13.2MB/s 
Download speed fromSoftlayer,Singapore:1.70MB/s 
Download speed fromSoftlayer,Seattle, WA:2.93MB/s 
Download speed fromSoftlayer,SanJose, CA:2.54MB/s 
Download speed fromSoftlayer,Washington, DC:4.42MB/s 
I/O speed :278 MB/s

Summary:

Prometeus – rock solid as usual. Uncle is running a great show. Very stable server. Absolute uptime without it costing an arm and a leg. 5/5 would host business critical apps with.


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