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Server Mania – $49/month 16GB E3-1240 DDoS-protected dedicated server in Buffalo

Tags: , , , Date/Time: November 27, 2015 @ 7:00 pm, by Maarten Kossen

servermania.com 2015-11-27 16-48-43Justin, from Server Mania, has sent in the following dedicated server offer to celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend with LowEndBox readers. This server is located in Buffalo, New York, USA.

The offer

  • Intel Xeon E3-1240 v2 or v3 CPU
  • 16GB RAM
  • 1TB SATA or 120GB SSD drive
  • 5TB transfer
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • DDoS protection included
  • /29 IPv4
  • NO! IPv6
  • IPMI included
  • $49/month
  • Order here

You can find other Server Mania Black Friday offers at servermania.blackfriday.

Server Mania were last listed on Black Friday two years ago. They go back several years and have been doing business as B2Net Solutions in the past and are a registered company in Canada. There’s not much else I can say about these guys really. Reviews on their last offer were mixed, but since that was two years ago I’m not sure whether that’s in any way useful. They offer not only dedicated servers but VPS as well, for which they have sent in offer in the past. They use ColoCrossing’s DC in Buffalo, NY which means they benefit from the Riorey DDoS protection equipment, which should give you some decent protection. Naturally, we’re looking forward to hear from you if you’re a customer or if you’re signing up with them as a result of this offer.


ChicagoVPS – $40/year 4GB 4IPv4 OpenVZ in 5 USA locations and more

Tags: , , , , , , , , Date/Time: November 27, 2015 @ 1:00 pm, by Maarten Kossen

chicagovps net 2015-06-25 21-05-00ChicagoVPS would also like to celebrate Black Friday with you, and therefore Ernie has sent us an exclusive offer for a very cheap OpenVZ VPS. This offer is available in five locations across the USA:

Black Friday OpenVZ VPS

  • 4GB RAM
  • 40GB HDD space
  • 4TB transfer
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 4x IPv4
  • NO! IPv6!
  • OpenVZ/Custom
  • $40/year
  • Order here

There’s another offer inside!

If you select ‘New York’ as a location during ordering you server will be based in Buffalo, NY, USA and not in NYC!

ChicagoVPS… Where to start! They are owned by ColoCrossing, which also happens to own this website (technically all part of VSNX, the actual registered company), and now hold offices in Buffalo, NY with ColoCrossing. They are investing heavily in their infrastructure and support department, so if you have ever been dissatisfied with either of those changes should be coming soon!

ChicagoVPS has received a plethora of mixed reviews over the years, with one user blaming them for global warming. The reviews on their last offer were more to-the-point though, with quite a majority saying their support had room for improvement and some other saying there were quite happy with ChicagoVPS. I’m still a customer there and have personally never had issues, but crossing that line into production usage is one step too far for me (but that may also be because they offer no freaking IPv6 yet!). So, as a conclusion, this is a great offer and if they have really fixed their support this time and you don’t need IPv6, this could very well be a nice production box for you that’ll last you years!


SSD Virtual Servers in Chicago, US

BeastNode – $4/month 512MB and $7/month 1GB OVZ in three US locations

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: November 27, 2015 @ 7:00 am, by Maarten Kossen

BeastNodeMinecraft_Hosting_BeastNode_Performance_Server_Hosting_&_VPS_Hosting!_-_2014-07-14_06.32.53Elliot, from BeastNode, has sent in these offers to celebrate Black Friday with the LowEndBox audience. These offers are available in Buffalo, Dallas, and Los Angeles, all in the USA!


You can find another offer inside!

BeastNode is a registered company in California, USA. They have been in business since 2011 starting out as a minecraft host. This is the second time we are featuring them. Last time they got some positive responses but also a fairly negative one. It’s up to you do decide that’s true or not. Given the mixed reviews and the fact that we’re featuring these guys for the second time, I’m putting them in the Vauxhall Vectra category. Host nodes have an Intel E3-1240 with 4 hard drives in RAID10, most likely with 32GB of RAM in them. As always, if you give these guys a shot or if you are a current customer we’d love to hear from you.


HostUS – $7/month 2GB OpenVZ LEB exclusive in Hong Kong and Sydney, and more

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , Date/Time: November 27, 2015 @ 1:00 am, by Maarten Kossen

hostus us 2015-08-10 15-37-39Alexander, from HostUS, has sent us two LowEndBox exclusive offers to celebrate the start of the holiday season with you! One of these is located in the UK and USA, the other one in Hong Kong and Sydney! In most locations these offers some with free 20Gbps DDoS-protection, which is a very nice addition!

LEB Exclusive 1

  • 1GB RAM
  • 1GB vSwap
  • 2 vCPU cores
  • 45GB HDD space
  • 2TB transfer
  • 1Gbps uplink (USA)
  • 10Gbps uplink (UK)
  • 1x IPv4
  • 4x IPv6
  • OpenVZ/Breeze Panel
  • $7/quarter (USA)
  • $9/quarter (UK)
  • $20/year (USA)
  • $25/year (UK)
  • Order here
LEB Exclusive 2

  • 2GB RAM
  • 2GB vSwap
  • 4 vCPU cores
  • 70GB SSD space
  • 2TB transfer
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4
  • 4x IPv6
  • OpenVZ/Breeze Panel
  • Sydney and Hong Kong
  • $7/month
  • Order here

More offers inside!

HostUS was founded in 2012 and has been featured on LowEndBox several times before. They are a registered business in the USA, though I believe Alexander himself is from the UK. They own their own IP ranges and hardware in the USA and the UK, whereas in Hong Kong and Sydney they have “partnered” with SoftLayer where they do announce their own IPs. It has been rumored that they have used a Softlayer Kickstarter fund for these locations, but Alexander assures me that is not the case.

Reviews are predominantly positive and a provider that has grown so consistently while investing heavily in their infrastructure makes me assign them the Resident Host tag. Three new locations are introduced in this offer: London, Sydney, and Washington DC (or well, close to that in any case)! That’s a nice expansion from their existing four locations and gives them a global footprint. IPv6 is available in all location, making them future-proof. If you are currently a customer or are becoming one as a result of this offer (and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t?) please leave your feedback in the comments!


Start Selling Online: Install Magento using SSH

Tags: , Date/Time: November 24, 2015 @ 7:10 am, by SysAdmin


Black Friday and the shopping season are quickly descending upon us. Why not put your Low End Box to work for you?

Installing the Magento Shopping Cart app using SSH is a painless install. Needless to say, installing Magento with SSH is one of the fastest ways to begin selling items online.

About the Install

Typically, Magento requires 45 MBs of space on your VPS. Using SSH, you can remotely connect to the server, fetch the latest install files and perform the install directly from the command line interface.

Here how you can get started with Magento:


VPSCheap.net – Unmetered VPS starting at $10/year in Chicago, USA

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: November 21, 2015 @ 1:00 am, by Jonathan Tan

VPSCheap.net has sent us two exclusive offers for the LowEndBox readers. These are OpenVZ VPS with SSD disk space and unmetered bandwidth. Servers are located in Chicago with CoreSite. Because this is from a resident host, we highly recommend their services.

Host node configuration uses e3-1230, e3-1270, e5-1620, e5-2620 or an E5630 CPU. They utilize RAID10 on all of their nodes. They have 1U and 2U nodes, 4 drives and 8 drives respectively, using WD Enterprise drives only and Samsung SSDs, on ARECA and LSI 4 & 8port controllers. Note that backups are not provided, which means customers are responsible for backing up their data.

Offer 1

  • 256MB RAM
  • 2x CPU Cores
  • 3GB SSD space
  • 30mbps uplink
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • 1x IPv6
  • OpenVZ/Custom
  • $10/year | Order link
Offer 2

  • 2GB RAM
  • 4x CPU Cores
  • 40GB SSD space
  • 100mbps uplink
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • 1x IPv6
  • OpenVZ/Custom
  • $7/month | Order link

VPSCheap.net is a registered company based in the state of Illinois. They have been in business since 2010 and own their cages with Coresite datacenter. They were first featured here in 2011 – since the active days of LEA. They also have their own IP allocation directly from ARIN. All of these are strong indicators of a very good company.


Mean Servers – KVM VPS in Denver and LA – $15/year 128MB, $7/month 1GB and more

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: November 18, 2015 @ 4:36 pm, by Maarten Kossen

meanservers-2015-05-24Mean Servers has sent in several LET exclusive offers to us, available in both Los Angeles and Denver. According to David these are exclusive to LowEndBox and LowEndTalk. As our first resident host, these offers should be considered safe for production usage!

Unmanaged 128MB LET Exclusive
Limited Quantity

  • 128MB RAM
  • 1x CPU core
  • 10GB SAS disk space
  • 75GB transfer
  • 1x IPv4
  • /64 IPv6
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • $15/year
  • Order here

The above is just a taste of what they’ve got; for more offers click ‘Read more’!

Mean Servers is a registered company in Colorado, where they also have an office, and the company is in ‘Good Standing’ – if that’s an official term. Their domain has been registered since April 2014 and they launched in August 2014, and even though they’re fairly young they have established a decent business in just over a year seemingly without having to do anything crazy. They offer 24/7 ticket support, with live chat and phone support available during business hours (9AM – 5PM Denver time). Put that on top of their 99.99% uptime guarantee covered by their Service Level Agreement and you should be covered for both personal and business needs.

Reviews on their last offer were either sketchy, answered, or positive. One user mentioned a $150 fee in case of severe abuse to the host node – be sure to read up the details on that. We also look forward to hearing your reviews now!


Setting Up Your VPS as a Squid Proxy Server

Tags: , , , Date/Time: November 16, 2015 @ 3:58 pm, by SysAdmin


Looking for a proxy server app that can be rapidly deployed on Linux?

Installing Squid on your low end box can provide your organization with a robust proxy server that can facilitate a secure Internet connection for your end users. Squid can also provide logging, access control and antivirus capabilities though such features are outside of the scope of this tutorial.

3 Simple Reasons to Install Squid
A proxy server facilitates and centralizes Internet traffic for your network. When you require your end users to connect to a corporate proxy server, you can:

• Monitor bandwidth and usage
• Provide Content Filtering
• Ensure That Connections are Encrypted

Another added benefit of using a VPS as a proxy server is the speed provided by the app. Since Squid is lightweight, a low end box could easily become a proxy server for a small to medium sized business.

So, let’s get started!

AlphaRacks – OpenVZ VPS starting at $15/year for 1GB in Los Angeles

Tags: , , , Date/Time: November 15, 2015 @ 2:17 pm, by Maarten Kossen

alpharacks com 2015-11-15 15-15-34As the first official host in the ‘Vauxhall Vectra’ category I’m happy to share with you the offers that Julian, from AlphaRacks, has shared with us. These offers are said to be exclusive and if you open a ticket after ordering, stating you ordered after reading LowEndBox, AlphaRacks will give you a free additional IPv4 address!

Autumn VPS 1GB

  • 1GB RAM
  • 1x vCPU
  • 15GB HDD space
  • 1.5TB transfer
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • $15/year
  • Order here

More offers inside!

AlphaRacks has been around for a while and, surprisingly, they still seem to be doing well. We first featured them late 2013 and once again early this year. At that time a message had surfaced that Julian had put up AlphaRacks for sale in the second quarter of 2014. Either he couldn’t sell it or decided against it (you decide which), but in the end he is still running it and even acquired RIJX along the way. That’s when things went a little south, as from a customer perspective that transition could have been handled a lot better, starting with communication. Tickets contained promises that were not kept and responses were slow; things were not looking good at one point. They did recover, though, and my own VPS with them is still running well.

Reviews on their last offer were mixed, but I do have to note it was quite some time ago. Take a look for yourself though and feel free to leave comments to this offer as well!


Changes (are coming) to LowEndBox

Tags: , Date/Time: November 14, 2015 @ 7:43 am, by Maarten Kossen

As you may have noticed (especially if you visit LowEndTalk occasionally) we’re working hard to make LowEndBox a better website. As part of this effort we have recently found a plugin that brings back the functionality to subscribe to e-mail notifications for comments on a topic, or for replies to one of your comments. This allows you to stay up-to-date on offers or tutorials that you like by getting notified when a comment is posted.

We’re also going to do some other things differently about which I’d like to tell you more!


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