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OpenITC – $20/year 256MB SSD OpenVZ, $4.25/month 512MB KVM, and more in Maidenhead, UK

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: April 25, 2014 @ 1:00 am, by Maarten Kossen

openitcSean, from OpenITC, has sent in some new offers for LowEndBox readers! This time, he sent both OpenVZ and KVM offers. OpenITC have been in business for over 6 years and their company is a registered ‘partnership’ in the UK. They were featured many times before under their subsidiary “XenVZ” and later as OpenITC. XenVZ were first listed in 2008 and, we suspect, once offered the cheapest vps plan ever at the time. Users will use OpenITC’s own custom coded control panel to manage their virtual servers as apposed to the popular SolusVM. KVM users can even use Spice with TLS rather than the relatively insecure VNC. Also, the KVM servers come with two IPv6 /64 subnets. All these servers run on a host node with dual hex core E5-2630s with a battery-backed RAID card and dual power supplies. The OpenVZ offers are hosted on SSD drives. Please leave any reviews or remarks in the comments!

OpenVZ SSD VPS #1

  • 256MB RAM
  • 3.25GB SSDspace
  • 3.25GB off-site backup
  • 1.6180339887TB bandwidth
  • 2 CPU cores
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • 2x IPv6 address
  • OpenVZ/Custom
  • £12 ($20)/year
  • Order here
OpenVZ SSD VPS #3

  • 1024MB RAM
  • 13GB SSD space
  • 13GB off-site backup
  • 42TB bandwidth
  • 8 CPU cores
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • 2x IPv6 address
  • OpenVZ/Custom
  • £4 ($6.70)/month
  • Order here
The Sean Surprise VPS#1

  • 512MB RAM
  • 25GB disk space
  • 12.5GB off-site backup
  • 2.5TB bandwidth
  • 2 CPU cores
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • 2x /64 IPv6
  • KVM/Custom
  • £2.50 ($4.25)/month
  • Order here

More offers inside!

OpenVZ SSD VPS #2

  • 512MB RAM
  • 6.5GB SSD space
  • 6.5GB off-site backup
  • 3.14159265359TB bandwidth
  • 4 CPU cores
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • 2x IPv6 address
  • OpenVZ/Custom
  • £6 ($10)/quarter
  • Order here
The Sean Surprise VPS#2

  • 1024MB RAM
  • 50GB disk space
  • 25GB off-site backup
  • 5TB bandwidth
  • 4 CPU cores
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • 2x /64 IPv6
  • KVM/Custom
  • £4 ($6.75)/month
  • Order here

With OpenITC’s panel, you can install any Operating System you like via the recovery console (VNC or Spice with TLS) and you can virtually mount any CD/DVD from a HTTP server, basically allowing you to install any .iso (KVM only). You can also set the disk driver and the network model (KVM only). Whilst it fully supports both IPv4 and IPv6, at present only rDNS on IPv4 addresses can be instantly configured. Cgroups have been fully implemented, allowing OpenITC to control CPU and Disk I/O.

They accept both Paypal & Google Checkout as payment methods and have a 14 day refund policy. As well as allowing VPN and Adult content, IRC is also allowed but only on request. Legal content only.

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Network Information

Their nodes are online at the RapidSwitch datacenter in Maidenhead, UK. They are a RIPE NCC member and thus their IP space is fully owned by themselves. From this simple search, they appear to have a lot of it. They have a 100% SLA with their upstream provider.

Test IPv4: 78.129.169.250
Test File: http://dc5.rapidswitch.com/DC5/1000mb.bin

41 Comments

  1. OpenVZ SSD VPS #3
    42TB bandwidth <<< a lot of bandwidth, very interesting

    The Sean Surprise VPS#1
    2x /64 IPv6 <<< 2 x 18.446.744.073.709.551.616 ipv6
    i don't know if someone there need 2 x /64 ipv6 allocation on their vps

    April 25, 2014 @ 1:20 am | Reply
  2. Lee:

    tun / tap support ?

    April 25, 2014 @ 1:33 am | Reply
  3. arvibot:

    The Sean Surprise VPS#2
    Support for Windows system???

    April 25, 2014 @ 4:54 am | Reply
  4. The Ninja:

    Unsung ninjas of the VPS world. Highly recommended.

    April 25, 2014 @ 6:26 am | Reply
  5. Haris:

    Well personally I tried to order being and old customer of theirs, but they flagged my order under review and I feel like I have done something bad.
    Meh

    April 25, 2014 @ 6:29 am | Reply
    • Only some accounts currently bypass this check. Your order has probably since been approved, however if not please open a ticket with your account number and security phrase.

      April 25, 2014 @ 9:51 am | Reply
      • Haris:

        I’ve tried to order for a second time since my initial order was cancelled the new one is “Pending Approval”
        I’ll try to contact support I guess.

        April 25, 2014 @ 11:23 am | Reply
  6. Very recommended VPS provider.
    I use it in the past and never have problem.

    April 25, 2014 @ 1:03 pm | Reply
  7. McFly:

    “They accept both Paypal & Google Checkout as payment methods and have a 14 day refund policy.”
    Is that true again? I cancelled my last VPS with them because they removed google checkout and the only payment options left were via credit card.

    April 25, 2014 @ 1:04 pm | Reply
  8. Jimmy Vu:

    Good offers, only problem is my order was put pending like many ones here. Not sure if you really want to do biz?

    April 25, 2014 @ 2:35 pm | Reply
  9. Steven:

    £5 per extra IP? WTF?

    April 25, 2014 @ 6:05 pm | Reply
  10. Tom:

    Currently using an “OpenVZ SSD VPS #1” and it’s great. Epic value for £12 a year.

    April 26, 2014 @ 1:03 am | Reply
  11. TeeDev:

    Ordered OpenVZ VPS #3 around 4pm UK time, got the check flag issue like everybody else but it was approved within 5 minutes. Then, each time I tried to setup my VPS (you have to manually provision it yourself) it wouldn’t work. Submitted a ticket. They responded quickly saying they’d take a look. I sent another email around 4 hours ago to ask for an ETA. It’s now 2.30am, still no VPS. No response . Nothing.

    April 26, 2014 @ 1:32 am | Reply
    • That should be fixed now. Try re-provisioning and/or an OS reload.

      April 26, 2014 @ 12:20 pm | Reply
      • TeeDev:

        Finally activated after a full 24 hours. But well worth the wait as it’s very fast. Downloaded a 4.2GB centos dvd in less than 120 seconds.
        The centos 6 64bit templates seem to be minimal though, I’ve found myself constantly having to install basic things like rsync, passwd, perl etc…

        April 27, 2014 @ 1:50 am | Reply
      • TeeDev:

        [user@host bench]$ ./bench.sh
        CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 0 @ 2.30GHz
        Number of cores : 8
        CPU frequency : 1724.896 MHz
        Total amount of ram : 1024 MB
        Total amount of swap : 0 MB
        System uptime : 5:36,
        Download speed from CacheFly: 81.2MB/s
        Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 16.3MB/s
        Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 16.8MB/s
        Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 8.38MB/s
        Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 80.7MB/s
        Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 84.7MB/s
        Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 6.63MB/s
        Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 15.9MB/s
        Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 14.0MB/s
        Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 24.6MB/s
        I/O speed : 739 MB/s

        April 27, 2014 @ 2:02 am | Reply
    • Jimmy Vu:

      Yes, very slow ticket response. I had the same problem with provisioning too, it’s OK now but I got issues with IPTABLES while trying to setup firewall on an OpenVZ VPS:

      1. It hit memory allocation error as i put quite a few rules there.

      2. Ip6tables not support mangle.

      Another problem I found is there is no swap allocated and that’ll be risky if VPS has memory peak sometimes.

      April 27, 2014 @ 7:48 am | Reply
      • TeeDev:

        Same IPTABLES issues here too. I guess they’re trying really hard to provide a great infrastructure but support could be more responsive to let us know what’s going on.

        April 27, 2014 @ 11:58 am | Reply
  12. Martin:

    What OS’s are available for the OpenVZ packages?

    April 26, 2014 @ 1:56 pm | Reply
  13. Been an open itc user for a while now. In fact they are the first people I got a permanent VPS from. Will recommend their stuff in a heartbeat.

    April 28, 2014 @ 7:27 am | Reply
  14. Dr JGB:

    Very happy customer, after the first two weeks. Superb, responsive organisation. Would recommend to anyone.

    May 7, 2014 @ 2:50 am | Reply
  15. Dr JGB:

    Not quite sure why the VPS does not support the iptables MASQUERADE target. But achieved the same effect with an SNAT rule, which works fine.

    iptables -A POSTROUTING -o venet0 -j SNAT –to-source 149.255.123.123 does the job. (IP number of box represented by the bogus .123)

    May 7, 2014 @ 2:54 am | Reply
  16. Are you kidding me, I have to send a copy of my drivers license and utility bill???

    May 8, 2014 @ 2:18 am | Reply
    • They canceled my order after I told them I would not be providing a copy of my drivers license and utility bill.

      May 8, 2014 @ 4:19 am | Reply
  17. techdarko:

    Placed order. After 7 hours informed I would have to provide my passport and current utility bill to pre-pay for a VPS.

    This reads to me as identity theft, not due diligence. With the information they are requesting they could easily open accounts as you. I can understand this kind of scrutiny if they are providing a line of credit, but for something you are *pre-paying* this throws up all kinds of red flags.

    tl;dr: Will not be using their service as I don’t need my identity stolen.

    May 8, 2014 @ 2:23 am | Reply
    • They say they do this to prevent fraud and chargebacks. Even if someone did provide this information, it’s not going to stop them from chargebacks. If they really want to verify people’s identities there are other ways to do this without looking like identity theft (like naming domains you’re registered for).

      May 8, 2014 @ 1:23 pm | Reply
  18. ValdikSS:

    I have some problems running dnsmasq in the vps. It’s a well-known capabilities problem, it’s an openvz misconfiguration. OpenITC are not willing to fix it.

    May 9, 2014 @ 12:47 pm | Reply
  19. arms:

    Terrible support.

    Still waiting on ticket raised 3 days ago.

    May 19, 2014 @ 10:40 am | Reply
  20. Frank:

    Just bought OpenVZ SSD VPS #1 but iptables nat MASQUERADE is not available and I’m wondering why? Anyone know?
    Thanks,
    Frank.

    June 3, 2014 @ 6:30 pm | Reply
  21. Does this offer still valid?
    I tried to order “The Sean Surprise VPS#2” but i got direvps page.

    June 7, 2014 @ 4:35 am | Reply
  22. Miguel Ângelo / MrGeneral:

    Indeed.
    The support is just terrible. I’ve been waiting for almost 48h for them to reply me. I can’t even get the vps to run apt-get, because it has no available memory. This node looks like simply overloaded, or something may be causing this. Even though, I submited a cancelation request a few hours ago.
    I can’t accept this.

    June 12, 2014 @ 1:28 pm | Reply
  23. A:

    What are the port speeds for these plans?

    June 26, 2014 @ 12:51 am | Reply
    • Mark:

      TeeDev posted a bench.sh output which would make me think it’s 1Gbps:

      [user@host bench]$ ./bench.sh
      CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 0 @ 2.30GHz
      Number of cores : 8
      CPU frequency : 1724.896 MHz
      Total amount of ram : 1024 MB
      Total amount of swap : 0 MB
      System uptime : 5:36,
      Download speed from CacheFly: 81.2MB/s
      Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 16.3MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 16.8MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 8.38MB/s
      Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 80.7MB/s
      Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 84.7MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 6.63MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 15.9MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 14.0MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 24.6MB/s
      I/O speed : 739 MB/s

      June 30, 2014 @ 12:12 pm | Reply
  24. Great Value for UK:

    Latency and harddrive tests on VPS running Debian 7.5

    ## root@64:~# chrt -f 99 cyclictest -t1 -p 80 -i 10000 -n -l 100000
    ## # /dev/cpu_dma_latency set to 0us
    ## policy: fifo: loadavg: 0.90 0.76 0.55 2/342 21971

    debian@64:~/scripts$ sudo ./loop-hdparm.sh
    [sudo] password for debian:
    hdparm -t /dev/vda3

    /dev/vda3:
    Timing buffered disk reads: 234 MB in 3.06 seconds = 76.53 MB/sec
    ioping -R /dev/vda3

    — /dev/vda3 (device 8.0 Gb) ioping statistics —
    51 requests completed in 3152.9 ms, 16 iops, 0.1 mb/s
    min/avg/max/mdev = 2.6/61.6/513.5/94.3 ms
    ioping -RL /dev/vda3

    — /dev/vda3 (device 8.0 Gb) ioping statistics —
    385 requests completed in 3003.5 ms, 132 iops, 32.9 mb/s
    min/avg/max/mdev = 0.5/7.6/253.6/24.4 ms
    hdparm -t /dev/vda3

    /dev/vda3:
    Timing buffered disk reads: 324 MB in 3.04 seconds = 106.59 MB/sec
    ioping -R /dev/vda3

    — /dev/vda3 (device 8.0 Gb) ioping statistics —
    95 requests completed in 3100.6 ms, 31 iops, 0.1 mb/s
    min/avg/max/mdev = 0.2/32.5/212.8/38.1 ms
    ioping -RL /dev/vda3

    — /dev/vda3 (device 8.0 Gb) ioping statistics —
    912 requests completed in 3003.2 ms, 317 iops, 79.2 mb/s
    min/avg/max/mdev = 0.4/3.2/101.2/10.3 ms

    ————–
    Run your own tests with bash script loop-hdparm.sh

    #!/bin/bash

    ## Measure harddrive performance and latency on your vps/server.
    ## inspired by:
    ## http://kb.digium.com/articles/Configuration/How-to-perform-a-system-latency-test

    ## sudo aptitude install rt-tests
    ## sudo aptitude install ioping

    ## hdparm is probably already installed.
    ## aptitude show hdparm

    ## open two consoles.
    ## In the first console- begin measuring latency with:
    ## ‘sudo chrt -f 99 cyclictest -t1 -p 80 -i 10000 -n -l 100000′

    ## Then, in the second console, run this script to stress the filesystem.

    ## root@64:~# chrt -f 99 cyclictest -t1 -p 80 -i 10000 -n -l 100000
    ## # /dev/cpu_dma_latency set to 0us
    ## policy: fifo: loadavg: 0.90 0.76 0.55 2/342 21971

    ## N.B. looping for 100000 iterations will take a while to complete!

    driveName=’/dev/vda3’

    count=128

    while [ $count -gt 0 ]

    count=$(($count-1))

    do
    echo “hdparm -t $driveName”
    hdparm -t /dev/vda3
    sleep 1
    echo “ioping -R $driveName”
    ioping -R /dev/vda3
    sleep 1
    echo “ioping -RL $driveName”
    ioping -RL /dev/vda3
    sleep 1
    #echo $count

    done

    July 31, 2014 @ 3:08 pm | Reply
  25. Grand Total:

    I’ve had an OpenITC Xen VPS for 3 or 4 years which I use for VPN and have been satisfied with it. So, I signed up for this offer (OpenVZ SSD VPS #1) to replace my current VPS. It’s a little cheaper and with a larger bandwidth allowance, not that I ever came close to the limit, but still.

    First surprise despite the fact that the advert says it supports VPN, it doesn’t. Second surprise I didn’t sign up with OpenITC at all, I actually signed up with a subsidiary of OpenITC called DireVPS . DireVPS does not support PPP they tell me, so no VPN. Not only that DireVPS which has different terms of service than OpenITC and does not give refunds.

    Several email exchanges stating my case follow with very long response times from OpenITC, but no movement. So I started the PayPal dispute process. Instant response from OpenITC’s automated system, at least it is listening. This morning I wake up to find that they have cancelled my existing VPS ahead of schedule too.

    Classy move OpenITC.

    February 27, 2015 @ 1:06 pm | Reply
  26. flying_power:

    Well i know the post is from 2014, but OpenITC exist furthermore and the link to their efforts are active.

    So i’ve ordered a VPS last week. In the confirmation mail it says the service will available in 72 hours. But after 72 hours nothing happend. So i open a ticket and asked when the server are created. First I got the option for about 20£ to prioritize the ticket lol. I choose that not. Now 1 week later i doesn’t get an answer, and the VPS was also not created. I guess they would make no business or the company is strange.

    April 15, 2017 @ 2:35 pm | Reply
  27. Dean Green:

    Think openitc has dropped off the face of the Earth so wouldnt advise anyone to sign up for any services.
    VPS down for over a week, no response to emails, support tickets etc.

    September 19, 2017 @ 6:30 am | Reply

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