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1CheapHosting – $5.85 256MB OpenVZ VPS in Switzerland

Tags: , , Date/Time: March 24, 2011 @ 10:37 pm, by LowEndAdmin

1CheapHosting Via this WHT offer. 1CheapHosting has been pushing their blow out sale for the past few weeks. Use promo code 60plus35 to get 60% off 2 months, and then 35% off lifetime discount. So for their “1Basic” VPS package that’s $3.60/month for the first 2 months + $5.85/month afterwards. Here is the ordering link.

  • 256MB guaranteed/512MB burstable memory
  • 15GB storage
  • 200GB/month data transfer on 1Gbps (upgraded from 100GB/month)
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM

Servers in Equinix Zurich Datacenter, Switzerland (test IP: 46.19.136.1). Domain has been registered since April 2010, and both NS are on the same box. Nothing much changed since their previous spot here last July. Still part of “RH Groups” that claimed to be around since 2003. Domain is still WHOIS guarded. Quite a lot of broken links on the website. No SSL for the client area. The WHOIS record of that test IP belongs to Private Layer in Panama — could have been the upstream.

I guess that hasn’t changed my confidence (or lack of). However it’s the only Switzerland low end box we’ve got so far so could try it out if you really want one in Equinix Zurich.

The original owner of LowEndBox known as "LowEndAdmin" or "LEA" for short founded LowEndBox in 2008 and created the concept of hosting applications on low resource "Low End Boxes". After creating the roots of the community that we know today, "LEA" stepped aside and allowed others to carry the torch forward.

42 Comments

  1. Francisco:

    First impressions:

    Instant activation (PayPal)

    SolusVM:

    Memory: 256 MB
    Burst: 512 MB
    Disk Space: 15 GB
    Bandwidth: 100 GB <====

    Looks like Private Layer Inc server

    HE and Cogent

    March 24, 2011 @ 11:21 pm | Reply
    • Francisco:

      IP allocated to Switzerland

      OS templates (32bit and 64bit):

      CentOS 5
      Debian 5
      Fedora 13
      Ubuntu 10.10

      March 24, 2011 @ 11:28 pm | Reply
    • Francisco:
      ch2:~# wget -O /dev/null http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
      --2011-03-25 10:36:44--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
      Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net... 140.99.93.175, 140.99.93.175
      Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net|140.99.93.175|:80... connected.
      HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
      Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
      Saving to: `/dev/null'
      
      100%[==========================================================>] 104,857,600 62.0M/s   in 1.6s
      
      2011-03-25 10:36:45 (62.0 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]
      
      March 24, 2011 @ 11:33 pm | Reply
    • Francisco:
      ch2:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
      16384+0 records in
      16384+0 records out
      1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 15.5599 s, 69.0 MB/s
      
      March 24, 2011 @ 11:35 pm | Reply
    • Francisco:
      ch2:~# cat /proc/cpuinfo
      processor       : 0
      vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
      cpu family      : 6
      model           : 26
      model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5520  @ 2.27GHz
      stepping        : 5
      cpu MHz         : 2266.806
      cache size      : 8192 KB
      physical id     : 0
      siblings        : 8
      core id         : 0
      cpu cores       : 4
      apicid          : 0
      fpu             : yes
      fpu_exception   : yes
      cpuid level     : 11
      wp              : yes
      flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dt
      s acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm syscall nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc pni monitor ds_c
      pl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm
      bogomips        : 4533.61
      clflush size    : 64
      cache_alignment : 64
      address sizes   : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
      power management: [8]
      
      processor       : 1
      vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
      cpu family      : 6
      model           : 26
      model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5520  @ 2.27GHz
      stepping        : 5
      cpu MHz         : 2266.806
      cache size      : 8192 KB
      physical id     : 0
      siblings        : 8
      core id         : 1
      cpu cores       : 4
      apicid          : 2
      fpu             : yes
      fpu_exception   : yes
      cpuid level     : 11
      wp              : yes
      flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dt
      s acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm syscall nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc pni monitor ds_c
      pl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm
      bogomips        : 4533.40
      clflush size    : 64
      cache_alignment : 64
      address sizes   : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
      power management: [8]
      
      processor       : 2
      vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
      cpu family      : 6
      model           : 26
      model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5520  @ 2.27GHz
      stepping        : 5
      cpu MHz         : 2266.806
      cache size      : 8192 KB
      physical id     : 0
      siblings        : 8
      core id         : 2
      cpu cores       : 4
      apicid          : 4
      fpu             : yes
      fpu_exception   : yes
      cpuid level     : 11
      wp              : yes
      flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dt
      s acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm syscall nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc pni monitor ds_c
      pl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm
      bogomips        : 4533.46
      clflush size    : 64
      cache_alignment : 64
      address sizes   : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
      power management: [8]
      
      processor       : 3
      vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
      cpu family      : 6
      model           : 26
      model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5520  @ 2.27GHz
      stepping        : 5
      cpu MHz         : 2266.806
      cache size      : 8192 KB
      physical id     : 0
      siblings        : 8
      core id         : 3
      cpu cores       : 4
      apicid          : 6
      fpu             : yes
      fpu_exception   : yes
      cpuid level     : 11
      wp              : yes
      flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dt
      s acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm syscall nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc pni monitor ds_c
      pl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm
      bogomips        : 4533.53
      clflush size    : 64
      cache_alignment : 64
      address sizes   : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
      power management: [8]
      
      
      ch2:~# cat /proc/meminfo
      MemTotal:       524288 kB
      MemFree:        507192 kB
      Buffers:             0 kB
      Cached:              0 kB
      SwapCached:          0 kB
      Active:              0 kB
      Inactive:            0 kB
      HighTotal:           0 kB
      HighFree:            0 kB
      LowTotal:       524288 kB
      LowFree:        507192 kB
      SwapTotal:           0 kB
      SwapFree:            0 kB
      Dirty:               0 kB
      Writeback:           0 kB
      AnonPages:           0 kB
      Mapped:              0 kB
      Slab:                0 kB
      PageTables:          0 kB
      NFS_Unstable:        0 kB
      Bounce:              0 kB
      CommitLimit:         0 kB
      Committed_AS:        0 kB
      VmallocTotal:        0 kB
      VmallocUsed:         0 kB
      VmallocChunk:        0 kB
      HugePages_Total:     0
      HugePages_Free:      0
      HugePages_Rsvd:      0
      Hugepagesize:     2048 kB
      
      March 24, 2011 @ 11:38 pm | Reply
    • Francisco:
      ch2:~# df -h
      Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
      /dev/simfs             15G  383M   15G   3% /
      tmpfs                 256M     0  256M   0% /lib/init/rw
      tmpfs                 256M     0  256M   0% /dev/shm
      
      March 24, 2011 @ 11:43 pm | Reply
    • Francisco:

      Wrong date/time

      Current default timezone: ‘Etc/UTC’
      Local time is now: Fri Mar 25 07:48:37 UTC 2011.
      Universal Time is now: Fri Mar 25 07:48:37 UTC 2011.

      March 24, 2011 @ 11:46 pm | Reply
      • That means you can now test their support response time.

        March 25, 2011 @ 12:40 am | Reply
        • Francisco:

          Yeah :-) However rarely I do contact support because my servers and VPS are “expendable” — automatically replaced by others during outages and cancelled if performance/uptime is not acceptable. If the service is not stable I just move on, then support response time is not important when I’m running cheap VPSs.

          March 25, 2011 @ 1:05 am | Reply
    • Francisco:
      BYTE UNIX Benchmarks (Version 5.1.2)
      
         System: ch2: GNU/Linux
         OS: GNU/Linux -- 2.6.18-194.26.1.el5.028stab079.2 -- #1 SMP Fri Dec 17 19:25:15 MSK 2010
         Machine: x86_64 (unknown)
         Language: en_US.utf8 (charmap="ANSI_X3.4-1968", collate="ANSI_X3.4-1968")
         CPU 0: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5520 @ 2.27GHz (4533.6 bogomips)
                Hyper-Threading, x86-64, MMX, Physical Address Ext, SYSENTER/SYSEXIT, SYSCALL/SYSRET, Inte
      l virtualization
         CPU 1: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5520 @ 2.27GHz (4533.4 bogomips)
                Hyper-Threading, x86-64, MMX, Physical Address Ext, SYSENTER/SYSEXIT, SYSCALL/SYSRET, Inte
      l virtualization
         CPU 2: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5520 @ 2.27GHz (4533.5 bogomips)
                Hyper-Threading, x86-64, MMX, Physical Address Ext, SYSENTER/SYSEXIT, SYSCALL/SYSRET, Inte
      l virtualization
         CPU 3: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5520 @ 2.27GHz (4533.5 bogomips)
                Hyper-Threading, x86-64, MMX, Physical Address Ext, SYSENTER/SYSEXIT, SYSCALL/SYSRET, Inte
      l virtualization
         08:05:09 up 37 min,  1 user,  load average: 0.18, 0.09, 0.03; runlevel 2
      
      ------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Benchmark Run: Fri Mar 25 2011 08:05:09 - 08:29:44
      4 CPUs in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests
      
      Dhrystone 2 using register variables       13978189.5 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      Double-Precision Whetstone                     2668.9 MWIPS (9.5 s, 7 samples)
      Execl Throughput                               2821.8 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
      Pipe Throughput                              797368.3 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      Pipe-based Context Switching                  40737.5 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      Process Creation                               8792.9 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
      Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                   5659.1 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
      Shell Scripts (16 concurrent)                   922.2 lpm   (60.1 s, 2 samples)
      Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   1669.9 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
      System Call Overhead                         741702.9 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      
      System Benchmarks Partial Index              BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
      Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   13978189.5   1197.8
      Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0       2668.9    485.3
      Execl Throughput                                 43.0       2821.8    656.2
      Pipe Throughput                               12440.0     797368.3    641.0
      Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0      40737.5    101.8
      Process Creation                                126.0       8792.9    697.8
      Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4       5659.1   1334.7
      Shell Scripts (16 concurrent)                     ---        922.2      ---
      Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       1669.9   2783.2
      System Call Overhead                          15000.0     741702.9    494.5
                                                                         ========
      System Benchmarks Index Score (Partial Only)                          682.0
      
      ------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Benchmark Run: Fri Mar 25 2011 08:29:44 - 08:54:30
      4 CPUs in system; running 4 parallel copies of tests
      
      Dhrystone 2 using register variables       50244823.9 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      Double-Precision Whetstone                    10298.0 MWIPS (9.7 s, 7 samples)
      Execl Throughput                               6233.2 lps   (29.8 s, 2 samples)
      Pipe Throughput                             3082459.7 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      Pipe-based Context Switching                 899691.1 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      Process Creation                              23784.1 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
      Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  13173.4 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
      Shell Scripts (16 concurrent)                  1094.0 lpm   (60.1 s, 2 samples)
      Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   2136.5 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
      System Call Overhead                        2523770.7 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      
      System Benchmarks Partial Index              BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
      Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   50244823.9   4305.5
      Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0      10298.0   1872.4
      Execl Throughput                                 43.0       6233.2   1449.6
      Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    3082459.7   2477.9
      Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0     899691.1   2249.2
      Process Creation                                126.0      23784.1   1887.6
      Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      13173.4   3106.9
      Shell Scripts (16 concurrent)                     ---       1094.0      ---
      Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       2136.5   3560.9
      System Call Overhead                          15000.0    2523770.7   1682.5
                                                                         ========
      System Benchmarks Index Score (Partial Only)                         2362.0
      March 25, 2011 @ 12:56 am | Reply
    • Francisco:

      Private Layer dedicated servers:

      http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?p=7233740

      It seems the VPS price is perfectly aligned with the server price and conditions.

      March 25, 2011 @ 1:55 am | Reply
  2. SwordfishBE:

    It’s not the only LEB offer.
    Hostrail has moved there NL based location to Switzerland (There site is not modified yet).
    And now they are moving there DE based location to there as well.
    They are located in the same data center as this one.

    March 25, 2011 @ 9:39 am | Reply
    • Francisco:

      HostRail is one of my Top 10 Worst VPS Provider Ever. :-)

      March 25, 2011 @ 9:47 am | Reply
      • SwordfishBE:

        I never had problems with my NL based vps.
        My US based sucks :-) but I don’t expect much for 1.05 dollar.

        March 25, 2011 @ 9:50 am | Reply
        • Francisco:

          IMO if they moved the VPS from NL to CH they caused problems for some customers. :-)

          March 25, 2011 @ 9:56 am | Reply
    • I had just ordered a DE VPS from HostRail when they sent me an email saying they were now moving their DE VPS’s to the same datacenter my NL VPS with them are now in. I only ordered it because of the location. Time to find another cheap DE offer :(

      March 25, 2011 @ 10:24 am | Reply
      • Francisco:

        If you want a cheap VPS in Germany just order a VPS in France from RapidoVPS. :-)

        The fact is I kept my “French VPS” hosted in Frankfurt (Netdirekt) for only $2.5 USD and so far so good.

        March 25, 2011 @ 11:33 am | Reply
        • Francisco:

          PS: In Germany you can´t go wrong with the QuickWeb´s Dusseldorf/Equinix Xen VPS. Highly recommended.

          March 25, 2011 @ 11:36 am | Reply
        • Bob:

          Hey!

          RapidoVPS are good ? you have good uptime & performances on your DE server there?

          Thanks :)

          March 26, 2011 @ 8:23 pm | Reply
        • Francisco:

          @Bob

          RapidoVPS:

          $2.50 USD

          Memory: 64 MB
          Burst: 128 MB
          Disk Space: 10 GB
          Bandwidth: 2.93 TB

          Processor: i7 920 @ 2.67GHz
          4 cores
          I/O: 65 MB/s
          wget cachefly: 100Mbps

          Uptime stats:

          UP: 99.723% 37d4h25m
          Down: 0.227% 2h29m

          March 26, 2011 @ 8:51 pm | Reply
  3. dd:

    Hi All,

    http://www.ramhost.us/?page=virtual-dedicated-server now has stock.

    I grabbed one, anyone else want one before the stock vaporizes?

    March 26, 2011 @ 12:30 am | Reply
    • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

      Why are you advertising on this?

      March 26, 2011 @ 8:26 am | Reply
      • dd:

        I am not advertising. I am not a VPS provider. I thought the info would be relevant here, but if the news is not appreciated I wouldn’t post any more such info. I will keep it under my hat.

        I grabbed another in Atlanta too.

        March 26, 2011 @ 12:41 pm | Reply
  4. Christian:

    Switzerland offer, hmm again a good location on lEB :)

    March 26, 2011 @ 2:02 pm | Reply
  5. Christian:

    And they are down (my vps and their website too)…

    March 31, 2011 @ 3:34 pm | Reply
  6. noop:

    Finally, they are up again.

    Downtime from ~ 04:00pm yesterday (March,31st) to 07:45am now (CET) => 15h.

    The contact person answering my 1st ticket needet to “contact technical support”, which he presumed answering within 24h.

    I am still waiting …

    Ergo: don’t expect any support at all.

    April 1, 2011 @ 6:06 am | Reply
  7. SelfishMan:

    Two days since I ordered and still no activation. Opened a ticket yesterday to find out if there was an ETA on it and still haven’t heard back. Not looking good.

    April 7, 2011 @ 4:50 am | Reply
    • I prefer hostrail offshore for this location.

      April 7, 2011 @ 4:52 am | Reply
      • Christian:

        The performance of them is a lot better than hostrail. However I’m a bit afraid of them as they can diappear anytime…

        April 9, 2011 @ 11:05 am | Reply
        • Yep, maybe, but hostrail offshore gives you one core of CPU at full frequency, better than Limestone instances.

          April 10, 2011 @ 3:43 am | Reply
  8. SelfishMan:

    Still haven’t had my VPS provisioned yet. Received a response two days ago saying “All our server are full. Our new server will be ready tommorow. Your VPS vill be ready in 12 hours.” and offering me a $5 credit. Support responses are *very* slow. I highly recommend against them based on these issues. If my node is every activated I will try to offer feedback on the VPS itself.

    April 10, 2011 @ 1:01 am | Reply
    • SelfishMan:

      VPS was just provisioned. Seems to perform well and will certainly meet my very basic needs. Hopefully they won’t end up in the dead pool next week.

      April 10, 2011 @ 2:46 am | Reply
      • Francisco:

        I guess you will need a lot of hope :)

        April 10, 2011 @ 1:46 pm | Reply
  9. noop:

    Have you already been trying to install OPENVPN or some firwewall rules with IPTABLES?

    If no: try it, tell me if your VPS came with TUN/TAP- and IPTABLES-support ootb.

    if yes: did you have to submit a ticket in order to get it running?

    On my VPS@1cheaphosting.net I had to submit 2 tickets and wait for ten days to get it running – which is very slow and obv lame at all, as enabling these services is mandatory.

    Greetings,

    noop

    April 10, 2011 @ 1:29 pm | Reply
  10. Francisco:

    As posted before, the server where my VPS was created needed date/time adjust as it was quite wrong. Five hours after I opened a ticket asking the support to fix it they replied asking my root password! Out of sheer curiosity to see how my VPS password could work to adjust the server’s clock I replied the ticket with it. Six day after, no VPS access by them, no data/time fix, no ticket reply. I then cancelled the VPS according to their rules — including the 7 day money back no question asked — but I never was refunded. Few hours after the cancellation request the provider’s server and my VPS (I guess both were in the same box) went down for hours, then I think it was a good decision to dump this company from my provider’s list.

    April 10, 2011 @ 1:43 pm | Reply
  11. noop:

    Yes man!

    You are absolutely right.

    Time adjustment would also be necessary for my VPS.

    In the evening hours I often have to experience a lot of lag, just when using ssh to edit scripts.

    The knowledgebase as well as the forum and the announcement links on their web page are leading to nothing in an all-purpose web-hosting template.

    But after all, I don’t even think about sending more tickets.

    It’s a bad hoster, but really cheap – and there is not more to expect from a provider with that name, right?

    Greetings,

    noop

    April 10, 2011 @ 2:00 pm | Reply
  12. Sutil Kumar:

    Hi there…

    I buy VPS from 1cheaphosting nearly last month… all are look ok for me… but ticket support little bit slow… 4 hours for one ticket to solve…

    anyway will but one more VPS from them… server are very fast, network speed also fast…

    do you have any suggestion for others company if i want buy other swiss network at cheap price? or can i stay to this company?

    April 22, 2011 @ 5:09 am | Reply
  13. Christian:

    There VPS is down, this is not the first time since my 2 months contract.

    May 24, 2011 @ 7:10 pm | Reply
  14. Check your monitors LEA, reports on WHT of servers being down for these guys:

    http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1051387

    Francisco

    May 25, 2011 @ 12:08 am | Reply
  15. Christian:

    Please react to ticket #432658 !

    June 1, 2011 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

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