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AlienVPS - $29/Year 192MB Xen VPS in Las Vegas or New York

AlienVPS Russell from AlienVPS emailed me their latest offers, which is also listed on WHT here. Probably not as good in terms of discount as last time, you get 20% off monthly plans using promo code 20off. However the redemption here is the varieties. They now not only sell OpenVZ plans in Las Vegas (with their popular $19/year OpenVZ VPS with 192MB memory, 19GB storage and 190GB/month data), but also OpenVZ in New York with the same price, KVM in New York, and Xen VPS in both Las Vegas and New York. Their “Abduction” low end plan for Xen is $29/year, which comes with

  • 192MB memory/220MB swap
  • 9GB storage
  • 190GB/month data transfer on 5Mbps
  • Xen/SolusVM

Las Vegas test IP: New York test IP: Payment with credit card or your PayPal account. No refund according to their ToS, which also forbids the usual illegal stuff. IRC and game servers are permitted.

AlienVPS was started in July last year and was sold to Russell of webRulon in November last year. New York based webRulon has a small team providing Internet solutions. Non-redundant NS though on their alienvps.com domain.

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  1. I signed up for AlienVPS after people appreciated their $19/mo OpenVZ plans, thought why not try the XEN yearly offer.

    Classic IO

    dd if=/dev/zero of=iotest bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
    16384+0 records in
    16384+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 15.1231 s, 71.0 MB/s

    Classic Network Test

    root@alienvps:~# wget cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test -O /dev/null
    --2011-08-03 09:03:36--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net...
    Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: `/dev/null'
    100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 9.60M/s   in 11s
    2011-08-03 09:03:47 (9.13 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600
    August 3, 2011 @ 4:06 am | Reply
    • Geekbench

      root@alienvps:~# ./setup.sh geekbench
      --2011-08-03 09:04:07--  http://www.primatelabs.ca/download/Geekbench21-Linux.tar.gz
      Resolving www.primatelabs.ca...
      Connecting to www.primatelabs.ca||:80... connected.
      HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
      Length: 3479662 (3.3M) [application/x-gzip]
      Saving to: `Geekbench21-Linux.tar.gz'
      100%[======================================>] 3,479,662   1.56M/s   in 2.1s
      2011-08-03 09:04:09 (1.56 MB/s) - `Geekbench21-Linux.tar.gz' saved [3479662/3479662]
      Geekbench 2.1.13 : http://www.primatelabs.ca/geekbench/
      Geekbench is in tryout mode.
      Your copy of Geekbench is in tryout mode.  If you like Geekbench, please
      purchase it so we can continue to make Geekbench awesome.  You can
      purchase Geekbench online at:
      If you've already purchased Geekbench, enter your license information
      with the following command line:
              ./dist/Geekbench21-Linux/geekbench_x86_32 -r  
      System Information
        Platform:                  Linux x86 (32-bit)
        Compiler:                  GCC 4.1.2 20070925 (Red Hat 4.1.2-33)
        Operating System:          Ubuntu 11.04 2.6.38-8-generic-pae i686
        Model:                     Linux PC (Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5506  @ 2.13GHz)
        Motherboard:               Unknown Motherboard
        Processor:                 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5506  @ 2.13GHz
        Processor ID:              GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 26 Stepping 5
        Logical Processors:        1
        Physical Processors:       1
        Processor Frequency:       2.13 GHz
        L1 Instruction Cache:      0.00 B
        L1 Data Cache:             0.00 B
        L2 Cache:                  256 KB
        L3 Cache:                  0.00 B
        Bus Frequency:             0.00 Hz
        Memory:                    179 MB
        Memory Type:               N/A
        SIMD:                      1
        BIOS:                      N/A
        Processor Model:           Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5506  @ 2.13GHz
        Processor Cores:           1
          single-threaded scalar    1500 ||||||
          multi-threaded scalar     1608 ||||||
        Text Compress
          single-threaded scalar    1668 ||||||
          multi-threaded scalar     1621 ||||||
        Text Decompress
          single-threaded scalar    1696 ||||||
          multi-threaded scalar     1744 ||||||
        Image Compress
          single-threaded scalar    1409 |||||
          multi-threaded scalar     1358 |||||
        Image Decompress
          single-threaded scalar    1199 ||||
          multi-threaded scalar     1246 ||||
          single-threaded scalar    2643 ||||||||||
          multi-threaded scalar     2622 ||||||||||
      Floating Point
          single-threaded scalar    1786 |||||||
          multi-threaded scalar     1806 |||||||
        Dot Product
          single-threaded scalar    2903 |||||||||||
          multi-threaded scalar     3077 ||||||||||||
          single-threaded vector    3432 |||||||||||||
          multi-threaded vector     3991 |||||||||||||||
        LU Decomposition
          single-threaded scalar    2010 ||||||||
          multi-threaded scalar     2050 ||||||||
        Primality Test
          single-threaded scalar    2944 |||||||||||
          multi-threaded scalar     2314 |||||||||
        Sharpen Image
          single-threaded scalar    4677 ||||||||||||||||||
          multi-threaded scalar     4729 ||||||||||||||||||
        Blur Image
          single-threaded scalar    4318 |||||||||||||||||
          multi-threaded scalar     4432 |||||||||||||||||
        Read Sequential
          single-threaded scalar    3190 ||||||||||||
        Write Sequential
          single-threaded scalar    3558 ||||||||||||||
        Stdlib Allocate
          single-threaded scalar    2992 |||||||||||
        Stdlib Write
          single-threaded scalar    2457 |||||||||
        Stdlib Copy
          single-threaded scalar    5016 ||||||||||||||||||||
        Stream Copy
          single-threaded scalar    1876 |||||||
          single-threaded vector    2091 ||||||||
        Stream Scale
          single-threaded scalar    2132 ||||||||
          single-threaded vector    2111 ||||||||
        Stream Add
          single-threaded scalar    1974 |||||||
          single-threaded vector    2140 ||||||||
        Stream Triad
          single-threaded scalar    2144 ||||||||
          single-threaded vector    1663 ||||||
      Integer Score:                1692 ||||||
      Floating Point Score:         3176 ||||||||||||
      Memory Score:                 3442 |||||||||||||
      Stream Score:                 2016 ||||||||
      Overall Geekbench Score:      2593 ||||||||||
      Submit results to the Geekbench Result Browser? [Y/n] Y
      Submitting results; this might take a minute or two.
      Submission succeeded! Visit the following URL and view your results online:
      Visit the following URL and add this result to your profile:
      August 3, 2011 @ 4:07 am | Reply
    • Just a piece of advice, if you want to run Ubuntu on it, try the 11.04 32bit template instead of the 10.04 LTS template. Its more stable and does not randomly eat your CPU/Memory

      August 3, 2011 @ 4:08 am | Reply
  2. Tom:

    Also have my NY openvz, strangely it gets some node restarts here and there, but overall performance is better then what I had with buyvm. Also have 5mbps capped pipe, so no use from testing speed :)

    Here’s the DD test.

    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, 24.1748 s, 44.4 MB/s

    August 3, 2011 @ 8:26 am | Reply
  3. Mike Hat:

    I’ve had their $19/year VPS from the previous offer for a few months. So far, so good.

    $ dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync && rm -f test
    16384+0 records in
    16384+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 9.86165 s, 109 MB/s

    Speeds are great as well:

    2011-08-03 08:55:22 (9.33 MB/s) - â100mb.testâ
    August 3, 2011 @ 8:56 am | Reply
    • Fabien:

      Same here : got a $19/year VPS since a few days and it works really great, and it is really really faster than my Enotch Networks one (3 times more expensive). So I’m quite happy for the moment :)

      August 11, 2011 @ 1:16 pm | Reply
  4. TehLulz:

    I have a $19/yr openvz one and they are really good. Great support too. Might give xen a go

    August 3, 2011 @ 10:44 am | Reply
  5. mike:

    These guys are great. I referred a few people already. My VPS is stable as heck.. love these guys, will stay with them for a long long time if they keep up the good work.

    August 4, 2011 @ 6:08 am | Reply
  6. Sibbels:

    I was with these guys before for about 4 months until I decided to cancel due to their lack of support and slowness of their VPS’. Absolute waste of money!

    August 4, 2011 @ 10:24 am | Reply
    • Hi there, I am sorry to hear that you did not have a good experience with us. We have many happy customers on very stable and fast nodes. Can you please send me a ticket ID or your old VPS IP address so that I may look up your account and see why you experienced such issues?

      August 4, 2011 @ 7:40 pm | Reply
  7. Spo0lsh:

    Alienvps have any IPv6 for customer?

    August 7, 2011 @ 10:26 am | Reply
    • Hi, we do offer IPv6 in the Las Vegas location. New York IPv6 will be coming within the next 2 weeks.

      August 9, 2011 @ 8:06 pm | Reply
      • Philipp:

        did you have now ipv6 at NY?

        April 11, 2012 @ 5:48 pm | Reply
  8. Patrick:

    The coupon code “20off” gives me a “coupon expired” error.

    August 10, 2011 @ 3:05 am | Reply
  9. William:

    im curious as to the 5 mbps uplink. what does that mean?

    August 14, 2011 @ 9:48 pm | Reply
    • tux:

      You have symmetric connection. It means that you can download and upload with 5 mbps line.

      August 19, 2011 @ 3:33 am | Reply
      • Francisco:

        In fact I downloaded the cachefly file at 400Mbps. It seems the downstream is 1Gbps and the upstream is capped at 5Mbps.

        August 19, 2011 @ 3:36 am | Reply
        • Ken:

          Not for me… I definitely have 5 mbps up and 5 mbps down… I’m on the AS15003, maybe that’s the difference?

          August 19, 2011 @ 2:55 pm | Reply
  10. Francisco:

    I would like to note that “New York test IP:” (AS15003) doesn’t use the same network used by my XEN Abduction VPS (AS33440).

    Test IP

    AS4436 nLayer Communications, Inc.
    AS25973 PacketExchange, Inc
    AS13354 EBL Global Networks, Inc.
    AS2828 XO Communications
    AS3356 Level 3 Communications, LLC
    AS13768 Peer 1 Network Inc.
    AS6461 Abovenet Communications, Inc
    AS3549 Global Crossing
    AS19024 Internap Network Services Corporation

    XEN Abduction

    48% AS174 Cogent Communications
    42% AS6939 Hurricane Electric, Inc.
    8% AS53340 VegasNAP, LLC

    August 19, 2011 @ 3:20 am | Reply
    • Dino Suarez:

      Someone should really go after them for this, they post a New York test ip which looks to be from a really nice host with tons of providers and then you end up with a almost purely Cogent inbound/outbound budget network.

      August 19, 2011 @ 3:47 am | Reply
      • I’d just like to clarify that we are not trying to deceive anyone. We have two New York Datacenters, the new location went live after this post was made. Our website and all new advertisements contain both NY Test IPs. Any users with an OpenVZ plan who was setup in NY2 (non test IP) may request to be moved to NY1 (test ip).

        September 1, 2011 @ 9:05 pm | Reply
        • Francisco:

          The offer featured at LowEndBox refers to XEN VPS:

          [Their “Abduction” low end plan for Xen is $29/year, which comes with

          192MB memory/220MB swap
          9GB storage
          190GB/month data transfer on 5Mbps
          Las Vegas test IP: New York test IP:

          Your offer to move the OpenVZ VPS is nice but not related to the topic.

          September 1, 2011 @ 10:14 pm | Reply
        • Francisco:

          Posted on their forum today:


          Any clients on server-node (NY1/NY2/NY3) there will be down time tonight while we migrate the nodes to our second New York facility.

          That is correct, we are moving these server-nodes to the second New York facility.

          If you have any question’s or concerns about this please submit a ticket by logging into your client area and submitting a ticket to Customer relations.

          You can find out what server-node your VPS is on by logging into your VPS Control Panel and logging in and in the control panel you will be able to find what node each of the Virtual Servers assigned to your account are on.

          September 24, 2011 @ 11:17 am | Reply
    • Dino Suarez:

      Bait and switch I think they call it.

      August 19, 2011 @ 3:48 am | Reply
    • Dino Suarez:

      One thing I am surprised about is that you signed up for a host that allows IRC. Didn’t you just cancel Colo-serv because you realized that they offer IRC services? (even though they have been offering it all along and you had been a customer for 6 months without a problem?)

      August 19, 2011 @ 2:20 pm | Reply
      • Francisco:

        Simple. The VPS are for different purposes.

        August 19, 2011 @ 2:44 pm | Reply
  11. shaifful:

    I bought one this year with constant problem and email support which is so slow, and now my VPS is nowhere, and they said that I have request chargeback. My question is When do I request such thing?, when I bought it on June 11, and I’m still using it last on july 21st, asking for Tun/Tap, after asking further more question about the chargeback? and their prove of such request, it was just stop like that.

    Their last email…


    Images are not displayed.
    Display images below – Always display images from support@alienvps.com


    Hi, this should now be working on your account. Please try again.

    Ticket ID: #353366
    Subject: Tun/Tap
    Status: Answered
    Ticket URL: http://www.alienlayer.com/clients/viewticket.php?tid=353366&c=WQH8oauI

    August 19, 2011 @ 4:47 am | Reply
  12. tort:

    Their website down?

    September 27, 2011 @ 2:57 pm | Reply
    • Tom:

      Their networking skills are on the highest level as my SSH connection just dropped ;)

      September 27, 2011 @ 3:00 pm | Reply
      • tort:

        I have the VPS offline for several hours, no one processing.

        September 27, 2011 @ 3:04 pm | Reply
    • Francisco:

      My VPS is down for 20 minutes now.

      September 27, 2011 @ 3:02 pm | Reply
      • tort:

        Recently a month, have offline several times.

        September 27, 2011 @ 3:08 pm | Reply
    • Adam:

      AlienVPS.com down for me too!

      September 27, 2011 @ 3:14 pm | Reply
    • Joining to the party, yes, this month hada several downtimes (Las vegas). And today in New york too.

      September 27, 2011 @ 3:59 pm | Reply
      • Spirit:

        NY was down for some people 2 days (till yesterday)… Those which lost datas on NY9 fail node recently and get migrated to another failure NY1 and then to NY13 experienced this.

        September 27, 2011 @ 4:56 pm | Reply
  13. tort:

    Already seems to work, but has many times go offline.

    September 27, 2011 @ 3:36 pm | Reply
  14. Hi, we are sorry for the recent downtime. Everything is back up now and we have just upgraded our Las Vegas network. Users should see much better performance now!

    September 27, 2011 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

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