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AmeriNOC - $6.75 256MB Xen HVM VPS in San Diego

AmeriNOC Mike from AmeriNOC emailed me their special coupon code to get 25% off recurring discount on their unmanaged Xen VPS range. 25OFF256 is the code, and the lowest spec one would be $6.75/month after the discount. Here is the sign up link, and it has

  • 256MB memory
  • 25GB storage (Hybrid HDD in RAID10)
  • 2TB/month data transfer on 1Gbps
  • Xen HVM/SolusVM

Here are some info on Hybrid drives, although I am not sure how much performance can be gained on a server hosting virtualized environment. Lots of payment methods are supported — QG (credit cards), PayPal, LinkPoint (credit cards), AlertPay, CashX.com, OKPAY, etc. Servers in AIS Data Center in San Diego CA — see their datacenter page for details and speed test page for test download files. According to Mike, AmeriNOC has been around for more than 10 years. Indeed their IP address is delegated to “A1COLO.COM”, which redirects to AmeriNOC’s website, and A1COLO.COM was registered in July 2002.

FreeBSD 8.2 is also a configurable option for operating system.

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  1. Daniel:

    No windows?

    September 6, 2011 @ 8:16 am | Reply
  2. only 64bit OS ?

    September 6, 2011 @ 11:39 am | Reply
  3. No Windows. CentOS 6 appears to have x86 option. However if it’s Xen HVM, wouldn’t you have option to upload your own ISO image?

    September 6, 2011 @ 11:49 am | Reply
  4. Just to clarify since some folks get confused around here, this isn’t me. :)

    September 6, 2011 @ 2:23 pm | Reply
  5. Hi,

    These unmanaged plans are new to the site and the page needs more info added still, so my apologies for any confusion on this, we have only offered fully managed hybrid VPS plans with Directadmin in the past. Yes, you can install Windows on these, they are Xen-HVM plans and we have an ISO for Windows 7 Professional x86_64, but it is a BYOL situation with Windows.

    As to 32-bit / 64-bit, we do have both for FreeBSD already inside the SolusVM panel as well as for CentOS 6 / CentOS 5.6 and we are happy to create ISO’s on request if you find it isn’t already listed as an option in the SolusVM panel.


    September 6, 2011 @ 4:40 pm | Reply
  6. Tom:

    Nice. I just would like to pay via Paysafecard. Then it would be perfect.

    September 6, 2011 @ 9:54 pm | Reply
    • Hi Tom,

      This is the first time I’ve ever heard of that option or had it requested. It looks to be UK based, but I see they have an API so it might be an option we can add at some point, we will put it on the list to research. Paxum is another option we accept now that wasn’t listed above.

      September 6, 2011 @ 11:32 pm | Reply
      • Jim Snow:

        Paysafecard is UK based by prepaid Services Comp Ltd

        They Recently expanded to The Staates and Mexico

        http://www.paysafecard.com/us/general/faqs/ <— might help you

        I would Prefer to pay with paysafe too =)

        and they have an API so this should be easy =)

        September 8, 2011 @ 9:55 am | Reply
  7. Pinoy:

    Just ordered one.

    [root@localhost ~]# wget -O /dev/null http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    --2011-09-07 10:13:40--  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: â/dev/nullâ
    100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 4.32M/s   in 29s
    2011-09-07 10:14:09 (3.46 MB/s) - â/dev/nullâ
    September 7, 2011 @ 2:15 pm | Reply
    • Jim Snow:

      3 Mb on 100 Mbit looks a Bit slow too me…

      September 8, 2011 @ 10:55 am | Reply
    • Hi, I meant to look into the a few other times after I saw this post and kept getting sidetracked during the week. Here’s what we see from the server node you are on to that same file at Cacefly. As you can see, there’s a big difference, so if you are still having issues please contact us so we can look over your VPS/OS configuration.

      --2011-09-10 16:10:52--  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: `100mb.test' 
      100%[===================================================>] 104,857,600 19.4M/s   in 8.3s     
      2011-09-10 16:11:01 (12.1 MB/s) - `100mb.test' saved [104857600/104857600]

      We also ran a trace from us to cachefly, they appear to have some odd routing going on, assuming the hops are labeled correctly. If they are based in Chicago notice how the third hop hits Chicago and keeps on going. I just wanted to point this out since that cachefly download file seems to be the standard used here after reading through the other posts.

      While this next file is closer to us, here’s another sample, please feel free to send us links to other test files if you want to see additional results.

      ****@****** ~]$ wget http://mirrors.usc.edu/pub/linux/distributions/centos/6.0/isos/x86_64/CentOS-6.0-x86_64-netinstall.iso 
      --2011-09-10 15:58:13--  http://mirrors.usc.edu/pub/linux/distributions/centos/6.0/isos/x86_64/CentOS-6.0-x86_64-netinstall.iso 
      Resolving mirrors.usc.edu... 
      Connecting to mirrors.usc.edu||:80... connected. 
      HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK 
      Length: 221249536 (211M) [application/x-iso9660-image] 
      Saving to: `CentOS-6.0-x86_64-netinstall.iso' 
      100%[===================================================>] 221,249,536 78.7M/s   in 2.7s     
      2011-09-10 15:58:16 (78.7 MB/s) - `CentOS-6.0-x86_64-netinstall.iso' saved [221249536/221249536]

      I’d be happy to give the LEB admin access to a node to verify if needed.

      September 10, 2011 @ 11:35 pm | Reply
    • bengchacha:
      wget -O /dev/null http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/7/jdk-7-linux-i586.rpm
      --2011-09-11 10:26:10--  http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/7/jdk-7-linux-i586.rpm
      Resolving download.oracle.com...,
      Connecting to download.oracle.com||:80... connected.
      HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Moved Temporarily
      Location: http://oracleotn.rd.llnwd.net/otn-pub/java/jdk/7/jdk-7-linux-i586.rpm [following]
      --2011-09-11 10:26:10--  http://oracleotn.rd.llnwd.net/otn-pub/java/jdk/7/jdk-7-linux-i586.rpm
      Resolving oracleotn.rd.llnwd.net...,
      Connecting to oracleotn.rd.llnwd.net||:80... connected.
      HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Found
      Location: http://download.oracle.com/auth/otn-pub/java/jdk/7/jdk-7-linux-i586.rpm?e=1315708555&h=ac7b3c0d0e597c7bce1cffdb15e1e3b9 [following]
      --2011-09-11 10:26:10--  http://download.oracle.com/auth/otn-pub/java/jdk/7/jdk-7-linux-i586.rpm?e=1315708555&h=ac7b3c0d0e597c7bce1cffdb15e1e3b9
      Reusing existing connection to download.oracle.com:80.
      HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
      Length: 81030452 (77M) [text/plain]
      Saving to: `/dev/null'
      100%[======================================>] 81,030,452  9.68M/s   in 8.2s
      2011-09-11 10:26:18 (9.44 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [81030452/81030452]
      September 11, 2011 @ 2:29 am | Reply
    • bengchacha:
      wget http://c.speedtest.net/mini/mini.zip
      --2011-09-11 13:00:51--  http://c.speedtest.net/mini/mini.zip
      Resolving c.speedtest.net...
      Connecting to c.speedtest.net||:80... connected.
      HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
      Length: 98990877 (94M) [application/zip]
      Saving to: `mini.zip'
      100%[======================================>] 98,990,877  26.6M/s   in 3.6s    
      2011-09-11 13:00:55 (26.1 MB/s) - `mini.zip' saved [98990877/98990877]
      September 11, 2011 @ 5:02 am | Reply
  8. Jim Snow:

    2 Bad wanted to pay for 3 months in advance but

    “The promotion code you entered has been applied to your cart but no items qualify for the discount yet – please check the promotion terms”… Bummer

    September 8, 2011 @ 11:17 am | Reply
    • Hi Jim,

      Following up, the promo was only set to work for the monthly option. It has now been updated to work for the quarterly option. To prepay beyond that you would need to contact us as mentioned in the other reply.

      September 8, 2011 @ 6:58 pm | Reply
  9. Hi Jim
    That will not be a problem to prepay. Send an email to i n f o @ our website and we can get you taken care of.

    September 8, 2011 @ 5:28 pm | Reply
  10. Jim Snow:

    is it just me or is the website down?

    host www.amerinoc.com
    Host www.amerinoc.com not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
    ping www.amerinoc.com
    ping: unknown host www.amerinoc.com
    September 9, 2011 @ 7:10 am | Reply
    • Jim Snow:

      Seems it is a DNS Problem with my ISP on my LA server it works…

      root@la:~# host www.amerinoc.com
      www.amerinoc.com has address
      root@la:~# ping  www.amerinoc.com
      PING www.amerinoc.com ( 56(84) bytes of data.
      64 bytes from www.amerinoc.com ( icmp_req=1 ttl=57 time=4.49 ms
      64 bytes from www.amerinoc.com ( icmp_req=2 ttl=57 time=4.45 ms
      64 bytes from www.amerinoc.com ( icmp_req=3 ttl=57 time=4.54 ms
      September 9, 2011 @ 7:16 am | Reply
      • There was a major power outage in Southern California starting yesterday afternoon that spread from Orange County down to Mexico and east to Yuma, Arizona and parts of Pheonix. The estimates I’ve seen are as many as 6 million people were without power, with the vast majority still without service. That said, at no point during this outage were we or the DC ever offline as backup generator power kicked in immediately.

        Maybe your LA ISP was effected by this outage somehow?

        September 9, 2011 @ 1:24 pm | Reply
  11. bengchacha:

    Still waiting for setup…i found their vps is not automatically created.

    September 9, 2011 @ 4:13 pm | Reply
    • bengchacha:

      Had been created 7 hours ago

      September 10, 2011 @ 12:53 am | Reply
      • Hi,

        No, the 256 Xen-HVM plans are not set up automatically as most of the installers require 512 MB RAM to run, so we have to manually run the order to create the VPS, then upgrade it to 512 MB, we install the OS and then activate the order which sends the new account email is sent out. That said, I’m not showing any pending orders at this time. Please check your spam folder for the new account email and if you don’t see it please contact us at support at amerinoc dot com using the email assigned to your account so we can get the new account details to you. BTW, our help desk is staffed 24/7 and I’m not seeing any open tickets regarding this either, please correct me if there is one.


        September 10, 2011 @ 4:54 pm | Reply
      • Following up again, I scanned back through all orders for the last two days and I see one order where payment was not completed that matches up to your time frame. Did you complete the payment for the order? If not, we do not set up any orders until payment is made, but again, until you contact us directly we can’t really help you out.


        September 10, 2011 @ 5:56 pm | Reply
        • Jim Snow:

          Well Still wondering whats with my vps?

          U Did not reply to my Ticket anymore it is still firewalled and i can’t connect to it wich render the server useless Well I Managed to Install the server Thru the VNC Console but thats it…

          I cant tell you my ip because I am on dialup so my ip changes

          Probaly Just a waste of Money…

          September 10, 2011 @ 7:06 pm | Reply
        • bengchacha:

          Answer ticket very quickly, i have a nice experience with you, online chat is good. I find that NIC is 100Mbps, i think master server transfer on 1Gbps, right?

          September 11, 2011 @ 2:19 am | Reply
  12. We have clearly stated that we restrict SSH access to our network with a firewall. If you have a service where the IP changes you should have received instructions on what needs to be done to resolve this, we will be happy to work with you to resolve this. If you feel it’s a waste of money we will be happy to refund you, we aren’t some fly by night operation out to scam anyone, but we do protect our network, which I’m sure can be frustrating for some that are ordering these unmanaged plans. Please note, for over 10 years our standard hosting packages have all been based on managed service, targeting clients that want us to do everything, so SSH access for them is never a concern. Do we have some kinks to work out with these unmanaged plans, certainly… and we will.

    September 10, 2011 @ 7:24 pm | Reply
    • Forgot to mention, I have a tech reviewing your account to follow up on any unresolved issues.

      September 10, 2011 @ 7:25 pm | Reply
    • Jim Snow:

      well its ok that you want to secure your network but what is a VPS with no SSH access???

      I Never saw any VPS company that firewalls Customer VPS’s makes no sense for me because this means also no incoming port 80 or FTP

      I Never said you are Scaming people but i saw nowhere a Mention that you firewall your server neither on your page nor here on LEB

      but i Think its the best you just refund me because i cant use the service eitherway because of my dialup..

      September 10, 2011 @ 7:32 pm | Reply
      • Jim Snow:

        Anybody who has a VPS can secure the VPS it self e.g by changing the SSH port to a Random port No need to firewall the entire server…

        September 10, 2011 @ 7:37 pm | Reply
        • Jim Snow:

          Unmanaged servers are just Pay…Setup…your are on your own So Iexpected SSH root access to my VPS done… Managed servers Indeed have no SSH

          September 10, 2011 @ 7:44 pm | Reply
      • bengchacha:

        port 80 is OK. You can change SSH port to another will be ok. And port 22 is blocked by them.

        September 11, 2011 @ 1:57 am | Reply
      • bengchacha:

        you should install OS by yourself. the problem of port 22 … i spent much time to find that has been blocked, at first I thought it was my fault.

        September 11, 2011 @ 2:10 am | Reply
        • Jim Snow:

          I Done that too but it doesent work i cant connect from localhost on the new port but not from outside I configurated SSH to Listen on All interfaces but nada…

          September 11, 2011 @ 4:46 pm | Reply
    • Daniel:

      First Company i heard of blocking default ssh port, Even though i see why.

      September 11, 2011 @ 2:08 pm | Reply
      • I would venture to guess most companies posting VPS offers here may not be running their own network and aren’t responsible for the overall network security, but I could be wrong. Regardless, yes, we do block SSH access by default on Port 22 at the network level on the core router. As mentioned in another response, most of our plans are managed and the clients never need SSH access. For those that do, we add their IP(s) to the whitelist.

        For these plans, as Jim has been so kind to point out, it’s unmanaged and the user expects to get going and have SSH access. We agree, the mistake here on our part was not being as clear in our welcome email explaining the network setup and assuming those who were ordering these plans would understand that once they were set up, if they didn’t want to run SSH on port 22 and send us their IP they could easily use the VNC client to change the SSH port to whatever they wanted to use which would allow them unrestricted SSH access.

        September 11, 2011 @ 8:59 pm | Reply
  13. Jim Snow:

    So I have an Update for All

    The port 22 is blocked you need to go to your Control panel and use the VNC console and change the port to a Port of your choice first you have to install The Image of your choice and then restart the SSH daemon and u are ready 2 go

    September 11, 2011 @ 7:51 pm | Reply
    • Thanks for all your feedback Jim, both here and through the ticket system. This should be more clear for people that order in the future as we have expanded on the notation in the new account welcome email to include the following information.

      ** READ ME ** The default SSH port during install is port 22. By default, we block access to port 22 at the core router for our network. If you choose to keep the default of port 22 for SSH access you will need to provide your IP to us to have it added to our firewall. If you wish to bypass this to have unrestricted SSH access on your VPS we suggest you use the VNC client after your VPS has been created to switch to the port of your choice.

      Keep all the feedback coming. How’s the new custom ISO you requested working out?

      September 11, 2011 @ 9:04 pm | Reply
      • paul:

        Why on earth do you block port 22 (it won’t really slow down port scanners) and is your VNC port secured somehow? I asked this further up, but Yomero referred me to down here.

        November 2, 2011 @ 8:33 am | Reply
  14. One more thing I want to point out to everyone as many do not seem to understand this, we are offering Xen-HVM, not Xen-PV. Several of you have “nicely” informed us that this VPS doesn’t work the same way your other VPS does or X,Y and Z show differently compared to your other Xen VPS plans and there fore quick to point out what you feel are our short comings every step of the way.

    For those that aren’t aware, Xen-PV (Paravirtualization) is software virtualization, Xen-HVM (Hardware Virtual Machine) is fully virtualized at the hardware level. You can read up on the differences at http://wiki.xensource.com/xenwiki/XenOverview.

    While they are both Xen, it’s like comparing a green apple and a red apple, they are both apples, but they are different, so you should know the differences before you order instead of going back to the fruit stand and yelling at the farmer because the green apple was tart and you feel it should of been sweet like the red apple.


    September 11, 2011 @ 9:19 pm | Reply
  15. Jim Snow:

    Here are some Stats from my Node wich Runs Debian 6 x86

    root@San-Diego:/tmp# wget http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    --2011-09-12 00:45:21--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    Auflösen des Hostnamen cachefly.cachefly.net...
    Verbindungsaufbau zu cachefly.cachefly.net||:80... verbunden.
    HTTP-Anforderung gesendet, warte auf Antwort... 200 OK
    Länge: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    In »100mb.test« speichern.
    100%[====================================================================================================================>] 104.857.600 3,92M/s   in 28s     
    2011-09-12 00:45:50 (3,53 MB/s) - »100mb.test« gespeichert [104857600/104857600]
    root@San-Diego:/tmp# wget http://c.speedtest.net/mini/mini.zip
    --2011-09-12 00:52:40--  http://c.speedtest.net/mini/mini.zip
    Auflösen des Hostnamen c.speedtest.net...
    Verbindungsaufbau zu c.speedtest.net||:80... verbunden.
    HTTP-Anforderung gesendet, warte auf Antwort... 200 OK
    Länge: 98990877 (94M) [application/zip]
    In »mini.zip« speichern.
    100%[====================================================================================================================>] 98.990.877   983K/s   in 99s     
    2011-09-12 00:54:20 (972 KB/s) - »mini.zip« gespeichert [98990877/98990877]
    root@San-Diego:/tmp# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
    16384+0 Datensätze ein
    16384+0 Datensätze aus
    1073741824 Bytes (1,1 GB) kopiert, 10,0612 s, 107 MB/s
    September 11, 2011 @ 11:00 pm | Reply
  16. Matt,

    Fantastic (and patient) replies here and elsewhere in this thread; if everyone at your outfit is as knoweledgble and well-written as you are, I feel my server is in safe hands!

    However, while trying to sign up I couldn’t get past step one — choose a domain. (I tried to select “I will use my existing…” and then click “Click to Continue”.

    Furthermore, will a discounted yearly billing cycle be an option?


    November 2, 2011 @ 4:50 am | Reply
    • Just put your domain, or anything in the boxes

      November 2, 2011 @ 6:12 am | Reply
      • Yeah, that’s what I ended up doing; I just didn’t see any reason for it since it’s *unmanaged* and I have my own DNS to point at it.

        November 5, 2011 @ 2:46 am | Reply
        • breton:

          standart whmcs template. It will be concatenated with your hostname. I usually use example.org in case I don’t want to show my top-secret domain name

          November 5, 2011 @ 6:29 am | Reply
  17. If anyone’s interested in a review:

    I’ve found the service to be very well-run, but a little rough around the edges. I have two control panels — one for my server, one for billing & support. This seems redundant, but acceptable.

    I had to contact support about an incorrect gateway IP address. I got it working with their help, however, a couple of weeks later the incorrect address is still visible on the SolusVM control panel.

    My VPS performance has been a little below where I expected it, though I wonder if perhaps that has to do with the network.

    The network is the reason I am writing this review; this server is noticeably laggy, something I would not expect from a data center located in California (I’m in the Midwest). A traceroute reveals that the last three hops are all within AmeriNOC’s internal network and I suspect network filtering and firewalls are slowing things down. After all, this is their first foray into unmanaged VPS hosting; they’re probably not designed for SSH connections from the outside world (except malicious ones!).

    The cause of my lag could be network, yes, however I also suspect that they may have over-provisioned their servers; my performance feels vaguely sub-par and seems to vary frequently.

    Hopefully they will iron out these wrinkles in the coming months; however at this rate I will be switching to RamHOST (where I maintain my other servers; the one in London is more responsive than the the one I have with AmeriNOC, and it has even fewer resources) and relegating this server to a backup server I keep my interaction with it to a minimum.

    In conclusion; I love the FreeBSD support (hard to find!), the full-stack emulation and the RAID 10 (also hard to find!). The support is polite, competent and responsive. I just feel like this “apple” hasn’t quite finished ripening yet.

    – Nick

    November 20, 2011 @ 1:48 am | Reply
    • bengchacha:

      Yeah, the network performance is poor.

      November 20, 2011 @ 2:18 am | Reply
    • After I posted this, I fired off a quick support request (via my second control panel!) and Mike has just replied (very quickly, I may add).

      He states that they are aware of the problem; it’s specific to the server I’m running on. He’s moving me to a new one, so hopefully that will ameliorate the problem.

      November 20, 2011 @ 3:07 am | Reply
      • bengchacha:

        Their customer service is the best i have ever seen

        November 20, 2011 @ 4:08 am | Reply
  18. Ia your first vps? Because is completely normal to have two panels.

    November 20, 2011 @ 2:09 am | Reply
    • On the contrary, I’ve been running VPS’ on and off for years; I’m used to having integrated (often custom) control panels where you can do everything in one place.

      I’m not saying it’s not normal, I’m saying it’s not normal for me and I would prefer to have just one. Also, it seems kind of silly.

      To be fair, this is my first foray into the low-end; I’m *also* used to $20/month!

      November 20, 2011 @ 2:20 am | Reply
  19. Rami:

    Reading almost all the comments, I felt that I have to say that it’s sad how people complain about the 22 port blocking, I always change the port number even if it wasn’t blocked, and I think many do the same.

    But what is real funny, complaining about Xen HVM mode, and blaming the host company, well that’s just sad, HVM is the closet thing to a dedicated server, and they are complaining, funny and sad.

    March 27, 2012 @ 1:05 pm | Reply
  20. I’ve actually tried finding these pencils in my area, and nothing. None of the places seems to have even heard of them. Thanks goodness for online shopping!

    December 24, 2017 @ 5:19 am | Reply

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