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ArmorShark – $24/year 512MB and $48/year 1GB Openstack-based KVM VPS Phoenix, Arizona

Tags: , , , , , , Date/Time: May 19, 2014 @ 1:00 am, by Maarten Kossen

ArmorsharkPublic_Cloud_Hosting,_SSD_Cloud_Servers_by_Armorshark_-_2014-05-18_12.43.36Richard, from ArmorShark, has got this exclusive offer for LowEndBox readers. Contrary to last times, this offer is located in Phoenix, Arizona, where Richard has deployed ArmorShark’s Openstack-based infrastructure! He says he is one of the first deploying this infrastructure within LEB pricing. ArmorShark LLC have been featured on LowEndBox several times before. ArmorShark are based in Richmond, VA and have been in business since September 2012, although Richard has operated under different brands since 2010. ArmorShark’s website explains how they operate ‘environmently-friendly’. Servers will be deployed on new hardware, utilizing the Xeon E3-1245v2 CPU and SSDs in RAID10. Weekly Backups are included, but remember to take your own as well! I haven’t been able to find any recent reviews, so feel free to share your experiences you may have with them.

PHO 512

  • 2 CPU cores
  • 512MB RAM
  • 20GB SSD space
  • 1TB bandwidth
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • KVM/Custom (Openstack based)
  • Coupon (monthly): LETBOOM
  • Coupon (annual): LET512
  • $4/month
  • $24/year
  • Order here
PHO 1024

  • 3 CPU cores
  • 1GB RAM
  • 30GB SSD space
  • 2TB bandwidth
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • KVM/Custom (Openstack based)
  • Coupon (monthly): LETBOOM
  • Coupon (annual): LET1024
  • $6/month
  • $48/year
  • Order here


ArmorShark accept payments via credit cards and PayPal. They provide a 24-hour money back guarantee and offer a 100% network uptime guarantee. Ubuntu, Centos, Debian, Fedora are all available. Minecraft is not allowed. Anything else which is legal and is not spamming, warez, torrent sites, or the forging of email headers is allowed. For more information, have a read of their Terms of Service.

Network Information:

Servers are located at the PhoenixNAP datacenter in Phoenix, Arizona.

Test IPv4: 184.164.77.107

91 Comments

  1. Preston:

    good price but:

    This coupon cannot be applied to your order

    May 19, 2014 @ 1:21 am | Reply
    • Hi Preston,
      The coupons started working at 12AM EST. The post has been updated with monthly and annual coupons.

      May 20, 2014 @ 1:46 am | Reply
  2. Nick:

    This coupon cannot be applied to your order

    May 19, 2014 @ 2:05 am | Reply
    • Hi,
      Coupon will work in 1 hour.

      May 19, 2014 @ 2:50 am | Reply
      • Nick:

        $1 off?

        May 19, 2014 @ 3:35 am | Reply
        • When applied monthly, the coupon is $1 off recurring. When applied yearly to PHO 512 and 1024, the coupon is $26 and $22 off recurring, respectively.

          May 19, 2014 @ 5:06 am | Reply
          • Nick:

            Nope, its showing $1 off both monthly and annual payment terms.

            May 19, 2014 @ 5:49 am
          • “This coupon cannot be applied to your order”

            Ordering PHO 512 on monthly basis

            May 19, 2014 @ 11:44 am
          • “This coupon cannot be applied to your order”

            Ordering PHO 1024 on monthly basis (duh!!)

            May 19, 2014 @ 11:46 am
        • @Nick: Please use “LET512” and “LET1024” for annual discount.
          @Asim: I updated the coupon. Please check now with “LETBOOM” for monthly discount.

          May 19, 2014 @ 12:01 pm | Reply
  3. FreeBSD 10 images are available on PHO 1024 packages and higher. They will require initial setup, but at no extra charge.

    May 19, 2014 @ 5:08 am | Reply
    • sayap:

      Nice. Any plan for Gentoo image on PHO 1024 and higher?

      May 19, 2014 @ 11:56 pm | Reply
    • Nick:

      Why is FreeBSD only on 1GB+ RAM VPSes? FreeBSD uses less memory than Linux does. I have it on a few servers and it barely uses 100mb of RAM

      May 20, 2014 @ 2:02 am | Reply
      • i have fbsd running on a few 64mb ram vps (i assume they’re using a image with zfs?)… also misleading that it’s available in the OS selection dropdown for the 512mb packages… i have a 256mb ram single core xeon from amerinoc that’s ran fbsd10 for the better part of 2 years… i __love__ companies that have offers with information that WHEN SELECTED ends up not being accurate/correct (not)

        May 20, 2014 @ 1:10 pm | Reply
        • i meant to say fbsd for the better part of 2 years. fbsd10 hasn’t been out for 2 years. my bad

          May 20, 2014 @ 1:12 pm | Reply
          • No problem Mike. I upgraded you to the PHO 1024 plan and you can use FBSD now.

            May 20, 2014 @ 3:27 pm
  4. DONG:

    Is the power unshared or actual 1Gbps link per person?

    May 19, 2014 @ 7:08 am | Reply
    • I doubt you will get a dedicated port for this price.

      May 19, 2014 @ 7:59 am | Reply
      • DONG:

        Can I get a speedtest from a current customer?

        May 20, 2014 @ 5:06 am | Reply
  5. Coupon does not work with yearly plans.

    May 19, 2014 @ 7:14 am | Reply
    • Please use “LET512” for PHO 512 annual and “LET1024” for PHO 1024 annual.

      May 19, 2014 @ 12:02 pm | Reply
      • t:

        doesn’t work either.

        May 19, 2014 @ 12:09 pm | Reply
        • Check that you are using the correct coupon codes. Buying the PHO 512 package annually requires “LET512” coupon and PHO 1024 requires “LET1024” coupon. If you still can’t get it to work, you can just submit an order without paying, and I’ll modify the pricing manually if you send in a ticket.

          May 20, 2014 @ 2:55 am | Reply
  6. Shanaka:

    hello,

    can we do a bulk mail sending with this?

    thanks

    May 19, 2014 @ 8:36 am | Reply
    • We take spam complaints seriously. If you’re not spamming, we’ll allow it.

      May 20, 2014 @ 2:52 am | Reply
  7. OhGF:

    I’ve used this merchant VPS, VPS performance is also good, but the only downside is that a lot of the control panel BUG, such as modifying RootPassword, each complete system reinstall all the wrong password, and reset will not work, but to the invoice help, but I also Diuguo data on this business

    May 19, 2014 @ 8:56 am | Reply
    • System reloads inject the correct password now. As for modifying the root password, it is indeed possible via the VNC Console. We are working on a simpler solution.

      May 20, 2014 @ 3:07 am | Reply
  8. 12345:

    Coupon does not wor

    May 19, 2014 @ 11:00 am | Reply
    • The post has been updated, please check that you are using the correct coupon code.

      May 20, 2014 @ 4:15 am | Reply
  9. https://www.armorshark.com/images/img1.png

    That image on your web site resembles whale hunting, at least that’s what it made me think of.

    May 19, 2014 @ 11:26 am | Reply
  10. K Chandra:

    Looks great, but I ran a WHOIS and says the domain is for sale on SEDO? http://whois.domaintools.com/armorshark.com – just make me a bit wary signing up

    May 19, 2014 @ 2:24 pm | Reply
    • I’ll investigate this. Please be assured, our domain is certainly not for sale. :)

      May 19, 2014 @ 3:30 pm | Reply
  11. oomplah:

    Will you permit other O/S, if provided of course a proper ISO?

    May 19, 2014 @ 6:13 pm | Reply
    • It depends on the ISO. Not every ISO is compatible with Openstack. You can send in a ticket with more information about the ISO or a link and we can let you know.

      May 20, 2014 @ 1:51 am | Reply
  12. Chase:

    I’ve used ArmorShark before and tested this new deployment in Arizona. I’ve got nothing but good things to say. Reasonably responsive tech support and great hardware.

    Richard has been developing this product for just shy of 6 months, and it has gone through a lot of testing since I’ve been able to use it.

    May 19, 2014 @ 6:30 pm | Reply
  13. xxdesmus:

    Most recent build of Ubuntu you have available is 12 and no IPv6 yet?

    May 20, 2014 @ 12:45 am | Reply
  14. Can i run windows in this kvm ?

    May 20, 2014 @ 12:18 pm | Reply
  15. cl:

    The OS selection is quite limited and confusing. What is Debian 7 v2? 32-bit or 64-bit? Where’s archlinux, mint, Gentoo, Slackware, openSUSE
    And the bandwidth mix Tinet+ HE + Cogent is probably not the best option out there. Ping from a HE east coast customer gets 70ms+ latency because the traffic got routed from HE to Tinet. HE east coast to HE Phoenix NAP should be well below 50ms.

    May 20, 2014 @ 10:52 pm | Reply
  16. is this only for first year or recurring?

    May 21, 2014 @ 2:29 pm | Reply
    • The discounts are recurring.

      May 22, 2014 @ 6:24 am | Reply
      • glad to hear that. this coupon is still available in july?

        May 23, 2014 @ 7:26 am | Reply
        • The coupon may not be available, but if you send in a ticket after signup, I’ll be able to offer you the discount.

          May 26, 2014 @ 7:21 pm | Reply
  17. W^L+:

    Richard, it is great to hear that the passwords issue is resolved. Too bad it came after I had to cancel my service.

    May 21, 2014 @ 7:47 pm | Reply
    • Thanks for your support. I hope you’ll consider our service again in the future.

      May 22, 2014 @ 6:32 am | Reply
  18. Eric:

    Looking to run Windows.
    Can I run Windows on your setup? If not, any suggestions?

    Thanks!

    May 21, 2014 @ 11:04 pm | Reply
  19. sandbox:

    Hi,
    is the activation instantaneous?
    And also, are personal pptp and TUN/TAP allowed?

    Thanks.

    May 22, 2014 @ 1:11 am | Reply
  20. My (and many others I think) experience was horrible with them: http://lowendbox.com/blog/christmas-armorshark-48year-2gb-kvm-and-more-in-dallas-and-phoenix/
    Had to dispute the payment!

    May 22, 2014 @ 4:18 am | Reply
    • John Legree:

      Seems that most of the bad experiences revolved around about a day or more of downtime for some people’s VPS. They fired the guy who was responsible for those VPS’s, so I’m ready to give them a shot.

      At least I was until I placed an order and it was immediately marked as Fraud and cancelled. I started a ticket, hopefully it gets resolved, this seems like a great deal.

      May 22, 2014 @ 6:28 am | Reply
    • We’re working with highly-complex software and we ran into some last minute technical issues. We fixed the issues, as evidenced by a lack of complaints in this thread. And the bottom-line is that everyone who was affected by issues with that launch received a refund.

      May 22, 2014 @ 6:31 am | Reply
  21. Not good:

    I will probably cancel this service it has some old hardware see picture. I just hope I will get my money back. I can pick only pre-set Linux installation. I would like to have encrypted disk, dont know how to access kvm I get straight to console in debian no other option available.

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/143737585/Untitled35354.png

    May 25, 2014 @ 4:55 pm | Reply
    • Not good:

      I just got my funds back, so they keep their promise (Money-Back Guarantee in 48-h after you purchase). I was disappointed in this service it just don’t have options which are polished enough to make costumer to be satisfy (don’t mention this Xeon E3-1245v2 CPU thing). I hope someone will have better luck with them.

      May 26, 2014 @ 4:49 pm | Reply
  22. sandbox:

    I cancelled my service in less than 24 hrs I activated the VPS. Have yet to receive any refund back.

    May 27, 2014 @ 4:57 pm | Reply
    • sandbox:

      I got my refund back as per advertised.

      May 28, 2014 @ 2:23 pm | Reply
  23. John Legree:

    I went ahead and made a bet that they would be decent. I bought their yearly service for 512MB RAM.
    I was lucky, seems like they upgraded my account (to 1GB ram, same price).

    The server has been flawless. Connections speeds are great and 0 downtime since I’ve had it (for the past week or so).

    Hoping it will stay this great! I recommend, especially for the price. Seems like they had a previous bad rep, and are trying to turn it around.

    May 28, 2014 @ 4:26 am | Reply
  24. Arie:

    Server paid, unable to connect, slowwwwww respond on ticket (934485)

    June 4, 2014 @ 10:23 am | Reply
    • Arie:

      I got reply of the support ticket within 1 day and 5 hours. Thanks.

      June 5, 2014 @ 9:54 am | Reply
  25. Puck:

    After ordering and paying my debt with paypal I got IP-Address 10.0.0.95 and Password. Unable to connect. No respond to my mails/requests. No cash refund. Poor service, as far as I can say. At the moment I still don’t want to say “scam”.

    June 6, 2014 @ 4:41 pm | Reply
    • perennate:

      That sounds like your IP address on the private network. You’ll need to figure out what corresponding IP address has been assigned to your VM on external network, unless panel for some reason doesn’t display it.

      June 6, 2014 @ 7:11 pm | Reply
    • Bajan:

      Same for me, got assigned an internal IP address, nothing showing the external ip on the control panel, no response from support ( 18 hours and counting)…

      June 6, 2014 @ 9:49 pm | Reply
    • Hi,
      We are currently disabling new orders. It may be several days before we will start provisioning existing orders. We are processing any refunds if this is an issue.

      June 8, 2014 @ 6:58 am | Reply
  26. Alexandre Teles:

    Can you provide CoreOS as a template?

    June 7, 2014 @ 5:00 am | Reply
  27. Emin:

    Bought a VPS for USD24, the server went offline after a few days. There seems to be a problem with the DHCP on the network, so restarting via control panel does not help. So far, Armorshark does not react to support tickets as well (ticket created over 20 hours ago).

    Would not recommend due to poor support (may be, too busy selling ? )

    June 11, 2014 @ 8:27 am | Reply
    • We addressed this issue. I’m looking into hiring additional help for faster response speeds, but usually you’ll hear back from us quickly.

      June 12, 2014 @ 2:14 pm | Reply
      • Emin:

        The issue was addressed only partially, DNS assigned to the network card was not resolving, so I manually added 8.8.8.8

        June 13, 2014 @ 9:06 am | Reply
  28. Csaba Hanga:

    Hello, I tried the PHO 512 without luck :( The discount is still available? Can not select the 512 option on sidebar. I need a cheap FreeBSD VPS with perfect online support. Can you advise one for me? I have a Linux VPS at WeLoveServers, I need a similar reliable for FreeBSD.

    June 17, 2014 @ 2:03 pm | Reply
  29. Steve:

    Three weeks and server is still pending (Pheonix 512). Starting to get the feeling they oversold and are having trouble getting additional machines into the datacenter. Because really it doesn’t take that long to roll out an installation on hardware. Virtualized or not. Over a week before for any response on a ticket and even then I think it was just a script sending out an automated response.

    To be honest I’m feeling like best option is to have paypal step in and do charge back. One more week, and then I’m through with this “company”.

    June 19, 2014 @ 9:56 pm | Reply
    • Hi Steve,
      I’m very sorry for the delay. It looks like your tickets were incorrectly marked as completed. Please email me directly at admin at armorshark dot com if you have any additional issues.

      June 23, 2014 @ 4:45 am | Reply
  30. LinTao:

    Richard Leik,Do you have any evidence for your word that I send DdoS attacks? I use your vps no more than 1 hours, your server’s DNS not work even apt-update,I send 2 tickets for refund winth in 48 hours,Why you said that Ddos words?

    June 26, 2014 @ 6:10 am | Reply
    • Our server DNS certainly does work. I have gone ahead and issued the refund.

      July 3, 2014 @ 3:47 am | Reply
      • If you had sent in a ticket, we could have helped you.

        July 3, 2014 @ 3:49 am | Reply
        • LinTao:

          I sent 2 tickets for refund within 48 hours! False response,You use your VPS to send DdoS attacks, and then expect a refund? ! Do you have any evidence for your word?

          July 10, 2014 @ 2:30 am | Reply
  31. Csaba Hanga:

    Hello, the Coupon (annual): LET512 is working now…but FreeBSD disappeared from the template :(((( ???

    June 27, 2014 @ 5:48 am | Reply
    • Hi Csaba,
      Please send in a ticket, we can set it up manually for you after you sign up for the PHO 512.

      July 3, 2014 @ 3:46 am | Reply
  32. Joshua D Doll:

    Is the LET1024 deal still available? I am unable to apply it to my order.

    July 22, 2014 @ 3:12 pm | Reply
    • Joshua D Doll:

      Derp, pebcak. Nothing to see here move along. Needed to make sure I was selecting the annual pricing.

      July 22, 2014 @ 3:20 pm | Reply
  33. Can you somehow install other distros on the KVM VPSs? The current list is looking a bit sparse (I’m thinking Arch).

    August 4, 2014 @ 8:20 pm | Reply
  34. Arie:

    Armorshark: very slooww response on ticket.

    http://imgur.com/sO1Cgyd

    August 19, 2014 @ 5:24 am | Reply
  35. Madcow007:

    I recently purchased a vps from armorshark and was unable to access it all support tickets have gone unanswered and so far I have been unable to get a refund

    September 10, 2014 @ 11:50 pm | Reply
  36. Liu:

    very sloow response on ticket(2-5 days). and always can’t work properly( 2-3 times breakdown in 1 month )

    September 19, 2014 @ 5:38 am | Reply
  37. Good comments guys for helping to keep the community safe. It’s very hard to offer any kind of service for this price point especially with OpenStack.

    October 2, 2014 @ 9:53 pm | Reply
  38. ub3rst4r:

    Stay away from this guy. My VPS was offline and it was at least 4 days before I finally got a reply telling me the VPS needed to be rebuilt. The VPS was unable to be accessed externally but I could access the VPS through the control panel and access the internet from there. I rebuilt the VPS and then a short time later, the same thing happened. I didn’t get one email from when he replied to the ticket either because he’s too incompetent to configure HostBill to send email correctly.

    October 3, 2014 @ 1:52 am | Reply
    • ub3rst4r:

      And in case 4 days wasn’t bad enough to wait for a response, I responded asking him to just cancel my VPS back on September 15 and I still have yet to get a reply or my VPS cancelled.

      October 3, 2014 @ 3:29 am | Reply
  39. Colin:

    I ordered a server from Richard in July. I’ve only had 6 days of uptime since. It’s been completely down since October 10th. I put in a support ticket, Richard responded 3 days later with “Sorry for the delay. We are investigating this and will get back to you.” I still haven’t heard from him. Every ticket I’ve put in since ordering, which have been a total of 6, have always had slow responses. I closed 3 of them just because I got tired of waiting. In one response he gave me his Skype address because he was having problems with the ticket system. I Skyped him October 10th several times and he hasn’t responded to that either.
    Long story short, this guy is a scam. I’ve asked for refunds several times and haven’t heard anything.
    Maarten, you might want to remove links to his site before he cons other people out of money.

    October 27, 2014 @ 3:07 pm | Reply
  40. TechOps:

    It seems that Armorshark is totally gone — their web site no longer responds, and my virtual server seems to have disappeared. This is a real shame as I was running a nonprofit website there and now it seems the site and its data are vanished. :-(

    December 16, 2014 @ 12:21 am | Reply
  41. Chase:

    I had ArmorShark for about a year and really liked the two VPS’ I had for the price. I paid something like $5.50/mo for a 2GB VPS with 4x CPU. It was incredible. I also had the VPS get completely wiped at least twice if not three times. After the first time, losing the data didn’t really sting that badly as I almost anticipated it would happen. I stopped paying him a few weeks ago because I was tired of having to reload the VPS all the time. I had decent uptime, though, I was at his ReliableSite location and didn’t really put a lot of load on the services. Something like 95% over the course of the year? Whatever the case, it was an amazing price for the services I received.

    Anyway, out of curiosity I just looked the website up and found it was unreachable. Still unreachable I guess now a week later. Poor Richard. It was a good run.

    December 21, 2014 @ 7:42 am | Reply
  42. amitjain:

    Hi Team,

    We are looking to expand our cloud setup at Cavisson for that we need cloud machines located within the USA. We use the setup to do QA test which involves sending/receiving http and https traffic up to 300 MBPS.
    Our requirements and queries for the service are as below
    Server Requirements
    OS Hi Team,

    We are looking to expand our cloud setup at Cavisson for that we need cloud machines located within the USA. We use the setup to do QA test which involves sending/receiving http and https traffic up to 300 MBPS.
    Our requirements and queries for the service are as below
    Server Requirements
    OS : Ubuntu 12.04 LTS server
    RAM : 16G (minimum)
    HDD : 1TB
    CPU : 8*1600MHZ (minimum)
    Bandwidth : Upto 1 GBPS

    Queries
    1) What is the biggest server configuration available?
    2) Do we have to just shutdown or have to actually delete the server to incur no cost?
    3) Can we store a snapshot of the server so that next time we create it easily ?
    4) For an account is a dedicated IP address assigned that we can reuse every time we create a server? In other words, does the IP persist with the account even when the server is deleted?
    If yes, how many IP address are allocated to each account? Can we buy more IPs?
    5) How many server locations do you have in the USA?

    Please respond with your answers and your quote ASAP.

    Thanks & Regards
    Amit : Ubuntu 12.04 LTS server
    RAM : 16G (minimum)
    HDD : 1TB
    CPU : 8*1600MHZ (minimum)
    Bandwidth : Upto 1 GBPS

    Queries
    1) What is the biggest server configuration available?
    2) Do we have to just shutdown or have to actually delete the server to incur no cost?
    3) Can we store a snapshot of the server so that next time we create it easily ?
    4) For an account is a dedicated IP address assigned that we can reuse every time we create a server? In other words, does the IP persist with the account even when the server is deleted?
    If yes, how many IP address are allocated to each account? Can we buy more IPs?
    5) How many server locations do you have in the USA?

    Please respond with your answers and your quote ASAP.

    Thanks & Regards
    Amit

    September 12, 2015 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

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