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ArmorShark - $3.50/Month 256MB KVM VPS in New Jersey

Since Christmas, we’ve had a lot of new providers contact us about being featured. One such host is ArmorShark, who emailed us on Christmas day with their first ever offer for LowEndBox readers which also happens to be exclusive.

Shark 256

  • 2 CPU Cores
  • 256MB RAM
  • 5GB SSD Diskspace
  • 1000GB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Port
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 32 IPv6 Addresses
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • Coupon: LEB3.50
  • $3.50/Month | Direct Signup

Armorshark, LLC has been in business since May 2010 and aim to “provide affordable and sustainable high-performance VPS for anyone who wants the speed of SSD arrays at a fraction of the price”. I have to admit their website is very nice but is it me or is there logo of a whale? Nodes are are 100% owned and are equipped with the E3 1230v2 CPU, 32 GB+ DDR3 ECC RAM and multiple enterprise Samsung SSDs in Raid 10. Each node is backed up daily to an off-site storage cluster. This plan can also be bought for $18/six months or $36/year by using the coupon code LEBXMAS. With this kind of setup for the cost, I would love to see what benchmarks you guys get.

As well as the VPS hosting, Armorshark operate a corporate VPN network and a public VPN service (TigerVPNS.com). They accept payments via Paypal and Credit Card. They offer a 7-day money-back guarantee, however they reserve the right to deny or accept refund requests. Anything that is legal is fine but spamming, warez, torrenting sites, IRC or forging email headers are all strictly forbidden on their servers. As usual, more information can be gathered from reading their Terms of Service.

Network Information:

Servers are located at the Choopa datacenter in Piscataway, New Jersey.

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Test IPv6: 2001:19F0:1612:EF::1
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  1. Spirit:

    Interesting offer because location however their TOS forbid IRC servers which is not exactly the same as IRC clients (bouncer, irssi..) which many of use for communication.

    January 22, 2013 @ 6:40 pm | Reply
    • On the ticket, it is defined as “IRC chats” – asked him to respond.

      January 22, 2013 @ 11:09 pm | Reply
      • Spirit:

        Just got short response from them: “IRC clients are okay.” With this and my favourite US DC location they got my attention.

        January 23, 2013 @ 1:48 am | Reply
  2. netadmin:

    The coupon code LEB3.50 is a $2.49 recurring discount. However the coupon code LEBXMAS is 50% One Time Discount only valid on the quarterly and semi-annual payment. No coupon for annual payment.

    January 22, 2013 @ 6:55 pm | Reply
  3. The Ninja:

    Mental provider name, top work!

    Is this the company of the guy who started a thread in LET asking for ‘animal + one other word’ names?

    January 22, 2013 @ 7:41 pm | Reply
    • Freek:

      armorSHARK, whale as logo.

      January 23, 2013 @ 3:04 pm | Reply
      • The Ninja:

        Whale’s a stretch, but it doesn’t look much like a shark, let alone an ARMORSHARK.

        January 25, 2013 @ 9:45 pm | Reply
  4. Ben:

    speedtest seems capped at 100 megabit?

    January 22, 2013 @ 10:34 pm | Reply
    • Richard Leik:

      How are you calculating this?

      January 25, 2013 @ 9:10 pm | Reply
      • Richard Leik:

        We have a 1GBPS switch.

        January 25, 2013 @ 9:11 pm | Reply
  5. Might have to sign up for this one, hopefully not another dead pooler.

    January 23, 2013 @ 1:05 am | Reply
  6. We’ve sold out! VPS will restock in 72 hours. Stay tuned.

    January 23, 2013 @ 2:32 am | Reply
  7. Spirit:

    Got it some hour ago and it’s not exactly the product we’re used to it.

    – no distros attached to CDrom, I picked Debian when I ordered vps and this is it. Nothing in SolusVM to reinstall it yet.

    – no IPv6 added by default. Decent support response, IPv6 addresses added to KVM through SolusVM – fail. But it work if I add it manually so not really issue.

    – package installation error:
    Media change: please insert the disc labeled
    ‘Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.6 _Squeeze_ – Official i386 CD Binary-1 20120929-15:56’
    in the drive ‘/media/cdrom/’ and press enter
    (remove it from sources.list and you’re good to go)

    – Server is not overloaded (most likely new node), decent speed but it seems like it’s their first KVM hosting experience and they need to polish some details to make it fully acceptable for market. We will see how will go in future.

    January 23, 2013 @ 4:00 am | Reply
  8. Daily KVM backups is going to be painful for that node, if not impossible. A full E3 KVM node will take longer than a day to backup every VM.

    January 23, 2013 @ 4:17 am | Reply
    • Freek:

      Noobie here, why is it impossible and will take so long?

      January 23, 2013 @ 3:03 pm | Reply
      • Impossible because SolusVM will start throwing errors when it tries to run a backup while one is still going on. KVM takes longer because the entire image is compressed, then rsynced AFAIK.

        January 24, 2013 @ 1:38 am | Reply
        • Not only that, I’m guessing it’s having to DD out the whole VM’s disk, then compress.

          But, remember, even though the OS claims it’s ‘unused’ doesn’t mean it’s zeroed out. Your FS simply marked those blocks unused.


          January 24, 2013 @ 1:50 am | Reply
        • It’s possible… LVM snapshot all LV’s, mount and rsysnc?

          January 24, 2013 @ 5:20 pm | Reply
  9. Your website claims 100% up time – what measures do you have in place for this to work? Also, there is nothing in the terms of service that I can find in regards to if there will be compensation or anything if servers go down.

    January 23, 2013 @ 4:32 am | Reply
  10. Out of stock.

    January 23, 2013 @ 6:59 am | Reply
    • Stock is in. Also lookout for OpenVZ packages popping up later this week.

      February 7, 2013 @ 5:37 am | Reply
  11. Guaranteed 100% uptime? how can you be so sure o.O

    January 23, 2013 @ 12:43 pm | Reply
  12. wei huang:

    how long will it take to get the vps ready? I placed order 24h ago, still not receive my vps details

    January 26, 2013 @ 12:08 pm | Reply
    • Spirit:

      It should be instantly. Check in your client area “My Products & Services” and “My Emails” section – just in case and if there’s nothing contact them.

      January 26, 2013 @ 2:59 pm | Reply
      • wei huang:

        it is still showing “pending” in status, I also open a ticket around 12hours ago, even no one reply until now

        January 26, 2013 @ 3:44 pm | Reply
        • I’ve refunded Wei while I wait for the hardware to come in. ETA for new stock is this Saturday, the 2nd.

          January 28, 2013 @ 2:38 pm | Reply
  13. netadmin:

    When do you expect to get stock again ?

    January 26, 2013 @ 3:03 pm | Reply
    • Our new nodes should be ready Friday, the 2nd.

      January 28, 2013 @ 2:38 pm | Reply
      • netadmin:

        Still out of stock. New ETA ?

        February 2, 2013 @ 1:27 pm | Reply
        • New ETA will probably be this Friday. I apologize for the wait.

          February 5, 2013 @ 4:54 am | Reply
        • Hello, new stock is in! We’ll also be introducing some very competitively-priced OpenVZ nodes and packages by the end of this week, stay tuned!

          February 7, 2013 @ 5:27 am | Reply
  14. neqste:

    strongly recommend this vpses for simple game servers, what need good ping around the world. Because (i was have large experience) Choopa have best peering in internet, (minimum delays ms) relative to other ISP

    January 29, 2013 @ 7:58 pm | Reply
    • Thank you! One of the best parts of our service is certainly our network, we don’t skimp!

      February 5, 2013 @ 4:55 am | Reply

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