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BHost - £1.70 256MB OpenVZ VPS in Maidenhead, United Kingdom

Alex from BHost.net recently emailed in to introduce two new LowEnd plans, along with a special LowEndBox summer coupon.

Iron OpenVZ

  • 256MB Dedicated Ram
  • 512MB Burst Ram
  • 2 Virtual CPU Cores
  • 10GB Diskspace
  • 250GB Bandwidth
  • 1x IPv4 Address
  • SolusVM/OpenVZ
  • £1.70 Per Month($3.16), Direct Signup
    Promo Code: LEBJULY12
Iron Xen

  • 256MB Dedicated Ram
  • 64MB Swap
  • 2 Virtual CPU Cores
  • 10GB Diskspace
  • 300GB Bandwidth
  • 1x IPv4 Address
  • SolusVM/Xen
  • £2.13 Per Month($3.96), Direct Signup
    Promo Code: LEBJULY12

BHost were last featured in February, but since then they’ve added the Xen virtulization to their product range. Comments on their previous thread were positive. BHost has been around since 2002 and are a registered company in England (4483115).

Their datacenter, RapidSwitch, do not currently support IPv6, however Alex is confident that they’ll have it by the end of the year. Make sure you read their terms, for example IRC services or IRC-related services that connect to EFnet and/or Undernet are prohibited.

Looking Glass: http://test.bhost.net/
Test IP:
Test File: http://test.bhost.net/100MB.zip


  1. rm:

    Only 64 MB swap, I wonder if you could just add more swap in a file on Xen, or is that a TOS limitation? (But yeah, if your system uses more than 64MB of swap, you are likely doing it wrong).

    July 22, 2012 @ 10:13 am | Reply
  2. hello,Game servers are allowed?

    July 22, 2012 @ 12:19 pm | Reply
  3. Using the code LEBJULY12 gives 15% off any of our services, not just the Iron packages. I should add that if you sign up via https://www.bhost.net/openvz and https://www.bhost.net/xen you have the opportunity to pay for a year in advance and get an additional 10% off.

    July 22, 2012 @ 4:09 pm | Reply
    • Thanks for introducing XEN, OpenVZ was the only reasons why I never used Bhost before (hate OpenVZ, have my own reasons for that)

      July 22, 2012 @ 6:48 pm | Reply
  4. Grabbed an “Iron Xen” package, instant setup. Running some tests

    Ram usage after fresh installation of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 32bit

    root@bhost:~# free -m
                 total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
    Mem:           241         54        187          0         17         18
    -/+ buffers/cache:         18        223
    Swap:           63          0         63

    CPU make/model (I have two of these cores)

    root@bhost:~# cat /proc/cpuinfo | head -8
    processor       : 0
    vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
    cpu family      : 6
    model           : 44
    model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5620  @ 2.40GHz
    stepping        : 2
    microcode       : 0x15
    cpu MHz         : 2394.000

    disk space usage

    root@bhost:~# df -h
    Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/xvda1      9.9G  731M  8.7G   8% /
    udev            115M  4.0K  115M   1% /dev
    tmpfs            49M  152K   49M   1% /run
    none            5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
    none            121M     0  121M   0% /run/shm

    Disk IO (classic test)

    root@bhost:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=iotest bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
    Sun Jul 22 18:44:41 UTC 2012
    16384+0 records in
    16384+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 7.11215 s, 151 MB/s

    Network test

    root@bhost:~# wget cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    --2012-07-22 18:45:50--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)...
    Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net (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 8.35M/s   in 12s
    2012-07-22 18:46:02 (8.38 MB/s) - `100mb.test' saved [104857600/104857600]

    Hope it helps someone

    July 22, 2012 @ 6:47 pm | Reply
  5. James:

    Have been using bHost for 18 months now and they have been pretty rock solid. The occasional network or host node glitch, but nothing that hasn’t been dealt with promptly and efficiently. Support tickets are always answered quickly and the team have always been very helpful even though this is an unmanaged service.

    I recently upgraded to the newer platinum package and they let me keep my recurring discount too :)

    Currently running a 10 user minecraft server, Teamspeak 3 server for about 30+ friends and a few web sites. No issues as all.

    This is OVZ by the way.

    Keep up the good work Bhost!

    July 23, 2012 @ 9:27 am | Reply
  6. dg51:

    I just read their “Terms and Conditions” and “Acceptable Use Policy” and it just scares me. I am relatively new to hosting and I don’t yet know the proper procedures for maintaining a website such as having an abuse@ and postmaster@ email addresses etc. I primarily use the VPS to host static html pages, like documentation and such.

    They mention about “The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 200” and “Computer Misuse Act 199”, Should I read these acts or am I just being paranoid ?

    July 23, 2012 @ 5:46 pm | Reply
    • James:

      They are pretty much standard across most hosts, give or take. What in particular scares you?

      July 25, 2012 @ 1:30 pm | Reply
  7. @dg51: BHost are good VPS host provider. I was with them more than a Year but had to cancel because of migrating to a new dedicated server. They are great in their business. Great support, great phone support too… :)

    July 23, 2012 @ 6:36 pm | Reply
  8. It seems that they have sold out their xen vps already! I was wondering if I could try one of them. Never mind I will try their OpenVZ.. Will definitely post my comments after using it..

    July 31, 2012 @ 12:05 pm | Reply
  9. Mike:

    Looks like KVM is sold out. Will it be possible to upgrade OpenVZ to KVM later and keep the offer?

    July 31, 2012 @ 11:06 pm | Reply
    • We can’t migrate you from one virtualisation platform to another unfortunately, however you’re welcome to buy OpenVZ and then cancel that service if you buy Xen at a later date…

      August 2, 2012 @ 5:12 pm | Reply
  10. Just so everyone knows the coupon code LEBJULY12 will continue to work throughout August too!

    August 2, 2012 @ 5:13 pm | Reply
  11. Badrolshah:

    Just purchase Iron plan. smooth transaction. VPS up within 5 mins. good experience so far :)

    August 3, 2012 @ 4:45 am | Reply
  12. Jim:

    The guy that runs the site is a proper cock.

    August 3, 2012 @ 6:30 pm | Reply
    • Mark:

      Just a note about this provider, If you have a DoS attack you could end up having your VPS put offline or your account cancelled!

      August 4, 2012 @ 2:00 am | Reply
      • Nowhere do we claim to provide a DoS resilient service to customers at such low prices. A customer receiving a DoS attack is a very rare occurrence, but in such cases we most often null-route the IP of the VPS to prevent the attack from negatively affecting other customers. This is pretty standard practice at these low end prices and again DoS attacks on a customer are a very rare occurrence.

        August 6, 2012 @ 3:40 pm | Reply
    • Hi Jim,

      Sorry to hear you have been dissatisfied with any element of our service. If you have a specific problem feel free to open a ticket.

      August 6, 2012 @ 3:33 pm | Reply
  13. Shame to see them out of stock, would of liked to try one of those.

    August 16, 2012 @ 8:42 am | Reply
  14. Syeed:

    I opened a ticket 4 days ago. Still waiting for a reply!!

    August 21, 2012 @ 4:11 pm | Reply
    • Can you let me know the ticket number and I’ll check / chase this?

      August 21, 2012 @ 8:12 pm | Reply
      • Syeed:

        Please check: Ticket #21129.

        August 22, 2012 @ 6:33 pm | Reply
  15. Helge:

    Was with them for a while, very satisfied. Unfortunately got canceled due to my faulty proxy configuration. This shows that they do take spam complaints seriously, which is exactly what a good provider should do! :-)

    September 5, 2012 @ 7:29 pm | Reply
  16. Hi,

    it seems Xen VPSs are still sold out. Will be there more in the future?


    September 26, 2012 @ 7:04 am | Reply
  17. Any chances that “Iron Xen” will be offered again at a special price tag?

    November 24, 2012 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

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