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BHost – £3.72 512MB OpenVZ VPS in UK

Tags: , , Date/Time: April 12, 2011 @ 12:43 pm, by LowEndAdmin

BHost Nick from BHost emailed me their latest promo code for LowEndBox readers. It is a couple percentage more than their March offer. Use promo code LOWENDBOXAPRIL2011 to get 24% off recurring discount. That brings down the price of their “Bronze” plan to £3.72/month (+VAT for those in UK/EU).

  • 512MB guaranteed/1024MB burstable memory
  • 20GB storage
  • 1000GB/month data transfer on 100Mbps
  • OpenVZ

Servers with RapidSwitch in UK. Pretty positive reviews from previous posts, and they are an experienced provider since 2002.

Nick is also adding an extra offer if you pay annually — a free .com, .net, .org or .uk domain. You need to sign up this month and pay for a year to be eligible, and claim through raising a support ticket.

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44 Comments

  1. LOL looks well

    April 12, 2011 @ 2:34 pm | Reply
  2. Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

    Can’t say anything bad about BHost, one of the best VPS I got. Unlike some other providers who say their connections are on 100mbps (and you only get 6mbps down) BHost actually get around 90mbps down.

    http://www.speedtest.net/result/1244524386.png

    They also sent me a free USB Stick, which I can’t complain about. (It even lights up at the end :) )

    April 12, 2011 @ 2:34 pm | Reply
    • My mouse finger is getting itchy again, not a good sign! Closing browser…

      April 12, 2011 @ 2:53 pm | Reply
      • Adam:

        You know you want to do it :)
        They even offer 24 hour sales & support: 0800 043 4678 (UK) | 650-870-4840 (USA)

        April 12, 2011 @ 4:46 pm | Reply
    • ab:

      Speedtest.net is not a valid measurement for pretty much anything. Flash is slow. Donated servers are slow.

      April 12, 2011 @ 6:52 pm | Reply
      • speedtest.net is fine. Have you not considered it may be your connection…..

        April 12, 2011 @ 7:04 pm | Reply
      • *shrug* Better than nothing. :)

        I want a flashy USB stick. I get a couple of local clients asking for sticks every week and I;m going through them like crazy.

        April 12, 2011 @ 7:21 pm | Reply
        • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

          Did I tell you the stick is purple and metal.

          April 12, 2011 @ 7:31 pm | Reply
        • Like I said, better than nothing. Folks need them to keep their resumes and other job search stuff.

          April 12, 2011 @ 9:20 pm | Reply
      • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

        What do you mean donated servers.

        April 12, 2011 @ 7:26 pm | Reply
        • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

          Oh sorry I get, that company donate their servers to speedtest, sorry.

          April 12, 2011 @ 7:27 pm | Reply
      • bashful:

        Ab, no clue, so be quiet. Donated servers are no slower. Http packets travelling over internet don’t know if they end up in flash or in whatever. Retard.

        April 12, 2011 @ 10:07 pm | Reply
    • Seems like a great deal for a UK based VPS with a company with a good rep!

      April 12, 2011 @ 10:09 pm | Reply
  3. Test ip?

    April 12, 2011 @ 4:02 pm | Reply
    • NordicVPS:

      Try these IPs:
      109.169.46.15
      78.129.251.251

      April 12, 2011 @ 4:39 pm | Reply
      • Not bad.

        1 18 ms 18 ms 17 ms 192.168.11.129
        2 17 ms 17 ms 17 ms XXX.169.XXX.XXX
        3 19 ms 21 ms 20 ms uk-cr01-sw03.bhost.net [87.117.212.82]
        4 27 ms 26 ms 22 ms 109.169.46.15

        Trace complete.

        April 12, 2011 @ 4:43 pm | Reply
  4. Adam:

    They are like most other UK VPS hosts located in the Datacenter owned by ThrustVPS/DamnVPS > RapidSwitch in UK

    Just ping/trace ThrustVPS :)

    Anyone that have their servers in Maidenhead, UK are most likely in that DC

    April 12, 2011 @ 4:27 pm | Reply
  5. Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

    I don’t think BHost overload like Thrust.

    April 12, 2011 @ 5:24 pm | Reply
  6. innya:

    From california,
    109.169.46.15 (109.169.46.15) 159.844 ms 159.847 ms 159.847 ms

    test.bhost.net (78.129.251.251) 160.698 ms 160.690 ms 160.687 ms

    April 12, 2011 @ 6:22 pm | Reply
    • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

      West Coast connectivity to Europe is crap.

      April 12, 2011 @ 7:24 pm | Reply
      • innya:

        anyway it is what is it.

        April 12, 2011 @ 7:43 pm | Reply
  7. Vicky:

    “All sales are subject to United Kingdom Value Added Tax (VAT), even if you are based outside the United Kingdom or European Union.”

    WHY?

    April 12, 2011 @ 9:11 pm | Reply
    • This info is out of date, apologies. You only pay VAT if you’re in the European Union.

      April 13, 2011 @ 8:54 pm | Reply
      • and even that is not 100% correct…if you have a VAT number and are in the EU you don’t have to pay the VAT either…

        April 13, 2011 @ 9:45 pm | Reply
        • This is even not close to the true too. If you are in the EU you HAVE to pay VAT.

          April 15, 2011 @ 5:49 am | Reply
        • Then explain why I never pay vat if I provide my EU VAT number(and am NOT within the same country as the vendor)?

          April 15, 2011 @ 6:43 am | Reply
  8. M.M:

    I like this one so bad specially the location :)

    April 13, 2011 @ 11:01 am | Reply
  9. @dirk: I don’t know where you are living but I’m in the Europe, Bulgaria, and when it is subject to VAY and EU deals – I’m paying it. I have VAT nimber with my company and there is NO VAT free deal. Or I don’t know how to avoid VAT payment.

    April 15, 2011 @ 9:27 am | Reply
    • I’m living in Belgium and when I order in the EU (outside of Belgium) and provide my VAT number then I don’t pay the VAT.
      I have several VPSes in Europe (Netherlands, Sweden, UK) and from European companies and once I provide them my VAT number I do not have to pay VAT.

      April 15, 2011 @ 9:31 am | Reply
      • I have ordered today new VPS with BHost. There is no VAT field :) So, I’ve paid 20% VAT.

        April 15, 2011 @ 3:44 pm | Reply
  10. To BHost member which may read my comment:
    I have ordered YOUR Gold VPS Plan with 3IP’s + I have ordered 3 more IP’s. So, after a fast provsioning I have VPS with ONLY one IP. What’s going on???

    (5 hours no answer over tickets)

    April 15, 2011 @ 3:45 pm | Reply
    • I’m replying to myself just to say: BHost are my future VPS provider! I’ve got what I pay – my 6 IP’s and everything is OK.
      So, If someone is interested abput BHost VPS service:
      1. Speed is OK in both directions.
      2. I/O wait states are OK
      3. Overall performance is more than good.

      Go and get this PROMO!

      April 15, 2011 @ 7:35 pm | Reply
    • Adam:

      They only have RAID1 based disk, Can you do a disk benchmark and give us the output?

      dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync

      April 15, 2011 @ 9:35 pm | Reply
      • [steliyan@ukvps ~]$ 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, 13.9293 seconds, 77.1 MB/s

        Cachefly download speed is constant: 2011-04-16 00:20:14 (10.5 MB/s) – `100mb.test’ saved
        I have tested and upload speeds – from where I live speed is more than perfect – 2011-04-16 00:22:14 (6.5 MB/s) – `100mb.test’ saved

        April 16, 2011 @ 6:22 am | Reply
        • blacky:

          I have the same result:

          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, 13.9875 seconds, 76.8 MB/s

          Good speed.

          April 17, 2011 @ 9:58 pm | Reply
        • blacky:

          I have the similar result of the cachefly download speed test:
          2011-04-28 22:18:30 (9.40 MB/s) - `100mb.test' saved

          April 28, 2011 @ 6:27 pm | Reply
  11. James:

    Ive been running with a gold package from bHost for a few months now and im still very pleased. Nick is very helpful and always responds quickly to my questions. I was running a bronze server as well for awhile to do some testing and that was great too. Cant go wrong for the price and the recurring discount!

    April 19, 2011 @ 12:37 pm | Reply
  12. Bazza:

    Signed up for the Gold package. Using promo code it worked out at £8.11. Server is quick and responsive. Control panel works flawlessly. Provisioned in a few minutes. This is a great deal for a UK location.

    root@solaria:/etc# 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, 21.837 s, 49.2 MB/s
    
    Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net|205.234.175.175|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: `100mb.test'
    
    100%[==============================================>] 104,857,600 10.0M/s   in 12s
    
    2011-05-09 16:16:33 (8.32 MB/s) - `100mb.test' saved [104857600/104857600]
    
    May 9, 2011 @ 4:42 pm | Reply
  13. Update after a month of usage:
    1. First month was more than OK
    2. Second month starts with immediate network issues: slow connectivity and irresponsible box.
    3. The funny part is status update “everything fixed”, but still waiting to exchange unreliable network hardware.
    4. Few hours no ticket respond, ok, they are at hard work to exchange hardware but… still nothing…
    5. Will see tomorrow -will they return to the service from the first month.

    May 17, 2011 @ 7:42 pm | Reply
    • Again replying to myself: Network issue fixed asap. So the VPS is acessible again with max speed of 100 mbps. I’m more than satisfied with this service. Next review – next month :) Steliyan

      May 18, 2011 @ 7:10 pm | Reply
  14. Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

    In the last week, my VPS experience has been terrible.

    The network is fast, however the VPS itself is terribly slow, heres the time it took to install mysql-server (55kbps) on a clean debian install.

    real 13m44.248s
    user 0m4.921s
    sys 0m4.395s

    May 30, 2011 @ 9:58 am | Reply
    • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

      Turns out the fault was with one of the templates, sorry for my extreme comment.

      May 30, 2011 @ 12:34 pm | Reply

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