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BuffaloVPS – $5.50 512MB OpenVZ VPS in Buffalo

Tags: , , Date/Time: March 10, 2011 @ 12:08 pm, by LowEndAdmin

BuffaloVPS Adam, Director of Sales from BuffaloVPS, emailed me about their grand opening sale on their OpenVZ products. Two packages to choose from, and four promo codes to go with them:

  • Starter Package (sign up link)
  • 256MB memory
  • 10GB storage
  • 500GB/month data transfer
  • $4.25/month coupon code BVPS1, or
    $45.00/year coupon code BVPS1year
  • Standard Package (sign up link)
  • 512MB memory
  • 20GB storage
  • 1000GB/month data transfer
  • $5.50/month coupon code BVPS2, or
    $60.00/year coupon code BVPS2year

On their about page, it says “The Best Datacenter in the Business… Our home base in Buffalo”. It does sound a bit weird as we don’t actually have any other provider before that claim to have servers in Buffalo NY. Moreover, if you do a traceroute to their website, it lands on a Buffalo IP — yes. Via ColoCrossing, whose headquarter is in Buffalo NY. And if you think the plans + coupon code look like another company that we featured before. Yup, ChicagoVPS, who is also backed by ColoCrossing/Velocity Servers. Now compare it with ChicagoVPS’s about page. Nor are they trying to hide the fact, that it is Jeremiah who works for ChicagoVPS/ColoCrossing that is on the WHOIS details of BuffaloVPS.com. Looks like they are expanding out, using <City Name>VPS.com/.net as the brand name. To all of ColoCrossing’s 6 datacenters?

You can probably expect the same professional service as from ChicagoVPS. I took the bite and posted this — although I don’t think different moniker from the same company should get pass the 1-post-per-30-day rule. Do share your experience if you decide to give them a go :)

The original owner of LowEndBox known as "LowEndAdmin" or "LEA" for short founded LowEndBox in 2008 and created the concept of hosting applications on low resource "Low End Boxes". After creating the roots of the community that we know today, "LEA" stepped aside and allowed others to carry the torch forward.

27 Comments

  1. Dekken:

    Broken privacy policy, and TOS?
    http://buffalovps.com/docs/BuffaloVPS_Privacy_Policy.pdf
    http://buffalovps.com/docs/BuffaloVPS_Terms_of_Service.pdf
    Also can I get a test ip, and a speed test file?

    March 10, 2011 @ 1:31 pm
    • @ Dekken,

      Check out the ChicagoVPS website for ToS and Privacy Policy. I will tell Adam tonight to make sure he gets his set up correct. ( Both our ToS will be the same pretty much ). I will have him post a test IP also.

      Regards,

      Chris

      March 10, 2011 @ 11:33 pm
  2. So what happens if they turn out to be the same company but with a different prefix? Instant ban? Public whipping on Youtube? Free VPSes for everybody? :)

    March 10, 2011 @ 2:12 pm
    • id:

      further price reduction would be nice :)

      btw, the new LEB design looks fresh. like it.

      March 10, 2011 @ 2:17 pm
    • No. It was raised before that the same company would try to get listed on LowEndBox for more than once a month by sending me multiple offers from different brands (or resellers). I just thought it would be unfair to other providers.

      Not trying to ban them, especially with ChicagoVPS/BuffaloVPS who actually seem to provide decent service.

      March 10, 2011 @ 9:53 pm
      • Not a problem and wasn’t suggesting that you do so in this case. Just wondering if you had thought that far along.

        I vote for posting a Youtube video of them doing the chicken dance. :)

        March 10, 2011 @ 11:08 pm
        • Youtube video of them doing the chicken dance

          Gee. Listing criteria for LowEndBox just gets more demanding! Requiring all staffs to participate so we know that they are not one man shop?

          March 10, 2011 @ 11:56 pm
        • I was going to point out these folks from that thread over on LET.

          They’re too happy. :)

          March 11, 2011 @ 1:44 am
  3. i think next will be new vps name,
    sanjosevps
    atlantavps
    dallasvps
    newyorkvps

    March 10, 2011 @ 3:40 pm
    • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

      NorthpoleVPS

      March 10, 2011 @ 6:32 pm
    • MarsVPS… Ops that domain has already been taken. 20 light-minutes so you are looking at at least 40 minute of ping latency :P

      March 10, 2011 @ 9:56 pm
    • bob:

      Are these guys actually hosting in New York? I need an east coast provider that isn’t burst.

      March 10, 2011 @ 11:01 pm
      • @Bob,

        As of now no both of us are not. The data center will be complete in the next month, two at the latest.

        Regards,

        Chris

        (P.S. We can do a custom setup if you want in NYC, but will be a bit more pricey, email me or talk to support.)

        March 10, 2011 @ 11:31 pm
  4. KLIKLI:

    [Off Topic] Ahh.. new theme here. I do prefer the old one though ;-)
    (It must be updated within 6 hours.. when I last visited LEB)

    March 10, 2011 @ 3:59 pm
    • Ha. I am no designer but just had 30 minutes to play with CSS3 so there you go :) The structure of the site is still mostly unmodified.

      March 10, 2011 @ 10:01 pm
      • Just to mention, I get a green flash where the comment form should be when I click on the reply link within the comments. (Does that make sense?)

        March 10, 2011 @ 11:10 pm
  5. @ LEA,

    This actually is a reseller for us. We are helping them out to get their feet wet ( Why you see Jeremiah as administrative contact on WHOIS ). He wants to be primarily only NY servers, but until the data center is ready, he will be selling Chicago to get used to everything. We will be with him every step of the way, so everyone should feel comfortable signing up with BuffaloVPS. ChicagoVPS will also offer NY servers when it is ready.

    Regards,

    Chris

    March 10, 2011 @ 9:33 pm
  6. muji:

    i don’t understand why we need to register our own domain when buying a vps. can someone help me understand this?

    March 11, 2011 @ 5:30 am
    • Spirit:

      It’s no needed. It’s just default WHMCS order process which most hosts don’t change. Chose “I will update my nameservers on an existing domain Or I will register a new domain” and put some your own domain or if you don’t have any something random in.

      March 11, 2011 @ 5:48 am
      • muji:

        so i can write like mujixx.com for the i will update my nameservers on an exisiting domain?

        March 11, 2011 @ 5:49 am
  7. muji:

    and what should i write for hostname/ns1 prefix/ns2 prefix? and for the rootpassword do i come up with my own password or as u said jsut type a nything random?

    March 11, 2011 @ 5:51 am
  8. Bob:

    I went ahead with a 512, as I needed a server, and it was in the right area with low ping times for me. For some reason, they do not offer any 32-bit templates. I ended up choosing the Debian 5 x64.

    Setup was very quick, but I was unable to connect to my server. I was also not able to log into the SolusVM panel with the username they provided me.

    It was a bit of a comedy of errors, as the links provided to submit a ticket went into a redirect loop, and the Live Support link was dead.

    I was able to email the billing dept (at least that didn’t bounce), which sent me the standard boilerplate ticket reply. HOWEVER, that email also contained a functional link to the Billing website (use https and it will avoid the loop: https://billing.buffalovps.com). Once I was able to log into there, it listed the correct username for the SolusVM control panel (prefix the # they gave you with bvps_ ie: bvps_123).

    When I was finally able to connect through the SolusVM console, I found that my host did not have any routes. I added a default gateway, and I was able to connect.

    It has now been an hour since I submitted my original ticket, and I have yet to receive a reply. To be fair, I was adding to my ticket each step of the way and I was able to fix the issues. But still, it’d be nice to get an apology for the setup difficulties.

    I have also run a few tests on my stock 512 VPS:

    [root@chicago-vps9]:~# cat /proc/user_beancounters
    Version: 2.5
           uid  resource                     held              maxheld              barrier                limit              failcnt
          248:  kmemsize                  2852532              4009612           2147483646           2147483646                    0
                lockedpages                     0                    0               999999               999999                    0
                privvmpages                  4514                24910               131072               131072                    0
                shmpages                      658                  674               131072               131072                    0
                dummy                           0                    0                    0                    0                    0
                numproc                        13                   21               999999               999999                    0
                physpages                    2728                12871                    0           2147483647                    0
                vmguarpages                     0                    0               131072           2147483647                    0
                oomguarpages                 2728                12871               131072           2147483647                    0
                numtcpsock                      6                    8              7999992              7999992                    0
                numflock                        2                    7               999999               999999                    0
                numpty                          2                    3               500000               500000                    0
                numsiginfo                      0                    3               999999               999999                    0
                tcpsndbuf                  124856               151112            214748160            396774400                    0
                tcprcvbuf                   98304               985512            214748160            396774400                    0
                othersockbuf                 9312                31144            214748160            396774400                    0
                dgramrcvbuf                     0                 8472            214748160            396774400                    0
                numothersock                    7                   10              7999992              7999992                    0
                dcachesize                      0                    0           2147483646           2147483646                    0
                numfile                       361                  517             23999976             23999976                    0
                dummy                           0                    0                    0                    0                    0
                dummy                           0                    0                    0                    0                    0
                dummy                           0                    0                    0                    0                    0
                numiptent                      18                   18               999999               999999                    0
    
    [root@chicago-vps9]:~# for v in vmguarpages privvmpages;do expr `cat /proc/user_beancounters |grep $v |awk -F' ' '{print $4}'` / 256;done
    512
    512
    
    [root@chicago-vps9]:~# free -m
                 total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
    Mem:           512         17        494          0          0          0
    -/+ buffers/cache:         17        494
    Swap:            0          0          0
    
    [root@chicago-vps9]:~# cat /proc/cpuinfo
    processor       : 0
    vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
    cpu family      : 6
    model           : 15
    model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5320  @ 1.86GHz
    stepping        : 7
    cpu MHz         : 1866.780
    cache size      : 4096 KB
    physical id     : 0
    siblings        : 4
    core id         : 0
    cpu cores       : 4
    apicid          : 0
    fpu             : yes
    fpu_exception   : yes
    cpuid level     : 10
    wp              : yes
    flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm syscall nx lm constant_tsc pni monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr lahf_lm
    bogomips        : 3733.56
    clflush size    : 64
    cache_alignment : 64
    address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
    power management:
    
    processor       : 1
    vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
    cpu family      : 6
    model           : 15
    model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5320  @ 1.86GHz
    stepping        : 7
    cpu MHz         : 1866.780
    cache size      : 4096 KB
    physical id     : 1
    siblings        : 4
    core id         : 0
    cpu cores       : 4
    apicid          : 4
    fpu             : yes
    fpu_exception   : yes
    cpuid level     : 10
    wp              : yes
    flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm syscall nx lm constant_tsc pni monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr lahf_lm
    bogomips        : 3732.97
    clflush size    : 64
    cache_alignment : 64
    address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
    power management:
    
    processor       : 2
    vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
    cpu family      : 6
    model           : 15
    model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5320  @ 1.86GHz
    stepping        : 7
    cpu MHz         : 1866.780
    cache size      : 4096 KB
    physical id     : 0
    siblings        : 4
    core id         : 1
    cpu cores       : 4
    apicid          : 1
    fpu             : yes
    fpu_exception   : yes
    cpuid level     : 10
    wp              : yes
    flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm syscall nx lm constant_tsc pni monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr lahf_lm
    bogomips        : 3732.96
    clflush size    : 64
    cache_alignment : 64
    address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
    power management:
    
    processor       : 3
    vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
    cpu family      : 6
    model           : 15
    model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5320  @ 1.86GHz
    stepping        : 7
    cpu MHz         : 1866.780
    cache size      : 4096 KB
    physical id     : 1
    siblings        : 4
    core id         : 1
    cpu cores       : 4
    apicid          : 5
    fpu             : yes
    fpu_exception   : yes
    cpuid level     : 10
    wp              : yes
    flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm syscall nx lm constant_tsc pni monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr lahf_lm
    bogomips        : 3732.97
    clflush size    : 64
    cache_alignment : 64
    address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
    power management:
    
    [root@chicago-vps9]:~# wget http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    --2011-03-12 02:44:23--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net... 205.234.175.175
    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 10.5M/s   in 9.1s
    
    2011-03-12 02:44:32 (11.0 MB/s) - `100mb.test' saved [104857600/104857600]
    
    [root@chicago-vps9]:~# wget http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    --2011-03-12 02:44:45--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net... 205.234.175.175
    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.1'
    
    100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 10.7M/s   in 8.9s
    
    2011-03-12 02:44:54 (11.2 MB/s) - `100mb.test.1' saved [104857600/104857600]
    
    [root@chicago-vps9]:~# df -h
    Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/simfs             20G  2.2G   18G  11% /
    tmpfs                 256M     0  256M   0% /lib/init/rw
    tmpfs                 256M     0  256M   0% /dev/shm
    
    [root@chicago-vps9]:~# 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, 18.6134 s, 57.7 MB/s
    
    [root@chicago-vps9]:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test2 bs=32k count=16k conv=fdatasync
    16384+0 records in
    16384+0 records out
    536870912 bytes (537 MB) copied, 9.01029 s, 59.6 MB/s
    
    March 12, 2011 @ 12:14 am
    • Bob:

      @LowEndAdmin: Could you change my formatting from <code> to <pre>?

      Thanks.

      March 12, 2011 @ 12:18 am
  9. muji:

    wow i do not recommand this site. they say they will get back to my support ticket in half an hour,and it has been 5 hours. the person on chat wasn’t much help at all either.

    March 12, 2011 @ 1:43 am
    • @ Muji,

      I went on your VPS and the network seemed fine:

      root@robot:/# ping google.com
      PING google.com (74.125.225.17) 56(84) bytes of data.
      64 bytes from 74.125.XXX.17: icmp_req=1 ttl=55 time=2.78 ms
      64 bytes from 74.125.XXX.17: icmp_req=2 ttl=55 time=2.70 ms
      64 bytes from 74.125.XXX.17: icmp_req=3 ttl=55 time=3.15 ms
      64 bytes from 74.125.XXX.17: icmp_req=4 ttl=55 time=2.72 ms
      64 bytes from 74.125.XXX.17: icmp_req=5 ttl=55 time=2.92 ms
      64 bytes from 74.125.XXX.17: icmp_req=6 ttl=55 time=2.36 ms
      64 bytes from 74.125.XXX.17: icmp_req=7 ttl=55 time=2.56 ms
      64 bytes from 74.125.XXX.17: icmp_req=8 ttl=55 time=2.50 ms
      
      --- google.com ping statistics ---
      8 packets transmitted, 8 received, 0% packet loss, time 7001ms
      rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 2.368/2.717/3.150/0.235 ms
      root@robot:/#
      

      I also looked at the livechat logs and in my eyes we tried to help you as much as possible.

      Thanks,

      Adam

      March 12, 2011 @ 3:05 am
  10. Muji:

    disregard my last comment, the person on chat was very helpfull and helped me set up the gui which i’ve tryna afix for nights

    March 13, 2011 @ 8:58 am

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