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ChicagoVPS – Rerun of $7 2GB OpenVZ VPS Offer in Chicago

Tags: , , Date/Time: January 7, 2012 @ 1:03 pm, by LowEndAdmin

ChicagoVPS Normally I hate to re-post offers, as I’ve been getting quite a few emails from providers who simply asked “hey can you just re-post the same offer from last month?” Unless the previous offer was exceedingly popular, which is the case here when Chris from ChicagoVPS asked me to re-post their 2GB OpenVZ “Enterprise” offer. So, for $7/month and coupon code 2048, you can get a VPS with

  • 2048MB memory
  • 50GB storage
  • 2TB/month data transfer
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM

Direct signup link, and servers are with ColoCrossing in Chicago IL (test files here). Chris is away at the moment so thanks to Jeremiah for setting this up. ChicagoVPS has been around since October 2010 and has been providing great services here.

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.

472 Comments

  1. loeiweb:

    No item avaliable vps plan to order.

    January 7, 2012 @ 1:11 pm
  2. Jun:

    Must buy

    January 7, 2012 @ 1:13 pm
  3. Incredible great discount.

    I recommend you ChicagoVPS, because I have good experience with them and they also host my VPS servers ;)

    If you are looking for stable and reliable VPS provider, select ChicagoVPS.

    January 7, 2012 @ 1:24 pm
  4. If you’re considering going getting this VPS, just do yourself a favor and do it.

    I now have 2 VPSs with ChicagoVPS and I’ve had no issues whatsoever. If you don’t get this deal, you will regret it.

    January 7, 2012 @ 2:02 pm
  5. Amfy:

    Sorry, but 2GB RAM for 7$ was in the history all providers which went to the Deadpool… :/

    January 7, 2012 @ 2:03 pm
    • For each rule is an exception.

      Exception of that rule is ChicagoVPS ;)

      January 7, 2012 @ 2:06 pm
    • I should also comment on this. I believe the last one we saw go to the deal pool trying to copy us was ENetSouth. While we were in the same facility, I believe we have far more superior hardware, knowledge, and talent to pull it off. Thus we have not ended up in the dead pool. :)

      Jeremiah

      January 7, 2012 @ 4:01 pm
    • Andrew:

      If it is just a temporary promotion, then I don’t think it will be like what you are saying.
      The price before using the coupon is $24.95/Month.
      So when the coupon has expire, it is actually quite expensive, which it is more than enough for them to sustain the business.

      January 11, 2012 @ 5:24 am
      • Faisal:

        It is a recurring discount. So you are all set.

        January 17, 2012 @ 1:20 pm
  6. Amfy:

    Could someone post a cat /proc/cpuinfo, thanks

    January 7, 2012 @ 3:23 pm
    • processor : 0
      vendor_id : GenuineIntel
      cpu family : 6
      model : 44
      model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5620 @ 2.40GHz
      stepping : 2
      cpu MHz : 2400.142
      cache size : 12288 KB
      physical id : 0
      siblings : 8
      core id : 0
      cpu cores : 4
      apicid : 0
      fpu : yes
      fpu_exception : yes
      cpuid level : 11
      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 pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc arat pni monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm
      bogomips : 4800.28
      clflush size : 64
      cache_alignment : 64
      address sizes : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
      power management: [8]

      processor : 1
      vendor_id : GenuineIntel
      cpu family : 6
      model : 44
      model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5620 @ 2.40GHz
      stepping : 2
      cpu MHz : 2400.142
      cache size : 12288 KB
      physical id : 0
      siblings : 8
      core id : 1
      cpu cores : 4
      apicid : 2
      fpu : yes
      fpu_exception : yes
      cpuid level : 11
      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 pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc arat pni monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm
      bogomips : 4800.34
      clflush size : 64
      cache_alignment : 64
      address sizes : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
      power management: [8]

      processor : 2
      vendor_id : GenuineIntel
      cpu family : 6
      model : 44
      model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5620 @ 2.40GHz
      stepping : 2
      cpu MHz : 2400.142
      cache size : 12288 KB
      physical id : 0
      siblings : 8
      core id : 9
      cpu cores : 4
      apicid : 18
      fpu : yes
      fpu_exception : yes
      cpuid level : 11
      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 pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc arat pni monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm
      bogomips : 4800.28
      clflush size : 64
      cache_alignment : 64
      address sizes : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
      power management: [8]

      processor : 3
      vendor_id : GenuineIntel
      cpu family : 6
      model : 44
      model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5620 @ 2.40GHz
      stepping : 2
      cpu MHz : 2400.142
      cache size : 12288 KB
      physical id : 0
      siblings : 8
      core id : 10
      cpu cores : 4
      apicid : 20
      fpu : yes
      fpu_exception : yes
      cpuid level : 11
      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 pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc arat pni monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm
      bogomips : 4800.34
      clflush size : 64
      cache_alignment : 64
      address sizes : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
      power management: [8]

      January 7, 2012 @ 3:44 pm
      • Amfy:

        thanks!

        January 7, 2012 @ 3:46 pm
  7. We also have E3 1270’s running the batch now with our dual 5620 servers.

    Thanks LEA for posting so soon!

    Thanks,

    Jeremiah

    January 7, 2012 @ 3:48 pm
    • paul:

      Are you running these 2gb vps’s on E3’s? How much physical ram is in the node? I’m asking because it was an issue with ENS.

      January 9, 2012 @ 1:24 am
      • Thankfully we are not ENS. We have maxed out the boards with 8GB DIMM’s giving them 32GB.

        The next question before it comes out and starts a war…yes there are 8GB DIMM’s that were sold. Yes there is a known shortage of 8GB DIMM’s on the market. Yes we have them. :)

        Thanks,

        Jeremiah

        January 9, 2012 @ 1:28 am
        • $130 is the going rate for these suckers finally, putting in a fairly large order for ’em tomorrow – 28 sticks worth.

          Francisco

          January 9, 2012 @ 1:32 am
        • Hey Francisco. I knew you would come around eventually with our buzz :) Can you email me please? jshinkle [dot] chicagovps [dot] net. :) its nothing bad. tehehe.

          Jeremiah

          January 9, 2012 @ 1:34 am
        • Sure?

          I usually follow most threads, someone linked your RAM comment on MSN so I figured i’d chime in :P

          Kingston is the only one having a shortage as far as I know, super talent seems to be just fine.

          Francisco

          January 9, 2012 @ 1:55 am
  8. fly:

    Is the permanent seven dollars? Advance or?

    January 7, 2012 @ 3:59 pm
    • This promotion is for the life of the account.

      Thanks,

      Jeremiah

      January 8, 2012 @ 8:21 am
      • Might want to rephrase that. I doubt it’s for the lifetime of the account.

        July 30, 2012 @ 9:45 am
  9. Michael:

    I have been with them for several months, one time prior I had a sketchy/bad experience with disk IO — this time it seems a lot more stable. I signed up with their last 2 GB offer and have been pleasurably surprised by how well it’s running — almost no downtime for several months. I’d definitely recommend if you’re looking for a well-rounded budget VPS. So far they have not let me down, so I’d would give them a try, even if you’re skeptical.

    January 7, 2012 @ 4:51 pm
    • Good to hear!

      We admittedly have had some bad I/O issues before and have been working on correcting it on some of our older nodes which are being decommissioned, went through, fixed up, and retro-fitted to be put back into production.

      Thanks!

      Jeremiah

      January 8, 2012 @ 8:26 am
  10. Pumaman:

    Just wanted to post here that this will be the second server I’m now using from ChicagoVPS. First one is a 1GB plan when it last showed up on lowendbox, and was so impressed, I could hardly turn down a second server with 2GB for 7 bucks a month.

    Keep up the awesome work guys!

    January 7, 2012 @ 4:51 pm
    • Thanks for the comment! Means a lot to have another happy customer.

      Thanks,

      Jeremiah

      January 8, 2012 @ 8:22 am
  11. recommended~. i’m one of their current client. server uptime is great, support also good. i’m on their $5/month 1GB package. dont know if i going crazy to grab this $7/month for 2GB.

    January 7, 2012 @ 5:43 pm
  12. Kabbs:

    These seem like good stats, right?

    # cat /proc/cpuinfo:
    processor       : 0
    vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
    cpu family      : 6
    model           : 42
    model name      :           Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31270 @ 3.40GHz
    stepping        : 7
    cpu MHz         : 3392.499
    cache size      : 8192 KB
    physical id     : 0
    siblings        : 8
    core id         : 0
    cpu cores       : 4
    apicid          : 0
    fpu             : yes
    fpu_exception   : yes
    cpuid level     : 13
    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 rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc arat pni monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm
    bogomips        : 6784.99
    clflush size    : 64
    cache_alignment : 64
    address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
    power management: [8]
    
    processor       : 1
    vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
    cpu family      : 6
    model           : 42
    model name      :           Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31270 @ 3.40GHz
    stepping        : 7
    cpu MHz         : 3392.499
    cache size      : 8192 KB
    physical id     : 0
    siblings        : 8
    core id         : 1
    cpu cores       : 4
    apicid          : 2
    fpu             : yes
    fpu_exception   : yes
    cpuid level     : 13
    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 rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc arat pni monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm
    bogomips        : 6784.55
    clflush size    : 64
    cache_alignment : 64
    address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
    power management: [8]
    
    processor       : 2
    vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
    cpu family      : 6
    model           : 42
    model name      :           Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31270 @ 3.40GHz
    stepping        : 7
    cpu MHz         : 3392.499
    cache size      : 8192 KB
    physical id     : 0
    siblings        : 8
    core id         : 2
    cpu cores       : 4
    apicid          : 4
    fpu             : yes
    fpu_exception   : yes
    cpuid level     : 13
    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 rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc arat pni monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm
    bogomips        : 6784.45
    clflush size    : 64
    cache_alignment : 64
    address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
    power management: [8]
    
    processor       : 3
    vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
    cpu family      : 6
    model           : 42
    model name      :           Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31270 @ 3.40GHz
    stepping        : 7
    cpu MHz         : 3392.499
    cache size      : 8192 KB
    physical id     : 0
    siblings        : 8
    core id         : 3
    cpu cores       : 4
    apicid          : 6
    fpu             : yes
    fpu_exception   : yes
    cpuid level     : 13
    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 rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc arat pni monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm
    bogomips        : 6784.52
    clflush size    : 64
    cache_alignment : 64
    address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
    power management: [8]
    
    # vzfree
                 Total     Used     Free
    Kernel:   2048.00M    2.12M 2045.88M
    Allocate: 2048.00M   42.57M 2005.43M (2048M Guaranteed)
    Commit:   2048.00M    9.35M 2038.65M (17.0% of Allocated)
    Swap:                 0.00M          (0.0% of Committed)
    
    # dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync && rm test:
    16384+0 records in
    16384+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 4.76788 s, 225 MB/s
    
    wget cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test -O /dev/null
    --2012-01-07 20:18:44--  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: `/dev/null'
    
    100%[=========================================================================>] 104,857,600 11.0M/s   in 9.1s
    
    2012-01-07 20:18:53 (11.0 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]
    
    January 7, 2012 @ 8:20 pm
  13. dwild:

    I got one of this VPS during theirs last offer and it’s amazing. The performance is great, we get about 10 M/s, my uptime is 43 days, the only downside is the bad iops, it can be as low as 20…

    I use this VPS to host a small minecraft server, a ramdisk of 512 mb and 1 GB for the minecraft server, it’s perfect, I backup the server each 30 minutes with GIT on another server.

    So it’s a great deal but you can’t do a lot of thing on that, the iops is too bad for MySQL.

    January 7, 2012 @ 8:59 pm
    • Hrm. This is no good! If you would open up a support ticket and we will take a gander at the node your on or email me directly at jshinkle [at] chicagovps [dot] net.

      Thanks,

      Jeremiah

      January 8, 2012 @ 8:23 am
  14. nikomo:

    Is there any documentation on the PBX-in-a-flash template?
    Installed it and all I can get the web interface screaming incorrect password.
    I haven’t used PBX-in-a-flash but passwd-master seemed like the proper way to change all the passwords, but it still says incorrect password.

    January 7, 2012 @ 11:33 pm
    • Skomes:

      I was curious because I love playing with Asterisk, I decided to sign up after hearing you say that they have a PIAF template. I signed up with Directspace just to play with their Trixbox template.

      Anyway, by default, my root password wasn’t correctly set to what I chose at sign up and it didn’t even match the e-mail I was sent.

      So to login into Webmin, go to your VPS administration page and change the root password to make sure it is set correctly.

      Then I tried logging into PIAF but the password for FreePBX doesn’t work, so to fix this, go to the console in your VPS and use ‘passwd-master’, this will reset the passwords for maint/meetme/wwadmin

      Your new username for FreePBX is maint, or you can use wwwadmin, either one works with the password you set using passwd-master.

      You should be able to login after that.

      January 9, 2012 @ 6:56 am
    • Skomes:

      Unfortunately the template that is setup is for PIAF version 1.7.9, version 2 is where Google Voice support is added.

      January 9, 2012 @ 7:14 am
    • Skomes:

      From what I can see, the Google Voice module should be installed automatically but in the template used, it isn’t.

      You have to install it manually.

      January 9, 2012 @ 8:06 am
      • Jordy:

        Yes and that couldn’t be easier. Just install the freepbx module and check whether the gtalk and jabber modules are loaded. They were in my case. Oh and don’t forget to run update-fixes, this should automatically run passwd-master at the end and make sure asterisk is compiled the way the piaf team intended it to.

        January 16, 2012 @ 5:18 pm
  15. Edward:

    ChicagoVPS is the one the best providers out there; I have the $5/1GB RAM package from a few months ago; their support is amazing and they’re surprisingly really reliable. The price alone just blows other people out the water, IDK how they’re sustaining.

    January 8, 2012 @ 12:35 am
    • It takes a lot of work on our part. :)

      Still not going anywhere. We plan on doing VPS’s for awhile. :)

      Thanks,

      Jeremiah

      January 8, 2012 @ 4:40 am
  16. Kairus:

    I also recommend ChicagoVPS, I had one of their 2GB servers for a few months. Cancelled only because I wasn’t using it for anything anymore. Uptime was good, disk I/O wasn’t amazing, but considering it’s 2GB of ram for $7/mo, you shouldn’t expect it to be.

    January 8, 2012 @ 3:50 am
    • Kairus,

      Thanks for the feedback. Do you happen to remember the node you were on? We have really worked to keep the I/O much better for everyone, but there are sometimes things we don’t always catch.

      Thanks,

      Jeremiah

      January 8, 2012 @ 4:42 am
  17. My review for their last 2GB VPS offers:

    http://www.96mb.com/96mb-low-end-vps-review-part-xxvi-chicago-vps-enterprise/

    The box was indeed a really solid one!

    January 8, 2012 @ 5:19 am
  18. I paid $7 for their 2048, $5 for 1024 and $2/extra for an IP address for $14/month. You should try out ChicagoVPS too.. I’ve been with them over 3 months and never had a problem

    January 8, 2012 @ 7:54 am
  19. Daniel:

    Might want to grab myself one too, but as I am from Europe, I would really want to test it first.
    Jeremiah, would there be any option to do a try-before-I-buy on this plan?

    Subscribing for one month is fine with me, but would a refund be possible? Or do you have a better solution (temp. plan for a few hours)?
    You can contact me by mail at http://i44.tinypic.com/smvjb6_th.png (see image for mail for anti-spam)

    January 8, 2012 @ 9:13 am
    • Ztec:

      Really?
      Scared of losing 7 dollars?

      January 8, 2012 @ 11:56 am
      • Daniel:

        I aint scared to lose 7 bucks, but I just have better things to do with my money if it doesn’t suit my requirements :P

        January 8, 2012 @ 2:27 pm
      • He’s got an eye on an extra value meal for dinner tonight. The deal breaker is if he can upsize or cannot upsize.

        January 8, 2012 @ 8:15 pm
  20. Tom:

    Jeremy, how long is it till you fill the first node and move on to second?

    January 8, 2012 @ 9:14 am
    • I hope your not calling me Jeremy….

      We load balance on our nodes, so it distributes orders across all of our active nodes, which right now are Chicago VPS29, 30, and 31.

      Thanks,

      Jeremiah

      January 8, 2012 @ 11:54 pm
      • Spirit:

        He did exactly that! He’s calling you Jeremy… :(

        January 9, 2012 @ 1:23 am
        • Tom:

          Might not be the correct short pronunciation for your name, but there are tons of short names that don’t sound or even write as the real name. Here’s an example of full Russian name – Jevgenij, short version – Zenia. So yeah, for me it seems/sounds as correct short name ;/.

          January 9, 2012 @ 11:02 am
  21. Ztec:

    awesome price, I have really no clue what to do with this though :P

    January 8, 2012 @ 11:49 am
  22. Jasper:

    Does it support setting the rnds by my own?

    January 8, 2012 @ 2:57 pm
    • Jasper,

      We have to setup the rDNS. We have worked with SolusVM on some new rDNS settings that will allow us to interface with our current rDNS servers.

      Thanks,

      Jeremiah

      January 8, 2012 @ 11:53 pm
  23. Wira:

    I was with ChicagoVPS too until last month I have to moved out from them. I was very satistied with them for almost a year using their 1GB package. I’m also nominate them as the best provider of the year in LEB. Until last month I’m having pretty bad disk i/o sometimes bellow 15MB/s based on dd test just like others above me have said..
    Well… I think 15 is very bad considering I used to have above 30 or sometimes 40… Have submited support ticket several times in regards of this issue but Jeremiah and Chris both insist said it’s normal having that disk i/o on vps (share) environment.. :(

    January 8, 2012 @ 4:17 pm
    • Yes, I complained about the same when I had this package, and they didn’t fixed nothing.

      January 8, 2012 @ 7:28 pm
    • vedran:

      15MB/s is pretty crappy for any price if you ask me. I’m thinking of grabbing one of those 1GB, is it common for I/O to be this poor?

      January 8, 2012 @ 7:46 pm
      • No, I have VPS in ChicagoVPS for few months and never noticed low I/O on my server.

        January 8, 2012 @ 7:48 pm
    • You can get speeds 20 – 30MB/s on RAID5 setup but this will just start a dd is a testing / not a testing tool flame war

      January 8, 2012 @ 8:13 pm
      • Thankfully we do not utilize RAID5. Some of our older nodes have slower RAID 10 performance than acceptable, thus why we are working migrating users when we can to other nodes and re-working our older machines.

        Thanks,

        Jeremiah

        January 8, 2012 @ 11:52 pm
    • yes, actually same goes to me, low disk io sometime go below 20 and sometime stay at 20mb. this is the only bad thing about CVPS, i already open a ticket regarding this and got same answer like @wira.

      January 10, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
  24. Will Jones:

    Just purchased one of these!

    Instant setup. Speed looking and feeling good. Plenty of OS’s to install.

    Have submitted a support ticket as i forgot to order another IP and its been open 47 mins without reply. But im not too bothered as its not that important, i only sent it as medium priority and its a great deal for the price!

    Ive been looking on the Pingdom page and im pretty sure im on a brand new node as its only been monitored for 3 days but the uptime on all of the other nodes seems to be 99.8% at the least. So feeling confident!

    Just have to find a use for this server now! haha.

    Will

    January 8, 2012 @ 6:11 pm
  25. Daniel:

    Anyone who bought this package, willing to run this command and post the output here for me?
    wget freevps.us/downloads/bench.sh -O – -o /dev/null|bash

    gives something like this: (this is to show output format, not actual test)
    CPU model : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 760 @ 2.80GHz
    Number of cores : 4
    CPU frequency : 2808.807 MHz
    Total amount of ram : 1024 MB
    Total amount of swap : 0 MB
    Download speed from CacheFly: 495KB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Atlanta GA: 292KB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Dallas, TX: 318KB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 180KB/s
    Download speed from Linode, London, UK: 394KB/s
    Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 300KB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 132KB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 238KB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 215KB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 305KB/s
    I/O speed : 132 MB/s

    January 8, 2012 @ 6:33 pm
    • Filipe Garcia:
      CPU model :  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5620  @ 2.40GHz
      Number of cores : 4
      CPU frequency :  2400.142 MHz
      Total amount of ram : 1024 MB
      Total amount of swap : 0 MB
      System uptime :   43 days, 18:43,
      Download speed from CacheFly: 10.1MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Atlanta GA: 8.77MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Dallas, TX: 8.08MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 3.22MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, London, UK: 5.83MB/s
      Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 326KB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 1.30MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 5.60MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 8.34MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 9.30MB/s
      I/O speed :  98.8 MB/s
      
      January 8, 2012 @ 9:08 pm
    • Kabbs:


      $ wget freevps.us/downloads/bench.sh -O - -o /dev/null|bash
      CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31270 @ 3.40GHz
      Number of cores : 4
      CPU frequency : 3392.499 MHz
      Total amount of ram : 2048 MB
      Total amount of swap : 0 MB
      System uptime : 1 day, 4:34,
      Download speed from CacheFly: 10.8MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Atlanta GA: 8.19MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Dallas, TX: 9.05MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 1.49MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, London, UK: 4.45MB/s
      Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 520KB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 2.00MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 8.37MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 7.62MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 10.5MB/s
      I/O speed : 234 MB/s

      January 8, 2012 @ 9:50 pm
    • Joseph Spears:

      Running it right now…

      Here it is, seems the Haarlem, NL location took forever:

      CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31270 @ 3.40GHz
      Number of cores : 4
      CPU frequency : 3392.499 MHz
      Total amount of ram : 2048 MB
      Total amount of swap : 0 MB
      System uptime : 5:02,
      Download speed from CacheFly: 9.56MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Atlanta GA: 6.74MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Dallas, TX: 8.14MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 1.83MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, London, UK: 7.41MB/s
      Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 374KB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 2.47MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 8.18MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 8.25MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 10.9MB/s
      I/O speed : 206 MB/s

      January 8, 2012 @ 9:51 pm
      • Ztec:

        I tried the speed to my home pc, 30mbit connection – I’m close to Haarlemn, NL. 200kb/s average.

        January 9, 2012 @ 2:48 am
    • Will Jones:
      wget freevps.us/downloads/bench.sh -O - -o /dev/null|bash
      CPU model :            Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31270 @ 3.40GHz
      Number of cores : 4
      CPU frequency :  3392.511 MHz
      Total amount of ram : 2048 MB
      Total amount of swap : 0 MB
      System uptime :   2:02,
      Download speed from CacheFly: 11.0MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Atlanta GA: 2.72MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Dallas, TX: 7.20MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 3.51MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, London, UK: 5.93MB/s
      Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 354KB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 2.65MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 9.36MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 5.12MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 10.8MB/s
      I/O speed :  182 MB/s
      January 8, 2012 @ 10:04 pm
    • Tony Ni:

      CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31270 @ 3.40GHz
      Number of cores : 4
      CPU frequency : 3392.499 MHz
      Total amount of ram : 2048 MB
      Total amount of swap : 0 MB
      System uptime : 22:35,
      Download speed from CacheFly: 11.0MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Atlanta GA: 10.3MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Dallas, TX: 7.91MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 3.18MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, London, UK: 6.81MB/s
      Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 5.19MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 3.01MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 8.68MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 8.78MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 10.4MB/s
      I/O speed : 183 MB/s

      January 9, 2012 @ 1:16 pm
  26. Geir:

    CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31270 @ 3.40GHz
    Number of cores : 4
    CPU frequency : 3392.511 MHz
    Total amount of ram : 2048 MB
    Total amount of swap : 0 MB
    System uptime : 4:12,
    Download speed from CacheFly: 10.9MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Atlanta GA: 10.1MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Dallas, TX: 7.57MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 3.32MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, London, UK: 6.34MB/s
    Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 469KB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 2.36MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 8.70MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 7.26MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 10.5MB/s
    I/O speed : 198 MB/s

    January 8, 2012 @ 6:56 pm
    • Daniel:

      Thanks all for helping me out with these spec-check. Anyone has a website/testfile hosted on one of these boxes so I can check my speed from home?

      January 9, 2012 @ 8:24 am
      • Joseph Spears:

        Here you go:

        http://199.21.115.216/100mb

        If you want a smaller file i can make that too.

        January 9, 2012 @ 2:58 pm
        • Amfy:

          From CH:
          2012-01-09 15:44:54 (6.82 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]

          From Germany:

          2012-01-09 16:49:22 (459 KB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]
          2012-01-09 16:53:06 (9.81 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]
          2012-01-09 16:54:12 (9.50 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]

          January 9, 2012 @ 4:15 pm
        • Daniel:

          Thanks heaps!

          Speeds from my home:
          wget http://199.21.115.216/100mb
          % Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current
          Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed
          100 100M 100 100M 0 0 516k 0 0:03:18 0:03:18 –:–:– 526k

          January 10, 2012 @ 5:05 pm
  27. A. Velho:

    I can’t get the promo. Every time I try, I’m getting this:

    Promotional Code
    2048 – $17.95 USD Recurring Discount
    Don’t use Promotional Code

    While the promo says it should be U$ 7.00 per month.

    January 8, 2012 @ 10:59 pm
    • A. Velho:

      Description Price
      OpenVZ VPS – Enterprise (vm3.tropicalium.com)
      » Operating System: CentOS 6 x86_64
      [Edit Configuration] [Remove] $254.49 USD
      Subtotal: $254.49 USD
      $17.95 USD Recurring Discount: $0.00 USD
      Total Due Today: $254.49 USD
      Total Recurring: $254.49 USD Annually

      January 8, 2012 @ 10:59 pm
    • Joseph Spears:

      When you hit checkout, at the final page it shows the $7 price.

      January 8, 2012 @ 11:04 pm
      • A. Velho:

        Nope, my bad. I had to choose monthly instead of annually payment. Otherwise the coupon does not work. Anyway, if it recurrent, it’s ok. I just bought it. Thanks!

        January 8, 2012 @ 11:07 pm
        • Joseph Spears:

          Np, I assumed it worked for yearly but I guess it doesn’t.

          January 8, 2012 @ 11:10 pm
  28. Wira:

    Well, 15 for me is a signal to avoid and start looking fo another provider. It’s very bad disk i/o especially if you’re doing a lot of mysql query..
    @Yomero : may I know where are your vps located? I was on chi12.

    January 8, 2012 @ 11:59 pm
    • I mean, I had one some time ago. I cancelled because the I/O latency issues (more than dd, the ioping tests were sucking hard).

      January 9, 2012 @ 2:07 am
  29. jfreak53:

    Horrible service, don’t order from them. They even require Photo ID to prove who you are, they don’t have the legal right in America to ask for this especially if you pay with paypal. Horrible customer service also, I had 4 VPS units with them and now after 6 months of horrible service I am moving all of them out. Don’t ever pick these guys.

    January 9, 2012 @ 12:55 am
    • Hi,

      Unfortunately we have the right to verify the identity of the account holder if you fail the fraud check. This is not only for our security but for yours.

      Regarding the service, it is your opinion. Thanks for sharing it.

      Jeremiah

      January 9, 2012 @ 3:26 am
  30. Joseph Spears:

    @Jeremiah

    How long do these deals usually last?

    Tempting me to pick up a 2nd one before it goes away.

    January 9, 2012 @ 3:28 am
    • Hi Joseph,

      Thanks for the interest! We generally will keep it going so long as we have space. It could be until tomorrow or it could be for the entire month.

      Thanks,

      Jeremiah

      January 9, 2012 @ 3:30 am
      • Joseph Spears:

        Thanks for the reply, went ahead and picked up a 2nd one in case I miss out.

        January 9, 2012 @ 3:33 am
        • Tom:

          It should last for another 2 weeks at least, if we look at the time the old promotion ran.

          January 9, 2012 @ 11:05 am
  31. Jun:

    It seems like disk I/O and cpu upgraded a lot…
    Doesn’t all of the nodes get same upgrade in ChicagoVPS?

    January 9, 2012 @ 7:52 am
    • Dino Suarez:

      They haven’t been upgraded – the servers are just new and not totally overloaded with customers yet.

      January 9, 2012 @ 12:44 pm
  32. Daniel:

    Are there also desktop OS’es available? Or do you have an OS list somewhere?

    January 9, 2012 @ 8:43 am
  33. Hey everyone,

    I have been away on vacation for the past 2 weeks so support will start to pick up. Jeremiah has done a fantastic job manning down the fort.

    If anyone needs anything you can email me directly or open a support ticket.

    Thanks,

    Chris

    January 9, 2012 @ 9:42 am
    • Daniel:

      Just mailed you about the question above (by me). Regards

      January 9, 2012 @ 10:56 am
      • What about the old customers, that purchased the $7 1GB plan? I got one 3months back
        Can I get an upgrade to 2GB? or I will have to back-up everything and purchase a new plan and than setup again??? :(

        February 23, 2012 @ 2:15 pm
    • One more question is there any difference in the processing power of the $7-1GB plan that you ran previously and the current 2GB-$7?

      And 1+ for the quality and support. I have hardly found any downtime in the past 3months.

      February 23, 2012 @ 2:17 pm
  34. I love ChicagoVPS so far, but I’m still a little skeptical of the price. If reading everything above correctly, you are having 32gb of ram in a server. At 2gb a plan, that means that you can only have 16 clients per node. Also someone mentioned that 8th ram sticks are around $130 a stick. No offense but how can you make money on that?

    Of course we could be watched over by a rich person who is generous lol

    January 9, 2012 @ 11:35 am
    • Tony Ni:

      I believe they will make money after several months,right?

      January 9, 2012 @ 1:27 pm
      • They would need to make approximately $30 a user to even break even. That would be about 4 months of everyone paying their bills.

        January 9, 2012 @ 1:51 pm
      • Plus the rest of the costs of the server, because hardware isn’t cheap!

        January 9, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
    • Tom:

      “that means that you can only have 16 clients per node”, I’m not sure if you are playing stupid, you are a shared hosting user.

      This is openvz on centos 5, this is oversold by a minimum of 3 times and I think people who buy this should already understand it.

      January 9, 2012 @ 1:38 pm
      • Well I’m going on the honor system here where they say that they NEVER oversell their nodes. I can honestly imagine some minor overselling because not EVERYONE is going to use ALL 2gb of ram, but still I don’t think you can fit many users on a node.

        January 9, 2012 @ 1:44 pm
        • Nobody will ever use all of the 2gb ram, even if their VPS says it’s using it all due to openvz’s allocation based memory limits.

          I saw this on my test server months ago:

          [root@claw ~]# free -m
                       total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
          Mem:           746        143        602          0          0         22
          -/+ buffers/cache:        120        625
          Swap:         1503          0       1503
          [root@claw ~]# vzctl enter 110
          entered into CT 110
          [root@vps-110 /]# free -m
                       total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
          Mem:           746        574        171          0          0          0
          -/+ buffers/cache:        574        171
          Swap:            0          0          0
          January 16, 2012 @ 4:44 pm
        • Amfy:

          Hehe ;)

          I have here a Atom, too and made a similar test, too – and it is really really right.
          So if someone would use 2gb in the container, it will use on the host maybe 512mb or max 768, but I think less – that’s a good thing on openvz for providers ;)

          January 17, 2012 @ 5:20 pm
  35. Lost:

    Our firewalls nullrouted 1 or 2 incoming DoS/DDoS attacks directed to our servers yesterday. Let me know about some email I can email them to you, so you can investigate the issues.

    January 9, 2012 @ 1:09 pm
  36. khafi:

    I have bad experience with ENS about 7 bucks with large resource.. but it seem you guys won’t be like brandon.. hopefully ..

    January 9, 2012 @ 5:27 pm
  37. We want paying less by using VPS, we however pay much for the lessons.
    Whats the heck!!!

    January 9, 2012 @ 8:15 pm
    • Lessons cost much to teach.

      If they do not cost that much, they would not be learning as much.

      January 9, 2012 @ 8:18 pm
  38. Miguel:

    Is VPN available on this offer? Can I run L2TP or PPTP (for iPad and Mac) on these? I want to access some services that require a USA IP addresses.

    January 10, 2012 @ 3:54 am
    • Yes you can run PPTP. We have to activate a few modules on your account, but after that, you should be good to go.

      Thanks!

      Jeremiah

      January 10, 2012 @ 11:00 pm
      • Miguel:

        Thanks Jeremiah.

        I just finally figured out how to set up the VPN, and it works flawlessly. Fast too.

        Great for those sites that insist that I need a American IP address!

        January 12, 2012 @ 1:25 am
  39. Frankenputer:

    Awsome setup time, I was running within an hour of ordering. No complaints so far except slow propagation (but that’s someone elses problem)

    January 10, 2012 @ 4:58 am
  40. Hatescheese:

    Just bought it, now I just have to learn what to do ;)

    January 10, 2012 @ 5:36 am
  41. Hi, If I enter the promotion now and recurring month for only $7..
    How long it will?
    For lifetime or the recurring fee will increase after some period?
    Thanks

    January 10, 2012 @ 7:20 am
    • Joseph Spears:

      I believe Jeremiah said it would last for the lifetime of the account.

      January 10, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
  42. Omio R.:

    Do you also sell /29 IP blocks with the nodes? If so, how much cost for /29 each months?

    And you also provide rWHOIS setup with /29 IPs?

    January 10, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
    • We can on special basis. If you need a /29 with rWHOIS setup from our rWHOIS server, then please submit a ticket and we will work with you on this.

      Thanks,

      Jeremiah

      January 10, 2012 @ 10:58 pm
  43. I have had a few requests for this so I will post it here. Anyone interested in a long term deal, and wants to prepay we have setup a coupon for a 1 year prepay for this VPS:

    Coupon Code: 2048yr
    Price: $84

    This is not lower than $7/month price, it just allows you to prepay.

    Regards,

    Chris

    January 10, 2012 @ 6:14 pm
    • A cut of $10, say $74/year should be fair because you pull out our wallet a priori :)

      January 11, 2012 @ 6:06 pm
    • Thanks for this. I like to prepay so I do not have to worry about paying a credit card monthly. I rarely use a credit card – maybe twice a year.

      This special runs at a great time for me since my year with you runs out in February.

      I came from years of having shared hosting before a friend turned me onto lowendbox.com in which I found your service.

      I have nothing but praise for you folks and a VPS is night and day compared to a shared host.

      I run a genealogy site for my family so I do not need much processing power – I only need file space.

      Praise and what I like about your service:

      No hidden gotchas like statements such as unlimited space…then find out unlimited is limited to 50,000 files/nodes. boo to justhost.com and bluehost.com. – boo to me for not reading the fine print :)

      The Speed is way more than adequate for what I need it for.

      The Price is unbelievable.

      Support – I’m a self starter and have only needed a couple of questions answered. Jeremiah responded usually within minutes to a ticket. I wish I was that young again to where I never had to sleep.

      All scheduled down time is announced.

      Any issue with a server is announced. On all the shared hosting services I’ve ever been on, they would never allow their ego’s to admit it was their server having an issue and would always blame the end user for doing something wrong. This tells me a lot about the honesty of the folks working for / owning your company.

      No issues witrh blocks of ip’s being blocked (to save bandwidth) and then trying to deny it (justhost.com) :)

      The only thing I would ask for is that for some reason you ever get out of the business is to give me a couple months lead time so I can migrate to another service. I’m not saying that I believe you will not make it, but life happens – burnout – divorces – bankruptcy – key employees quit – etc.

      Thanks for a great year and you are the niche to fit me need. I am looking forward to many more great years.

      Joe Cox

      January 18, 2012 @ 3:57 pm
      • arrgh…as I just wrote this glowing review and had this promotion sitting in my cart – I got an “out of stock message” when I tried to checkout. haha – you gotta find this fanboy some space :)

        January 18, 2012 @ 4:01 pm
        • nevermind – I got in – the shopping cart must have timed out.

          January 18, 2012 @ 4:06 pm
  44. Mike:

    Signed up for this when it was posted a few days ago. Seems like a “too good to be true” price but for $7 who cares. Well, it works exactly as advertised. Initially I was having some issues with my box but Jeremiah was on hand to solve them almost immediately. I can’t speak for his colleagues but he seems to genuinely care about providing good customer service. Personally I couldn’t care less if I don’t get exactly the right IOPS or bandwidth or what have you (in reference to above comments; I haven’t had any such issues), as long as there are admins around who care about their customers. I don’t know how they give these great prices but I hope others check them out and they stay in business!

    January 10, 2012 @ 7:47 pm
  45. The performance of my 1GB vps from ChicagoVPS:

    CPU model :  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           X3450  @ 2.67GHz
    Number of cores : 4
    CPU frequency :  2666.751 MHz
    Total amount of ram : 1024 MB
    Total amount of swap : 0 MB
    System uptime :   2 days, 22:34,       
    Download speed from CacheFly: 11.0MB/s 
    Download speed from Linode, Atlanta GA: 6.30MB/s 
    Download speed from Linode, Dallas, TX: 7.75MB/s 
    Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 3.19MB/s 
    Download speed from Linode, London, UK: 4.25MB/s 
    Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 5.63MB/s 
    Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 1.78MB/s 
    Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 9.40MB/s 
    Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 7.08MB/s 
    Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 10.6MB/s 
    I/O speed :  59.8 MB/s

    GREAT performance, I have been with these guys for well over 6 months (“last” shows first login on the 22th of May 2011) and I can only say that they’re great. Support is fast and polite, uptime is great (I rebooted my box 2 days ago though) and you’re paying $7 for a really good service.

    Thanks, ChicagoVPS.

    January 10, 2012 @ 9:14 pm
    • Daniel,

      Glad your a happy customer. Your actually on one of our older nodes we are working to migrate from here in the next few months. Say good by to x3450s, and hello to E3 1270’s!

      Jeremiah

      January 10, 2012 @ 10:57 pm
      • glad to hear! and how fast is that new processor compared to my current one?

        January 11, 2012 @ 1:24 pm
        • About double what those X3450’s compared to spec wise. Your going from 2.66GHz to 3.4Ghz as well.

          Thanks,

          Jeremiah

          January 12, 2012 @ 2:16 am
  46. b1naryth1ef:

    Having nothing but good to say about ChiVPS. Tried other providers, but I’ve always come back. The I/O speed is a little on the low end sometimes (its no RAID10) but other than that it runs perfect.

    Snatch em up while they last…

    January 11, 2012 @ 6:57 am
    • Glad your happy with it. Unfortunately it is a RAID10. We are sticking with the tried and true LSI Raid Cards w/ BBU’s and Seagate Constellation ES Drives for the HDD Space. While it may be “slower” than other providers, we choose stability over speed.

      Thanks!

      Jeremiah

      January 11, 2012 @ 7:01 am
  47. David:

    Is IRC allowed? Can not find it anywhere.

    January 11, 2012 @ 12:34 pm
  48. Chris:

    Ey… Jeremiah, You know there is a open thread on WHT about ChicagoVPS and mentioning yourself… Care to check it out?

    January 11, 2012 @ 1:56 pm
    • Chris,

      I have been keeping up on it and know what it is about. Unfortunately in my youth i was banned from WHT, so really I cannot comment on there.

      However, What i can bring up is the fact if you do fail fraud detection and are geographically distant from your geolocation, we do have the legal right to verify identity. This is just like presenting your card at a retailer locally and you pay with it. They can check your government ID to verify that you are who you are when you pay with your credit card.

      Thanks,

      Jeremiah

      January 12, 2012 @ 12:14 am
      • Some bastard got a hold of my cc number a few years back and charged $1500 to a bogus Internet Service on some Malaysian island. It was a pain in the arse to get it removed from my credit card. Too add salt to the wound I had to pay the monthly fee so the cc company would not report it as bad credit. It took 3 months to have it removed. So, I for one glad you have this put in place. People would not bitch about the safeguards if they had this happen to them.

        -joe

        January 18, 2012 @ 4:16 pm
  49. Stephen:

    Is there any way to sign up without a domain and just use the server by IP? I’m interested in the deal, but I don’t have a domain in mind for the server yet.

    January 11, 2012 @ 5:01 pm
    • At this time no. You can utilize a non-existing domain like host.example.com to order the service.

      Thanks,

      Jeremiah

      January 12, 2012 @ 12:14 am
      • Stephen:

        That doesn’t seem to work either. There’s a check in place when you choose to manage your own domain that checks to see if it’s valid. I guess I’ll just pick up a throwaway domain. .in is super cheap anyway.

        January 12, 2012 @ 3:05 pm
        • No, no and NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

          There isn’t a check :|

          Just select the option about “I have my domain and I will update my nameservers” or some crap like that, lol.

          January 12, 2012 @ 3:10 pm
        • Stephen:

          You’re right. I screwed up and put example.com in the first box instead of example in the first and com in the second.

          January 12, 2012 @ 4:59 pm
  50. Marked as fraud. Hopefully this is resolved soon :P

    January 11, 2012 @ 6:58 pm
    • Should be. Chris and I have been busy with getting everyone through.

      Thanks,

      Jeremiah

      January 12, 2012 @ 12:14 am
  51. Tom:

    Chris, can you do something, so your contains would boot up after your node restarts!?

    After second day, I come home the server shows offline (Chicago VPS31), I reboot it and it goes online.
    Overall got 40minutes of downtime, but what if I would be sleeping? Who would boot my container then?

    January 11, 2012 @ 7:55 pm
    • Tom,

      They are set to auto-start. Interestingly enough, these guys restart so quick, 1 minute polling didn’t catch it. It got angry with SolusVM’s template sync and restarted. It was in the process of restoring a lot of VM’s but I ran my script to get everyone else up.

      Thanks,

      Jeremiah

      January 11, 2012 @ 8:04 pm
  52. I am a recent ChicagoVPS customer.

    This is a great offer.

    Their network connectivity is about the best I’ve seen anywhere. Mind you I have servers in colo facilities around the country with all kinds of pricing and claims to greatness. I also have a number of other VPS packages too.

    ChicagoVPS’ network outperforms every other location I have.

    Actually using my VPS for presale network traceroutes, speedtests, etc.

    The routes are great and speeds fast from every other location I’ve tested from in the United States. Even fast from a VPS in Hetzner facility in Germany:

    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 134217728 (128M) [application/zip]
    Saving to: `/dev/null'
    
    100%[=========================================>] 134,217,728 10.5M/s   in 17s     
    
    2012-01-12 00:02:10 (7.51 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved
    

    *HOPING* ChicagoVPS sprawls out and starts offering VPS in other geographic areas.

    January 11, 2012 @ 8:03 pm
  53. Here’s the output from my ChicagoVPS. Ran this today at 3PM… so busy part of the day.

    Wed Jan 11 20:25:41 UTC 2012
    CPU model :            Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31270 @ 3.40GHz
    Number of cores : 4
    CPU frequency :  3392.511 MHz
    Total amount of ram : 2048 MB
    Total amount of swap : 0 MB
    System uptime :   3 days, 20:45,       
    Download speed from CacheFly: 10.8MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Atlanta GA: 7.76MB/s 
    Download speed from Linode, Dallas, TX: 8.08MB/s 
    Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 3.46MB/s 
    Download speed from Linode, London, UK: 5.46MB/s 
    Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 5.34MB/s 
    Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 2.30MB/s 
    Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 8.56MB/s 
    Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 354KB/s 
    Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 10.4MB/s 
    I/O speed :  162 MB/s
    Wed Jan 11 20:33:24 UTC 2012
    
    January 11, 2012 @ 8:34 pm
  54. BronzeByte:

    I bought the 2 GB but haven’t received any e-mail with login yet.
    Are you out of stock?

    January 11, 2012 @ 9:59 pm
    • Nope, not out. We would notify everyone and disable the coupon if that was the case. We actually consumed up all of our IP space and was working on getting additional space.

      Thanks,

      Jeremiah

      January 12, 2012 @ 12:15 am
  55. $7/mth for a VPS with 2048 guaranteed ram is simply too irresistible.

    January 12, 2012 @ 6:36 am
  56. Here’s more information on my VPS at ChicagoVPS.

    This output is from UnixBench.

    v 4 o 111 – WHT.2 Reston, VA, USA

    WHT Variant by Andy A. Lee
    See: http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=308055

    Dhrystone 2 using register variables 1 2

    Double-Precision Whetstone 1 2

    Execl Throughput 1

    Filesystem Throughput 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 1

    Filesystem Throughput 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1

    Filesystem Throughput 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 1

    Pipe Throughput 1 2

    Pipe-based Context Switching 1 2

    Process Creation 1

    System Call Overhead 1 2

    Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 1
    join: file 2 is not in sorted order

    ==============================================================
    BYTE UNIX Benchmarks (Version 4.1-wht.2)
    System — Linux .com 2.6.32-274.7.1.el5.028stab095.1 #1 SMP Mon Oct 24 20:49:24 MSD 2011 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    /dev/simfs 52428800 18850816 33577984 36% /

    Start Benchmark Run: Thu Jan 12 18:09:20 UTC 2012
    18:09:20 up 4 days, 18:29, 1 user, load average: 0.02, 0.01, 0.00

    End Benchmark Run: Thu Jan 12 18:19:26 UTC 2012
    18:19:26 up 4 days, 18:39, 1 user, load average: 11.79, 5.34, 2.37

    INDEX VALUES
    TEST BASELINE RESULT INDEX

    Dhrystone 2 using register variables 376783.7 30954558.8 821.5
    Double-Precision Whetstone 83.1 2250.1 270.8
    Execl Throughput 188.3 13881.2 737.2
    File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 2672.0 406992.0 1523.2
    File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1077.0 133419.0 1238.8
    File Read 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 15382.0 2703829.0 1757.8
    Pipe-based Context Switching 15448.6 1152749.8 746.2
    Pipe Throughput 111814.6 4071792.4 364.2
    Process Creation 569.3 43150.7 758.0
    Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 44.8 3100.5 692.1
    System Call Overhead 114433.5 3938447.4 344.2
    =========
    FINAL SCORE 719.3

    This is the fastest VPS in my pool at this time. Others come in at 400 and below. One is 107 :(

    January 12, 2012 @ 7:18 pm
  57. Stephen:

    Marked by their stupid fraud check (I’m immigrating to Canada), and had my order terminated without so much as a follow up email. There seems to be a lot of talk around these guys having great prices, but terrible customer service. I’ll jut wait until BuyVM has more stock available. I went through the same thing with them and everything was resolved through email without anything as shady as the ID scan people here have been asked for.

    January 13, 2012 @ 10:08 am
    • vedran:

      Actually I’ve been asked for ID scan by BuyVM before, I don’t see anything shady about that. If you don’t like it or don’t trust them, it’s your choice.

      January 13, 2012 @ 10:20 am
      • Stephen:

        I wasn’t given a chance to not like or not trust anything. My order was terminated with no follow up at all. The last email communication I have from them says they’ll let me know when my account is set up. I went into the client area of their website to see if I should file a support ticket, and saw that my order has been terminated.

        January 13, 2012 @ 10:56 am
    • Stephen,

      All you have to do is open a support ticket and we could have fixed this for you.

      We are not going to email out every single person that gets marked by fraud asking them why or what we can do. With this sale we have easily got over 200 fraud marked orders and only about 20-30 people actually following up asking if we could help them out. This to me means that the rest of those orders are most likely fraud and has saved us a great deal of time and money.

      If you are interested in the service still just open a ticket and we can take care of it.

      Regards,

      Chris

      January 13, 2012 @ 1:50 pm
      • Stephen:

        This is why you have an abysmal customer service reputation. At least send out a form email. “Your order has been tagged as potentially fraudulent by an automated service. Here’s what to do if you want to continue your order.”

        Certainly don’t send out an email thanking me for my order and telling me you’ll contact me when it’s set up. I realize there is actual fraud that happens, but treating all of your customers like criminals has never been good business sense. Look at DRM or the music industry. Those guys are big enough that in many cases you still have to deal with them, but in your case it’s no skin off my back to tell you to go jump in a lake.

        January 13, 2012 @ 2:24 pm
        • Stephen,

          Our customer service is great. All you have to do is take a look around and see that 99% of clients agree with this and that you only decide to look at that 1%. We cant please everyone.

          I will take into consideration to have an email sent out stating the customer has been marked fraud and to contact customer service. Since when is asking for ID considered treating them like a criminal. If someone found out my info and tried to charge something and it was stopped because a company asked for ID, I would be very happy that there are companies out there that have these types of securities.

          The biggest point I have to stress is that 90% of the time WE DO NOT ASK FOR ID. We simply ask why such a large geographic location difference etc. The only time we ask for ID is if we see fit where the order does look like real fraud.

          Regards,

          Chris

          January 13, 2012 @ 3:45 pm
        • vedran:

          Interesting, you keep talking about their abysmal customer service reputation, but I don’t see anything in this thread to back that up, as far as I can see almost everyone is quite happy. Do you mind sharing the source of your information?

          I’m not a ChicagoVPS customer and never have been so I have no experience with their customer service. As a potential customer, I’d really like to see this clarified.

          Thanks

          January 13, 2012 @ 4:40 pm
        • Just give out your DL, there is no SSN on that such ID, right?

          January 13, 2012 @ 5:34 pm
        • Stephen:

          There’s at least one thread over on WHT about it. I’m done with this though. I had a bad experience and made my position clear. Beyond that I’ve got no stake in dragging out the conversation or trying to tar and feather anyone.

          January 13, 2012 @ 6:14 pm
        • To Chris:

          I am one of your customers and I have to agree with Stephen.

          It appears this whole fraud discussion is giving some bad publicity.

          Please take this as only observation and constructive criticism:

          Step back and look at it from the consumer point of view (what is being said here). You can turn this into a positive for public relations and safety issue.

          It currently appears you are on the defense and spinning wheels trying to justify to people why you are doing what you do. Dang, I guess I stayed awake and learned something from Industrial Psych in college many moons ago :)

          It would make more sense to make yourselves look better by sending out an automated message saying something to the extent:

          We are trying to get your account up and running fully, but your source of payment has been flagged as potentially being fraudulent.

          We use company x to do our credit card verifications and such things as X, X, and X may flag your card as being fraudulent. This is in place for your protection just to verify that no one has stolen your credit.

          We apologize for the inconvenience, but we will need some form of identification to proceed with the transaction.

          Please open a ticket with us so we can further assist you. If we do not hear from you the account will be deleted within X hours.
          **************************************

          Then if folks complain at least they can not say they do not understand as you have given an explanation. Customers are not mind readers and do not care that you get so many fraudulent requests per day. It is not their problem. They could care less about how you run your business and only want/see the end product.

          PS. If you ever grow big enough and need to hire a public relations guy – give me a shout. I’m tired of being in law enforcement (low paying public relations) and ready to get my nerd on :)

          -joe

          January 18, 2012 @ 7:03 pm
  58. The whole ID’ing people for service is overboard.

    Just because someone trips some random programmatic formula doesn’t mean they should be treated like a common criminal.

    If companies consider some countries to be fraud laden and problematic to deal with then just state you don’t offer service to people from whatever countries. It’s no big deal really, at least in the United States there are a few enemy nations that routinely businesses are banned from engaging in business with (unless special permission given by the Federal government). Wrap the banned countries up in that confusing mess and it seems almost palatable.

    January 13, 2012 @ 10:41 am
    • Stephen:

      Especially when I’m trying to pay with a verified Paypal account. But I guess that’s what happens when you’re moving to such a dishonest crime-laden cesspool as… Er… Canada. What with their huge reputation for credit card scams and general nastiness. What’s all this fraud paranoia in the hosting business anyway? I’ve had no trouble over Christmas spending hundreds of dollars with sites like amazon, but I need intense scrutiny to order a 7 dollar VPS? I’ve charged more money at Tim Horton’s without so much as a batted eyelash.

      January 13, 2012 @ 11:02 am
      • Actually, there is tons of fraud coming out of Canada. I think the Mafia has now infiltrated and running Canada :) Tons of fraudulent pink sheet stock companies come out of Canada.

        January 18, 2012 @ 7:07 pm
    • Your statement shows you have no experience in handling payments online because you’re stereotyping fraudulent orders from coming overseas when a majority of the scammers know this, so they are looking for geolocation specific IP addresses (hint: you see a lot of this talk on WHT in the VPS area) so they can match a VPS IP address as close to a physical location as possible to bypass Maxmind and other third party fraud detection who may question an open proxy, a VPN, or even a VPS where they did not have the test IP to see if it may go through.

      Companies do not ask for your identification to treat you like a criminal. They do it to keep the fraudulent orders down to a minimum, which keeps the operating costs down and keeps the service cost to the customer down. You guys remember that guy who sank his company with 800 orders, predominantly fraudulent, so he could make a few quick bucks?

      All that fraud caused his Paypal account to freeze and everybody knows the rest of the story.

      January 13, 2012 @ 12:29 pm
  59. Jordy:

    I have to second third and fourth what most have been reporting here. ChicagoVPS is absolutely amazing and the answer to all of my US hosting prayers. If only we had providers like ChicagoVPS up here in Europe!
    About their support: Jeremiah has to be the most responsive rep I have ever communicated with from any company, period. He even went as far as compiling and updating a custom image for me. What more could you ask for for 7 bucks/month I hear you say? Well, nothing really, yet….
    This little vps now runs my voip service to which ATAs are routed from Europe when placing a call to the US which I had previously hosted on a small dedicated server in NY. Of course, not ram, cpu or speed, but the the quality of the routes are as such absolutely critical to me. Here too ChicagoVPS exceeds all expectations. Pinging from my dedicated server with hetzner I stead-fast get the following, amazing, jitter-free, results.

    25 packets transmitted, 25 received, 0% packet loss, time 24034ms
    rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 105.808/106.069/106.370/0.474 ms 

    Thank you guys!

    January 13, 2012 @ 11:56 am
  60. Sorry James, but I actually buy and have bought nearly everything online — house, cars, house furnishings, etc. Been buying in mass online since late 1990’s.

    I’ve also worked on million dollar merchant accounts and negotiating and bonding with/form them for true merchant accounts (highly recommended).

    Great deal of these VPS accounts get paid with PayPal and that’s the biggest problem in this mix I think. Convenient for all, but really problematic.

    Have I had problems and / or been flagged in the past for any purchase? Maybe once or twice.

    Ever asked for ID, no. If I were, I’d say cancel my order. Heck, I’ve even bought property with NO ID.

    Nothing against ChicagoVPS on this though. I like them (so far).

    PayPal freezing accounts and acting bank-like while offering none of the protections is the issue.
    Of course shady fly-by-night scam vendors escalate the issue and up fraud in general.

    This approach:

    Companies do not ask for your identification to treat you like a criminal.. hey do it to keep the fraudulent orders down to a minimum
    

    It’s akin to just pulling everyone over driving down a highway, because someone could be committing a crime. It’s prejudicial, often overbearing, ensnares normal honest folks, etc.

    Fraud plus ID really delays service delivery and adds tons of time overhead to accounts also.

    In an interesting related funny, just had my first VPS closed for usage violation, for importing Maxmind IP database for fraud detection script. Guess their server can’t handle a simple mysql import. Yawn. This industry has a lot of work and shakeups needed!

    A++ for ChicagoVPS so far.

    January 13, 2012 @ 3:17 pm
  61. Danyell Quickley:

    Just ordered one and got it instantly after make a payment

    January 13, 2012 @ 11:45 pm
  62. Hello guys!
    I read all post and spent a good time doing it.
    I have an account with VolumeDrive that looks like cheap, but if we compare.. in a fast way, we can believe that 8.90 is more than 7.00 for 2Gb ram.

    1st: I did not like VolumeDrive support. Some problems in an image and for this I lost about 10 days of the server period (1month).
    I needed 2 IP and got only 1 and could not BUY another one.
    The other problem: I got the VPS to test (for free) Cpanel. And I could not do that because the VPS IP was used in a near past.
    So.. I lost $5 in VolumeDrive.

    About ChicagoVPS.
    I was reading and planning to make a try. But…
    IP: ONLY ONE.
    Cpanel license/month: $15 (this is the price when you buy from another company and not from your actual server – it usually give you a discount… it is not the case).

    In .com.BR (Brazil) domains we need at least 2 IP. With ONE you can not config your domain.

    Thinking with the interest to get knowledge to work with a Hosting Company, I will spend 7$ + 15$ (+ something for a second IP) to use ChicagoVPS.
    And, if I were lucky, I can get an IP that was not used and I can test Cpanel 15 days FOR FREE.

    Thank you!

    January 14, 2012 @ 2:53 am
  63. Wim:

    Pitty I can’t upgrade my existing VPS at chicagovps to this offer. It seems to make use of this offer I have to order again and then terminate my existing vps at chicagovps. Not very customer friendly. I’m very disappointed. :(

    January 14, 2012 @ 3:34 pm
    • Wim,

      We cant give everyone the offer on an existing VPS. We get over 50 requests a day for this.

      This offer is a special and doesn’t come often, but we simply have to keep it as new orders only exclusive since the price is so good.

      I don’t see why you think we are not customer friendly :(

      Regards,

      Chris

      January 15, 2012 @ 2:17 pm
      • Wim:

        There is nowhere a mention of a new order in the offer description. If I had ordered a “new” VPS a lot of extra work comes my way. Configuring the OS, setting up a hosting panel, customizing apache and mysql. Redo a lot of tweaks. Transferring files and databases. So I think it is not very customer friendly. Therefore I will quit chicagovps.

        January 16, 2012 @ 5:36 pm
  64. Rafael:

    I just paid for a VPS with them but it has no internet access.
    Jeremiah, please take a look at my server. Ticket #548617 waiting for reply…
    Thank you.

    January 14, 2012 @ 7:00 pm
  65. I may be missing something…following the signup link it’s a 24.95/mo with discount code 2048 applied, $17 and some change…
    Did I miss the sale, or miss something else?

    January 15, 2012 @ 6:54 am
    • Kent,

      Are you ordering for month to month?

      Regards,

      Chris

      January 15, 2012 @ 2:15 pm
      • Yes, using the direct signup link provided above. It automatically applied the code, but the end price was 17.xx something-or-other, not $7.
        I read and re-read to make sure it wasn’t a “pay annual” offer or something, didn’t appear to be.

        January 15, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
      • I tried again this morning, and got a big green “$7”! I’m all good, looking forward to doing bizness with ChicagoVPS. :) Thanks for the response.

        January 15, 2012 @ 3:42 pm
        • Dino Suarez:

          Enjoy it. My favorite part of the ChicagoVPS experience is being spammed multiple times by the owner to join him on his favorite social networks.

          January 15, 2012 @ 4:19 pm
        • Dino,

          I wouldn’t consider two occurances spamming.

          Regards,

          Chris

          January 15, 2012 @ 4:23 pm
        • Good to know, I prefer having other means of contact should something go wrong or need attention.

          One man’s spam is another man’s opportunity. Ancient Chinese proverb.

          January 15, 2012 @ 4:37 pm
        • Dino Suarez:

          Chris,

          I really didn’t appreciate the multiple emails from LinkedIn and the email from twitter. It really wasn’t all that considerate and I really don’t think I authorized you to share out my emails with these companies.

          Plus these invitations came well after I cancelled service with your company for the absolute crap performance of the $7 vps I bought. So it really was extra annoying to receive your spam invitations to be your buddy after I clearly indicated I wanted nothing more to do with you.

          January 15, 2012 @ 4:39 pm
        • Dino,

          Your email was not shared with any company. As for the performance I have to laugh a little. Guess I can please 99% of people but will always have the negative 1%. I’m ok with that, so I guess just move along and go out separate ways.

          Regards,

          Chris

          January 15, 2012 @ 4:47 pm
        • Jordy:

          Chris, I’m definitely in this 99% for now, but may I suggest you devote your time to solving any remaining issues with your new nodes (such as my unresolved tun issue) instead of wasting your time on this nonsensical discussion here.

          January 15, 2012 @ 4:55 pm
        • Jordy,

          Jeremiah is working on all issues now :)

          We should have answers very shortly. Thanks for your patience.

          Regards,

          Chris

          January 15, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
  66. I am very happy with ChicagoVPS. As a new user in VPS, I got un-believable support from them as I was not familiar with any thing.

    I am using the previous 1 GB RAM 30 GB Space 7$ offer. I wish I could upgraded to this one.

    January 15, 2012 @ 1:13 pm
    • Osman,

      Thanks for your post :) We do our best to help everyone in need!

      Regards,

      Chris

      January 16, 2012 @ 2:45 pm
  67. Stadanko:

    It is odd that Chris is responding here in the middle of a 30+ hour outage… I assume every customer isn’t effected, but still.

    I’ve been down 2 days so far on this outage – and this is the second time this month. It’s the 5th outage I’ve had since signing up.

    — Minimal support.

    — Not recommended for production sites or systems.

    January 16, 2012 @ 3:28 am
    • Stadanko,

      The issue at hand is more of a waiting game and has nothing to do with me not putting in time on resolving it. We had to migrate close to 3TB of data off a server, reload the server and move it all back. There is nothing we can do other than wait until the transfer is done.

      Everyone has been credited with a free month for the downtime.

      Regards,

      Chris

      January 16, 2012 @ 2:44 pm
  68. kang kutu:

    I’ve been using ChicagoVPS’s service for 3 month now and 1 month back in 2010. I can say that they are doing a really good job. almost low to no downtime, and the most important part is their fast response support, usually less than 1 hour; that is impressive for a low end vps provider.

    So it came as a suprise for me that when i open a suport ticket yesterday, it takes more than 6 hour to get a reply, and the problem still exist, i replied it …. 4 hour later and still no response :D

    January 16, 2012 @ 10:04 am
    • Kang,

      Our support is slower the past 2 days because of a major issue with one of our nodes that we have all hands on deck with. Im assuming your ticket has been answered by now?

      Regards,

      Chris

      January 16, 2012 @ 2:43 pm
      • kang kutu:

        Yes, thx for the answer :D

        January 16, 2012 @ 3:10 pm
  69. cim:

    is this offer still available? i checked the price using the direct link and it says $24 :(

    January 16, 2012 @ 11:48 am
    • Cim,

      On the last page you will see a place to put a coupon code.

      Regards,

      Chris

      January 16, 2012 @ 2:42 pm
    • kang kutu:

      You’ll find the price changed in your checkout page

      January 16, 2012 @ 3:08 pm
  70. Stadanko:

    Third day down for me…

    January 16, 2012 @ 1:39 pm
  71. kang kutu:

    Can any1 help me, could you check your connection with my IP.

    199.21.114.5

    a ping test result would be fine. I’m trying to figure out some trouble.

    Big thx before.

    January 16, 2012 @ 3:07 pm
    • Joseph Spears:

      You want it from our connection or from a chicagovps connection?

      January 16, 2012 @ 3:18 pm
  72. Joseph Spears:

    Never mind here is from both:

    CVPS:

    [@exo ~]# ping 199.21.114.5
    PING 199.21.114.5 (199.21.114.5) 56(84) bytes of data.

    — 199.21.114.5 ping statistics —
    15 packets transmitted, 0 received, 100% packet loss, time 14000ms

    From my connection:

    ping 199.21.114.5

    Pinging 199.21.114.5 with 32 bytes of data:
    Request timed out.
    Request timed out.

    Ping statistics for 199.21.114.5:
    Packets: Sent = 2, Received = 0, Lost = 2 (100% loss),

    January 16, 2012 @ 3:21 pm
    • kang kutu:

      Thx alot joseph

      January 16, 2012 @ 4:03 pm
  73. Anyone else experiencing an outage of their VPS at ChicagoVPS this morning?

    Our VPS went offline 90 minutes ago… No explanation so far. Won’t start from their VPS control panel either :(

    January 16, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
    • MrKeh:

      Yes 3 out of 5 of my VPS’s are currently offline and won’t start from the control panel. I have just submitted a support ticket for the issue.

      January 16, 2012 @ 4:17 pm
    • Hello,

      There are a few abusers on the node, we are trying to track them down and get them suspended. We will also be load shedding once the new server is up to ensure the best stability.

      Regards,

      Chris

      January 16, 2012 @ 4:40 pm
      • Dino Suarez:

        Abusers or people just trying to use what they paid for?

        January 16, 2012 @ 5:11 pm
        • Duke E. Love:

          >>Abusers or people just trying to use what they paid for?

          Christ on a bike. This is a $7 to $25 a month VPS. What do you expect? SRSLY, if you want mission critical uptime go to rackspace or another enterprisey grade company and spend the $200-$500 month for a server. Water is wet and small companies offering cheap hosting have down time.

          You get what you pay for. Quit complaining about water being wet ferfucksake. Deal with it or take your business somewhere else.

          January 28, 2012 @ 4:38 am
        • Duke, you couldnt be more wrong about us. We do not accept downtime as being ok. Yes it happens sometimes but this is not a regular thing for us, and it shouldnt be considered “OK” to have downtime just because we run a lowend sale.

          January 28, 2012 @ 2:34 pm
      • I ask that you give people warning and the benefit of the doubt before shutting folks down.

        I installed kloxo host in a box and updated to a newer version of kloxo – there is a runaway memory drain issue with one of the apache modules. It was maxing out memory and kept crashing my server.

        thanks,

        -joe

        January 28, 2012 @ 7:02 pm
  74. Oddly our VPS sprang back to life last hour.

    Shows uptime of 8 days so wans’t restarted.

    Oddly, we tried starting and stopping our VPS during this outage and those functions seemingly didn’t work, queue or run. Glad they didn’t, but concerned that they might not work when needed :)

    We’ll hang tight and see what this afternoon brings to ChicagoVPS.

    Was smacked by an outage this morning on West Coast VPS from another provider too. Totally freaking messed up Monday morning.

    Really considering scrapping the VPS accounts we have entirely.

    In under two weeks have had:

    (2) hour outage on Texas VPS
    Account randomly closed on Seattle VPS for usage issues (importing a database to MySQL) !?!?!?
    (8) hour outage on Los Angeles, VPS
    various blips in Los Angeles
    (2) hour outage this morning on ChicagoVPS
    (2) hour outage this morning on VPS in Los Angeles
    (mind you these are from different providers)

    That’s just what we humanly noticed. Who knows what out blips there have been.

    VPS market sure is leaving a foul taste in my mouth.

    January 16, 2012 @ 5:39 pm
    • VPS lowendmarket, probably you mean :P

      Btw, you can tell us the providers :D

      January 16, 2012 @ 5:49 pm
      • We have VPS from various companies. Not all are lowend. Most of our VPS are 2GB of RAM and multiple CPUs.

        up2vps = horrible experience in Seattle with overloaded server. Took hours to import a rather small database (hundred of megabytes). Never finished. They killed the VPS. Should be throttling and fair use capping resources I think. Tried contacting support and Olga or whatever her name was did not understand English whatsoever. Still have these folks for a Germany VPS, where had none of the Seattle problems, so far.

        DMEHosting = Texas VPS. Ho-hum. Hasn’t been bad so far except that outage.

        Centralhosts.net = California. Tons of outages. Firewall failed over the weekend = 8 hours down my guess. Stopped paying attention. Outage this morning, bad firewall rule on their part (assuming on their hardware based firewall). Totally unimpressed there.

        ChicagoVPS = this thread. Been great until now. Unannounced downtime on a Monday morning = very bad. Actually downtime on a Monday morning is just a horrible thing unannounced or otherwise. To their credit, quick to reply to tickets with real information.

        Other providers ignore questions about what broke and why outage mainly. They tend to say this is fixed now and that’s it.

        The other VPS providers we have haven’t had an issue so far, but I fully expect them to wet the bed within the first 30 days :(

        January 16, 2012 @ 5:59 pm
        • Hi there,
          I’m happy to provide more detials regards your issue . You are share node so when someone abuse on node it will effect on your vps . we was have one of our client abuse on this node. We have shutdown the abuser and server back normal now i see you have moved to Germany did you still have issue? i will be happy to looking into it.

          Thanks
          Ralf

          January 17, 2012 @ 2:20 pm
        • Ralf,

          Good to see you.

          We bought 2 VPS’es from your company.

          1 in Seattle
          1 in Germany

          The one in Germany has been fine and no issues. Quite good actually. Very happy with it.

          The one in Seattle, we were shut down on and account closed. Told support person what did happen from our end and why we thought it was a problem. Two issues, entirely too slow and quickly inflated load numbers in top. Actually caused or contributed to existing issue on that server when we just tried to import one of our MySQL databases. Ran for hours before your team killed it. In contrast same data took 27 minutes to run on your Germany node.

          We agreed to be migrated to Germany, however that’s note what we wanted. We bought in Seattle and want to be there. We haven’t touched this second Germany instance yet (feel free to check).

          Support said something about new Seattle space to be available this week. Has that happened and is it happening and can we be transferred there?

          Sorry for the confusion, but support person’s English was very lacking.

          If you like I can reach you directly if you provide means to do such.

          Thanks!

          January 17, 2012 @ 2:52 pm
        • Hi,
          I catch you ticket and Yes we have new node in Seattle WE can moved you their if you wish.
          also i would provide you more information the new node will be reboot to upgrade ram this week and upgrade port speed to 1Gps so if you are interesting moved now please update the ticket or wating till we upgrade ram and prot to avoid the 1 reboot
          I apologize for any inconvenience you have experienced.
          Thanks You
          Ralf

          January 17, 2012 @ 3:12 pm
    • I guess you need to stop skimming the bargain bin at lowendbox and step up with some infrastructure rather than services at a 75% discount.

      January 16, 2012 @ 6:29 pm
      • I already have colocated real servers :)

        Use VPS for various other tasks.

        I think 2 of those providers advertise here. Found up2vps here though :(

        DMEHosting was interesting since they have gear in one of the same datacenters, so gives us another monitoring point within the same facility. Yep they advertise here too, but found them on WHT.

        January 16, 2012 @ 6:34 pm
      • Jordy:

        This shouldn’t matter, the $7 promotion is offered with the same promises (indeed it’s the same plan) that usually goes for much more. If the discount was to mean discount service, speed or uptime then obviously that’s a scam. I don’t believe that’s the case with this offer at all. Although it is true that my vps was extremely fast when I first got it like a week ago. Since then, they must have been loading up these super fast nodes pretty good. Although they are still definitely not overselling the memory, things have gotten very very slow AT TIMES over the past two days (VPS30). I’m reading they are aware and working on new nodes. Well I guess you can’t blame a guy for trying to make a profit. What’s extraordinary tho in ChiVPS is the quick open and honest communication, I don’t feel paying 4 times more would have gotten me better customer service anywhere!

        January 16, 2012 @ 6:35 pm
        • Thanks for your offtopic blog posting which was borderline tl;dr so I just skimmed but my criticism was not against ChicagoVPS but against the guy complaining that two known west coast and central US VPS providers, who have a horrible reputation, just had more added to the reputation!

          January 16, 2012 @ 6:40 pm
        • I second the good communication out of ChicagoVPS folks.

          Very forthcoming even when reality isn’t being kind to them.

          January 16, 2012 @ 6:46 pm
        • Jordy:

          James. Haha, sorry, so your comment on how OTHER providers that offer on LEB in THIS chivps thread was more on topic? Thanks for your uninvited scathing review of my comment btw. You told him skimming the bargain bin @LEB would leave him with worse service in THIS thread. So obviously, it wasn’t clear at all you weren’t talking abt Chivps. Therefore, I thought it relevant I add my experience with how the node, on which accounts that respond to this offer are installed, has been running over the last 2 days.

          January 16, 2012 @ 6:59 pm
        • My point is and remains that so far VPSland experience has been very subpar. I have other “premium” hosting (i.e. colocated servers) and that has had it’s fair share of ugly experiences in well over a decade.

          Perhaps it could be the providers, but I suspect it’s more of the business model in general (low level people trying to upsell services they have no control over. They’ve never been to the datacenter, don’t know what their equipment looks like, etc.)

          People expect the service they pay for. Market competition drives prices down. But this low end wobble isn’t an effect of economics but rather easy pickings for shady characters.

          I can buy a cellular phone with little to no cost, pay as I go. When I use it the network works, regardless if I talk for 5 seconds or 5 hours. Even flat rate discount cellular companies just near always work. Far higher rates of success. Often their support sucks too though :)

          Capacity planning is something missed by many of the data companies and especially VPS providers. It’s like the next get rich quick scam. Been here, been there, seen them all come and go.

          If the providers on Lowend are low quality then I see no reason for this community or site to exist. It’s a seeming running joke to total up the monthly deathcount of providers and rummage through how many runners we had rip folks off. Then we see the same snake oil sale people back at it again, a second or third time. Darn shame.

          The community should do more to police and ban shady providers. Otherwise we are providing free advertising for crooks.

          (Sorry that’s pseudo off topic — ChicagoVPS is still on my good folks list)

          January 16, 2012 @ 7:21 pm
        • Kent:

          On the contrary, I’ve used LEB to find many, many very superb “budget” providers, many I’ve used with very little issues for years. Many, in fact, that have blown away big-name providers and services.

          LEA does a fine job of policing, and, to get the skinny on ANY host posted here…what do you think these comments are all about?

          This community serves a wonderful purpose, and has key to allowed me to provide fantastic uptime (4+ years continuous service) to my customers that subscribe to that level. And because of “budget” providers and diversifying, I can offer that at a fraction of the cost compared to high end dedicated and co-located solutions.

          Anyone has the right, if they fit within LEB parameters, to make an offer. LEA can’t personally test and report on each budget provider. That’s out job, as a community. It becomes very obvious, very expediently, if a provider is “not all that”. For new providers…they are just that. You throw the dice. But again, that shouldn’t need to be explained.

          I think the real issue is cheap owners / admins looking to pad the profit margin, and putting their life (or more correctly, their customers life) on one or two budget VPSs with no DR plan or failover / load balancing system at all, then saying a little prayer before bedtime each night.

          Moral – stop renting a $5/mo server to place your $50-100/mo clients on, and expecting $1000/mo service. At the very least, use 10+ $5/mo servers to spread them across, and diversify. Otherwise, one should be used as your IMHO blog or as a test server.

          More specific to ChicagoVPS, I’ve been through just about every budget provider their is, and I have a good feel, based on initial contact, ordering, and setup, just how a provider will pan out.
          CVPS is, so far, at the very top of my tier. I’m looking to expand and replace some of my own www / LB nodes, and picked up this $7 special…and am actually very pleased with this machine. Why? ‘Cause of this –

          UnixBench 4.1-x

          BYTE UNIX Benchmarks (Version 4.1-wht.2)
          System -- Linux prod6 2.6.18-274.3.1.el5.028stab094.3 #1 SMP Thu Sep 22 13:24:07 MSD 2011 i686 i686 i386 G
          NU/Linux
          /dev/simfs            52428800    601672  51827128   2% /
          
          Start Benchmark Run: Mon Jan 16 21:56:07 MSK 2012
           21:56:07 up 1 day, 14 min,  1 user,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
          
          End Benchmark Run: Mon Jan 16 22:06:42 MSK 2012
           22:06:42 up 1 day, 24 min,  1 user,  load average: 11.19, 5.26, 2.39
          
          
                               INDEX VALUES            
          TEST                                        BASELINE     RESULT      INDEX
          
          Dhrystone 2 using register variables        376783.7 14658473.8      389.0
          Double-Precision Whetstone                      83.1     1245.0      149.8
          Execl Throughput                               188.3    10722.2      569.4
          File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks         2672.0   284475.0     1064.7
          File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks           1077.0    81982.0      761.2
          File Read 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks        15382.0  1924369.0     1251.1
          Pipe-based Context Switching                 15448.6   724338.8      468.9
          Pipe Throughput                             111814.6  2309523.0      206.5
          Process Creation                               569.3    32496.9      570.8
          Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                    44.8     1445.5      322.7
          System Call Overhead                        114433.5  2031086.9      177.5
                                                                           =========
               FINAL SCORE                                                     435.4
          
          

          UnixBench 5.1.x

          
          Benchmark Run: Mon Jan 16 2012 22:38:04 - 23:07:46
          4 CPUs in system; running 4 parallel copies of tests
          
          Dhrystone 2 using register variables       26807527.2 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
          Double-Precision Whetstone                     8809.3 MWIPS (10.3 s, 7 samples)
          Execl Throughput                              11475.8 lps   (29.4 s, 2 samples)
          File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks        353811.6 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
          File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          101098.5 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
          File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks        935610.4 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
          Pipe Throughput                             2113739.7 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
          Pipe-based Context Switching                 632363.8 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
          Process Creation                              27012.0 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
          Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  10949.7 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
          Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   1351.6 lpm   (60.1 s, 2 samples)
          System Call Overhead                        1699701.0 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
          
          System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX    
          Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   26807527.2   2297.1    
          Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0       8809.3   1601.7    
          Execl Throughput                                 43.0      11475.8   2668.8    
          File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0     353811.6    893.5    
          File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     101098.5    610.9
          File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0     935610.4   1613.1
          Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    2113739.7   1699.1
          Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0     632363.8   1580.9
          Process Creation                                126.0      27012.0   2143.8
          Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      10949.7   2582.5
          Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       1351.6   2252.7
          System Call Overhead                          15000.0    1699701.0   1133.1
                                                                             ========
          System Benchmarks Index Score                                        1620.6
          

          IOPing

          
          [root@prod6 /]# ioping -c 10 .
          4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=1 time=0.1 ms
          4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=2 time=0.1 ms
          4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=3 time=0.3 ms
          4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=4 time=117.0 ms
          4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=5 time=0.1 ms
          4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=6 time=0.1 ms
          4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=7 time=0.1 ms
          4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=8 time=9.6 ms
          4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=9 time=12.3 ms
          4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=10 time=0.1 ms
          
          January 16, 2012 @ 8:40 pm
  75. I am *hoping* that ChicagoVPS migrates VPS instances without requiring folks to recreate/setup everything. It’s 4-8 hours for us to do our setup. Might be longer.

    Only have times down to that minimum since we have a big step by step how to and some automation. :(

    January 16, 2012 @ 5:48 pm
    • Pubcrawler,

      You shouldnt have to do anything, it will be as you left it.

      Regards,

      Chris

      January 16, 2012 @ 11:32 pm
  76. kang kutu:

    damn… this $7 bargain is starting to get me interested… I really don’t need it now but it’s hard to just passed it by….

    and I just have to see it a day after I pay my monthly $5 256 VPS :cry:

    ah well I just bought one :D

    unlike my previous experience with ChiVPS, this time there’s no instant activation.

    January 16, 2012 @ 7:36 pm
    • kang kutu:

      sorry, $5 512 vps :)

      January 17, 2012 @ 12:17 am
  77. jose rizal:

    How long will this promo run? Until I quit? The $7 will never change (forever) unless i quit, right?

    January 16, 2012 @ 11:30 pm
  78. Oliver:

    It has been 12 hours since I ordered the VPS however my VPS still isn’t setup , when will it be setup?

    January 17, 2012 @ 12:22 am
    • Oliver,

      All VPS will be provisioned tomorrow when the new node shows up in the datacenter.

      Regards,

      Chris

      January 17, 2012 @ 4:14 am
  79. Coolin:

    I’m extremely disappointed at the speed of this VPS. I host a forum and the page execution times on a test copy have been around 6 seconds on ChicagoVPS. This is just a testing site too, there’s no traffic! In comparison, I have gotten ~0.2 second execution times on FutureHosting and ~1 second on Burst with actual traffic. Both of my plans on FutureHosting and Burst are lower spec’ed plans than this one, yet they perform orders of magnitude better.

    January 17, 2012 @ 12:46 am
    • Heh, nevermind (About the LET thread).
      I am starting to swap too, is ridiculous:

                   Total     Used     Free
      Kernel:   2048.00M    2.45M 2045.55M
      Allocate: 2048.00M   27.42M 2020.58M (2048M Guaranteed)
      Commit:   2048.00M   17.47M 2030.53M (54.8% of Allocated)
      Swap:                 6.48M          (43.1% of Committed)
      
      January 17, 2012 @ 3:01 am
      • Pubcrawler:

        Yomero, what tool / command are you using to get that memory reading?

        Am I reading this right? You have 2GB plan and are swapping already when using under 30MB? Ouch!

        I am confused by ChicagoVPS today. Never saw any migration to new server unless that’s somehow seamless. Doubt it since have SSH permanently opened.

        January 17, 2012 @ 3:37 am
        • Coolin:

          I’m swapping pretty ridiculously:

          Total Used Free
          Kernel: 2048.00M 9.69M 2038.31M
          Allocate: 2048.00M 1563.23M 484.77M (2048M Guaranteed)
          Commit: 2048.00M 924.12M 1123.88M (58.5% of Allocated)
          Swap: 738.00M (80.7% of Committed)

          Over 80% of my RAM is being swapped.

          January 17, 2012 @ 3:48 am
        • Coolin:

          @Pubcrawler

          You can check the swap usage using the vzfree script.

          Check it out here:
          http://hostingfu.com/article/vzfree-checking-memory-usage-inside-openvz-ve

          January 17, 2012 @ 3:52 am
        • Pubcrawler:

          Looks like I am on the swap leaderboard :(

          Kernel: 2048.00M 7.17M 2040.83M
          Allocate: 2048.00M 713.39M 1334.61M (2048M Guaranteed)
          Commit: 2048.00M 307.52M 1740.48M (42.1% of Allocated)
          Swap: 256.34M (85.3% of Committed)

          January 17, 2012 @ 4:03 am
        • January 17, 2012 @ 4:06 am
        • Hello,

          We have already started migrations to remedy this. We never intended to do this, and that is why we turned auto provisions off. We didnt realize how loaded the boxes were getting.

          Everything should be evened out here shortly.

          Regards,

          Chris

          January 17, 2012 @ 4:16 am
        • Pubcrawler:

          Gosh darnit! Thanks for pointing me to this tool. Checking our VPS’es to see swapping.

          Look at this sick insanity… This is from a 4GB Volumedrive VPS:

          Total Used Free
          Kernel: 763429.70M 14.98M 763414.72M
          Allocate: 4001.12M 2127.30M 1873.83M (4001M Guaranteed)
          Commit: 4001.12M 888.54M 3112.59M (41.1% of Allocated)
          Swap: 405.54M (46.4% of Committed)

          763GB of RAM? No way, bull. Has to be SSD’s mapped as RAM.

          46.4% swap and using under a tad over 50% of allocated plan RAM.

          Just continues my drumming about VPS market being very underhanded :(

          January 17, 2012 @ 4:26 am
        • Pubcrawler,

          This has never been an issue for us, we never overload we just got a little too relaxed and caught with our guard down. Totally my fault for letting the new nodes get this loaded.

          After the load shed we should be back to normal with our same great service :)

          Regards,

          Chris

          January 17, 2012 @ 4:39 am
      • Jordy:

        Anybody already seeing any improvements from Jeremiah’s (great guy btw!) load shedding efforts? I have been swapping at a steady 63% for hours now.

        January 17, 2012 @ 4:12 am
        • Jordy,

          The load shedding is not complete yet, we expect this to be done within the hour.

          Regards,

          Chris

          January 17, 2012 @ 4:16 am
        • Coolin:

          @Jordy

          It looks like they’re moving me at the moment. I got kicked off my ssh session and my website is inaccessible. In the control panel, it looks like I got moved from node 29 to 33.

          On a tracert, it looks like their network is infinite looping. I’m going to assume this is a temporary issue related to the server move and I’ll give them some time to sort it out. Luckily I haven’t moved my production website to them yet.

          13 37 ms 36 ms 35 ms host.colocrossing.com [96.8.113.126]
          14 35 ms 31 ms 32 ms chi-vps29.chicagovps.net [199.21.114.162]
          15 39 ms 37 ms 38 ms 10.1.1.1
          16 34 ms 32 ms 35 ms chi-vps29.chicagovps.net [199.21.114.162]
          17 41 ms 41 ms 37 ms 10.1.1.1
          18 40 ms 42 ms 36 ms chi-vps29.chicagovps.net [199.21.114.162]
          19 36 ms 34 ms 38 ms 10.1.1.1
          20 35 ms 37 ms 31 ms chi-vps29.chicagovps.net [199.21.114.162]
          21 40 ms 41 ms 39 ms 10.1.1.1
          22 33 ms 34 ms 39 ms chi-vps29.chicagovps.net [199.21.114.162]
          23 47 ms 31 ms 34 ms 10.1.1.1
          24 33 ms 45 ms 37 ms chi-vps29.chicagovps.net [199.21.114.162]
          25 38 ms 38 ms 40 ms 10.1.1.1
          26 39 ms 40 ms 43 ms chi-vps29.chicagovps.net [199.21.114.162]
          27 42 ms 51 ms 35 ms 10.1.1.1
          28 37 ms 38 ms 40 ms chi-vps29.chicagovps.net [199.21.114.162]
          29 36 ms 40 ms 35 ms 10.1.1.1
          30 33 ms 36 ms 37 ms chi-vps29.chicagovps.net [199.21.114.162]

          January 17, 2012 @ 5:17 am
    • Kent:

      I chose OpenVZ, and have been testing quite a bit. My page loads are about 40-50% faster than most of my other VPSs.
      Testing primarily on a pretty heavy WordPress with Embedly, Google ads, etc.
      My page loads are about 1.2-1.5 seconds, compared to 2-3 sec elsewhere, average. My benchmarks are above.

      Did you do a tracert between you and the VPS to make sure there’s not a large amount of hops, or some latency from a hop between you that is out of their control?
      Pingdom has a free page load test site which you can try from a few locations also.

      I’m just not seeing issues…either I’m really lucky, or blame is being placed before homework is done. Not being a fanboy, I’d just like to see fairness. I didn’t know these guys existed 2 days ago.

      January 17, 2012 @ 3:38 am
      • Coolin:

        The times I listed were execution times rather than load times. It only measures the amount of time it took the server to render page with PHP/mySQL. The network plays no part in this. I run Invision Board and it tells me how long it takes to render the page. My issue with the server is not network related (I haven’t tested this yet), it’s CPU/RAM/Hard Disk related.

        January 17, 2012 @ 3:51 am
  80. Pear:

    Now down well over 60 hours on this issue! I’m told it will be resolved sometime tonight… I’ll post back when it is.

    I just read here in the comments here that we’re getting a free month – which is the first I’ve heard of that. Maybe tell the customer directly (instead of me finding it in a discount VPS forum).

    Lastly I can’t stand being a thorn in these guy’s sides, because they seem like nice guys…

    * However I’ve been told this outage was due to a cached MAC (which should be a quick arping fix), then due to something unknown, then due to a kernel upgrade – now I read in the comments it’s due to an abuser(s) – and that for some reason caused them to move 3TB off a server, re-image it, then load it back on.

    We may be dollar conscious – but we don’t deserve discount service. We also need a straight, consistent story during an outage (it’s respecting your customers).

    Please let your customers know what’s happening (outage) and intentions (free month) – so they don’t freak out. Use your twitter or make a new one for ‘issues’. Even if the issue seems embarrassing. Something – anything. Honesty and good service – it’s how the big guys got big.

    Over 70 hours (by tonight) is to long for a cached MAC causing unknown issues with kernel upgrades due to abusers causing mass migrations. You guys dropped the ball on this one.

    It leaves a guy thinking … “How will they do the next time there’s an inevitable outage? Will I be down another 3 days?”

    January 17, 2012 @ 2:29 am
  81. Gents(and ladies),

    Because of the popularity, yes some users are experiencing swapping on their VPS’s. We have pulled some of our older nodes from reserve to load shed until our additional E3’s can be put into production. While they are not the greatest, newest performing, or the most technologically advanced, they are strictly temporary.

    While we are doing some live and yes i said live migrations, most people will not notice any difference. Nothing changes but the node your on.

    If you have questions, concerns, or need/want more information, you can feel free to email myself directly at jshinkle [at] chicagovps [dot] net.

    Thanks,

    Jeremiah

    January 17, 2012 @ 3:42 am
    • Stephen:

      “Because of the popularity”

      Is that code for overselling?

      January 17, 2012 @ 5:50 pm
  82. Pear:

    Now down well over 60 hours on this issue! I’m told it will be resolved sometime tonight… I’ll post back when it is.

    I just read here in the comments here that we’re getting a free month – which is the first I’ve heard of that. Maybe tell the customer directly (instead of me finding it in a discount VPS forum).

    Lastly I can’t stand being a thorn in these guy’s sides, because they seem like nice guys…

    * However I’ve been told this outage was due to a cached MAC (which should be a quick arping fix), then due to something unknown, then due to a kernel upgrade – now I read in the comments it’s due to an abuser(s) – and that for some reason caused them to move 3TB off a server, re-image it, then load it back on.

    We may be dollar conscious – but we don’t deserve discount service. We also need a straight, consistent story during an outage (it’s respecting your customers).

    Please let your customers know what’s happening (outage) and intentions (free month) – so they don’t freak out. Use your twitter or make a new one for ‘issues’. Even if the issue seems embarrassing. Something – anything. Honesty and good service – it’s how the big guys got big.

    Over 70 hours (by tonight) is to long for a cached MAC causing unknown issues with kernel upgrades due to abusers causing mass migrations. You guys dropped the ball on this one.

    January 17, 2012 @ 4:18 am
    • Pear,

      I think you need to get your stories straight as you have mixed up two different issues with your own just to try and make us look bad.

      Im assuming from your long downtime your on Chicago 13 Xen node. I DID sent out a separate email to every customer on that node stating they would be getting a month free and what the issue was.

      The issue is nothing what you described, after the kernal upgrade and a restart the raid was trying to rebuild but could not because it was getting stuck. There was no way to get the raid to rebuild so the machine had to be reloaded. In order to do this we have to migrate everyone off to a backup machine, reload the machine and then migrate back.

      There was close to 3TB of data on that server, moving over a single 100mb line, of course it will be slow. Since the migration off was done in recovery mode we were not able to bond the ports so we ran a 1GB cross connect straight to the machine. The transfers are pretty much complete.

      If you think you have not seeing this email open up a ticket and I will send it again.

      Regards,

      Chris

      January 17, 2012 @ 2:41 pm
  83. KitKat:

    Via @ChicagoVPS on Twitter:

    ‎$7 Dollar specials are still being taken however there is a delay. We are working on additional nodes from reserve to keep everyone going. Chicago VPS 29, 30, and 31 users, we understand there are a few issues and are working on them.

    January 17, 2012 @ 8:43 am
  84. Woke up today and my SSH session to ChicagoVPS was down. No biggie, logged in and checked memory with vzfree:

    Total Used Free
    Kernel: 2048.00M 4.93M 2043.07M
    Allocate: 2048.00M 608.00M 1440.00M (2048M Guaranteed)
    Commit: 2048.00M 70.75M 1977.25M (10.8% of Allocated)
    Swap: 0.00M (0.0% of Committed)

    That’s a big change for the good. Appears everything is back in good order.

    Good work by the ChicagoVPS crew.

    January 17, 2012 @ 2:11 pm
    • Jordy:

      What node are you on now? I’m still getting 63% swapped out on node vps30 suggesting not a whole lot of others have been moved off.

      January 17, 2012 @ 2:15 pm
      • Pubcrawler:

        @Jordy, How do I determine which node I am on?

        January 17, 2012 @ 2:16 pm
        • Joseph Spears:

          Login to SolusVM and it will say what node you are on.

          January 17, 2012 @ 2:17 pm
    • Heh, well, a reboot will unswap you always, lol. You need to wait some time…

      BTw, your memory usage seems to be pretty bad optimized, but that is another story :P

      January 17, 2012 @ 3:16 pm
      • Jordy:

        What do you mean badly optimized? How does one see that?

        January 17, 2012 @ 3:23 pm
        • Ok ok, I am not totally sure, but unless he is using java or sth like that, the memory allocation in his case is very big compared to the commited memory (like… 900% ?). In other words, the same setup will use just that 70-80 MB instead of 600MB in a Xen/KVM (plus the kernel overhead and so). Probably setting ulimits and so can help to reduce that, but again, that’s another story :P

          January 17, 2012 @ 3:50 pm
    • I am on:
      Chicago VPS29

      January 17, 2012 @ 3:56 pm
      • Coolin:

        VPS29-31 were the original nodes used for this promo. It looks like you didn’t get moved, but others (me included, I was on 29 as well) were moved off your node instead.

        January 17, 2012 @ 4:09 pm
        • Tom:

          Got fucked as well.

          January 17, 2012 @ 4:17 pm
        • How can you say your getting fucked?

          It makes no sense.

          Regards,

          Chris

          January 17, 2012 @ 4:18 pm
  85. Victor:

    Ordered my vps 16hrs ago, still nothing.

    January 17, 2012 @ 2:51 pm
  86. Kent:

    Is it just me, or do budget VPSs primarily seemed to be sought by whiny, sissy, girly men or what?

    January 17, 2012 @ 5:55 pm
    • Jordy:

      It’s just you.

      January 17, 2012 @ 7:17 pm
  87. Jordy:

    My memory on VPS30 is no longer being swapped out (0%). Thank you Chris and Jeremiah!

    January 17, 2012 @ 7:22 pm
  88. Tom:

    Scammers are already using their services to hack others. Some faggot attacking me from their new node 29.

    Jan 17 13:41:35 akra sshd[11398]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:41:35 akra sshd[11398]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:41:37 akra sshd[11398]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 43272 ssh2
    Jan 17 13:41:39 akra sshd[11403]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:41:39 akra sshd[11403]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:41:41 akra sshd[11403]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 43922 ssh2
    Jan 17 13:41:45 akra sshd[11405]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:41:45 akra sshd[11405]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:41:47 akra sshd[11405]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 44746 ssh2
    Jan 17 13:41:52 akra sshd[11407]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:41:52 akra sshd[11407]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:41:53 akra sshd[11407]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 45678 ssh2
    Jan 17 13:41:58 akra sshd[11409]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:41:58 akra sshd[11409]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:41:59 akra sshd[11409]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 46743 ssh2
    Jan 17 13:42:03 akra sshd[11411]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:42:03 akra sshd[11411]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:42:04 akra sshd[11399]: pam_unix(sshd:session): session closed for user root
    Jan 17 13:42:05 akra sshd[11411]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 47998 ssh2
    Jan 17 13:42:07 akra sshd[11413]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:42:08 akra sshd[11413]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:42:09 akra sshd[11413]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 49009 ssh2
    Jan 17 13:42:11 akra sshd[11415]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:42:11 akra sshd[11415]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:42:13 akra sshd[11415]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 49768 ssh2
    Jan 17 13:42:15 akra sshd[11417]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:42:15 akra sshd[11417]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:42:18 akra sshd[11417]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 50429 ssh2
    Jan 17 13:42:20 akra sshd[11419]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:42:20 akra sshd[11419]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:42:22 akra sshd[11419]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 51324 ssh2
    Jan 17 13:42:25 akra sshd[11421]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:42:25 akra sshd[11421]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:42:26 akra sshd[11421]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 52127 ssh2
    Jan 17 13:42:29 akra sshd[11423]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:42:29 akra sshd[11423]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:42:30 akra sshd[11423]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 52885 ssh2
    Jan 17 13:42:33 akra sshd[11425]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:42:33 akra sshd[11425]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:42:36 akra sshd[11425]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 53568 ssh2
    Jan 17 13:42:38 akra sshd[11427]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:42:38 akra sshd[11427]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:42:40 akra sshd[11427]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 54616 ssh2
    Jan 17 13:42:42 akra sshd[11432]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:42:42 akra sshd[11432]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:42:44 akra sshd[11432]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 55375 ssh2
    Jan 17 13:42:46 akra sshd[11435]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:42:46 akra sshd[11435]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:42:48 akra sshd[11435]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 56145 ssh2
    Jan 17 13:42:52 akra sshd[11437]: reverse mapping checking getaddrinfo for 125.115.21.199.host.nwnx.net [199.21.115.125] failed – POSSIBLE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT!
    Jan 17 13:42:52 akra sshd[11437]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 tty=ssh ruser= rhost=199.21.115.125 user=root
    Jan 17 13:42:54 akra sshd[11437]: Failed password for root from 199.21.115.125 port 56909 ssh2

    January 17, 2012 @ 7:46 pm
    • Tom,

      Please open a ticket with the IP and we will take care of it.

      Regards,

      Chris

      January 17, 2012 @ 10:38 pm
  89. Pear:

    Still down – I said I’d post back when it was up – so I thought I’d be posting back last night or this morning – it’s now the next day’s evening. Just letting folks know. I’m starting to agree with a poster here..

    NOT FOR PRODUCTION SYSTEMS!!

    January 18, 2012 @ 12:17 am
  90. Marc W. Abel:

    There were serious, prolonged problems today. What’s been said publicly, via Twitter, is

    “Chicago VPS13 is working its way back up. Half or so of the users are back online working on getting the rest of you online ASAP.”

    What else I might have heard would be better coming directly from the company.

    My service has been down long enough that it would take more than a year to return to 99.9% uptime. I’ve had to cancel, but I strongly commend Chris and Jeremiah for their efforts. Success isn’t everything.

    January 18, 2012 @ 1:08 am
  91. Agreed! The offer sounds great. I however paid much for the lesson.

    January 18, 2012 @ 1:41 am
  92. james:

    still can’t use SSH,terrible vps
    ask them to fix,and wait for one day and no reply

    January 18, 2012 @ 1:54 am
  93. Jordy:

    And we’re swapping again on VPS30. Low percentages, but still…

    January 18, 2012 @ 2:01 am
  94. Pear:

    @tinyray; @James – Exactly.

    These have pasted time stamps from my tickets. For me the issue started on:
    Friday, January 13th, 2012 (15:38)

    That ticket was closed but the server went right back down, so I opened a new ticket at:
    Saturday, January 14th, 2012 (09:54)

    But here’s what I’d really wanted to show any customer considering ChicagoVPS service. Ticket response time. These are the last 4 entries in the same ticket as above. All 4 entries are from me – note the time stamps:

    Client Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 (12:00)
    According to Jeremiah you might have to:
    “You may need to create on startup a ping startup script to ping outbound to like the gateway at 75.102.10.226 for 10 or so seconds to help speed up the bridge coming up.”

    Client Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 (16:00)
    Any new word yet? Maybe try turning off the firewall?

    Client Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 (18:57)
    Anything??

    Client Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 (20:50)
    Please tell me what’s going on…

    8 hours 50 mins – and without any response from ChicagoVPS (and no response as of typing this)… :( I took a screenshot if anyone needs to see it.

    It looks like if they don’t know how to solve an issue – you may never get a response on your tickets – ever.

    9 (and counting) hours is to long to wait for ticket response times…

    Now down 5 of the last 5 days (and counting)…

    January 18, 2012 @ 2:22 am
    • Edward:

      Man, I was literally praising ChicagoVPS just last week; and here I am, complaining about them now. I’m on Node 14, and I don’t even want to finish this benchmark test cause it’s already been an hour.
      I’m not sure what the situation is, but my VPS is disappointing me with this extremely slow network.

      "[root@server3 vzfree-0.1]# ./vzfree
                   Total     Used     Free
      Kernel:   2048.00M    3.95M 2044.05M
      Allocate: 1024.00M   25.32M  998.68M (1024M Guaranteed)
      Commit:   1024.00M   18.52M 1005.48M (57.6% of Allocated)
      Swap:                 0.00M          (0.0% of Committed)"
      "[root@server3 vzfree-0.1]# wget freevps.us/downloads/bench.sh -O - -o /dev/null|bash
      CPU model :  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           X3450  @ 2.67GHz
      Number of cores : 4
      CPU frequency :  2666.754 MHz
      Total amount of ram : 1024 MB
      Total amount of swap : 0 MB
      System uptime :   13 days, 1:45,
      Download speed from CacheFly: 199KB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Atlanta GA: 88.7KB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Dallas, TX: 117KB/s"
      "[root@server3 vzfree-0.1]# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync && rm -rf test:
      16384+0 records in
      16384+0 records out
      1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 33.0052 seconds, 32.5 MB/s"
      January 18, 2012 @ 3:05 am
      • Pear:

        I know.. I told my friends about them – you can guess what I’m saying to them now.. :(

        I’m glad I didn’t have a small business site there, this would kill reputation / revenue.

        January 18, 2012 @ 4:05 am
      • You can thank a user on the node that likes to get hit with DDoS non stop.

        Unfortunately the attack is so small that we cant detect what IP it is hitting, bit its enough to disrupt the connection. We are going one by one by null routing the IP to see who it is.

        I like how people can complain without even knowing the stories, kinda getting fed up with it.

        Regards,

        Chris

        January 18, 2012 @ 4:46 am
        • Edward:

          I believe I have the right to complain when no information is given beforehand.

          January 18, 2012 @ 5:03 am
        • Edward,

          Open a ticket and ask, instead of making assumptions. Its like I have to babysit a thread because people like to make assumptions instead of taking the extra 2 minutes to put in a ticket.

          Regards,

          Chris

          January 18, 2012 @ 5:07 am
        • Edward:

          I already have; Luc asked me to tracert and ping my own VPS’s IP; then there was absolutely no response/reply after that. Would you like a transcript of the ticket? It’s not like I didn’t go to you guys first; but failed/neglected to state a reason for the disruption of the service.

          January 18, 2012 @ 5:39 am
        • Edward:

          but you guys failed/neglected to state a reason for the disruption of the service.*

          Fixed.

          January 18, 2012 @ 5:40 am
    • We are only two people. What the hell do you people want from us. We did kernal updates on Xen and it has royally fu$&#* us.

      Im sorry you guys are all on your high horse and cant understand we DID NOT INTENTIONALLY DO THIS.

      You can say what you want about us, god forbid an ISP has an outage that is out of their control. Instead of making me waste my time posting here, cant we just let us do our job and get you back online as soon as possible.

      As for us not being for production, your totally wrong and I laugh at you.

      Regards,

      Chris

      January 18, 2012 @ 4:44 am
    • Pear,

      I just want to point out. Your an idiot.

      Thanks,

      Chris

      January 18, 2012 @ 4:48 am
      • rm:

        1) you can’t even spell “you’re” properly;
        2) I think this needs to be screenshotted and used in the future as an example of fine customer interaction by this company.

        January 18, 2012 @ 6:03 am
        • Pear:

          A screenshot was the first thing I did. :)

          January 18, 2012 @ 6:23 am
        • Hang it on your wall and frame it so mommy can see!

          January 18, 2012 @ 6:28 am
      • Pear:

        Chris, it’s not nice to call your customers idiots – and the comment can’t be removed.

        The comment forever remains witness that you could care less about the “idiots” who pay you money.

        I’ll take a different approach and wish you luck with the issues at hand – but maybe handle stress better so you don’t take it out on others?

        I have a feeling you learned a few things though, so that can’t be bad… Like the worth in stressing / beta testing a release in a non-live environment (tip from an idiot), and the value of ‘truth now’ vs ‘truth later’.

        …Oh and you don’t need to ‘sign’ a comment with “Thanks, Chris” – your name is above your post.. Just FYI.

        Warmest regards,
        Your “Idiot” Customer.

        January 18, 2012 @ 6:08 am
        • Pear,

          Just stating the truth, you really are.

          I can also handle stress just fine, I have just decided I don’t like you.

          THANKS,

          CHRIS

          January 18, 2012 @ 6:22 am
        • Pear:

          You don’t seem to be handling it fine, and your not very nice.

          Can you explain why you would make this worse?

          With regard to “THANKS, CHRIS”, well.. Your welcome. :)

          January 18, 2012 @ 6:33 am
        • Oh kids. Enough. Put your differences aside and move on.

          Yes we have our issues, we are just like any other company. In regards to your comment in testing in a non-live environment, it was that way for nearly 2 months. Thanks for clearing that up.

          Thanks,

          Jeremiah

          January 18, 2012 @ 6:36 am
      • Stephen:

        Remember that reputation for abysmal customer service I mentioned before all this shit went down? Congratulations. If you didn’t have it before, you do now.

        January 18, 2012 @ 2:43 pm
        • Pear:

          @Stephen: I didn’t see your review – so I got it the hard way. :( lol

          January 19, 2012 @ 2:25 pm
  95. Everything still fine on my VPS :)

    Hey, things happen. Still can’t beat the offer and the network.

    The person with the really slow downloads, think Chris described what was going on there.

    Tough business it seems. Shame.

    Hope everyone gets their issues resolved.

    January 18, 2012 @ 5:23 am
    • Edward:

      Yeah, cVPS is a great host; just times like this, I wish they would be a bit more alert of what’s happening to their servers and would at least give what should be expected as semi-managed support.

      January 18, 2012 @ 5:41 am
  96. Kent:

    You are doing a fine job, Chris. Don’t let them get to you…it’s not worth it. Here they are, summed up in a nutshell –

    The “not for production” remark, this would infer that by “production”, they are referring to placing multiple client’s web apps on a budget VPS, charging a premium price, and rather than purchasing dedicated or high end VPS plans, or use any kind of replication and / or fail over system, they are cutting corners and placing everything on one 5-10 buck VPS to up the profit margin. I can guarantee these jokers probably won’t have another VPS as a backup (even though that should be standard practice, even with higher end colo or dedi), and in my experience, usually can’t be bothered to take regular backups…other than maybe months apart. I’ve seen this SO many times, even when budget hosts have “We Don’t backup your Data” stamped all over the place. Somehow, they think their $10 bill should also provide time-stamped, daily backups retained for a year, and 9.999999% uptime. Really. They do.

    These are the same “web hosts” you see screaming on WHT that some budget VPS service’s node going down put them out of business, and they lost all their clients, tarnished their reputation…and threaten to sue you for making them loose clientele for..a 10 buck VPS..), yadda yadda.

    Everyone has options – when you choose to go the budget route, expect some issues…it’s still shared hosting in essence, for God’s sake. If you have *paying* clients, and they want services and SLA’s in the 5 9’s or better, budget is fine, IF done right. Either pony up and rent 2 + dedi’s, or co-lo’s, or do multiple VPSs if you wanna use budget providers. Nothing wrong with it at all. You can get two dedi’s for redundancy, and spend 100-200/mo, or you can get 4 or more budget VPSs (diversified, of course) and pay only a fraction, yet still deliver HA services. What ain’t cool, is foregoing the diverse dedi’s, and thinking you can shove everything on one VPS, make 1000% profit, and blame it all on the budget provider when there are issues.

    All networks and machines have downtime. Google. Amazon. Nodes have to be rebooted, neighbors are bad, and even a forced chkdsk can cause extended downtime on a 2-4TB volume. I don’t think anyone should purchase ONE budget VPS with NO redundancy, backups, or DR plan, and call it “production” ready. I won’t even do that with a single high end Dedi, or my own Colo. I don’t have any magic dust I can sprinkle on my machines to make them never freak out, and stay connected forever. I doubt anyone else does.

    The crappy thing is, most of those complaining here just purchased a new VPS, so they don’t even have anything on it…and would rather sit and dish harsh trash rather than A) – waiting patiently, or, if they just can’t, B) – move along. If someone IS complaining that does has established services setup, possibly paying clients on the VPS, and doesn’t have the means to restore their *budget* VPS to some other *budget* VPS within minutes or hours, then shame on them. They are not doing THEIR job, to a much worse degree then blaming ChicagoVPS, and should be jumping on their own ass rather than yours. It’s called “skapegoating”. If I’m wrong, then go explain to your customers on your *budget* VPS how much you pay, vs. how much you charge, and that you either don’t have the resources or know-how to move their extended-down sites to a new VPS. I dare ya.

    And that’s all I have to say about that.

    January 18, 2012 @ 5:49 am
    • Kent,

      You are my new favorite person right now. Cheers to you my friend.

      Regards,

      Chris

      January 18, 2012 @ 6:12 am
    • Pear:

      Calling your customer’s idiots isn’t professional – and is not a “fine job”.

      Making changes on a live machine without testing or knowing what your doing isn’t a “fine job”.

      “Production” doesn’t mean Reseller. You typed a mighty long post on that assumption. In my case Production means Public. Oh, and I don’t have another vps at a different company to move to.. Just the one vps that’s down hard at cvps.

      Facts are facts – this is not a “fine job”, it’s more like a “dropped ball”.

      January 18, 2012 @ 6:21 am
      • Pear,

        To say we don’t know what were doing is pretty hilarious…. who are you again?

        We did do testing on a test node before releasing the kernal. Its funny how only one node had an issue and 15 others were perfectly fine. It was a fluke accident, nothing we could have done on our part.

        Unlike yourself, people understand and see that we are working very hard on this.

        This will be my last reply to you, so just move on and we can go our separate ways.

        January 18, 2012 @ 6:25 am
        • Pear:

          Nope. Night night, sleep tight.

          January 18, 2012 @ 6:35 am
      • Kent:

        Exactly. One VPS.
        You weren’t the only assumption, btw, so don’t get the “I bet you think this song is about you” syndrome.

        Production doesn’t mean Reseller..?…that statement doesn’t even make sense. If you are reselling, and your clients have sites on the machine, that would fit the term “production”. Unless you refer to your customers and their sites as development, staging, or QA.

        So, either you are charging for services on the VPS, or not. If so, you really don’t have any room for pointing fingers, as you placed, or are reselling (as in , “in production”) off of a budget VPS, with no contingency plan.
        As I said, explain why it’s down to YOUR customers (that you “resell” to), and how much the service costs you in reality, and why there are no backups or another stand by machine on some other network, through some other provider. My further assumption is you don’t understand the concept I’m laying out here, which is basically “Hosting 101”.

        If you are not charging, and don’t have another failover, or the ability or want to move it to another cheap VPS, then, why are your panties all in a wad? Some free sites are down?
        Either the VPS is important, or it’s not.
        If it is important, and it’s your only one, and you don’t have backups, and can’t bring it up on some other VPS (literally hundreds of budget VPS providers that offer instant servers), then I guess my whole post WAS inadvertently to or about you.

        How many OpenVZ / Xen Kernels have you upgraded lately?

        January 18, 2012 @ 6:50 am
        • Pear:

          You’ve been so far off track.. Do you sell hosting services on your hosting service?

          “So, either you are charging for services on the VPS” – Nobody else uses my vps except me – one site, mine – one user, me – nobody has services on “my machine”. I don’t think you could sell hosting type services on a small VPS. Not enough room or resources. Already said that.

          If I made my living with a VPS – I’d be super pissed at being down. This doesn’t effect my income in any way.

          “How many OpenVZ / Xen Kernels have you upgraded lately?”

          We use a custom kernel for the Linux appliances at my job. The job doesn’t relate to hosting, although I have worked for years as a server admin in that industry.

          Our latest custom kernel is in beta now, so it’s a choice if the customer wants to test it live.

          So to answer your question: I upgraded a customer to a custom kernel yesterday – and will today too no doubt…. How many? A lot.

          :)

          January 18, 2012 @ 2:25 pm
        • Pear:

          Meant to add – I DO have an full backup up of everything – sql and code, in two places. Why would you assume I don’t have a backup. I even automated it. lol You assume a lot. :) At any rate, have a good day.

          January 18, 2012 @ 2:29 pm
        • HA HA HA HA,
          I have only two 2G boxes at ChiVPS, for interchangeably running just R software. Guess what? they help my own research project demonstration website, which is hosted with buyvm, via ssh to do some statistics tests if any of my articles got reviewed. Not sure these are some kind of production to you :). I have only one or two research articles of which each needs at most 3 “customers”. I dont know who will be my “customers” because of a blind process. I therefore could not charge any of them or explain to them about demonstration problems, if exist any because of server issues.

          You are right for suggestion of using dedicated servers. I totally agree that you did a great post for being paid. However, please open your mind; LEB has helped many people, me included, thanks to its “patient” members.
          I btw would point out the similarity between this offer ($84/year) and the one of $74/year from 123systems with 40% off.

          January 18, 2012 @ 2:32 pm
        • Pear:

          Oh – and backups of config files for the server too. :)

          January 18, 2012 @ 2:32 pm
  97. kang kutu:

    finnaly after 2 days my vps is up and running…
    still have problem in my node26 vps though, i hope chris and jeremiah could fix it ASAP :D

    January 18, 2012 @ 12:06 pm
  98. Pear:

    I said I’d post back when it was up – it’s up right now.

    For the record, my comments were about my experiences with this host – which is what these comments are supposed to be for. Good or bad.

    I wasn’t speaking to Chris, rather people considering Chris’s service – which is what these comments are supposed to be for. Good or bad.

    I replied to him when he directly responded to me. I certainly didn’t expect to be called an idiot. I can understand someone being frustrated, that’s the only reason I’m not incredibly pissed at Chris as a person right now.

    Those were my factual experiences with this host (on this issue) – and this is where people put those experiences.

    January 18, 2012 @ 2:12 pm
  99. Jake:

    The promo appears to be dead. It’s trying to charge me $25/month.

    January 18, 2012 @ 3:20 pm
    • earl:

      Promo is still Valid.. you need to click checkout first to see the adjusted price for $7/month

      January 19, 2012 @ 12:53 am
  100. KevinB:

    I have been with ChicagoVPS since last year when Hostrail shit the bed. Chris went out of his way to help myself and many other ex-HR users get back up quickly, and I can honestly say the problems I have had have been minimal, tech support has always responsive and friendly and everyone there seems to want to help whenever it’s needed. Yes this last couple days was not easy for anyone, but they provided updates and when the systems did come back up they were unscathed just like support said. Support like that is not easy to come by whether it’s for a $7/mo vps or one that you’re paying $50/mo for. That alone is one of the primary reasons I choose to stay at CVPS. Support is paramount in my book. And the price/performance ratio of their vps’s, to me at least, is extremely good. I also use 4 other VPS’s providers, some costing more, and I can definitely say the performance of their systems is on par with everyone else. Personally, I’ve been a very satisfied customer since last May.

    January 18, 2012 @ 8:22 pm
  101. Just wanted to let everyone know that we have additional capacity due to us turning up some more nodes :)

    All issues have been resolved and fixed.

    Regards,

    Chris

    January 19, 2012 @ 11:46 pm
    • Nicky L.:

      I can tell everyone that cVPS did a very good job already in their fixing. Node 13 and more nodes needed to be setup due to the high popularity is really high. Their team is on pressure of this, so please let them to have some time to take a rest.

      Although I have turn the my service back to them since it is too slow for me. But what in my mind is I do not want them to become more tried by handling one more ticket from my side and keep moving me to everywhere. That would make them another mess. So please, be patient if you are still having trouble. =)

      But still Chris I trust you a lot. I am sure while you have make everything well and that is the moment I would be backed with your service. Bravo cVPS team !

      January 20, 2012 @ 9:47 am
  102. Tommy:

    Hi ChicagoVPS. i ordered this promotion 2 weeks ago when you publish it here on LEB and you opened me a vps on Node 30.
    i still didn’t use it for production server and just for testing. btw it really works great and fast but
    for some reason my vps still uses swap ram.

    root@XXXX [~]# vzfree
    Total Used Free
    Kernel: 2048.00M 4.63M 2043.37M
    Allocate: 2048.00M 216.13M 1831.87M (2048M Guaranteed)
    Commit: 2048.00M 63.58M 1984.42M (27.3% of Allocated)
    Swap: 8.12M (13.8% of Committed)

    root@XXXX [~]# free -m
    total used free shared buffers cached
    Mem: 2048 216 1831 0 0 0
    -/+ buffers/cache: 216 1831
    Swap: 0 0 0

    i investigated the swap problem. when i restart the vps it uses 0 MB of swap ram. after a few hours it start to use the swap in small amount of a few MB’s.

    is this VPS oversold ? or i don’t have to worry because its only a few MB’s of swap ? is this a normal thing ?

    or maybe vzfree utility doesn’t give me correct data ?

    January 21, 2012 @ 10:26 pm
    • Amfy:

      The point is: The host is looking (when the amount of ram is not enough) what he could swap, what mustn’t be in the physic ram. So, if you restart your vps, everything is been written to the ram, after some hours, it mustn’t be everything in the ram and went to disk…

      Because the host (kernel of the host) is managing that you can’t control this

      (sorry for bad english)

      January 21, 2012 @ 10:29 pm
      • Yomero:

        Totally agree. That is how is working u_u

        January 21, 2012 @ 11:15 pm
    • Yomero:

      Yes, the mine is still swapping too, and I just use less thatn 30MB, swapping like 40% of RAM… sucks

      January 21, 2012 @ 11:14 pm
    • Kuro:

      I have had a VPS with ChicagoVPS since their last $7 2GB offer, and have been quite pleased with the performance. Mine is on node 19. Currently only using it to host a private etherpad (a collaborative real-time editor written in Java). When I set it up I was too lazy to setup a MySQL server, so I just created a database for the etherpad on my BuyVM VPS. :P Even with the high MySQL latency it still performs great. :D

      # uptime
       03:42:54 up 45 days, 23:10,  1 user,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
      
      # vzfree
                     Total       Used       Free
      Kernel:     2048.00M      4.37M   2043.63M
      Allocate:   2048.00M   1483.68M    564.32M (2048M Guaranteed)
      Commit:     2048.00M    539.44M   1508.56M (36.1% of Allocated)
      Swap:                     1.20M            (0.2% of Committed)

      About swap usage, sometimes a task (or many tasks) will use a significant amount of RAM, causing the kernel to swap out the least frequently used data to the SWAP partition. When those tasks finish, even if there is now more than 10GB of RAM free, the data that was swapped out will not be moved back to RAM until that data is accessed again.

      January 22, 2012 @ 3:57 am
  103. Amfy:

    Mhh, but I would say, that is it not as bad as you all say, when ~5-10% is swapped… if the system feels naturally it’s okay – you get here a very cheap vps with a high amount of resources

    I have here a small private openvz host, too and when I make some tests and the host begins to swap, 5-10% of the ram from the containers are swapped, too. If you log into them then, it feels all normal – so don’t worry about that ;)

    January 21, 2012 @ 11:43 pm
  104. Kent:

    The vzfree script, written by and available here…
    http://hostingfu.com/article/vzfree-checking-memory-usage-inside-openvz-ve

    From the authors own description of the calculated “Swap”:

    –snip–
    Swap is my guess on how many pages have been swapped on the physical node. Bean counts tell you how many RAM pages are used so it should be possible to work out the proximity of swap from other values. If the percentage of committed memory have been swapped is high, then you know your host is overselling.
    –snip–

    Regardless of provider, the author states the swap calculation is primarily a guess. Seems like quite a lot of folks are leaning heavily on this output field to classify a node as good or evil. Anyone know how close, if at all, it comes to a correct calculation?

    January 22, 2012 @ 5:17 am
    • Tommy:

      Kent, you are right maybe vzfree does not give correct information about the swap calculation. if someone understand more about it please reply here.
      also “Chris” From ChicagoVPS ,can you please respond why NODE 30 is still swapping ram ?

      January 22, 2012 @ 11:07 am
  105. Rickard Bellgrim:

    I asked them to set up the tun device, but it is not working for me. They do no think it is their problem even though I can show them two different implementations using zero configuration.

    root@chicago:~# apt-get install openvpn uml-utilities
    root@chicago:~# openvpn --mktun --dev tun
    Sun Jan 22 09:18:58 2012 Note: Cannot open TUN/TAP dev /dev/net/tun: Permission denied (errno=13)
    Sun Jan 22 09:18:58 2012 Note: Attempting fallback to kernel 2.2 TUN/TAP interface
    Sun Jan 22 09:18:58 2012 Cannot allocate TUN/TAP dev dynamically
    Sun Jan 22 09:18:58 2012 Exiting
    root@chicago:~# tunctl -t tap0
    Failed to open '/dev/net/tun' : Permission denied
    

    The test below will only show that I can use the device, but not that there is something answering on the other side.

    root@chicago:~# cat /dev/net/tun
    cat: /dev/net/tun: File descriptor in bad state
    
    January 22, 2012 @ 9:41 am
    • Rickard Bellgrim:

      And a third implementation:

      root@chicago:~# ip tuntap add dev tun0 mode tun
      open: Permission denied
      
      January 22, 2012 @ 12:09 pm
      • Wow, maybe you need to chmod it?

        January 22, 2012 @ 5:17 pm
        • Miguel:

          It didn’t work for me initially either. Got the same error. Opened a ticket and a little while later it was working fine.

          January 22, 2012 @ 5:36 pm
        • Rickard Bellgrim:

          The file looks ok:

          root@chicago:~# ls -al /dev/net/
          total 8
          drwxr-xr-x 2 root root    4096 Jan 21 12:05 .
          drwxr-xr-x 5 root root    4096 Jan 21 17:39 ..
          crw------- 1 root root 10, 200 Jan 21 12:05 tun
          root@chicago:~# id
          uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)
          
          January 22, 2012 @ 8:27 pm
    • Let’s see whether it works or not. Even i requested for same.

      January 22, 2012 @ 1:46 pm
      • Did Ticket to enable Tun/Tap, have to re-ticket! :(


        Jan 23 00:22:45 guru openvpn[5835]: Note: Cannot open TUN/TAP dev /dev/net/tun: No such device (errno=19)

        January 22, 2012 @ 9:30 pm
  106. Placed order! Waiting for given IP to be configured with `venet0`.

    Accessing BOX through ‘Serial Console’.

    Wake Up USA ;)

    January 22, 2012 @ 11:35 am
    • A Happy Customer :’-)

      Node: Chicago VPS35

      [root@guru:~ ] $ cat /etc/*release*
      CentOS release 6.2 (Final)
      CentOS release 6.2 (Final)
      CentOS release 6.2 (Final)
      cpe:/o:centos:linux:6:GA
      [root@guru:~ ] $ uname -m
      x86_64
      
      
      CPU model :  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           L5410  @ 2.33GHz
      Number of cores : 4
      CPU frequency :  2333.333 MHz
      Total amount of ram : 2048 MB
      Total amount of swap : 0 MB
      System uptime :   2 min,
      Download speed from CacheFly: 11.2MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Atlanta GA: 3.20MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Dallas, TX: 8.85MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 5.82MB/s
      Download speed from Linode, London, UK: 4.11MB/s
      Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 4.11MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 2.64MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 8.60MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 8.29MB/s
      Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 10.6MB/s
      I/O speed :  91.6 MB/s
      
      January 22, 2012 @ 10:10 pm
  107. @Rickard Bellgrim

    openvpn.x86_64 [ver. 2.2.1-1.el6 ] is working fine.

    try command “cat /dev/net/tun” it should say “cat: /dev/net/tun: File descriptor in bad state” if tun/tap is ENABLED.

    January 22, 2012 @ 10:16 pm
    • Rickard Bellgrim:

      I am running Ubuntu 11.04 x86. Going to test with another OS.

      root@chicago:~# openvpn --mktun --dev /dev/net/tun
      Mon Jan 23 06:01:33 2012 Note: Cannot open TUN/TAP dev /dev/net/tun: Permission        denied (errno=13)
      Mon Jan 23 06:01:33 2012 Note: Attempting fallback to kernel 2.2 TUN/TAP interfa       ce
      Mon Jan 23 06:01:33 2012 Cannot allocate TUN/TAP dev dynamically
      Mon Jan 23 06:01:33 2012 Exiting
      root@chicago:~# ip tuntap add dev net/tun mode tun
      open: Permission denied
      root@chicago:~# tunctl -t tun0
      Failed to open '/dev/net/tun' : Permission denied
      root@chicago:~# cat /dev/net/tun
      cat: /dev/net/tun: File descriptor in bad state
      root@chicago:~# ls -al /dev/net/tun
      crw------- 1 root root 10, 200 Jan 22 21:55 /dev/net/tun
      root@chicago:~# id
      uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)
      
      January 23, 2012 @ 6:04 am
      • Rickard Bellgrim:

        Ubuntu 11.04 x86_64

        January 23, 2012 @ 6:05 am
      • @Rickard Bellgrim

        Tun Tap device ‘ll be removed if you re-install your OS template.

        January 23, 2012 @ 6:08 pm
  108. What is the web control panel if i dont buy cPanel or DA?
    Can i buy cPanel or Directadmin months after i bought vps without that?

    January 23, 2012 @ 8:39 am
    • ChicagoVPS provides you with a SolusVM; getting CPanel requires you to pay $15/month for it.

      January 29, 2012 @ 1:53 am
      • @edward SolusVM is VPS contol panel not WEB control panel.
        @zetwap no default WEB control panel, so if you want control panel must buy or install centoss with kloxo or install manual, :D

        February 4, 2012 @ 6:16 am
        • Duke E. Love:

          Or Webmin. Webmin can handle most of your simple hosting/admin chores. You can install Virtualmin if you want a hosting CP. I prefer over Kloxo. Both are good but Kloxo’s UI can be rather confusing at times.

          February 6, 2012 @ 1:57 am
  109. abi:

    My bad, just paid recurring 1GB with same price. i dont know any new offer for 2GB :D

    January 24, 2012 @ 3:53 pm
  110. how to buy more ip? i see at cart no option for additional ip?

    January 25, 2012 @ 2:12 am
  111. The promotion code you entered has been applied to your cart but no items qualify for the discount yet – please check the promotion terms

    January 26, 2012 @ 2:56 pm
    • Daniel,

      The promotion is still working, you much have picked the wrong product.

      Regards,

      Chris

      January 28, 2012 @ 2:28 pm
  112. pubcrawler:

    Looks like we are swapping again heavily on ChicagoVPS:

    Total Used Free
    Kernel: 2048.00M 6.67M 2041.33M
    Allocate: 2048.00M 585.04M 1462.96M (2048M Guaranteed)
    Commit: 2048.00M 88.68M 1959.32M (14.0% of Allocated)
    Swap: 56.05M (68.3% of Committed)

    January 29, 2012 @ 5:56 pm
    • Tom:

      Node I’m on has been dead for 6 hours. I/O is dead.

      ioping . -c 10
      4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=1 time=391.5 ms
      4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=2 time=606.4 ms
      4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=3 time=1320.8 ms
      4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=4 time=186.2 ms
      4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=5 time=180.8 ms
      4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=6 time=112.6 ms
      4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=7 time=125.2 ms
      4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=8 time=694.1 ms
      4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=9 time=1469.2 ms
      4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=10 time=305.7 ms

      — . (simfs /dev/simfs) ioping statistics —
      10 requests completed in 14405.3 ms, 2 iops, 0.0 mb/s
      min/avg/max/mdev = 112.6/539.3/1469.2/467.6 ms

      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, 51.8734 s, 20.7 MB/s

      Oversold garbage.

      January 29, 2012 @ 6:53 pm
      • Tom,

        Instead of calling us “garbage”, please open a ticket and let us take a look at the issue :)

        We cannot do our jobs if we do not know of the issue.

        Regards,

        Chris

        January 29, 2012 @ 7:18 pm
        • Joe Merit:

          How about you proactively monitor your servers for garbage performance?

          That is what I would consider doing your job.

          January 29, 2012 @ 9:33 pm
        • Tom:

          Joe, it seems like this days 9/10 leb host doesn’t even know how to monitor their host nodes. But I came to conclusion that only people who sign up for their promotions get fucked badly. Seems like non discounted users get better service as there are no bad reviews other then from people under promotions.

          January 29, 2012 @ 9:45 pm
        • Joe,

          We do monitor our servers. Thanks for pointing that out.

          Regards,

          Chris

          January 29, 2012 @ 11:35 pm
      • Tom:

        9 hours later got even worse. 0 reaction.

        January 29, 2012 @ 9:15 pm
  113. pubcrawler:

    Disk doesn’t look bad on this node:

    4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=1 time=0.1 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=2 time=0.1 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=3 time=16.5 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=4 time=3.8 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=5 time=2.0 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=6 time=0.2 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=7 time=2.0 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=8 time=0.1 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=9 time=2.0 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /dev/simfs): request=10 time=2.0 ms

    — . (simfs /dev/simfs) ioping statistics —
    10 requests completed in 9042.2 ms, 346 iops, 1.4 mb/s
    min/avg/max/mdev = 0.1/2.9/16.5/4.7 ms

    root@il-usa:~/ioping-0.6# 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, 7.53518 s, 142 MB/s

    January 29, 2012 @ 7:04 pm
  114. pubcrawler:

    Chris,

    Care to comment on the swap issue? I will fill out a ticket, however it’s a recent reoccurring issue. Saw this a few weeks ago.

    Unsure about the precise nature of vzfree and where it might fail to represent reality, but 67.2% of RAM in swap when only using 90MB is well, concerning.

    January 29, 2012 @ 8:01 pm
  115. B1naryth1ef:

    Oh man, must have gotten on a new node. This is too good:

    root@terra:~# 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, 4.24054 s, 253 MB/s

    January 31, 2012 @ 7:34 am
  116. Sam:

    I was so happy with the VPS I got from ChicagoVPS, that I bought a second one. Good performance and minimal downtime (on VPS30 and VPS36).

    February 2, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
    • Tommy:

      Hi Sam,

      I am very interested to know what kind of CPU you got on VPS30 and what CPU on VPS36 . can you ssh to your vps and type:

      cat /proc/cpuinfo

      and then paste the results to your reply.

      February 3, 2012 @ 12:41 pm
      • Sam:

        Both report this for 4 cores;

        processor : 0
        vendor_id : GenuineIntel
        cpu family : 6
        model : 42
        model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31270 @ 3.40GHz
        stepping : 7
        cpu MHz : 3392.466
        cache size : 8192 KB
        physical id : 0
        siblings : 8
        core id : 0
        cpu cores : 4
        apicid : 0
        fpu : yes
        fpu_exception : yes
        cpuid level : 13
        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 rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc arat pni monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm
        bogomips : 6784.93
        clflush size : 64
        cache_alignment : 64
        address sizes : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
        power management: [8]

        February 5, 2012 @ 6:26 pm
  117. This is my third VPS with ChicagoVPS (I just bought the third) and I’ve nothing but praise for their service and the way they treat me. I’ve only had two issues with them: Basic configuration. One time was my problem (DNS entries) and the second they fixed in less than 10 minutes.

    I’ve had a VPS with them since October.

    Highly recommended.

    February 3, 2012 @ 5:13 pm
  118. Duke E. Love:

    SO far so good. I am very, very pleased. I have had VPS’s and dedicated servers for the last 10 years from a bunch of companies and this is the best deal so far. Stable, fast, a good pipe, quick support and lots of RAM and HD space. This is a keeper. I have been hosing my stuff from home for years and this is WAY more reliable than Comcast’s “home office/business” plan or whatever I paid way too much for.

    Good stuff. If this holds up I will be moving my hosting clients to chicagovps.

    February 5, 2012 @ 3:39 am
  119. pubcrawler:

    I wonder how many people are reselling / hosting client live sites and other services on discount VPSes in general.

    I still view VPS’es at least the ones targeting this niche hobbyist segment as for non essential, mainly your own random toys that can sustain outages and random problems. (no offense to any of the VPS providers)

    February 5, 2012 @ 3:44 am
    • Kent:

      Thats a misconception. I actually use VPS services for HA sites that require continuous uptime. I can put up 2-3 failover load balancers with 3-10 web back ends for much more reliability than 1 or 2 dedis ever brought me. And I can do it for 1/4 to 1/2 the cost. Point in case, I have a few sites that have had 5+ years 100% uptime. I never had that with dedis or colo.
      Even small sites, I can run 10 shared wwws with another VPS backing it up for a fraction of the cost of one-off shared or a larger, more expensive reseller account.
      Where folks get in trouble is trying to host everything on 1 or 2 VPSs, with no DR contingency or, very often, any backups. If they do claim they have backups, it’s usually because they have the misconception that their budget provider can or does perform restorable backups.
      Done right, an army of VPSs adds mucho redundancy and reduces single points of failure, and in my years of experience, blows dedi and colo out of the water.

      February 5, 2012 @ 4:00 am
      • May you point us on how to set up load balancing with multiple VPSs?

        February 5, 2012 @ 4:05 am
        • Duke E. Love:

          Not a problem. Here you go: http://bit.ly/AqaMdx

          February 5, 2012 @ 4:21 am
        • Kent:

          I can give an overview, it really depends on what you are setting up and all the resources you use.
          Key elements you want are – network and geographical diverse selections for you VPSs. Don’t put them all on one company’s network, and try to spread them around geographically as well as you can. At the lowest level, you can just have two redundant VPSs with DNS failover. Regardless of what many will tell you, I’ve been using DNS Made Easy’s failover on a corporate level as well as my personal HA hosting business for close to 10 years now. It just works, and the “no one pays attention to TTLs” junk you hear is just that…junk. If it didn’t work, I’d be broke, not spilling a 10 year success story. ;)

          In a nutshell, for true HA, you want at least two HAProxy servers (my choice for load balancing software) looking at, at least, 2 backend web servers. DNS Failover, I put in order – 1st haproxy server, 2nd haproxy server, best single web server, second best single web server, etc. You can have IP failover up to 5 IPs deep using DNSME. That’s a lot of failover options. You can get real anal and have all haproxy servers, looking at 10,20,30 backends…basically roll out whatever fits your needs.

          For synchronizing between servers, again, it depends on what you are serving, and with what technology. For large customers, I don’t re-use VPSs. Into their monthly price, I roll in their own dedicated VPSs cluster instead of cramming high end customers on the same machines.
          This also helps when you have a large “event” and need to temporarily (or permanently) roll out more servers. You only have the one customers setup to deal with, instead of trying to replicate dozens of sites and databases. I tend to write scripts for deploying, based on each customer. For file syncing, I normally try to have one master server, especially if the customer uploads their own files. A watcher process detects new files and rsyncs them to the other servers. For databases, again, depends on what you are using, but I normally use MySQL, and setup multi-master or master-slave(s). For seldom changing databases, you can also mysqldump over the wire directly to another database, and forego the mysqldump-to-file > rsync > import mysql file that many use.

          So your main areas to tackle are setting up load balancers and web servers with DNS failover, database servers, then synchronizing them the best way that fits. Also, understand the levels of what you are setting up. HAProxy itself will take care of any backend web servers that have issues, and take them out of the pool automatically. DNS Failover is for when the main HAProxy server itself dies. Then, you can failover to another load balancer, then another, or directly to one or more web servers. This means that you have to loose all 5 IP devices on different networks to experience downtime. Normally, you will end up with a cascading failover system that can tolerate 5-20 device failures (depending on the order and logic you set them up with.)

          Haproxy is a very robust, mature, and proven program that supports almost all protocols, and you can define many levels of front end and backup servers. There is another binary, “balance” that is a nice command-line LB, and does basically port-redirection, but it doesn’t run natively as a service…but it’s not hard to make it do so. It does support pools and failover (single or pools of failover IPs, also).

          Hope that helps somewhat.

          February 5, 2012 @ 5:05 am
        • Duke E. Love:

          That is total horse manure. All you need to do is host with Ipage or some other unlimited hosting company. They will handle as much traffic as you can throw at them and then some for $3-$4/mo. That is what Google and Yahoo do.

          February 5, 2012 @ 6:04 am
        • Kent:

          Now there’s some advice we can all live with. I love inode limits and single points of failure, don’t you, Harry? (Harry) Sure, love it! And by the way, chunk me on a box with 10,000 other warez and porn sites! I love 1000ms pings!

          I’d use Hostgator, though. They love it when your HA customer gets 1-2 million views a day.
          They even send you a post card thanking you for the opportunity to offer such a cheap invaluable service to you while you resell it for 1000%. I often receive coupons on mine.

          February 5, 2012 @ 6:49 am
  120. Regeane:

    Seems like its out of stock. Was originally thinking of getting a second vps.

    February 7, 2012 @ 4:17 am
    • Hello,

      We still have stock.

      Regards,

      Chris

      February 7, 2012 @ 2:08 pm
      • zander:

        Tried coupon code 2046. Shows: Coupon expired.

        February 7, 2012 @ 4:12 pm
        • zander:

          That was meant to say “2048”

          February 7, 2012 @ 4:12 pm
        • auTONYmous:

          Still works…I just ordered a new one.

          February 9, 2012 @ 3:11 pm
      • zander:

        also, the 1024 coupon takes the price down to $6.50, not $5.50?

        February 7, 2012 @ 4:17 pm
  121. Kam:

    I take it the $7 deal is only available for OpenVZ?

    If I wanted to say transfer an expiring Amazon EC2 micro tier instance over that manages all my domains (apache virtualhosts) is this even possible on OpenVZ? I would think I need something like Xen. I’m running Ubuntu 10.04 LAMP for what it’s worth.

    Kam

    February 7, 2012 @ 8:45 pm
  122. Kam:

    What’s with everyone getting second and third VPS’s through the same provider? What are you going to do with 3 that you can’t do with one? I imagine anyone running anything that’s particularly demanding is going to go with cloud or dedicated / S3 options. Is there some limitation in OpenVZ that prevents you from running virtualhosts?

    February 7, 2012 @ 9:00 pm
    • Provider shows a good reputation, why not keep going with what is good. You could also use a good deal like this for a memcache server since nothing is really running on it and maybe a backup for a MySQL server / whatever.

      February 11, 2012 @ 1:47 am
  123. Duke E. Love:

    >>What’s with everyone getting second and third VPS’s through the same provider?

    It matters what you are running. I run Apache Tomcat with a 1/2 dozen hosts along with a full hosting setup. And when I tried to run Redmine it pretty much pegged the ram on a two gig box. So I can totally see ppl getting another.

    February 8, 2012 @ 1:51 am
  124. CHH:

    So how does it work every month is 7$ or just the first month?

    February 10, 2012 @ 11:46 pm
  125. CHH:

    Awesome , count me in.

    February 11, 2012 @ 4:35 am
  126. John Richardson:

    I’d like to say I’m having a good experience with CVPS so far. Ordered VPS, setup in 2 minutes. Server then went offline, ticket replied to within an hour. Server runs fine and sudden outage. Look on the site and it informs me their having problems with VPS28. I know this sounds a bit bumpy but I’m glad they keep customers updated. Good job CVPS and hopefully VPS28 will be up and running properly again!

    February 13, 2012 @ 1:05 am
    • John,

      You should see them back up, unfortunately we saw a low of abusers today across all of our nodes. We have taken care of them for now and hopefully remedied the issues.

      Regards,

      Chris

      February 13, 2012 @ 1:26 am
  127. KevinB:

    node 28 should be back up and running fine. My vps on there is functioning normally. CVPS has always been fast to respond to any of my support tickets and resolve the issue as fast as possible. I’m a satisfied customer for almost a year now and for the performance/support find them hard to beat for the price!

    Kevin

    February 13, 2012 @ 1:19 am
  128. KevinB:

    You guys are welcome!

    February 13, 2012 @ 1:27 am
  129. Reading these posts it seems like a lot of hackers are attacking the server I am on. I was just hacked or my ip was spoofed with someone using my ip to attempt to break into one of Columbia Universities servers. So now my Chicagovps account is suspended.

    Unfortunately, I am not able to access the account through the vps control panel to open up any of my logs or check for rogue scripts to see where (or if) I was really hacked.

    It would be nice if there was a way to just access my files through the vps control panel so I can check my logs or look for any rogue scripts.

    Word of warning to the newbs (like myself)- firewall and lock your ports down right away, because if you get hacked – ChicagoVPS will suspend your service as they did mine and you will have no access at all.

    I do not mind that the service was suspended if I truly had some rogue script, but I wish I could at least have access to the vps serial console to check my files.

    Right now I have a ticket in. I have faith in these guys to do the right thing ….especially since I’ve talked them up here and have defended them in another forum :)

    I chalk it up to learning experience since this is the first time I’ve run a vps and finding out that hackers are non-relenting when you let your guard down.

    -joe

    February 15, 2012 @ 5:10 pm
    • I’m sure Chris or Luc will resolve it; they are great guys.

      February 15, 2012 @ 6:15 pm
      • I agree – I wasn’t dissing them at all. I have had nothing but praise for them. My stupidity for not locking my servers ports down.

        February 15, 2012 @ 7:00 pm
    • Hello,

      We have taken the suspension off to allow him to investigate :)

      Regards,

      Chris

      February 15, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
      • Thanks Chris.

        I just assumed Centos Host in a box had firewall set up already…..it apparently does not and they somehow got in and tcp’d across all ports to attempt to crack into a Columbia University server. I did not find where they got in or a rogue script. It was just simpler to reinstall and hopefully get a firewall set up correctly.

        A pain in the arse, but a learning process.

        -joe

        February 16, 2012 @ 5:29 pm
        • CHH:

          yeah never hurts to ps -e your box to see whats running. also try chkrootkit @ rkhunter.

          February 18, 2012 @ 6:25 pm
  130. do you provide the manual guide to setup the vps? i am a newbie to this. :)

    February 16, 2012 @ 2:08 pm
    • There are a few options available – I personally like Kloxo. The Host in a box install uses this, but you will need to update both Kloxo and Centos as well as add a firewall and harden the server to keep the hackers at bay.

      Webmin works well too or you can just install standard LAMP setup.

      There are tons of tutorials for Ubuntu on how to set up LAMP and harden it for live service.

      Regardless, make sure your harden your server, ie., firewall, iptables, etc.

      -joe

      February 16, 2012 @ 5:42 pm
  131. KevinB:

    There isn’t really a generic setup guide. It all depends on what you are wanting to install/run on the vps that will dictate how it gets setup. You have root access so you can configure it any way you want. There are tons of guides on the net on how to install specific things like PHP, Apache (Installed by default on most OS distros), Perl, etc, etc. Google is your friend! :)

    Kevin

    February 16, 2012 @ 4:09 pm
  132. Duke E. Love:

    There is no one way to do things. If you are total n00b I would take a look at Webmin. Webmin will take care of 99% of your sysadmin chores. Others may disagree but if you are just getting started Webmin is probably the easiest ways to get a Linux box up and running. For web site hosting you can use Virtualmin or Kloxo. Kloxo can get really complicated. I have used both and I prefer Virtualmin. Just be sure to lock it down and follow best practices for securing a Linux machine. Only open the ports you really need, change obvious ports like SSH etc.

    Fortunately you have the option to install both using the VPS CP.

    BTW, have fun. Running your own server is a hoot and a half.

    February 16, 2012 @ 5:23 pm
  133. i bought this vps today and still have no idea to setup my site. i thought vps is same as my previous hosting. :( do i need to install cpanel first?

    February 17, 2012 @ 9:11 am
    • You don’t need cPanel, you can use Kloxo its free and works great.

      February 17, 2012 @ 9:48 am
    • A VPS, is a completely blank Operating System. :)
      For a beginner, maybe you can try the LowEndScript to run an NginX or Lighttpd wwebsite.

      If not familiar with shell, you can try to install Kloxo. It’s free.

      I have the same case/problem as you when I fisrt using the VPS

      February 17, 2012 @ 10:20 am
      • i try to find a guide to install kloxo and i found this tutorial http://www.ruchirablog.com/setup-vps-dedicated-server-kloxo-admin-panel/

        i have followed the steps but i stuck at putty. what is that?

        February 17, 2012 @ 11:50 am
        • You don’t need putty you have a serial console already built into your VPS control panel page.

          A quick and easy way to set up the newest version of Kloxo

          Here ya go:

          1) on your VPS console install Centos 5 – 32 bit (you can use the 64 bit, but there is a couple of extra steps / warnings that will throw you unless you google the errors.)

          2) Open up your serial console within your VPS type in yum update to update Centos

          3) Install Kloxo by following these cut and paste instructions

          http://wiki.lxcenter.org/Kloxo+Installation+Guide

          This will install the newest Kloxo

          4) Install a firewall and set it up correctly

          http://wiki.lxcenter.org/APF

          or CFS firewall, but make sure you open the correct ports for kloxo listed above or you will lock yourself out :)

          -joe

          February 17, 2012 @ 3:43 pm
    • CHH:

      Yeah I was in the same boat as you last week staring at a terminal window like ……
      I did have prior limited *nix exp so it wasn’t all alien but no clue of server ops. So lotta Google some comment questions + few support tix later got a blazing multi site running varnish + nginx with few support scripts and some security tools. Just make sure to keep it simple and clean and harden very well.

      Use the support ticket system it works for issues and Google and this board are your friends. (wink)

      February 18, 2012 @ 6:45 pm
  134. Suraj Reddy:

    Hey,

    Can we upgrade existing servers to this deal?

    Thanks,

    -Suraj

    February 17, 2012 @ 4:11 pm
  135. CHH:

    Thanks for the great deal and even better support you have given me thru the ticket system. (smile)

    February 18, 2012 @ 6:34 pm
  136. Snapman:

    So far im very disappointed with this service. I ordered my box on the 14th, didnt receive information until late 15th. I try logging in on the 16th, but none of my login detail are valid. Cant putty to the box (non responsive), cant login into the VPS CP as my details return a “Invalid Username or Password”. Its now the 18th and i continue to wait for support to answer my ticket. If Chicago has the bawls to use the 14th as the billing date, this will be my first & final month with the provier.

    February 19, 2012 @ 2:50 am
  137. CCEA:

    How long would this promotion go on for before the price goes back up to $24?

    February 19, 2012 @ 4:12 pm
  138. Snapman:

    It turns out their 2gb package only allows for 256mb of usage. Talk about false advertisement. I must insist to anybody looking for a cheap vps to play with, just keep on looking, do not waste waste your time with this provider.

    On top of that, support takes “atleast” a minimum of 7-9 hours to respond to any ticket, no telling what it comes down to on lower priorities. And i repeat, this is a MINIMUM wait time, you dont want to be around for the maximum one.

    If things don’t shape up i will be filing a chargeback to paypal for false advertisement.

    February 20, 2012 @ 2:16 am
    • All I have to say is what the heck are you talking about?

      Regards,

      Chris

      February 20, 2012 @ 2:39 am
    • Talk about false advertisement. There are VPS’s that are provisioned wrongly during setup. The setup system is not 100% perfect all the time. Its a simple fix and that is all it took to fix it.

      So before making false accusations about being limited, check the facts. :)

      Thanks,

      Jeremiah

      February 20, 2012 @ 2:44 am
    • Duke E. Love:

      First off

      “only allows for 256mb of usage”

      What does that mean?

      I read your other posts and I am pretty sure that what ever you are doing….. you are doing it wrong.

      >>I must insist to anybody looking for a cheap vps to play with, just keep on looking, do not waste waste your time with this provider.

      I must insist that you STFU. I am very happy with my VPS and have have moved my personal sites to my VPS. So far it has been blazingly fast, reliable and stable. Support has been prompt and professional.

      >>If things don’t shape up i will be filing a chargeback to paypal for false advertisement.

      Jeez. You lost part of $7. Boo fucking hoo. Are you really going to bother Paypal for $7? My advice, quit being a passive aggressive pussy and ask chicagovps for a refund before you get paypal involved. I am pretty sure that they would want to end their relationship with you as much as you do with them.

      Besides, you are adding over head to Paypal and that cuts into my time and money with them.

      Best regards
      Duke

      February 20, 2012 @ 3:18 am
    • Kent:

      Not my experience in the least. I’ve been putting mine through the paces, and it’s the 3rd best VPS service I’ve ever used (benchmark / performance-wise). I’ve used scores, and at any given time, use 6-12 VPS companies concurrently.
      As for customer service, i don’t think I’ve had better. I have never had a VPS company proactively ask my feedback, and feel they actually wanted to know, rather than it being some warm-fuzzy-generating marketing ploy. Depending on the day and load, this VPS is also eithe my top or 2nd fastest benchmarking VE (of those currently in use).
      I’ve used just about every budget providor over the years, CVPS is quickly becoming one of my all-time best services, and in all aspects. If this budget provider doesn’t make you happy, good luck finding better.

      February 20, 2012 @ 4:17 am
      • Duke E. Love:

        >>>I’ve used just about every budget providor over the years, CVPS is quickly becoming one of my all-time best services, and in all aspects. If this budget provider doesn’t make you happy, good luck finding better.

        What Kent said. I have been on a bunch of VPS’s over the years and I have evaluated dozens of plans and companies. And for the most part, anything under $35 just flat out sucked. There are a few gems out there. kickassvps was great http://www.kickassvps.com/ and Viviotech http://www.viviotech.net/ is OUTSTANDING!

        But for even the retail cost of $25 a month chicagovps cannot be beat. viviotech.net had better support but I paid them $60 a month for a 2 gig box.

        So if you are unhappy here. Be on your way. One less time bandit to clog up support requests.

        February 20, 2012 @ 4:51 am
      • Duke E. Love:

        I just checked and I got a 0.3 sec page load. Not execution time. A 0.3 *Page load*. $7 a MONTH? Complaining about performance like that for $7/mo is like complaining about water not being wet enough.

        February 20, 2012 @ 4:58 am
        • Got a link to said page so people can see? :)

          February 20, 2012 @ 5:15 am
        • Duke E. Love:

          Sure let me run in past my attorney if he thinks it is good idea to disclose my personal information to a complete stranger on the Internet over a $7 because he said “Prove it”

          He just emailed me saying that he does not want to be my attorney any more so I will take that as a “no.”

          February 20, 2012 @ 6:02 am
        • Then you should probably stop swinging your junk around unless you’re willing to offer proof, otherwise you simply look like a shill :)

          February 20, 2012 @ 6:37 am
        • Kent:

          My load time is 2.35 s, pretty heavy WP site pulling in twitter feeds, etc. What’s your point in calling for “proof”?
          I don’t think anyone has to personally prove anything to a single person here. This ain’t WHT. Mods don’t require links for reviews. More for the community. I have nothing to gain from being a fan boy. They are just another provider from my vantage point. I, and apparently many other heavy VPS users, have had a great experience so far.
          Sorry if that upsets you. Go read CNN if you rely on negativity. Otherwise, our clients are the only folks we have to prove anything to.

          Have a nice day.

          February 20, 2012 @ 7:35 am
        • Duke E. Love:

          A shill for a $7 VPS? That is rich. If you read my comments I don’t exactly hold a high opinion of budget VPS’s. The reason my blog is so fast is that it caches everything so it is basically served up from RAM. WP is pretty slow if PHP has to execute every time a page loads. 2.35 sec is perfectly acceptable load time for WP, especially if you are pulling in third party content.

          As it stands now, I would not put clients on this server until I have a good 8-12 months of up time stats to go by.

          February 20, 2012 @ 3:01 pm
  139. Thomas:

    Does the community think that ChicagoVPS will be sustainable and survive? I have a VPS at BurstNET but this looks amazing and I’m thinking about moving over.

    February 22, 2012 @ 8:56 pm
    • If you don’t trust an LEP’s survivability, but still want the VM, just keep backups elsewhere.

      LEB’s are cheap enough that you can get a cheapo yearly acting as a backup dumping ground for your bigger plans elsewhere.

      There’s a lengthily thread on lowendtalk about chicagoVPS that will give you additional information, namely their full load out sizes.
      It’s an interesting read and should help you make the right choice :)

      February 22, 2012 @ 11:00 pm
  140. KevinB:

    I have ONE burst.net vps in Fla for a client of mine and I can say I am NOT impressed in any way. I have FREQUENT ( a couple times a month) outages since I got the thing and their support is less than stellar. I only got it because of the proximity of the node to my customer, however my ping times from the same coast are always 100+ms which is pretty shitty. I am seriously thinking about moving this to CVPS BEFORE I need to go live with it as the customer will bitch with all the downtime. I will run some ping tests from the customers other systems that will access the vps to another system I have with CVPS and see how they are, but I suspect the ping times will be better. I have FAR less problems with my systems on CVPS (I have about 6 or so vps’s with them) and support is MUCH better. Just my opinion since I use both.

    Kevin

    February 22, 2012 @ 11:06 pm
  141. Kent:

    KevinB, I agree. I have 2 VPSs through burst, they are “a’ight” for what I use them for, but often slow. I’ve never had issue with support, but, I don’t use and abuse them either. The VEs use to be a bit faster, but now, they are average to slow, at best.
    Thinking about replacing them when CVPS and another provider.

    February 22, 2012 @ 11:15 pm
  142. KevinB:

    Unfortunately, this is used for a mysql server for a few apps, and slow/down/shitty support isn’t an option. ;) I use 3 vps providers, CVPS hosting the majority of my systems (some moved from other providers I wasn’t ahppy with), the second provider the remaining “need to work” vps’s, and the last one only has 1 of my systems, which unfortunately is my primary dns server for about a dozen domains. Once I get around to backing up/migrating bind to another vps I will drop them as well, leaving me with 2 providers I trust/can rely on for good support/good vps’s (support comes first in my book). HTH a few others.

    Kevin

    February 22, 2012 @ 11:26 pm
  143. pubcrawler:

    *Still* happy with CVPS.

    On month 2-3.

    Not seeing the RAM swap we had a few weeks back. But, only using 750MB of RAM out of 2GB right now.

    Network speed is still good. Pushing 8-11M/s in recent tests.

    This right now, is the best deal for a VPS anywhere.

    February 23, 2012 @ 12:35 am
  144. May i use for streaming?

    February 23, 2012 @ 1:04 am
  145. Tam Le:

    Still very good after 2 month.

    February 23, 2012 @ 1:56 pm
  146. Don:

    ..hard work to get any help out of this lot. And so called live help- dosen’t exist.

    February 24, 2012 @ 6:29 pm
    • Don,

      May I ask what you are talking about?

      Regards,

      Chris

      February 24, 2012 @ 6:32 pm
    • Hi Don,

      Not much to go on with your statement. Ticket system works great for me. This is not a fully managed service at this price so do not expect them to hold you by the hand on how to run your server.

      February 25, 2012 @ 12:47 am
      • CHH:

        Agrees with Joe . I put in 3 tixs all 3 were answered in a reasonable time frame. Extremely happy so far. Will be here as long as they are…

        February 28, 2012 @ 3:28 am
  147. Duke E. Love:

    Yep. My blog is still BLINDINGLY fast. Total load time 0.545 sec on Comcast home

    http://postimage.org/image/v6qvmg37j/

    Apache, Railo and Tomcat are the SHIT.

    February 28, 2012 @ 4:14 am
    • Duke E. Love:

      BTW that is an Open Source ColdFusion engine blowing PHP and WP out of the farking water with out running a cache engine.

      February 28, 2012 @ 4:31 am
      • KevinB:

        Using OpenBD Duke?

        Kevin

        February 28, 2012 @ 12:49 pm
        • Duke E. Love:

          I am using Railo. It is a JBoss project and it is really, REALLY fast. Fantastic community bereft of the usual FOSS snobbery and has attracted some great talent. IMO the most interesting stuff happening with CF these days is with the Open Source Projects/Engines. They are playing catch up ball with other FOSS technologies with a vengeance.

          February 29, 2012 @ 5:03 am
  148. Jimmy Liu:

    Tried signing up for this offer today, I’m assuming its over?

    February 28, 2012 @ 9:04 am
    • Jimmy Liu:

      Never mind, stupid me. Ordered one :D

      February 28, 2012 @ 9:06 am
  149. still have a problem with my vps. i need this vps to run my blog but i don’t know where to start. when i go to their control panel, there is no cpanel there. anyone can help me?

    how i can use this vps to run a blog? any step by step guide to follow?

    February 28, 2012 @ 12:40 pm
    • KevinB:

      You can select any blog you like and manually install the required systems such as php, mysql, etc. You have root access so can pretty much install anything you want.

      Kevin

      February 28, 2012 @ 12:53 pm
    • Kent:

      This isn’t a problem with the VPS, this is exactly what you ordered, and “Semi managed” VPS. That means, aside from reboot / reload and other controls of SolusVM, there is no control panel by default.
      I do see they offer plans with cPanel for 15/mo extra, that may be a better fit. I’m not seeing, off the bat, their definition of “semi managed”, so they may be willing to help you with some things.

      ALso, you can look through WHTs VPS tutorials.

      http://www.webhostingtalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=108

      There are also free control panels (Webmin/Virtualmin) that are very, very easy to install, a little on the complex side to admin through, but still better than command line, if you are new to that.

      February 28, 2012 @ 10:08 pm
  150. KevinB:

    Berita,
    Cpanel (or any other ones) are NOT installed in your vps by default, they are extra cost addons. You have a few choices. You can add the cpanel/directadmin option to your vps and have them installed and pay an extra charge each month, you can reinstall one of the OS loads conating Klox/Host-in-a-box, or you can manually install kloxo or another control panel of your desire. If you are a newb and havent done this before I recommend you purchase one of the monthly addons and have them install it for you.

    Kevin

    February 28, 2012 @ 12:48 pm
    • is it compulsory for me to have cpanel to run a blog? if possible would you suggest any free cpanel i can use?

      February 28, 2012 @ 1:04 pm
      • KevinB:

        There is no requirement whatsoever for a cpanel. You can install a blog on your vps without cpanel or any other panel. If you absolutely want one then you can try Kloxo which is a free open-source control panel, similar to cpanel, however unless you have some need to have multiple blog setups/users on the vps BESIDES yourself then adding a control panel is probably overkill and will only complicate things if you have never used or installed them before yourself. Remember, this is an unmanaged vps, and technically you are responsibile for whatever you want installed on the vps, not the providers. Again, if this is something you can’t/haven’t done yourself before you would do better contacting someone and have them do it for you. If you aren’t technically inclined you will save yourself countless hours of frustration and wasted time.

        Kevin

        February 28, 2012 @ 1:11 pm
        • Duke E. Love:

          +1 to what KevinB said. The learning curve required to maintain and lock down a Linux box that is out in the wild is pretty freakin steep. It took me years before I was comfortable with hanging a a Linux box out in the wild. And even then, having a box that is not behind a physical firewall makes me skittish and I have been working with Linux for 10+ years. And trust me. Getting hacked really, REALLY sucks. My advice would be to pay the $5 for some unlimited hosting plan and let THEM worry about security and maintenance.

          February 28, 2012 @ 5:09 pm
      • KevinB:

        If you want you can contact me directly to discuss this further rather than go off topic in this forum.

        Kevin
        kevinb@kmbnet.net

        February 28, 2012 @ 1:23 pm
        • KevinB:

          Absolutely correct Duke!
          Best practices and CSF are your friend. :)

          Kevin

          February 28, 2012 @ 5:13 pm
  151. Naruto:

    OMG more false advertisement! http://www.nwnx.net/The-Team.html

    They wish they looked like that.

    March 5, 2012 @ 5:08 pm
    • Maybe you don’t see, but that site hasn’t been completed yet. It still has “Lorem ipsum” like stuff… These pictures are from template not from real life. Look for them on Facebook or LinkedIn.

      March 9, 2012 @ 6:49 pm
    • Joe:

      OMG a blind person who has an ax to grind!

      http://www.lipsum.com/

      I’ve been with these guys for over a year now with only a couple of quirks that were promptly taken care of. I’m a grumpy old man and am not afraid to call a spade a spade in a heartbet – this crew has always been courteous and very responsive – and that means a lot to me :)

      March 9, 2012 @ 9:17 pm
  152. CHH:

    Promo still running in any shape or form??

    March 26, 2012 @ 6:28 pm
  153. Duke E. Love:

    I just wanted to convey my experience with chicagovps concering multiple failed restores from back up.

    I had my restore from back up fail twice. Having to restore 7 domains manually, from scratch. All the while chicagovps knew it was an issue but never told me. When I asked them about it this is what they said to me

    There is no particular reason why we have to tell everyone. Its been a known issue with SolusVM since the 1.9.00 update. It is nothing we cannot manually restore.

    If you want to complain and let everyone know, feel free to. There is no reason to threated us here, its out of our control.

    I do not keep up on the bugs with SolusVM. Nor should I have to. And yes there IS “a reason why we have to tell everyone”

    Your backups fail and you knew about it and you never told your customers.

    That is BAD business. That is being DISHONEST by withholding critical information from your clients.

    If you refuse to tell your clients that you back ups fail I will

    If you need to restore from backup your backup WILL fail.

    June 17, 2012 @ 3:44 am
  154. Duke E. Love:

    My last post was not clear.. This is chicagovps support said to me

    —————–

    There is no particular reason why we have to tell everyone. Its been a known issue with SolusVM since the 1.9.00 update. It is nothing we cannot manually restore.

    If you want to complain and let everyone know, feel free to. There is no reason to threated us here, its out of our control.

    —————
    I do not keep up on the bugs with SolusVM. Nor should I have to. And yes there IS “a reason why we have to tell everyone”

    June 17, 2012 @ 3:46 am
    • a:

      solusvm bug so they are excused about it.

      but jeremiah will always be an ass.

      as for Chris- just look around this site.

      June 27, 2012 @ 7:48 am
  155. zijo:

    How this looks?

    ./results exists
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/unixbench-4.1.0-wht-2'

    # # # # # # # ##### ###### # # #### # #
    # # ## # # # # # # # ## # # # # #
    # # # # # # ## ##### ##### # # # # ######
    # # # # # # ## # # # # # # # # #
    # # # ## # # # # # # # ## # # # #
    #### # # # # # ##### ###### # # #### # #

    4 1 Based on the Byte Magazine Unix Benchmark
    44 11
    v v 4 4 1
    v v 44444 1 v4.1 revisions mostly by David C. Niemi,
    v 4 o 111 - WHT.2 Reston, VA, USA

    WHT Variant by Andy A. Lee
    See: http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=308055

    Dhrystone 2 using register variables 1 2

    Double-Precision Whetstone 1 2

    Execl Throughput 1

    Filesystem Throughput 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 1

    Filesystem Throughput 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1

    Filesystem Throughput 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 1

    Pipe Throughput 1 2

    Pipe-based Context Switching 1 2

    Process Creation 1

    System Call Overhead 1 2

    Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 1

    ==============================================================
    BYTE UNIX Benchmarks (Version 4.1-wht.2)
    System -- Linux server1.rouletteplace.com 2.6.18-274.7.1.el5.028stab095.1 #1 SMP Mon Oct 24 20:49:24 MSD 2011 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
    /dev/simfs 52428800 3035484 49393316 6% /

    Start Benchmark Run: Wed Jun 27 08:32:10 MSD 2012
    08:32:10 up 1:41, 1 user, load average: 0.01, 0.00, 0.00

    End Benchmark Run: Wed Jun 27 08:42:20 MSD 2012
    08:42:20 up 1:51, 1 user, load average: 13.26, 5.80, 2.57

    INDEX VALUES
    TEST BASELINE RESULT INDEX

    Dhrystone 2 using register variables 376783.7 27847571.3 739.1
    Double-Precision Whetstone 83.1 1739.7 209.4
    Execl Throughput 188.3 14634.8 777.2
    File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 2672.0 380760.0 1425.0
    File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1077.0 117474.0 1090.8
    File Read 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 15382.0 2222113.0 1444.6
    Pipe-based Context Switching 15448.6 732718.8 474.3
    Pipe Throughput 111814.6 2734536.7 244.6
    Process Creation 569.3 45877.9 805.9
    Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 44.8 2030.7 453.3
    System Call Overhead 114433.5 2573688.4 224.9
    =========
    FINAL SCORE 581.6
    [root@server1 unixbench-4.1.0-wht-2]#

    June 27, 2012 @ 4:54 am
    • 4.1 is deprecated
      Get the latest (5.x)

      June 27, 2012 @ 6:17 am
  156. zijo:

    June 27, 2012 @ 9:27 am
  157. zijo:

    ————————————————————————
    Benchmark Run: Wed Jun 27 2012 12:18:12 – 12:46:28
    4 CPUs in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests

    Dhrystone 2 using register variables 13569854.5 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)
    Double-Precision Whetstone 2829.3 MWIPS (10.1 s, 7 samples)
    Execl Throughput 4702.1 lps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
    File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 476098.3 KBps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
    File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 153483.7 KBps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
    File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 1252578.3 KBps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
    Pipe Throughput 994319.0 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)
    Pipe-based Context Switching 204175.5 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)
    Process Creation 15274.8 lps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
    Shell Scripts (1 concurrent) 4700.1 lpm (60.0 s, 2 samples)
    Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 1350.1 lpm (60.0 s, 2 samples)
    System Call Overhead 782503.2 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)

    System Benchmarks Index Values BASELINE RESULT INDEX
    Dhrystone 2 using register variables 116700.0 13569854.5 1162.8
    Double-Precision Whetstone 55.0 2829.3 514.4
    Execl Throughput 43.0 4702.1 1093.5
    File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 3960.0 476098.3 1202.3
    File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1655.0 153483.7 927.4
    File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 5800.0 1252578.3 2159.6
    Pipe Throughput 12440.0 994319.0 799.3
    Pipe-based Context Switching 4000.0 204175.5 510.4
    Process Creation 126.0 15274.8 1212.3
    Shell Scripts (1 concurrent) 42.4 4700.1 1108.5
    Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 6.0 1350.1 2250.1
    System Call Overhead 15000.0 782503.2 521.7
    ========
    System Benchmarks Index Score 1001.1

    ————————————————————————
    Benchmark Run: Wed Jun 27 2012 12:46:28 – 13:15:12
    4 CPUs in system; running 4 parallel copies of tests

    Dhrystone 2 using register variables 37869190.7 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)
    Double-Precision Whetstone 10375.9 MWIPS (10.0 s, 7 samples)
    Execl Throughput 12663.0 lps (29.7 s, 2 samples)
    File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 486527.9 KBps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
    File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 136938.9 KBps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
    File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 1328938.6 KBps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
    Pipe Throughput 2714178.3 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)
    Pipe-based Context Switching 850050.6 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)
    Process Creation 41897.0 lps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
    Shell Scripts (1 concurrent) 12628.0 lpm (60.0 s, 2 samples)
    Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 1756.4 lpm (60.1 s, 2 samples)
    System Call Overhead 2333788.1 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)

    System Benchmarks Index Values BASELINE RESULT INDEX
    Dhrystone 2 using register variables 116700.0 37869190.7 3245.0
    Double-Precision Whetstone 55.0 10375.9 1886.5
    Execl Throughput 43.0 12663.0 2944.9
    File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 3960.0 486527.9 1228.6
    File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1655.0 136938.9 827.4
    File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 5800.0 1328938.6 2291.3
    Pipe Throughput 12440.0 2714178.3 2181.8
    Pipe-based Context Switching 4000.0 850050.6 2125.1
    Process Creation 126.0 41897.0 3325.2
    Shell Scripts (1 concurrent) 42.4 12628.0 2978.3
    Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 6.0 1756.4 2927.3
    System Call Overhead 15000.0 2333788.1 1555.9
    ========
    System Benchmarks Index Score 2131.2

    June 27, 2012 @ 9:29 am
  158. fer:

    $7 for 2048 mb? Whats the catch? There has to be a catch. Anyone?

    June 27, 2012 @ 9:58 am
    • Frankenputer:

      I have had one since the Jan. sale.

      The only “catch” I can find is that when I tell people what I am paying, They look at me like I’m crazy.

      Cheers.

      July 30, 2012 @ 6:58 pm
  159. zijo:

    I have it from March, it works ok.
    Only that doesn’t work is backup they have, but they even do not offer it with sale.
    I have problem somewhere in configuration so the ram usage slowly increasing, when it reached 2G starts giving problems. I reboot it every 2-3 weeks so it is ok.

    June 27, 2012 @ 12:51 pm
  160. Chicago VPS User:

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    Recently a second time, my VPS somehow used more RAM/CPU than they set and my VPS was suspended without any warnings. I mean, can’t you limit CPU/RAM usage on VPS servers, I can do this on my test machine at home that runs Proxmox, and OpenVZ has many options to control resources. Also they could send a warning before suspending and allow me to fix the problem. I contacted them as soon as I found that it was down, and already a day went through and VPS is still down.

    My impression about this host is that company seem to be run by one or two guys, they seem to fake identities when you contact support. Don’t seem to care about customers, almost trying to kick them as soon as they get their money and unprofessional. If you have any mission critical stuff to run then stay away or prepare to deal with problems.

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