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CHVPS - $2.59 256MB OpenVZ VPS in Switzerland

CHVPS James from CHVPS has informed us of a 35% OFF promotion that they were running until the end of March by using their 1JEWE9 coupon code when ordering. Their already impressive pricing is now even more affordable for those of you looking for a VPS in Switzerland (“Equinix Zurich 4” to be specific). They offer a wide range of VPSs but the 2 that fit the bill we’re all looking for are:

Cirrus 1

  • RAM – 256 MB
  • Burst – 512 MB
  • Disk Space – 20 GB
  • Bandwidth – 1 TB
  • $2.59/Month with promotion.
  • Order Link

Cirrus 2

  • RAM – 512 MB
  • Burst – 1024 MB
  • Disk Space – 40 GB
  • Bandwidth – 1 TB
  • $6.49/Month with promotion.
  • Order Link

Test IP:
100MB Test File

The domain was registered in 06/2011 making it 3 months shy of a year old but still a good sign. Their WHOIS information is public and shows the domain registered to “Private Layer INC” with an address in Panama (and their sites claims they are a Panama Corporation). They appear to have redundant DNS which should be standard these days but is worth noting. They have had 3 other offers posted in the past with the earliest being July of last year so there are hundreds of comments to scan through for an idea of what others have experienced. Setup time takes 1-12 hours according to their website so keep that in mind when ordering. They appear to have their own ASN from RIPE with only a single BGP peer (Red Transit LLC) for both IPv4 and IPv6 but still another good sign.

Lastly, their website is very simple but well laid out and easy to navigate. Information is pretty scarce though so it might be in your best interest to contac them via their live chat and ask some questions before ordering just to make sure you know what you are signing up for.


  1. Spirit:

    VPS is not the stablest one but performance relatively acceptable.

    CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5620 @ 2.40GHz
    Number of cores : 1
    CPU frequency : 1200.074 MHz
    Total amount of ram : 512 MB
    Total amount of swap : 0 MB
    Download speed : (5.57MB/s)
    I/O speed : 34.1MB/s
    Uptime : up 13 days, 11:53, 1 user, load average: 0.09, 0.08, 0.03

    In case that someone ask… no IPv6 ready yet. Some year ago they started with “it will be next month”, sometimes they say “open support ticket” just to get another “it’s not ready yet, it will be soon” story. At some point they even advertised IPv6 in WHT offer. So for those LEB users which require IPv6 – wherever CHVPS say in public “IPv6 will be available soon/IPv6 will be available next month” is false advertising.

    March 19, 2012 @ 1:11 pm | Reply
  2. marrco:

    it looks like they host quite a few shady sites:

    and in past they hosted Constantinos’ Hostrail too.

    March 19, 2012 @ 1:46 pm | Reply
    • Daniel:

      They host http://torrentz.eu/ too. But they carnt control every website on there network…

      March 19, 2012 @ 2:00 pm | Reply
    • Ivraatiems:

      Those ratings are in no way indicative. Look at Google’s:


      ThePlanet, Limestone Networks and other major providers are also listed with very high “badness ratings” – Any provider that’s been in business with lots of traffic could be.

      March 19, 2012 @ 6:07 pm | Reply
      • littleguy:

        I agree with Ivraatiems, that homepage doesn’t seem to be a very good indiction of anythning. Both the AS of my Hetzner server and the AS of my home ISP are rated as Yes on almost all classes.

        March 19, 2012 @ 8:15 pm | Reply
    • bmsleight:
      March 29, 2012 @ 10:22 pm | Reply
  3. Christian:

    Can PPTP VPN be activated on this?

    March 19, 2012 @ 3:22 pm | Reply
  4. Bobby:

    Good support and performance, but could do without the ~monthly reboots, though.

    March 19, 2012 @ 3:27 pm | Reply
  5. dpflap:

    geez… what’s stopping me from getting 2xCirrus1 and have same performance as Cirrus2 with additional IP and cheaper?

    March 19, 2012 @ 3:51 pm | Reply
    • Eric:

      Umm.. I believe you can’t “merge” both servers together to create one big one..

      March 19, 2012 @ 5:45 pm | Reply
      • dpflap:

        >Umm.. I believe you can’t “merge” both servers together to create one big one..
        well, use one for SQL+imap and the other one for web and you’re sorted. Actually if you manage to get them on different nodes then you’re more than sorted because even when one goes down the other one may be still up

        March 20, 2012 @ 11:45 pm | Reply
    • Bobby:

      Nobody, I guess? :>

      March 19, 2012 @ 9:06 pm | Reply
    • Bobby:

      Just got this email:


      ping http://www.nic.se

      64 bytes from less.prod.iis.se ( icmp_req=1 ttl=58 time=0.708 ms
      64 bytes from less.prod.iis.se ( icmp_req=2 ttl=58 time=0.734 ms
      64 bytes from less.prod.iis.se ( icmp_req=3 ttl=58 time=0.745 ms
      64 bytes from less.prod.iis.se ( icmp_req=4 ttl=58 time=0.676 ms

      Oh, btw: orders for all locations including Stockholm can be placed in our new shopping cart at https://manage.edis.at/whmcs/cart.php

      If you have questions, please feel free to contact us any time.

      Its the most responsive VPS I have, kudos again, EDIS. Hope this will be as good as my others there. So far, so good :)

      March 19, 2012 @ 10:04 pm | Reply
      • Spirit:

        You’re in wrong thread. :P

        March 19, 2012 @ 10:45 pm | Reply
        • Bobby:

          Wow, hehe, for real.
          Sorry :)

          March 20, 2012 @ 12:44 am | Reply
  6. Luma:

    Just to let people know the Cirrus 1 plan comes with 638mhz. They say “up to 1 full core” but I just got my VPS and it is most certainly 638.

    March 19, 2012 @ 11:48 pm | Reply
  7. buy:

    IRC friendly ? not IRC server,mostly IRC bots

    March 20, 2012 @ 5:16 am | Reply
    • Joe Merit:

      They allow IRC but it sounds like its not stable enough for IRC.

      March 20, 2012 @ 2:20 pm | Reply
    • Spo0lsh:

      Nope … http://www.chvps.com/images/CHVPS_TOS.pdf
      “12. Virtual Private Servers: This section refers to our virtual private servers products (VPS Servers).
      Customers may not:
      c. Run any software that interfaces with IRC”
      IRC client is prohibited too.

      March 20, 2012 @ 3:41 pm | Reply
      • Joe Merit:

        oops :) thats news to me. Last time I tried these guys they allowed it.

        March 20, 2012 @ 3:50 pm | Reply
  8. a old customer:

    Only three words: Don’t do it!
    I had a openvz from CHVPS and what should i say… the speed was terrible, the nodes are massive oversold and the network speed varies from good to ‘what? speed?’

    The best the vserver is chanceled since months now but still online and accessible with my data on it…

    March 20, 2012 @ 2:44 pm | Reply
    • Tom Robbins:

      Don’t tell me you didn’t wipe your data before you cancelled your VPS?

      March 20, 2012 @ 6:03 pm | Reply
      • Do we have to wipe the date before cancelling?
        What if the VPS provisioned again after order by another customer? Isn’t automatically created a new one?

        I also ever have this kind of case with Santrex when I first come to the VPS world, but no one can access it, because the don’t know the password.

        chanceled since months now but still online and accessible with my data on it…
        March 20, 2012 @ 9:50 pm | Reply
      • a old customer:

        Nothing important on that VPS, so no worries ;)

        March 21, 2012 @ 8:18 pm | Reply
  9. very satisfactory

    March 20, 2012 @ 9:21 pm | Reply
  10. John Smith:

    I bought a VPS from them two days ago and it took them until today to set my VPS up and running. Just when I decided to let this go, I realized that I can’t control my VPS from my panel at all. The root password that they generated for me doesn’t work and I can’t even reset it.

    I strongly advise you to stay away from this service provider. I am very disappointed and will ask for a full refund right now.

    March 23, 2012 @ 1:14 am | Reply
  11. Tom:

    Just to counter the negativity, I’ve had a VPS with these guys for a couple of months now and I’m quietly pleased. It’s all been pretty stable & performant. I have had to re-boot once but I can live with that.

    March 27, 2012 @ 2:55 pm | Reply
  12. long:

    how long does it take to setup?
    I’ve been waiting for two days

    March 28, 2012 @ 5:03 pm | Reply
    • long:

      edit: they set it the same day, but apparently sent information to wrong email.

      March 29, 2012 @ 9:31 am | Reply
  13. lj:

    i ordered 1 , it took 1 hours to be setup, then ordered another one just and was setup within 20 minutes, bargain i think compared to my other hosts, and also the nodes pretty fast

    March 30, 2012 @ 9:22 am | Reply
  14. GermanTK:

    I ordered the smallest VPS on 28 mar 2012 09:14 CEST and now it is 30 mar 2012 14:34 CEST but I have not received any mail. What they are doing?

    March 30, 2012 @ 12:35 pm | Reply
    • jfalpha:

      if you used a “+” for a gmail address, then you won’t receive it since they don’t format the address properly. I accidentally signed up twice and found this out the hard way with my paid account going to the + filtered address. check your paypal receipt for the client id and reset pass from privatelayer site.

      March 30, 2012 @ 9:18 pm | Reply
      • GermanTK:

        I do not understand. I cancelled my order with paypal.

        April 3, 2012 @ 11:50 am | Reply
  15. jfalpha:

    I signed up with them and did a scp transfer of like 6-7GB’s from another server and trying to unpack some file recursively. I got 5-6MBps with the transfer but they shutdown the server like an hour later for “container high load” affecting other nodes. this is my first experience buying a VPS and and i don’t want to be warned for doing basic things. If scp and unrar constitute high usage and warrants suspension, what good is it for? I’m going to try installing a blog or something since it’s only been two days.

    March 30, 2012 @ 9:25 pm | Reply
    • Dvvarf:

      They do block VPSes for high load sometimes. It happened during apt-get upgrade with me. And not once.

      April 1, 2012 @ 7:29 pm | Reply
  16. kro:

    Brought one of these yesterday.

    Provisioned rather quickly +1
    Yum update + Setup OpenVPN PPTPD(20 mins) – no tun/pptp >
    Ticket asking for RDNS, with a reply to the same(moments afterwards) to enable TUN + PPTP
    (Next morning)First of the two replys was read, RDNS done(Ticket Closed), TUN/PPTP third reply(Reopen+Reminder)
    Shortly after, its all working as intended. Restart openvpn. Out of time(EASTER FRIDAY WOO-Anti geek day)
    12 hours later back home. Service has been suspended:

    Dear SomeGuy

    This email is intended to inform you that your VPS has been suspended for 24
    hours due to high CPU overload coming from it, affecting the Hardware Node where many
    more clients reside.

    The container has been using more than 100% of the resources allocated to it,
    and we cant allow this by any means, since our main goal is to guarantee a
    stable and reliable service to all our clients.

    We urge you to get back to us regarding ths, with a plan of action to make sure
    this doesnt happen again.


    Private Layer – Support Team
    PL SO-01

    OpenVPN isnt in use yet, I’ve yet to test its functionality – simply ran out of time!
    Interested to see their reply. First of its kind with many LEB providers! Not one complaint, not one suspension. Until now, HAPPY EASTER ALL :)

    April 6, 2012 @ 11:13 am | Reply
    • kro:

      It could just be automated I guess, without getting into it and having a look I cannot see if its actually consuming anything while its sitting idle, and no way is the above an attack, just my experience thus far.

      Speeds are great, a 100mb.test from cachefly 3.2seconds (first thing I tested)
      Support has been speedy enough too. Their client panel is pretty fly.
      I didn’t manage to run any I/O stuff or benchmarking stuff. Not keen, might trigger the ‘load’ limit

      April 6, 2012 @ 11:22 am | Reply
      • kro:

        Support is pretty slack. I guess they look at the last line of the last ticket and not to bother with all the tickets since their last response. I guess opening a ticket per post is the method to bypass this human laziness.

        Box is back up. But my load averages are 0.45 0.24 0.14 (example) with ONE OpenVPN user active (EEEEEKKK it needs to handle a few more than that!)
        So I turned openvpn off(Only thing I require it for) as I’m too scared about being suspended…

        Trying to think of another ‘low CPU’ reason to keep the thing.

        April 10, 2012 @ 7:56 am | Reply
  17. davis:

    i have order 1 vps now

    no information received

    he asked to add 15$ to get my vps info

    not good this

    April 9, 2012 @ 6:43 pm | Reply
  18. xmpp server:

    One service can integrate with other xmpp organizations services. Software and most other additional applications are available for free download.

    April 10, 2012 @ 7:24 am | Reply
  19. long:

    My curl download process is always killed before finish. That’s the only thing I’m using

    April 10, 2012 @ 7:41 am | Reply
  20. davis:

    vps received

    its work great / ping stable

    at this time all ok

    April 10, 2012 @ 8:22 am | Reply
  21. Do you have centos 32bit becouse i see at order only 64bit so hard installed kloxo many setup for 64bit

    April 18, 2012 @ 9:07 am | Reply
  22. kevin:


    I bought a VPS from them, took over 24 hours to set up, after that, the IPv6 was PISS POOR SLOW (COMPLETELY UNUSABLE), I also asked them to give me more IPv6 addresses, which then they said they are ‘working on’, 4 days later, many many support tickets and phone calls to ALL of their VOIP lines, no answer.

    They are ignoring me, ignoring my request for a refund (after 4 days of unusable service, IPv6 service was not delivered). This is a SHAMEFUL company and I highly recommend you STAY away from CHVPS/PrivateLayer
    They say they have ’24/7′ support, when really it is 3 people who don’t give two shits at all. There is no 24/7 support here AT ALL, their phone lines DO NOT work, and they do not answer email service.

    If you need a European VPS (Switzerland included) go to EDIS.AT, my VPS was set up almost instantly, my tickets are replied to within 15 minutes and they truely care about their customers.

    I can provide proof of server for both places, aswell as I will be posting all the logs of the “support chat” that took place.

    April 21, 2012 @ 11:23 pm | Reply
  23. Johnny:

    I know there’s a lot of negativity but I’ve been with them for over 4 months and I’m still really pleased. My system is performant & stable. I haven’t needed the helpdesk but everything else seems to work fine. Nothing is fabulous but it’s cheep so good is good enough.

    June 21, 2012 @ 10:01 pm | Reply
  24. I’d stay as far as way as possible from these!

    They have a network full of rubbish!

    Botnets , Malware , Floods occurring from them!.

    Abuse@ doesn’t exist.

    June 30, 2012 @ 1:42 pm | Reply

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