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CHVPS - $6.99 512MB OpenVZ VPS in Switzerland

CHVPS Fernando from CHVPS/PrivateLayer sent me a new LowEndBox-exclusive coupon code yesterday. Coupon code this time is MAN7SW, and to match the Christmas spirit it is now giving you 30% off recurring discount. They have recently migrated from Virtuozzo platform to OpenVZ/SolusVM, and after the discount “Cirrus 2” under “Normal Cloud Computing” would just fit under our listing criteria at $6.99/month. Direct signup link.

  • 512MB guaranteed/1024MB burstable memory
  • 40GB storage
  • 1TB/month data transfer
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM

Payments in either PayPal or 2Checkout. Servers with Equinix in Switzerland (test IP: You can probably argue that “Cirrus 1” at $2.79/month with half the resource of Cirrus 2 might be a better deal. PrivateLayer has been around since May 2010. Lots of mixed feedbacks from their last two listings here. If you are looking for an KVM VPS in the Switzerland, this EDIS offer might be a better deal.

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  1. Tom:

    BEFORE BUYING – Be sure to read previous comments on this provider. Dumped all oversold server with VMWare clients into OpenVz and still had garbage performance due to poor management. Also unannounced network caps have happened a lot from 100mbps into 10mbps. Lucky I never ordered to experience such nonsense.

    December 9, 2011 @ 10:13 am | Reply
  2. HuluWa:

    test IP: does not work.

    December 9, 2011 @ 10:30 am | Reply
  3. Ipv6 addresses? (direct or via tunnel?)

    December 9, 2011 @ 10:43 am | Reply
    • Spirit:

      Permanent “it will be soon” stamenet. If I understand them correct they have IPv6 structure available but they aren’t really eager to bring it to customers and they prefer empty promises here.

      December 9, 2011 @ 11:43 pm | Reply
  4. Dvvarf:

    Have been promising to provide KVM (earlier was Xen) since around end of August. As you can see – still nothing. It’d be okay if they did not say things like “in two weeks” or “in under the week”.

    December 9, 2011 @ 7:22 pm | Reply
  5. Inglar:

    Cancel VPS with them from previous LEB offer after month, because it was unusable.
    Port speed was limited to 10 mbps, CPU to 1000 Mhz, disk I/O arround 15 Mb/s…
    Centos upgrade after reinstall takes around 2 hours…
    Support after multiple requests could not even enable TUN/TAP, only trying to do this without success :)
    Right after the order all was not so bad, but after a month perfomance has dropped too much.
    So I fully agree in the opinion, that they oversold and would not recommend to buy a something from this company.

    December 9, 2011 @ 7:24 pm | Reply
    • Nathan:

      Same here.

      Had to send several emails to have an acceptable I/O (10MB/s write speed), CPU capped, last time I checked the network was not capped to 10Mb/s though but not very fast either (but more than enough for me).

      I think it’s not a good deal if you want to host something on it or whatever (anyway OpenVZ…).
      It can only be interesting IMHO for a reverse proxy IF they apply the same rules on their VPS than their dedi line…

      It’s a shame as we can hear good things about their dedis. Dunno why they dedided to cap cap cap their VPSes…

      December 9, 2011 @ 7:38 pm | Reply
  6. bobo:

    just a notice that the test IP (test IP: from Germany not SW !!!!!!!!!!

    December 9, 2011 @ 7:52 pm | Reply
  7. paul:

    I had a Panama VPS with Private Layer and they were pretty OK for the price and location.

    December 9, 2011 @ 9:00 pm | Reply
    • @paul : could you give a little info on the Panama VPS. Stable? Price? ….

      December 10, 2011 @ 9:29 am | Reply
      • Inglar:

        May be PL Panama VPS not so “lowendboxly” by price as their VPS in CH from previous offer :) Also may be they think, that for $2-3 you must can only connect to VPS via SSH, make ping test etc and be very happy with this :)

        December 10, 2011 @ 11:54 am | Reply
      • paul:

        PrivateLayer sales was pretty flexible and you can contact them (sales@…) and ask them how much does it cost provide you a package you want. If I remember correctly I had/wanted 256mb (no swap)/150-200GB transfer/>= 10GB storage with debian6. I paid $4,99 monthly which is great for Panama/South America.

        PrivateLayer has a very friendly and helpful technical support. There were in the beginning some reboots without explanation but everything got very stable after a 2-3 weeks. I didn’t have almost any downtime after that and I was very satisfied.

        December 10, 2011 @ 2:09 pm | Reply
  8. HuluWa:
    root@server:~# cat /proc/cpuinfo
    processor       : 0
    vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
    cpu family      : 6
    model           : 44
    model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5620  @ 2.40GHz
    stepping        : 2
    cpu MHz         : 799.744
    cache size      : 12288 KB
    physical id     : 0
    siblings        : 8
    core id         : 0
    cpu cores       : 4
    apicid          : 0
    initial apicid  : 0
    fpu             : yes
    fpu_exception   : yes
    cpuid level     : 11
    wp              : yes
    flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm dca sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm ida arat epb tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid
    bogomips        : 4799.59
    clflush size    : 64
    cache_alignment : 64
    address sizes   : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
    power management:
    root@server:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=1k oflag=dsync
    1024+0 records in
    1024+0 records out
    67108864 bytes (67 MB) copied, 60.363 s, 1.1 MB/s
    root@server:~# wget http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    --2011-12-10 13:23:26--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net...
    Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: `100mb.test'
    100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 46.0M/s   in 2.2s

    A poor control panel that seems can’t be reinstalled OS.

    December 10, 2011 @ 10:28 am | Reply
    • Inglar:

      Wow, network port is not limited yet?

      December 10, 2011 @ 11:47 am | Reply
  9. Bob:

    Things went better after sending a few mails to support:


    CPU model :  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5620  @ 2.40GHz
    Number of cores : 1
    CPU frequency :  1200.128 MHz
    Total amount of ram : 512 MB
    Total amount of swap : 256 MB
    System uptime :   1 day, 8:14,       
    Download speed from CacheFly: 50.2MB/s 
    Download speed from Linode, Atlanta GA: 2.75MB/s 
    Download speed from Linode, Dallas, TX: 2.54MB/s 
    Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 4.17MB/s 
    Download speed from Linode, London, UK: 23.2MB/s 
    Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 9.97MB/s 
    Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 3.04MB/s 
    Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 5.00MB/s 
    Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 5.66MB/s 
    Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 8.08MB/s 
    I/O speed :  21.5 MB/s

    seems like the node rebooted a few times though.

    December 11, 2011 @ 9:42 pm | Reply
  10. Amin Nurdin:

    CHVPS put 80 VPS in one node.

    December 18, 2011 @ 8:01 am | Reply
  11. I have this current VPS. I’ve had it now for about 3 months and so far it’s ok. I’ve only had a few outages, the node is sometimes extremely slow, and the IP of the node I am on is blacklisted by SpamHaus.

    December 19, 2011 @ 12:40 am | Reply
  12. Mate:

    I have a Cirrus 1 VPS by CHVPS, and I am very pleased.

    I have a “real” server in Hungary (University Network), so I have 100Mbit/s in Hungary. With my hungarian server is the download:

    server2009:~# wget chvps.holcam.hu/100m.bin
    --2012-01-05 17:43:26--  http://chvps.holcam.hu/100m.bin
    Resolving chvps.holcam.hu...
    Connecting to chvps.holcam.hu||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: `100m.bin.1'
    100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 5.08M/s   in 14s
    2012-01-05 17:43:39 (7.26 MB/s) - `100m.bin.1' saved [104857600/104857600]

    And my CHVPS’s download speed from Hungary (so I have just 100Mbit/s upload in Hungary):

    TTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: `100m.bin'
    100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 11.2M/s   in 9.1s
    2012-01-05 19:31:43 (10.9 MB/s) - `100m.bin' saved [104857600/104857600]

    Wget with linode servers (http://www.linode.com/speedtest/):

    S04001011820MATE:~# wget http://london1.linode.com/100MB-london.bin
    --2012-01-05 19:33:42--  http://london1.linode.com/100MB-london.bin
    Resolving london1.linode.com...
    Connecting to london1.linode.com||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: `100MB-london.bin'
    100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 32.0M/s   in 3.1s
    2012-01-05 19:33:46 (32.0 MB/s) - `100MB-london.bin' saved [104857600/104857600]
    S04001011820MATE:~# wget http://dallas1.linode.com/100MB-dallas.bin
    --2012-01-05 19:34:24--  http://dallas1.linode.com/100MB-dallas.bin
    Resolving dallas1.linode.com...
    Connecting to dallas1.linode.com||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: `100MB-dallas.bin'
    100%[======================================>] 104,857,600  389K/s   in 91s
    2012-01-05 19:35:55 (1.10 MB/s) - `100MB-dallas.bin' saved [104857600/104857600]

    My result: the speed and the ping are in Europe very-very good.
    The speed is between US and Europe slower (10Mbit/s) but accordingly I need a server in Europe.

    You can test the download speed and the ping too.

    VPS was in 5 hours activated. I don’t have any rebuild information in SolusVM so you can ask for rebuild your VPS.

    January 5, 2012 @ 4:40 pm | Reply
  13. Dissappointed:

    I bought a Cirrus 1 also, so far so good.

    January 11, 2012 @ 2:16 pm | Reply
  14. safefaek:

    They have offline for several hours.

    January 12, 2012 @ 11:27 am | Reply

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