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Cortex Networks - $5.96 256MB OpenVZ VPS in Chicago

Cortex Networks Jeremy from Cortex Networks emailed me their October promotion, where you get 25% off recurring discount when you use the coupon code 25OFFOCT (also on WHT). Their OpenVZ VPS plan “VPS256” would be $5.96/month after the discount. Direct sign up link.

  • 256MB guaranteed/512MB burstable memory
  • 20GB storage
  • 200GB/month data transfer
  • 1 vCPU core
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM

It supports PayPal and AlertPay. Servers at 350 E. Cermak in Chicago IL (Updated — test IP: Their current configuration uses Xeon E3-1270 CPUs with 16GB of memory + RAID10. According to the About Us page, Cortex Networks are based in Jacksonville FL, founded by Jeremy and Brian at the end of 2010. They also have “combined IT experience of over 25 years”, although it says “15 years IT experience” in their WHT offer. Pretty standard ToS with no proxy nor IRC.

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  1. You can test to

    October 11, 2011 @ 4:19 pm | Reply
  2. They seem to have a rather lengthy history of helping people on WHT as well.

    Stuff is not adding up though.

    The one and only testimonial on their website is uncited and is in fact found elsewhere word for word. In addition, it leads to a coming soon page. And I have t wonder why they’re using a heading labeled “Lots of happy customers” but don’t provide any.

    I have to wonder about their experience. I wasn’t going to question their IT experience but dropping the url into whois shows two drops with the domain being (re)created in 2010. And hosted in Amsterdam for some reason. That’s weird.

    Dropping the url into archive.org shows that someone was doing IT networking work back in 2003-2005. Considering the drops, I have to wonder if this is in fact the same company.

    Also considering that the WHT account only was created in 2010….

    October 11, 2011 @ 5:42 pm | Reply
    • I’ll clear a few of the questions up for you.

      The 15 years IT experience is my experience alone, my brother has an additional 10 years. This is where the 25 years combined came from on our site. My brothers role in the company is mainly as a backup administrator in the event I am not available. We come from Corporate IT backgrounds so security and backups are big on our list.

      The IP’s showing from Amsterdam is because the company that we use for our 350 Cermak location has their own IP space and they are based out of the EU.

      For the testimonial being copied, it was because we used a templated site before we decided to have a site custom made a few weeks ago. And the designer just used the old content when they built the site. Getting the rest of the site tweaked out has been priority. You can see the exact verbage used on the old template we used and it looks like the same designer made the site you linked.

      Our Old template: http://www.zomex.com/templates/demo/sequence-host.php
      The site you linked template: http://www.zomex.com/templates/demo/ruby-host.php

      As for the archive.org, No we are not the same company. We came up with the name and it was available so we registered it, after the fact I found out that it had been registered before but had been dropped for several years. We registered the name in 2010.

      I try and help everyone I can because I enjoy what I do.

      October 12, 2011 @ 4:02 am | Reply
    • And hosted in Amsterdam for some reason

      I am getting 1.6ms ping from a VPS in Chicago, so that can’t be in Amsterdam… Been pretty much all Cogent for me though wherever doing a traceroute.

      October 12, 2011 @ 4:13 am | Reply
  3. Hmm, there name reminds of the fun crash bandicoot games i used to play! :)

    I love the name!

    October 11, 2011 @ 10:43 pm | Reply
    • Lmao oh the memorys. UDABAGA!

      October 11, 2011 @ 10:52 pm | Reply
    • Blackstorm72:

      I still play Crash Bandicoot 1, 2, 3 and Crash Bash. (Never cared for CTR, although was awesome!)
      I have a GameBoy SP that has Crash Bandicoot Purple on it.

      NaughtyDog studios made the BEST games ever. It really sucked when they ended production.
      …Could go on talking about CB, but I gotta play it. Brb.

      October 11, 2011 @ 11:01 pm | Reply
      • Tom:

        I enjoyed CTR a lot, it was incredibly fun on PS1 and I think I passed it at least 3 times ;)

        October 12, 2011 @ 8:58 am | Reply
    • Blackstorm72:

      Just an edit to the post above: NaughtyDog studios made the best games ever for Crash Bandicoot. They never left production ;) just ended CB’s production.

      October 11, 2011 @ 11:02 pm | Reply
    • lol..
      that is neo cortex…

      October 12, 2011 @ 9:11 am | Reply
  4. Crash 2, the level riding the polar bear, EPIC!

    October 11, 2011 @ 11:39 pm | Reply
    • Ville:

      /Excludes VMPort from services I would buy.

      October 12, 2011 @ 9:34 am | Reply

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