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DamnVPS – $5.95 512MB OpenVZ VPS

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: May 23, 2010 @ 12:22 pm, by LowEndAdmin

DamnVPS I have been a follower of Rus’ Twitter feed for a while, and have recently learnt that he has quit VAServ and started another VPS hosting company — DamnVPS. Yeah you thought something like FsckVPS was slightly inappropriately named, this one is not any better. It has just announced the opening offer on their blog, and for $5.95/month you can get the following system

  • 512MB guaranteed/1024MB burstable memory
  • 15GB storage
  • 1TB/month data transfer
  • OpenVZ

These apply to only US-based OpenVZ plans, and you can choose between Los Angeles (West Coast), Dallas (Center) or New Jersey (East Coast). Not too sure about the availability of these locations, as the company has just been set up.

Well. Rus has certainly been a veteran in the virtual server hosting space. All the best to his new venture.

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54 Comments

  1. Anonymous:

    But remember this is the guy that lost like 1000 VPS’s when his servers got compromised

    May 23, 2010 @ 4:13 pm | Reply
  2. It wasnt Rus’es fault. It was HyperVM….

    May 23, 2010 @ 5:46 pm | Reply
  3. I’ve seen Rus sell start up and sell a few hosting companies so I wouldn’t be surprised if sometime down the road the same thing happened. However, I’m’ currently beta testing one of their VPS and I have to say it’s pretty good and I’m liking all the things that he’s offering. The prices are pretty awesome, too.

    May 23, 2010 @ 7:48 pm | Reply
  4. irc:

    Is irc connections allowd?

    May 23, 2010 @ 9:46 pm | Reply
  5. @Admin

    you get another 10% off with coupon OPENING. its a recurring discount.

    May 24, 2010 @ 5:12 am | Reply
  6. the cheapest option costs $5.95 + 17.50% VAT – 10.00% recurring discount makes it $6.30/mo

    Good thing though the offer is valid on yearly subcription also.

    May 24, 2010 @ 6:49 am | Reply
  7. @Srikanth — you only pay VAT if you are in UK/EU. Otherwise in the following page where you enter in your address, you can update the amount if you are not in UK/EU.

    May 24, 2010 @ 7:00 am | Reply
  8. IWTFI:

    UK is on Europe so you haven’t to say UK/EU.

    May 24, 2010 @ 11:10 am | Reply
  9. alan:

    I tried to sign up as I have been waiting for a good deal in Dallas but was flagged as high risk.

    May 24, 2010 @ 5:10 pm | Reply
  10. Mudel:

    @ Daniel – No, it wasn’t.

    http://www.hackinthebox.org/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=31707

    And yes, that was confirmed.

    May 24, 2010 @ 10:30 pm | Reply
  11. Anonymous:

    Thats 100% right, so would you seriously trust this guy with your VPS again? I had a VPS with him then, and I lost all my data. Ok nothing important, but what if it had been.

    This posting was troubling:

    http://damnvps.com/blog/2010/05/dallas-beta-aftermath/

    ‘Well today we launched our Dallas Beta of 100 slots and they all went within 3 hours which was a bit quicker than we were expecting :)’

    So looking at monitoring:
    http://monitor.damnvps.com/cgi-bin/arguscgi?object=Top;func=page;top=1

    there is only ONE xen server in Texas. 100 VPS’s on ONE box?

    Not a good situation

    May 25, 2010 @ 10:57 am | Reply
  12. Nick:

    @10: I see 1 OpenVZ host @ DFW and 1 Xen host @ DFW in their Argus frontend. FWIW …

    May 25, 2010 @ 1:02 pm | Reply
  13. Anonymous:

    I know but he didn’t say how many slots he sold of those.

    If its the same number of VPS’s ie 100 per server, thats not good

    May 25, 2010 @ 2:39 pm | Reply
  14. I’ve ordered a Xen VPS, to give it a try. Let’s see what follows. The first question is how quickly it will be set up.

    May 25, 2010 @ 4:10 pm | Reply
  15. Looks like some provider-bashing from a competitor here…

    Anyway. I signed up to an OpenVZ VPS just to test out. Xeon 5620 boxes which you can burst to full 4 cores. Still got some rough edges with the templates, and damn I hate SolusVM. Maybe it’s just me who kept on having issues with SolusVM with multiple providers.

    May 26, 2010 @ 12:59 am | Reply
  16. king:

    Interested in their Xen package. any suggestion about Xen PV and HVM? Which one to choose?

    May 26, 2010 @ 4:28 am | Reply
  17. Anonymous:

    Not provider-bashing, just someone who lost their VPS and looked damn stupid having recommended the company to many others.

    May 26, 2010 @ 7:41 am | Reply
  18. 2king: read the difference between paravirtualization and HVM here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xen

    May 26, 2010 @ 7:49 am | Reply
  19. InsDel:

    DamnVPS provides more specific details on their nodes’ HW config on their blog:
    http://damnvps.com/blog/2010/05/do-we-oversell/

    May 26, 2010 @ 6:58 pm | Reply
  20. That’s 60+GB machine that can probably squeeze in 100+ 512MB VEs. I would be more interested to see the output of `vzlist` on a fully loaded machine :)

    May 27, 2010 @ 12:35 am | Reply
  21. Marl:

    Has the beta testing ended? The one that I have been terminated and I didn’t even received an email. :(

    May 27, 2010 @ 1:31 am | Reply
  22. earl:

    I wonder how much a E5620 server with 60 gb of ram would cost per month?

    May 27, 2010 @ 4:50 am | Reply
  23. Mudel:

    @ earl – I’d hope that they own their own servers and colocate them. Most dedicated server providers charge about $25-50/mo per 2GB of RAM so that’d be very expensive.

    May 27, 2010 @ 4:53 am | Reply
  24. earl:

    @ Mudel, I guess your right.. so how much you think a server like that would cost? I guess they make it back in a couple of months time..

    it sure would be fun to have server like that to play around with.

    May 27, 2010 @ 5:06 am | Reply
  25. Mudel:

    @ earl – Quite a bit.

    E5620 retails at $400
    2GB DDR2 RAM usually retails at $50-60
    RAID10 card will vary but count for $300+
    Hard drives – he just says 2TB so not sure what the disks actually are but there’s at least 4 for RAID10

    Then there’s the chassis, motherboard, and power supply.

    So let’s say $800 for the CPUs, $1500 for the RAM, $300 for the RAID card = $2600. So probably $3k when considering disks, chassis, mobo, and PSU.

    May 27, 2010 @ 5:18 am | Reply
  26. I would have no idea. Just went to Dell.com and tried to configure an R610 or R710 and couldn’t find options to use Xeon 5620. And the RAM price. ARGH! Well. Those discussion probably belong to HighEndBox.com, not here :)

    May 27, 2010 @ 5:20 am | Reply
  27. @Mudel $50 for 2GB — are these ECC memory suitable for 5620? Also 64GB would require 32 sticks of those which I doubt the motherboard has. If you go for 4GB/stick (16 sticks) then the price would probably more than double.

    May 27, 2010 @ 5:23 am | Reply
  28. earl:

    @LowEndAdmin yeah.. I think the server would only take ECC memory.. and they are pricey.. I guess with the HD they use SANS?

    by the way LowEndAdmin.. you have found some excellent deals lately!! it’s killing me. I can’t stop myself from buying!!

    but it sure is fun thought..

    May 27, 2010 @ 5:31 am | Reply
  29. Mudel:

    @ LEA – Ah, good point. I’ve see quite a few 1x4GB ECC REG DDR2 RAM on Newegg for about $140.

    Though all these prices are based on Newegg prices.

    May 27, 2010 @ 5:39 am | Reply
  30. @earl — SANS would be an external storage. Maybe you meant SAS drives? Exercise some self control will help you not buying up too many cheap virtual servers in your world domination plan :)

    @Mudel — yeah it can be pricy. And I am sure DELL wouldn’t mind you putting Newegg-sourced ECC DDR3 sticks in their enterprise server :)

    May 27, 2010 @ 6:00 am | Reply
  31. earl:

    Yes I meant SAS.. thanks for correcting. I wonder if anyone has a review of their Xen packages.. I’ve never really had a XEN VPS before.. is it really better?

    May 27, 2010 @ 6:10 am | Reply
  32. earl:

    Well I found this from WHT.. it seems about the same specs!

    72GB RAM – Perfect for Large Database Applications

    * Dual Intel Xeon Quad Core Westmere E5620 – 2.4GHz – 12M Cache – 5.86GT/s
    * 72GB 1066MHz DDR3 Triple Channel Registered Memory
    * 2x 500GB – SATAII – 7.2K RPM – 3Gbps – 32MB Cache – Enterprise Class
    * Maximum of 6 HDD’s
    * Hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 /w 256MB cache & BBU Included
    * 100Mbps Network Port (Dedicated)
    * 2000GB/mo Premium Bandwidth
    * 1 Public IP Address via Private VLAN (/30)

    $549/mo

    May 27, 2010 @ 6:38 am | Reply
  33. You guys really didn’t read it up? DamnVPS isn’t owned by Rus. It is owned by and he is employed by iomart Group (the people who own RapidSwitch). This is their venture, with him leading it on.

    Or that’s how Rus told it to me when I was talking to him! :)

    May 27, 2010 @ 6:46 am | Reply
  34. @earl And you have to host 100+ cheapo VPS on it to cover the monthly cost (and massively oversold the data).

    @Jason well I have *no idea*. I think I have seen iomart on the website but can’t seem to be able to find it now. You guys are in the “industry” so do tell all the juicy secrets :)

    May 27, 2010 @ 7:40 am | Reply
  35. turnleft:

    they are selling $6 Windows VPS as well?

    I tried to activate it but it says it doesn’t have a key yet.

    May 27, 2010 @ 8:39 am | Reply
  36. Mark:

    @Daniel It was eventually revealed that Rus’ poor choice of passwords and method of storing them was what allowed the crackers to use HyperVM as a tool to lose all those VPSes. He later quietly acknowledged this in a forum post.

    However, it was without doubt, a very costly mistake, and I’m sure he’s learned his lesson. Considering the scale of the event, I’d imagine that he’d be extremely careful not to make the same mistake again.

    May 27, 2010 @ 9:49 am | Reply
  37. @LowEndAdmin – I talk to people, competitors also, daily and I have to say – I love gossip! :)

    The holding page actually said iomart on it at one point, but now it does not. But having spoken to Rus about this about a week ago, this is actually an iomart project (the people who own RapidSwitch) and not his own, they just employed him the moment he left Blue Square after selling vaserv.

    May 27, 2010 @ 6:31 pm | Reply
  38. Mudel:

    Does anyone see their slogan and mistake it for “We don’t give a damn about our customers”? LOL. I don’t know why my eyes to do that to me.

    May 28, 2010 @ 4:46 am | Reply
  39. Syaman:

    Very unfortunate choice of slogan indeed lol

    May 28, 2010 @ 10:25 am | Reply
  40. joeno:

    IRC is not allowed on DamnVPS.

    June 1, 2010 @ 5:49 pm | Reply
  41. Thanks for the coverage and comments. I’m always happy to hear both the good (and bad) things people have to say as its the only way to learn

    June 2, 2010 @ 11:27 am | Reply
  42. Randy:

    Trial version still work? I’m asked to pay.

    June 3, 2010 @ 3:02 am | Reply
  43. Rus:

    All our beta slots are now gone so yes its pay only now

    June 3, 2010 @ 8:22 am | Reply
  44. I was a beta tester and I’d say damnVPS provides great servers. A bit pricey compared to other low end box over here but I think it’s worth it.

    June 8, 2010 @ 5:55 am | Reply
  45. I’ve got a Xen HVM Machine. It’s excellent. I can easily hit 6mb/s. I’ve not pushed it at all yet, as my Debian installation is only running OpenVPN and Lighttpd at the moment (using 32MB RAM!)

    June 8, 2010 @ 9:34 am | Reply
  46. Sandro:

    are more beta VPS’s coming?

    June 8, 2010 @ 12:02 pm | Reply
  47. Rus:

    No everything is going to be paid from now on

    June 8, 2010 @ 12:03 pm | Reply
  48. Ryan:

    Well I decided to give it a shot and so far so good setup was pretty much instantaneous. Network speed is great and the server seem to perform a lot better then my vps I had on enotch. I will comment at the end of the month with my full review.

    June 10, 2010 @ 3:15 pm | Reply
  49. Ryan:

    Just an update there was a suspension on my vps (Completely my fault I ordered the vps while I was still ssh’d in my old vps and it got triggered as a suspected IP address) Rus resolved the issue within 10 min of me opening the ticket after I explained what had happened. So far support is great!!

    June 10, 2010 @ 6:56 pm | Reply
  50. Don:

    Received email that DamnVPS is rebranding with a new name: ThrustVPS.

    June 11, 2010 @ 2:40 pm | Reply
  51. Where does rus get these names from lol…

    June 11, 2010 @ 9:17 pm | Reply
  52. Don is right, damnVPS is now called thrustVPS.

    Personally, I don’t think that changing from damn to thrust affects the company’s ‘image’ anything at all.

    Anyhow, they’re looking pretty steady for now.

    June 12, 2010 @ 7:33 am | Reply
  53. Here is my honest unbiased review of DamnVPS

    I’ve been using DamnVPS for less than 2 months.
    Initially had the 512 and upgraded to 1GG recently.
    On the 512 I got 1 CPU core, on the 1GB I got 2 cores. Even with 1 Core the CPU is really fast. I think it’s quite fair.

    PROS:
    The Kernel is one of the latest and secure, 2.6.33.X
    Fast CPU, Intel Xeon E5620 2.40GHz with 12MB Cache
    Good Technical Support, they always replied so quickly.
    Variety of Linux Available.
    OpenVPN and NAT works well.
    Excellent Price.

    Cons:
    I had 2 reboots since then.

    Overall it’s an Excellent Service and has a very good Value for the money.
    I hope they get more stable.

    I am not sure if I’d recommended them (yet) for serious hosting. At will give them at least 1 year before I host serious apps there.
    I am hosting Ruby on Rails only, which is really easy to deploy to new server.

    Fred
    Linux sysadmin

    June 25, 2010 @ 4:03 am | Reply
  54. actually I think that the rebranding “WILL” help in the long run game. DamnVPS was ok, but using a word considered derogatory surely had some impact on potential customers that were turned off by it or felt that it devalued the companies services in some way.

    ThrustVps doesn’t feel derogatory at all compared to DamnVps. Sure, the word “Thrust” is kind of “In your face action”, but that’s a totally different angle. One can now get a VPS that will Thrust them to new levels of success, faster speeds, and put you in the website game. That’s the feel I get from the new brand name anyways.

    Congrats on the rebranding :)

    July 7, 2010 @ 9:56 pm | Reply

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