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Dead Pool May 2011 - HazeNET, IntelliServe, VeVPS, V for VPS, etc

Ladies and gentlemen! Here is the blog post of death registry for May 2011. Quite a few of them this month. Here we go!


Current Status: Redirect to ThrustVPS.com

GigeVPS, started by Jacob Wall after acquiring HostLatch, post their first offer on LowEndBox in July 2010 offering 512MB OpenVZ VPS for $6.95/month in Orlando with HostDime. That did not last long, as Jacob then sold it to ThrustVPS in August 2010. Rus maintained the brand for a while, and then started redirecting it to ThrustVPS last month. Meanwhile, Jacob has moved on to his enterprise cloud solution. Pricing there is a bit enterprisy as well so probably won’t see him again here :) All the best.

HazeNet HazeNET

Current Status: Redirect to ThrustVPS.com

HazeNET were first featured on LowEndBox also in July 2010, and being probably the very first VPS provider offering 1GB OpenVZ VPS under $7/month, based in Kansas City. Colin was quite responsive at the beginning (like most provider owners here), but after another 1GB VPS offer around Christmas, he disappeared soon afterwards. It was then purchased by ThurstVPS, and has been redirecting to Thrust since May. As of Colin — no idea where he went.

IntelliServe IntelliServe

Current Status: IP not resolvable

IntelliServe posted their WHT offer and picked up by me early last month. £2.39/month 256MB OpenVZ VPS in an interesting location. Even more interesting — owner (as seen on his Wikipedia page) is a professional boxer. Anyway. Looks like professional boxing might be better for him. It went on sale a few days later and then not selling again. He off-loaded to someone else according to WHT, but that does not stop their website cease resolving on 26 May.


Current Status: cPanel default page

NoVPS‘s customers now indeed have, hmm, No VPS, since its website is now showing cPanel parked page at the moment. In fact, as their last post on WHT was from November 2010, they could have been in dead pool back then. $30/year Xen package wasn’t too bad, but I think it might have been a scam with no intention to be a long running business right from the start.

Plasawebhost Plasawebhost

Current Status: Website account suspended

I posted offer from Plasawebhost just before Christmas after getting emails from Anto. $6.49/month 128MB OpenVZ VPS would be on the “expensive” side of scale overhere on WHT. It does not really translate to stability I guess. Their website is now showing “Account Suspended” message since 29 May. No one was whining and yelling as I guess not many people would have taken up the offer. Anto is still posting on his Facebook though so maybe some one can poke him with an inquiry.

SitePenguin SitePenguin

Current Status: Website offline

SitePenguin‘s first offer was featured here almost 2 years ago. $4.99 for 128MB OpenVZ VPS — even on-par with some of today’s offer. They are also one of first few offering exclusive deals to LowEndBox readers. Then read the stories here. Yomura took over, ran it for a while, and finally pull the plug of their website at the end of May. Yomura’s other brands, Delimiter, is still around. XVPS is “under new management” and will be coming later this month.


Current Status: Redirect to VolumeDrive.

veVPS — first post March 2011 with 1GB OpenVZ VPS for $7, hosted with VolumeDrive in Scranton. At least with our statistics, the reps coming for a fight on LowEndBox usually won’t have their business for long. It is now redirecting to VolumeDrive’s contact page, which I guess it’s VD’s way to say, “hey if you get scammed by these people, contact us!”. I better stop here, as I know someone might come out yelling “HATERRRRS!”

V for VPS V for VPS

Current Status: cPanel default page

V for VPS was first posted here in January. $4.99 for 384MB OpenVZ VPS in Chicago. Their Netherlands Switzerland server had spam-related issue, and the owner “Mike” basically just disappeared since March. Website went to cPanel default page on 6 May, and I think that’s the end of it.

On the Watch List

These are the providers that might not have died last month, but are on my watch list for next month’s dead pool post.

That’s it for this month!

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  1. HostLatch -> GigeVPS, not hosthatch :)

    The owner of HostLatch went on to build VPSLatch and recently sold it to HostDime.


    June 8, 2011 @ 6:17 am | Reply
  2. oh my god

    June 8, 2011 @ 6:17 am | Reply
    • Birdian:

      but…… your chinese :/

      June 8, 2011 @ 6:53 am | Reply
      • Whats wrong with someone being Chinese?

        June 8, 2011 @ 6:54 am | Reply
        • Possible high chance of fraud.

          June 8, 2011 @ 7:03 am | Reply
        • rds100:

          Why? China is one of the very few countries that still has death penalty, i don’t think they have many criminals there.

          June 8, 2011 @ 7:10 am | Reply
        • cd:

          Oh go away with that = fraud bullshit.

          June 8, 2011 @ 8:31 am | Reply
      • Yeah what’s wrong with Chinese? That said, out of all the websites that scrap/steal LowEndBox content, 80% of them are run by Chinese (including some who actually bothered to comment on this site). I ran a community website (Alexa ~10,000) and again, 75%-80% of spammers are from Chinese IP or Chinese on US-proxy.

        You get to wonder why cheap VPS and LowEndBox is so much discussed on Chinese web hosting sites such as hostloc.com.

        June 8, 2011 @ 10:41 am | Reply
        • So:


          June 8, 2011 @ 12:18 pm | Reply
        • Adam:

          Quote So: “Who stole your things to go who to turn to, do not all Chinese Shao Shang.”

          June 8, 2011 @ 12:25 pm | Reply
        • Well,as I’m running a blog lebcn.com(LowEndBox China)…
          also,hosting in China is so EXPENSIVE and TROUBLESOME,
          then we have to use US services…
          I have no comment on spammers,but I’m not a spammer.

          June 8, 2011 @ 12:26 pm | Reply
        • “Shao Shang” means take together(i’s not accurate…oh…my poor English.I’ve taken an English Exam for university entrance exam TODAY!)
          he means you can blame the one who steal your content and don’t say that EVERY CHINESE is bad
          also,i’m just using the name LEB but i’ve publish many contents different from lowendbox.com

          June 8, 2011 @ 12:34 pm | Reply
        • @lsylsy2 — yup I am not talking about lebcn. I know some actually asked for permission on translation and I am happy if people are adding values. However there are some who simply just rip off the RSS feed.

          @so — nope, I am just voicing out my observation on running LowEndBox and my other websites. I know there are 1.3 billion people in China and even a tiny percentage of people doing naughty things on the Internet would make Chinese look bad. However again, it’s just my observation.

          June 8, 2011 @ 12:35 pm | Reply
        • @LEAdmin I was just trying to explain that i’m not a stealer

          @”You get to wonder … as hostloc.com.”
          an VPS with hardware similar to Buyvm $15/year will cost about $50 a year and with shared ip
          ips cost about $5~$8/one/month

          also,when you open a site in China,you will find things at bottom like:
          京ICP证090254号 京公网安备110000000009号
          the Example come from a SNS site(Facebook-like)
          it means you need to register at the gov and police(with troublesome things such as taking photos like a prisoner)

          June 8, 2011 @ 12:50 pm | Reply
        • ligang:

          you need to know that, chinese vps sucks. and the biggest problem is that you need to do so many thing to build up your site.
          such as send your photo and a copy of your drivers licnese to your vps provider or DC if you rent a server.
          ok, now your site is online. but dont happy so early, your need to handle your site very carefully.
          take for example, if you run a forum, dont let members talk about the GOV. i dont mean we cant talk our GOV at all, but there is so many sensitive topics and the big brother is watch you, the best way is dont talk about it. if you dont do that, there is many chance to let you site get shut down.
          besides GOV, there is a lot of things that your cant talk about.
          sorry for off-topic and my poor english, but thats why we like foreign vps. ok, i mean cheap vps.

          June 8, 2011 @ 4:02 pm | Reply
        • but I’m not a spammer

          How come every time I read that, it’s coming from a spammer? :)

          Not pointing fingers. Just saying.

          June 8, 2011 @ 10:20 pm | Reply
  3. oh, thats a big pool this time :/

    June 8, 2011 @ 6:23 am | Reply
  4. Is ThrustVPS next? Or are they simply letting the brands they acquired die off ?

    June 8, 2011 @ 6:52 am | Reply
    • Its acquiring and merging. I am (was) a customer of HazeNet and I am not sure where Colin went but he was replying on support tickets in Feb this year. Now, I am merged with ThrustVPS

      June 8, 2011 @ 7:05 am | Reply
    • Adam:

      Rumors say Rus has left ThrustVPS

      I think he was only hired by IOMart.com to bring in x number of customers to their budget ThrustVPS brand and probably why he was eager to acquire sites like GigeVPS and HazneNET and others.

      June 8, 2011 @ 8:28 am | Reply
  5. Will:

    Regarding VforVPS:
    “Their Netherlands server had spam-related issue” – actually this server was in Switzerland, not NL.
    I am still in process of sueing them for my money, but according to the infos i got from the USA the owner lives in Egypt and the Data in the US is fake.

    June 8, 2011 @ 7:51 am | Reply
  6. zidit:

    also breathost, server down without response for so long. WHMCS license not active but their website still live

    June 8, 2011 @ 8:17 am | Reply
  7. Go:

    LOLZ @ V for VPS!! Now D for DeadPool!!

    RIP all.

    June 8, 2011 @ 8:23 am | Reply
  8. oh, my god. orz~~~
    Your understanding of the Chinese people, and the statements, outrageous!

    June 8, 2011 @ 12:27 pm | Reply
  9. And see if you listed above so many run away IDC, I was surprised to discover, that no one is the Chinese people!

    June 8, 2011 @ 12:33 pm | Reply
    • He means none in the Dead Pool are hosted by Chinese
      However I can hardly find a VPS hosted by Chinese appearing in LEB…

      June 8, 2011 @ 12:56 pm | Reply
    • AFAIK NoVPS ran by a Chinese (a student? a visiting scholar) from Orlando. But yes you are right, there aren’t many Chinese VPS in dead pool. I don’t usually list VPS providers in the Chinese language though. Likewise I very rarely list VPS providers in German, French, Italian or Klingon (in whatever virtualization technology they use on their starships).

      June 8, 2011 @ 10:54 pm | Reply
  10. maybe there is so many website administrators in china, so there is many bad ones included in them. by the way, i am a chinese, too

    June 8, 2011 @ 3:07 pm | Reply
  11. Paul:

    We should have a start up pool also, so it shows us who has gone and what new boys or kids are in he market :)

    June 8, 2011 @ 9:54 pm | Reply
  12. Their site is blocked for me but M Bacon says he hasn’t been selling LEBs for quite some time:


    Not sure if that would apply or not….

    June 8, 2011 @ 10:07 pm | Reply
    • Prob not. As long as the company still stands I think it is not dead yet, although it might not be accessible to those buying low cost servers.

      June 8, 2011 @ 10:44 pm | Reply
      • Adam:

        RLShosting have removed the VPS info pages. I could access them few hours ago.

        June 8, 2011 @ 11:23 pm | Reply
        • We was reselling higher end boxes for a few months but we removed it completely since it wasn’t selling. Of course, the other products still sell just fine. No problems either with them.

          June 16, 2011 @ 7:04 pm | Reply
  13. LEBlover:

    Hey, LEA, why don’t you include Nordicvps?
    last time, you omitted and now you are doing it again.
    Nordic scammed people all over the place, their server is totally gone.

    June 8, 2011 @ 10:09 pm | Reply
    • Someone wishing they are dead != they are in the dead pool.

      Some of their servers are gone != the whole company have disappeared from the Internet

      June 8, 2011 @ 10:50 pm | Reply
    • Adam:

      Did you have a VPS with NordicVPS? OpenVZ or XEN?

      June 8, 2011 @ 11:27 pm | Reply
      • LEBlover:

        I have 3 openvz yearly plan at Fremont, and all of them are gone.
        this SOB, Sean, kept saying that he had to buy parts, it was a month and a half ago.
        He doesn’t own any equipment, what parts he had to buy?
        Excuse, ripoff, scamming all over the place, and he is selling same Openvz from same datacenter again, LEA even posted their offer here! I just don’t understand why LEA did

        June 9, 2011 @ 5:41 am | Reply
      • Spirit:

        Now is also their german node down.

        June 13, 2011 @ 3:08 pm | Reply
    • Looks like there may be some movement on the Fremont front according to their twitter.

      Fremont – wget cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test : 2011-06-09 07:38:00 (97.0 MB/s) – `100mb.test’ saved [104857600/104857600]

      June 9, 2011 @ 6:48 am | Reply
      • The problem isn’t that they aren’t in Fremont, it’s known that they do have a node there. The problem is that they haven’t delivered services to hundreds of customers and blamed it on ‘a bad harddrive’.

        Anyways, LEA closed the other nordic discussion threads so I’ll do him the respect of not smarking anything in here on it.


        June 9, 2011 @ 7:50 am | Reply
        • circus:

          Are there any *ehm* personal problem between you and Nordic? because every time someone mentions Nordic, there always you ^_^ hehe.. just curious, please don’t crush me with your mighty ponies.

          June 9, 2011 @ 8:19 am | Reply
        • My problem stems from people that shamelessly copy our plans then treat their clients like crap blaming the price for the reason their service is down/garbage. It then makes people iffy about biting on with the actual legit companies around.

          If you check back I only started voicing myself in the nordic threads sometime this year when they tried to take away peoples IPV4 addresses in exchange for ‘free ipv6’


          June 9, 2011 @ 8:32 am | Reply
        • Andy:

          Sorry Francisco, I just meant they finally seem to be doing something so sort out their failed node. Maybe now people will get what they paid for.

          June 9, 2011 @ 9:38 am | Reply
        • And that’d be great if they did. :)


          June 10, 2011 @ 1:01 am | Reply
      • Adam:

        @Andy Yes, there is indeed some heavy activity going on in Fremont at the moment, here is some more information pulled from NordicVPS twitter page.

        Fremont - Disk I/O: dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync 1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 4.86507 seconds, 221 MB/s
        June 9, 2011 @ 9:32 am | Reply
        • LEBlover:

          He’s selling $20/yr vps at Fremont right now.
          Get it?

          June 10, 2011 @ 12:40 am | Reply
        • @Adam – FYI, that’s the norm. for a 4 disk RAID10


          June 10, 2011 @ 1:02 am | Reply
        • Adam:

          But no VPS I have provides such fast disk I/O?

          June 10, 2011 @ 9:10 am | Reply
        • May be thats because you are not on an empty node. If any host can put you on a fresh node (with no other user) and they are using 4 disk Raid10 then you will experience the same

          Wait till then load more users in the same node :D

          June 10, 2011 @ 9:15 am | Reply
        • And a really good VPS provider can give fast disk performance > 200 MB/s, even when the node is full of customers.

          June 10, 2011 @ 9:27 am | Reply
        • rds100:

          Yes, if they invent some new laws of physics they could. Imagine 20 users on a node and all of them wanting to do 200MB/s disk transfer constantly – this makes 4000MB/s total. Which disks can you recommend for 4000MB/s write transfer?

          June 10, 2011 @ 9:31 am | Reply
        • Well they’ll probably use something like 4-8 (or more) 15K RPM SAS drive RAID 10 arrays, and I think it’d be rare for everybody on the node to be hitting it hard 24/7.

          I have one VPS I can get 200 MB/s from consistently, and the node is loaded with around 30 VMs.

          June 10, 2011 @ 10:34 am | Reply
        • Your configuration is definitely not Lowend

          June 10, 2011 @ 10:55 am | Reply
        • That’s true. I pay more than $7/month for that one. But not much more.

          June 10, 2011 @ 11:34 am | Reply
  14. Rus from ThrustVPS is now Managing Director at vps.net!

    July 29, 2011 @ 11:28 am | Reply
  15. We also welcome a new face and member of the team, Rus Foster. An industry veteran, Rus has been in the VPS market for nearly a decade. His experience gives VPS.net a great new future. Rus takes over from Nick as the new managing director. With hisfire and drive to make VPS.net the leading cloud and VPS provider, there are exciting times ahead! We’ve got a number of new things coming up in the next few months that will make us your favorite webhosting company. If you have any comments or questions you can email Rus directly at rghf@vps.net.

    July 29, 2011 @ 11:32 am | Reply
    • One thing for sure — we won’t see Rus’ offers here often anymore. VPS.net is definitely on the high end of unmanaged virtual servers.

      July 29, 2011 @ 1:51 pm | Reply

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