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eNS Cloud – $6.95 400MB VMWare VPS Exclusive Offer

Tags: , , , Date/Time: September 2, 2010 @ 7:57 am, by LowEndAdmin
Updated December 2011 — Both eNetSouth.com and eNSCloud.com stopped resolving since 11 November 2011. It has been confirmed that Brandon has done a runner.

eNS Cloud Brandon from eNetSouth Cloud emailed me an exclusive offer for the LowEndBox readers that won’t be available anywhere else (except countless number of sites ripping of content here I guess). Here is the Ordering Link, and for $6.95/month this is what you will be getting:

  • 400MB memory
  • 20GB storage
  • 10Mbps unmetered bandwidth
  • VMWare vSphere

Chicago servers with generous bandwidth. Lots of operating systems to choose from, and customers are free to provide their own ISO if the OS is not available from their list. It’s VMWare so comparable to Xen HVM where you can install your own OS running distribution’s stock kernel. The promotion will last until the end of September.

The original owner of LowEndBox known as "LowEndAdmin" or "LEA" for short founded LowEndBox in 2008 and created the concept of hosting applications on low resource "Low End Boxes". After creating the roots of the community that we know today, "LEA" stepped aside and allowed others to carry the torch forward.

77 Comments

  1. Their whois database, tell me that the domain will expired soon.

    http://who.is/whois/enscloud.com/
    ( Expires on: 19-Oct-10 )

    Is it still safe for us to buy any VPS from them?

    September 2, 2010 @ 10:03 am | Reply
  2. Gary:

    Every domain will expire, Erawan. As long as they remember to renew it, it doesn’t matter.

    September 2, 2010 @ 11:20 am | Reply
  3. @Gary

    Yes, as my website is for example will be expire at 2012.
    But under short life time, I have meet soooo many scam website.
    Well, I hope they still stay for a long time.

    September 2, 2010 @ 11:29 am | Reply
  4. @Erawan, I went ahead and renewed the domain a month before it was due. Look at it now. We will be around.

    @Gary, thank you!

    September 2, 2010 @ 3:36 pm | Reply
  5. Eric:

    How many IP’s come with the VPS?

    September 2, 2010 @ 6:51 pm | Reply
  6. @Eric – One (1) IPv4 is included. More can be added for $1.00 per month/IP.

    September 2, 2010 @ 6:55 pm | Reply
  7. I got in on the last eNSCloud lowendbox offer, and I’ve had it for almost a month now. I like it and I’m using it as my main server now.

    September 3, 2010 @ 2:44 am | Reply
  8. John:

    Hows their SAN performing? A lot of the cloud providers seem to have issues with the speed of their SAN. Anyone care to do a hdparm or dd and paste the output ?

    September 3, 2010 @ 2:49 pm | Reply
  9. Marko:

    Brandon do you support Moneybookers or Google Checkout ?

    September 3, 2010 @ 5:28 pm | Reply
  10. @Marko – I do not have a payment script setup for those. Currently we do support Credit/Debit and PayPal. I’m sure I could write the code to talk to Google Checkout but I will have to learn how their API works.

    September 4, 2010 @ 6:31 am | Reply
  11. @John, here’s the results of an hdparm I just ran:

    /dev/sda1:
    Timing buffered disk reads: 100 MB in 1.73 seconds = 57.95 MB/sec

    I’ve been keeping an eye on it, and there have been some periods of slow downs, but Brandon was quick to look into it when I emailed him.

    September 4, 2010 @ 8:58 am | Reply
  12. Eric:

    @Brandon – eNetSouth

    How’s DNS handled? Do you have a list somewhere that lists possible upgrades + prices?

    September 4, 2010 @ 11:09 pm | Reply
  13. @Eric – All DNS is handled by us except rDNS. And that is handled by our colocation provider.

    We have a full line of upgrades such as storage, RAM, Processors and bandwidth. Drop me a email and I will send you a price sheet.

    September 6, 2010 @ 1:02 am | Reply
  14. Eric:

    @Brandon – eNetSouth

    Email sent to sales@

    September 6, 2010 @ 3:10 am | Reply
  15. Does anyone know how they allow clients to administer the VPS? Do they have a custom in-house control panel?

    September 6, 2010 @ 5:15 pm | Reply
  16. @Mike — Some of the service is managed using our in-house panel. The actual VM control is done through the vCenter web interface.

    September 6, 2010 @ 6:58 pm | Reply
  17. I see. If I have my own Windows 2003/2008 licenses, can I use them instead of paying the extra overhead?

    September 6, 2010 @ 8:35 pm | Reply
  18. Chris34:

    only if we could log in that Vcenter panel…

    September 7, 2010 @ 4:08 pm | Reply
  19. John:

    @David
    Thanks for the hdparm results, that can’t be good if their SAN is only doing 50MB/s. Then again its only a low end vps.

    September 7, 2010 @ 5:02 pm | Reply
  20. LP:

    So I guess I’m not the only one left out of the Vcenter panel?

    Ordered on Saturday, still can’t use it… and yes I’ve placed a ticket. Was supposed to be fixed yesterday…

    Buyer beware until this is resolved!

    September 7, 2010 @ 5:50 pm | Reply
  21. Hmm I was about to buy it until I read the latest comments here. The SAN speed and this vCenter lock out are certainly concerning.

    September 7, 2010 @ 6:25 pm | Reply
  22. @Chris,
    @LP

    I have fixed your vCenter logins. With the holiday yesterday we were short handed most all weekend. So there were some delays. I do not have an excuse for that at all. What they say is true however, it is resolved. The reason there is a delay is we have a problem with a script that does it @ account create.
    Well, it is supposed to. Sometimes it does not happen and we have to do it manually.

    Thank you and I am sorry for your frustration.
    Brandon

    September 7, 2010 @ 6:31 pm | Reply
  23. LP:

    @Brandon

    Thanks for the update Brandon…

    @Others

    I can confirm the login now works for my account. Will setup and test everything tonight!

    September 7, 2010 @ 7:12 pm | Reply
  24. @LP – Good deal. If you need anything else open a ticket in the CP and it will be handled promptly.

    September 7, 2010 @ 7:14 pm | Reply
  25. @John — If you want to test real world I/O speed with a instance — Send me a email to brandonc@enetsouth.com and I will throw out a instance to you. Then you can see and post the results.

    September 7, 2010 @ 7:19 pm | Reply
  26. @John, disk speed varies. I consider 50MB/s to be fine, though.

    September 7, 2010 @ 11:08 pm | Reply
  27. Yes consider it is real hardware virtualization and not a jail/container, 50MB/s is pretty good (compare to say, Amazone EC2). You get much better IO throttling than OpenVZ as well.

    September 7, 2010 @ 11:43 pm | Reply
  28. http://torstatus.blutmagie.de/router_detail.php?FP=4f2f59b99fe6ed51eec961e41d531e0b95d1d1be
    This is the router I have with them. I am very pleased with the bandwidth. I do not need disk acces, ram and whatever, but i did notice the VPS was very fast and responsive at updates and apt-get’s. Good work ppl, only if it lasts :)
    M

    September 8, 2010 @ 9:04 am | Reply
  29. Here’s another disk test:

    /dev/sda1:
    Timing buffered disk reads: 100 MB in 1.27 seconds = 78.57 MB/sec

    September 8, 2010 @ 3:16 pm | Reply
  30. Can one use there own (Geniune) Copy of windows?

    September 16, 2010 @ 10:16 pm | Reply
  31. If you have a true legit license I do not have a issue with that. A customer can run any OS they want in our infrastructure as long as they are licensed to do so.

    September 16, 2010 @ 11:33 pm | Reply
  32. Eric:

    Going back to my DNS question earlier, like some VPS providers do you have IP’s we use for nameservers or do we have to use our own VPS’ IP? Do you have an easy way to handle DNS for say… MX, CNAME, etc on the VPS’ IP/main domain? … and I’m speaking from a no control panel (like cpanel or directadmin) stand point.

    ServerComplete has a nice setup as far as DNS goes, and I guess I’m asking if you have something similar.

    September 16, 2010 @ 11:40 pm | Reply
  33. @Eric – I don’t know how I missed your questions. I’m sorry.

    When I started this I was always thinking that since a lot of my first customers in the past (not cloud or vps customers just site hosting) tended to use 3rd party DNS they would do the same or host DNS out of their instance. I’m starting to think I should have implemented a option to manage DNS off of ns1.enscloud.com, ns2.enscloud.com for our VPS customers. I have had a lot of requests for this and I think it would be worth the project time to add that functionality.

    A simple front end like dynDNS broken down by domain should not be too much trouble.

    Is this something you are looking for?

    September 16, 2010 @ 11:53 pm | Reply
  34. Eric:

    Basically, yes. I can edit named/bind myself if I have to, but sometimes it’s just too big of a headache, so something like that would help.

    Out of curiosity, if I were to order now, would there be any chance of having it setup tonight? It’s about 8:30PM where I am now, and if I can get it setup and my sites moved by tonight, I can cancel my current VPS (it’s up for renewal)

    September 17, 2010 @ 12:21 am | Reply
  35. Are you talking about the DNS front end or a VPS? It would take me a few days for a DNS front end — I would have to code it by hand but I can get you a new server up in a few minutes.

    Brandon

    September 17, 2010 @ 12:25 am | Reply
  36. Eric:

    Oh, no, wasn’t talking about the DNS front end =) I was talking about the VPS.

    September 17, 2010 @ 12:27 am | Reply
  37. Dammit :( paypal wont let me pay from balance, it needs a card :(

    September 17, 2010 @ 12:27 am | Reply
  38. @Daniel:
    Really? I thought you could setup a subscription with your balance. That is lame — email me and I will see if I can fix it for you. brandonc@enetsouth.com

    @Eric: I’m doing support tonight so I can get you going quick.

    September 17, 2010 @ 12:31 am | Reply
  39. Eric:

    @Brandon

    Ok, cool. I’ll go ahead and place an order. :)

    September 17, 2010 @ 12:33 am | Reply
  40. Eric:

    Ordered and went through the process of building an instance – hope I did it right, lol. I’ll be honest, this cloud stuff is new to me.

    September 17, 2010 @ 12:38 am | Reply
  41. @Eric.. Done!

    Quick enough? :) :)

    Brandon

    September 17, 2010 @ 1:09 am | Reply
  42. Eric:

    Thanks Brandon =) Seems I have more space (and less RAM) than I should.

    Also, the login to vCenter isn’t working for me.

    September 17, 2010 @ 1:17 am | Reply
  43. @Eric — Did you do the 400MB/20/10?

    September 17, 2010 @ 2:13 am | Reply
  44. Eric:

    @Brandon, yes

    September 17, 2010 @ 2:21 am | Reply
  45. @Eric — I checked and the summary page was wrong but the instance has all the right specs. On promos we have to update those manually. Thats what I get for showing out and getting it done in a hurry. :)

    I updated the summary for you. I am opening a ticket (Which you should already have by the time this posts) and will support you via email for the other login issue.

    Brandon

    September 17, 2010 @ 2:24 am | Reply
  46. Eric:

    @Brandon ah, I see. As far as the ticket, I’m not able to see it in the support area but I did get the email. In fact, I’ve replied to it :)

    September 17, 2010 @ 3:05 am | Reply
  47. @Brandon

    Did you get my reply email? not sure if it sent or not :(

    September 17, 2010 @ 3:30 am | Reply
  48. @Daniel – Yes, I got it!

    September 17, 2010 @ 3:31 am | Reply
  49. Is your contact page working ok? I sent in an e-mail using the form on that page, but I haven’t gotten a response in a VERY LONG TIME. The question was already answered here, but I was just wondering if that page was working.

    September 17, 2010 @ 10:45 pm | Reply
  50. @Mike — Yes, it is working. There have been several come through today. I will test it to make sure though.

    Drop me a email to brandonc@enetsouth.com — I’m in the office all evening and I have time to talk.

    Brandon

    September 17, 2010 @ 10:49 pm | Reply
  51. curiousUser:

    Needs card to pay from paypal, can’t pay from my balance. :(

    September 21, 2010 @ 10:47 am | Reply
  52. It seems I must not understand PayPal as well as I thought. If you select to pay with PayPal then it forces a credit card for Subscription. I coded all of this myself and just dont have the time to get it all perfect. Plus I don’t know the API 100%.

    Is there someone out there looking for a VPS that can code? I would trade you a VPS for it. :)

    September 21, 2010 @ 7:00 pm | Reply
  53. @Brandon

    I actualy think this is something in your account that you can edit.

    September 21, 2010 @ 7:07 pm | Reply
  54. @Daniel — I will check.. Also, I have your instance ready – I just need to email you the IP/Login. I’m running a day behind :)

    September 21, 2010 @ 7:11 pm | Reply
  55. @Brandon

    Any luck with that paypal? :)

    September 21, 2010 @ 9:31 pm | Reply
  56. curiousUser:

    PayPal still not working properly :(

    September 22, 2010 @ 9:35 am | Reply
  57. @Daniel, @CuriousUser:

    I called PayPal this afternoon and I explained to them that possible customers are questioning why they have to provide a card for payment in order to setup my PayPal subscription for service. He explained to me that PayPal requires the use of a card to “justify fund availability” in the event the subscriber does not have the money in their PayPal account. He said if a subscription is created and the PayPal account does have the funds inside PayPal then it will always use that. If the subscriber does not then it uses the card method. He said PayPal always defaults to using PayPal funds before using a alternative payment method.

    I continued to ask if there is some way I could change a setting to always allow them to just use a subscription without it and he said no, that it is performing the way it should.

    So if you always have funds in PayPal — it will always use it. Otherwise it will use your alternate funding. He said the only other way is for me to bill using PayPal every month manually. Six months ago that would have been possible but we have the number of customers now that we can’t simply track it. It would be this way with me or any other host that allow PayPal Payments.

    Sorry for getting back to you on this but I have been working on or San Jose and UK nodes today. A lot going on around here this week.

    Brandon

    September 22, 2010 @ 11:19 pm | Reply
  58. Perhaps you got through to the india call center or somet, this is certainly not the case as i have an active paypal balance.

    September 22, 2010 @ 11:23 pm | Reply
  59. I don’t doubt it. :) He told me that it does not bill your card unless the funds are not present. I’m stumped at the moment and open to advice.

    September 22, 2010 @ 11:27 pm | Reply
  60. Eric:

    @Daniel – even if you have a PayPal balance, when you setup a subscription using PayPal, they ALWAYS require a credit / debit card.

    September 22, 2010 @ 11:28 pm | Reply
  61. I had a server with Burst For abit and even when my Paypal balance has been in excess of £300+ it still charged my card….

    September 22, 2010 @ 11:29 pm | Reply
  62. @Eric

    Not the case i have a sub for 1and1 and they charge the pp account only.

    September 22, 2010 @ 11:29 pm | Reply
  63. Eric:

    As Brandon has said, even though PayPal requires a credit / debit card, you can pay w/balance after the card is added.

    September 22, 2010 @ 11:29 pm | Reply
  64. I wish they had something where when a user creates a account for service then we auto invoice PayPal using a automated method and PayPal just takes it out of the users account. If the funds are not there then notify the customer and try again in a couple of days. If the customer never funds PayPal then we treat it as a cancel.

    In all honesty, I prefer to bill clients using a debit/credit. A automated script sends a batch to authorize.net daily and then our merchant account handles the rest. But I know I’m cautious to give my card # out just anywhere on the net and choose to use PayPal because of the privacy. But if it was not because so many customers choose PayPal — I would not deal with the complications it brings.

    Example — I have two potential customers here that will not do business with me because they are forced to do the card entry. Just does not make sense that PayPal would do that.

    September 22, 2010 @ 11:38 pm | Reply
  65. With the credit/debit card its not all about caution, for example my bank charges me £2.50 for Every Foreigh payment so thats an extra $4

    September 22, 2010 @ 11:43 pm | Reply
  66. So its easier to process it from paypal balance then i dont get charged,

    September 22, 2010 @ 11:44 pm | Reply
  67. I can see where that would greatly defeat the purpose of a affordable LEB . :)

    September 22, 2010 @ 11:44 pm | Reply
  68. Granted its only £2.50 but when in my case i do a hell of alot of usa transactions it does add up.

    September 22, 2010 @ 11:48 pm | Reply
  69. Beny:

    Could I install / enable tun/tap on it ?, coz I want to install openvpn,

    October 5, 2010 @ 2:35 am | Reply
  70. Hoeru:

    Just got one of these although there was a delay with provisioning due to some glitch at their end. Rectified after one email with courtesy, explanation and an upgrade in way of apology.

    Top notch customer service so far, nice to feel there’s a human at the other end; thanks guys, you’re doing it right =D

    Box is sweet too ^-^

    October 5, 2010 @ 8:37 am | Reply
  71. Jumbalaya:

    I’ve been following this site for a few weeks now — and I always see people asking about tun/tap. Can someone please explain to me why people want this on their thier VPS? Doesnt ssh or sshfs or scp handle most of what you want?

    Thanks – sorry for the off topic

    October 5, 2010 @ 10:53 pm | Reply
  72. It is a set of virtual network drivers. Most requests I see from it is for customers wanting to setup a VPN.

    Read more:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TUN/TAP

    October 5, 2010 @ 11:00 pm | Reply
  73. Amyt:

    And about eNSCloud, they have lots of issues in their Chicago-DC-Two. San Jose might be good, LEA has one there with good I/O. I have a ticket open with them for last 16 days, sent repeated reminders but nothing worked.
    eNSCloud started well but failing now. On front-page they are saying that they “refuse to oversell”. But probably now they are low on resources.

    I am using vCentre windows client (not the web-based one). I have found swapped memory and shared memory across VMs. That is a sign of oversell/low-RAM because VMware only share pages if it is out of RAM. The RAM is not set as “Reserved”, you can find it swapped any time.

    But from CPU and network and uptime point of view they are quite great. But disk I/O less than 3MB/s is a serious bottleneck. Swapping RAM with this I/O kills the VM.

    Support turnaround has degraded heavily in last few months.

    From my side I would flag eNSCloud as “Risky”.

    January 2, 2011 @ 7:02 am | Reply
    • Mine in San Jose is still working fine. Doing a `dd` at around 130MB/sec. Maybe there’s a disruptive client in the Chicago node, but it is still a worry if the provider cannot handle it promptly.

      January 2, 2011 @ 8:08 am | Reply
      • Amyt:

        Its going on for a long time. Initially support(that was 2 months back) admitted that it is due to SAN issue. And I have never seen it to come back to normal. Now it is terrible, unusable. The last ticket is open for 16 days – no action even with repeated reminders.

        LEA, I have made is comment duplicate post (it is in club-uptime-offer-page too). Just to keep things together (where it belongs) what I thought justified.

        January 2, 2011 @ 9:33 am | Reply
        • Yup no problem. I noticed that. One request that I sent out to Brandon (on rDNS of the IP address) also got unanswered for ~2 weeks. Still in holiday session I guess? Mine is certainly not critical, but I can imagine it would be a lot more frustrated if your box is slowly dying.

          January 2, 2011 @ 10:27 am | Reply

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