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Hudson Valley Host - $5.60 512MB OpenVZ VPS in Scranton

Hudson Valley Host Ernie from Hudson Valley Host emailed me their Memorial Day promotion (last Monday of May, for those not in US). Two promo codes

  • memorialday1150 will get you 50% off recurring discount on their regular VPS hosting plans based in WeLinkNYC in New York City, and
  • memorialday1120 will get you 20% off recurring discount on their budget VPS hosting plans that are based in BurstNET in Scranton.

That means their previous offer, 256MB NYC OpenVZ VPS would be $4.50 this time, and “BVPS4” Scranton budget VPS would be $5.60/month after the discount. Direct sign up link.

  • 512MB guaranteed/1024MB burstable memory
  • 20GB storage
  • 750GB/month data transfer
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM

Sale ends 2 June. But it appears HV-Host has sales every US public holiday so the next one might be coming up soon :) Hudson Valley Host has been around since summer 2003 according to their about us page, domain registered in 2004, and Ernie who is running the show is no kids according to his previous comment.

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  1. Jason:
    dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
    16384+0 records in
    16384+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 0 s, Infinity B/s
    May 25, 2011 @ 3:48 am
    • rds100:

      Sounds like they have patched the kernel to ignore fdatasync? Dangerous.

      May 25, 2011 @ 8:19 am
    • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

      Try using sync instead of fdatasync, see if that comes up with anything.

      May 25, 2011 @ 3:13 pm
    • Jason:

      Sorry about that. No, it’s got nothing to do with fdatasync. I pasted the wrong output from the command.

      Sometimes Infinity B/s is reported as the output because the system clock is kind of messed up; time jumps backwards on the VPS by about 5 minutes at a time, and sometimes it jumps forwards by 5 minutes. Hopefully, I think, it’s an isolated issue with their nodes, and the support at Hudson Valley Host has been working to correct this issue which they believe may be due to the CMOS battery needing to be replaced.

      The clock skew definitely screws things up when time jumps forwards or backwards, but mostly when it jumps backwards is when weird stuff happens.

      If I happen to run dd when the clock doesn’t skip, output is often around 40 – 60 MB/s which I think is ok.

      I’m happy of the responsiveness of this VPS and the network seems to be good. Whatever datacenter they’re using in New York seems to offer good speeds all around North America.

      They have a Debian 6 template which is nice too.

      All in all, everything with these guys checks out ok except for the system clock time skew, which I think they’ll get figured out and I also believe to be an isolated problem. Once that’s fixed, I’ll be ready to migrate my sites to my Hudson Valley Host VPS.

      May 25, 2011 @ 7:00 pm
      • WTF. Either they are hosting the boxes in a TARDIS, or are just using ntpdate in a cronjob to keep the system time updated.

        May 26, 2011 @ 12:32 am

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