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NECS – £1.99/Month or £20/Year 256MB OpenVZ in Maidenhead, UK

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: September 16, 2013 @ 11:35 am, by Liam

NECSRamon, from North East Computer Systems, has got three offers for us this time. Two coupons have been provided for #1, based on your billing cycle. We are told that the 768Mb plan is exclusive to us.

OFFER #1

  • 256MB RAM
  • 256MB vSwap
  • 30GB RAID10 Disk
  • 4 vCPU Cores
  • 600GB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbit Port Speed
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 5 IPv6 Addresses
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • £1.99 – leb256199
  • £20/Yr – leb25620y
  • Order Link
OFFER #2

  • 512MB RAM
  • 512MB vSwap
  • 60GB RAID10 Disk
  • 4 vCPU Cores
  • 900GB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbit Port Speed
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 5 IPv6 Addresses
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • £2.75/Month
  • Code: leb512275
  • Order Link
OFFER #3

  • 768MB RAM
  • 768MB vSwap
  • 75GB RAID10 Disk
  • 4 vCPU Cores
  • 1200GB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbit Port Speed
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 5 IPv6 Addresses
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • £4.50/Month
  • Code: leb768450
  • Order Link

North East Computer Systems (NECS), have been featured on LowEndBox a fair few times before. Whilst Newcastle based NECS have been in business since 2005 (company no. (5504556)), they only began to provide VPS services in June 2012. Their servers are using the E3-1230 CPU, 32 DDR3 ECC RAM and RAID 10 Enterprise SAS Drives with the Raid Controller with BBU. Looking back at previous posts, NECS consistently receive very good reviews.

NECS currently only accept payments via PayPal. They offer a 7 day money back guarantee and a 99.9% uptime SLA. As they’re VAT registered (927 2078 19), non-VAT registered European Union citizens will have to pay an additional 20% in VAT. Additional IPv4 addresses are charged at £3.75GBP Quarterly. As well as email and whmcs support, support can be provided over the telephone. For more information, do take a look at their Terms & Conditions.

Network Information:

Servers are located at the RapidSwitch datacenter in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Test IPv4: 95.154.217.3
Test File: http://95.154.217.3/100mb.bin

46 Comments

  1. Hybs:

    If I pay monthly what is the contract term and notice (if any)? Are gameservers allowed?

    September 16, 2013 @ 11:57 am | Reply
    • NECS:

      Hi Hybs,

      There is no contract and you can cancel as and when you like. Game servers are allowed as long as the do not abuse our terms and conditions.

      James

      September 16, 2013 @ 12:18 pm | Reply
      • Hybs:

        Do you have any offers on KVM as I just realised this is OpenVZ and I’d need it for kernel devel

        September 18, 2013 @ 9:58 am | Reply
  2. Dan:

    If game-servers are allowed I wont be buying one.

    September 16, 2013 @ 12:01 pm | Reply
    • NECS:

      Hi Dan,

      The use of game servers is allowed as long as they do not abuse our TOS. We appreciate that some game servers can use excessive resources in which case we would discourage them. We monitor our nodes 24/7 so we can ensure that everyone has a fair share of resources.

      September 16, 2013 @ 12:31 pm | Reply
  3. OFFER #3

    5768MB vSwap

    Maybe a typo? :)

    September 16, 2013 @ 12:28 pm | Reply
    • NECS:

      Yep, typo will get this corrected.

      September 16, 2013 @ 12:32 pm | Reply
  4. Lucas:

    Start screw with OpenVZ? Strange, most move to Xen or KVM, not back :)

    September 16, 2013 @ 1:41 pm | Reply
    • necs:

      Good point, we have had a lot of requests for OpenVZ so we decided to accommodate :-)

      September 16, 2013 @ 2:05 pm | Reply
      • Lucas:

        Hah,why not pay .50 -1 more for XEN or KVM instead?

        September 16, 2013 @ 4:12 pm | Reply
  5. Newbie Masih:

    Can I run torrent service in vps?

    September 16, 2013 @ 10:14 pm | Reply
    • necs:

      Hello, The short answer is yes, but the prerequisite is that your content must be legal and not copyright protected as per most TOS.

      September 17, 2013 @ 8:12 am | Reply
      • Newbie Masih:

        Of course, this is legal content :D

        September 18, 2013 @ 4:38 am | Reply
  6. Simon:

    You can see whats going to happen with these servers eh, ABUSE…

    September 17, 2013 @ 10:15 am | Reply
    • necs:

      Thanks for your input Simon, but necs work hard to protect all our clients so Abuse is not tolerated.

      September 18, 2013 @ 4:08 am | Reply
  7. stanl3y:

    Is the monthly price subject to potential increase in future (or coupon expiry, perhaps) ?

    September 17, 2013 @ 1:23 pm | Reply
    • necs:

      These prices are set and will not increase if you take out this offer.

      September 18, 2013 @ 4:09 am | Reply
  8. mugarata:

    is this promotion recurring or only for first month? can you show the download speed from the server and the benchmark..?? thanx necs..

    September 17, 2013 @ 2:55 pm | Reply
    • Hello mugarata,

      Yes this is a recurring promotion. You can download our test file above to check the download speed.

      Here is a test that was done on a 256 OpenVZ VPS:

      # # # # # # # ##### ###### # # #### # #
      # # ## # # # # # # # ## # # # # #
      # # # # # # ## ##### ##### # # # # ######
      # # # # # # ## # # # # # # # # #
      # # # ## # # # # # # # ## # # # #
      #### # # # # # ##### ###### # # #### # #

      Version 5.1.3 Based on the Byte Magazine Unix Benchmark

      Multi-CPU version Version 5 revisions by Ian Smith,
      Sunnyvale, CA, USA
      January 13, 2011 johantheghost at yahoo period com

      1 x Dhrystone 2 using register variables 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

      1 x Double-Precision Whetstone 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

      1 x Execl Throughput 1 2 3

      1 x File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 1 2 3

      1 x File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1 2 3

      1 x File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 1 2 3

      1 x Pipe Throughput 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

      1 x Pipe-based Context Switching 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

      1 x Process Creation 1 2 3

      1 x System Call Overhead 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

      1 x Shell Scripts (1 concurrent) 1 2 3

      1 x Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 1 2 3

      4 x Dhrystone 2 using register variables 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

      4 x Double-Precision Whetstone 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

      4 x Execl Throughput 1 2 3

      4 x File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 1 2 3

      4 x File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1 2 3

      4 x File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 1 2 3

      4 x Pipe Throughput 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

      4 x Pipe-based Context Switching 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

      4 x Process Creation 1 2 3

      4 x System Call Overhead 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

      4 x Shell Scripts (1 concurrent) 1 2 3

      4 x Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 1 2 3

      ========================================================================
      BYTE UNIX Benchmarks (Version 5.1.3)

      System: unixbench: GNU/Linux
      OS: GNU/Linux — 2.6.32-042stab078.28 — #1 SMP Mon Jul 8 10:17:22 MSK 2013
      Machine: i686 (unknown)
      Language: en_US.utf8 (charmap=”ANSI_X3.4-1968″, collate=”ANSI_X3.4-1968″)
      CPU 0: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1230 V2 @ 3.30GHz (6600.1 bogomips)
      Hyper-Threading, x86-64, MMX, Physical Address Ext, SYSENTER/SYSEXIT, SYSCALL/SYSRET, Intel virtualization
      CPU 1: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1230 V2 @ 3.30GHz (6600.1 bogomips)
      Hyper-Threading, x86-64, MMX, Physical Address Ext, SYSENTER/SYSEXIT, SYSCALL/SYSRET, Intel virtualization
      CPU 2: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1230 V2 @ 3.30GHz (6600.1 bogomips)
      Hyper-Threading, x86-64, MMX, Physical Address Ext, SYSENTER/SYSEXIT, SYSCALL/SYSRET, Intel virtualization
      CPU 3: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1230 V2 @ 3.30GHz (6600.1 bogomips)
      Hyper-Threading, x86-64, MMX, Physical Address Ext, SYSENTER/SYSEXIT, SYSCALL/SYSRET, Intel virtualization
      17:41:49 up 3:58, 2 users, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00; runlevel 2

      ————————————————————————
      Benchmark Run: Wed Sep 18 2013 17:41:49 – 18:09:55
      4 CPUs in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests

      Dhrystone 2 using register variables 23564250.4 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      Double-Precision Whetstone 3461.8 MWIPS (10.1 s, 7 samples)
      Execl Throughput 3152.3 lps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
      File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 721931.1 KBps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
      File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 194681.8 KBps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
      File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 1924963.0 KBps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
      Pipe Throughput 1190096.7 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      Pipe-based Context Switching 99936.0 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      Process Creation 8867.7 lps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
      Shell Scripts (1 concurrent) 4952.5 lpm (60.0 s, 2 samples)
      Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 2317.8 lpm (60.0 s, 2 samples)
      System Call Overhead 910257.7 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)

      System Benchmarks Index Values BASELINE RESULT INDEX
      Dhrystone 2 using register variables 116700.0 23564250.4 2019.2
      Double-Precision Whetstone 55.0 3461.8 629.4
      Execl Throughput 43.0 3152.3 733.1
      File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 3960.0 721931.1 1823.1
      File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1655.0 194681.8 1176.3
      File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 5800.0 1924963.0 3318.9
      Pipe Throughput 12440.0 1190096.7 956.7
      Pipe-based Context Switching 4000.0 99936.0 249.8
      Process Creation 126.0 8867.7 703.8
      Shell Scripts (1 concurrent) 42.4 4952.5 1168.0
      Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 6.0 2317.8 3863.0
      System Call Overhead 15000.0 910257.7 606.8
      ========
      System Benchmarks Index Score 1097.5

      ————————————————————————
      Benchmark Run: Wed Sep 18 2013 18:09:55 – 18:38:04
      4 CPUs in system; running 4 parallel copies of tests

      Dhrystone 2 using register variables 89445983.5 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      Double-Precision Whetstone 13650.8 MWIPS (10.1 s, 7 samples)
      Execl Throughput 25488.0 lps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
      File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 1043256.7 KBps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
      File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 276077.6 KBps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
      File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 3120660.8 KBps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
      Pipe Throughput 4571859.9 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      Pipe-based Context Switching 1020505.1 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      Process Creation 39861.3 lps (30.0 s, 2 samples)
      Shell Scripts (1 concurrent) 22372.4 lpm (60.0 s, 2 samples)
      Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 3536.7 lpm (60.0 s, 2 samples)
      System Call Overhead 3257175.2 lps (10.0 s, 7 samples)

      System Benchmarks Index Values BASELINE RESULT INDEX
      Dhrystone 2 using register variables 116700.0 89445983.5 7664.6
      Double-Precision Whetstone 55.0 13650.8 2482.0
      Execl Throughput 43.0 25488.0 5927.4
      File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 3960.0 1043256.7 2634.5
      File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1655.0 276077.6 1668.1
      File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 5800.0 3120660.8 5380.4
      Pipe Throughput 12440.0 4571859.9 3675.1
      Pipe-based Context Switching 4000.0 1020505.1 2551.3
      Process Creation 126.0 39861.3 3163.6
      Shell Scripts (1 concurrent) 42.4 22372.4 5276.5
      Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 6.0 3536.7 5894.6
      System Call Overhead 15000.0 3257175.2 2171.5
      ========
      System Benchmarks Index Score 3636.1

      Kind Regards,

      NECS

      September 18, 2013 @ 11:06 am | Reply
  9. Cam:

    when i click the link it says 9 pounds not 4.5

    September 18, 2013 @ 10:47 am | Reply
    • necs:

      Hi Cam,
      You need to apply the promo code during the order. Thanks

      September 19, 2013 @ 3:13 am | Reply
  10. What a load of shit offers (as Infinity would say). 256MB OpenVZ for £24/yr ($36/yr)!? Are you guys on drugs? Weren’t UrPad doing something similar, albeit with less HDD and bandwidth for $12/yr in the UK!

    September 18, 2013 @ 11:44 am | Reply
    • Urpad isn’t NECS! Everybody is different. :P

      September 18, 2013 @ 2:33 pm | Reply
    • necs:

      Thanks for your sardonic input @asterisk14 bur NECS will never attempt to compete on price alone, I am sure there are cheaper offerings all over and that is fantastic for everyone to have such a massive choice.

      September 19, 2013 @ 3:09 am | Reply
    • I remember seeing someone I know use of of those Urpad VPS’s and it took about 30 minutes to complete an uptime command and then lost connection after about 2 hours of waiting for yum to even get started.

      So yeah.. if that’s what you want you should pay $12..

      I don’t have an OpenVZ I have a KVM with NECS that is at 100% uptime and its now the only LEB I use on any regular basis.

      September 19, 2013 @ 3:43 am | Reply
      • Tetsuya:

        not using your own leb??

        September 19, 2013 @ 11:29 pm | Reply
  11. Hybs:

    Ordered a KVM with them, had to cancel since the disk I/O was too low at 30-45mb/s for the purpose I wanted it for. Otherwise it would have been a good vps for me.

    September 19, 2013 @ 10:01 am | Reply
    • NECS:

      Hi Hybs,

      Please can you let me know what you ran to test the disk IO. I have just ran a simple DD test on the same node and got much higher speeds:

      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, 4.1688 s, 258 MB/s

      September 19, 2013 @ 10:49 am | Reply
      • Hybs:

        I ran the same standard dd test and I tried both the ide and virtio driver, both came in at 30-45mb/s which noticeably reduced the vps performance. The OS was debian 6.0.5 autoinstalled with nothing changed.

        September 19, 2013 @ 9:12 pm | Reply
  12. Tom:

    Hi NECS, do you offer reverse DNS? (I would like to use this for sending personal email — low volume, not spam.)

    September 21, 2013 @ 7:25 am | Reply
    • necs:

      Hi Tom, Yes we offer rDNS, thanks

      September 21, 2013 @ 8:40 am | Reply
  13. Reece:

    I’ve commented on these guys before, but thought its worth doing so again on this offer. for anyone still wondering whether to sign up or not …

    NECS really are a ‘premium’ provider of VPS, I’ve got a couple of cheap VPS’s with off-shore (I’m in the UK) providers for non critical apps, testing etc.

    But for our main 2 production servers we use NECS to host them, the fact they’re UK based and can be contact so easily is a huge plus point for me … I’ve had one major issue since I started with them 2+ years ago and this was resolved well within SLA (and professionally).

    Since then I’ve upgraded the spec on my servers a few times, which is never a problem to do, and all my support tickets are answered within the hour they’re raised.

    Won’t be moving away from NECS any time soon, keep up the great service guys! :)

    September 26, 2013 @ 4:46 am | Reply
  14. Ben:

    Just signed up — shocked and slightly concerned to be sent my password in plain text in a confirmation email!

    October 2, 2013 @ 4:24 am | Reply
  15. Just thought I’d post a quick note/experience about NECS just in case anyone’s looking at their latest offers and wondering whether they’re reliable etc …

    I’ve been with NECs for 3+ years now and have 2 business critical VPS’s (one Windows and one Linux) with them. Their uptime, support and overall service is exceptional.

    Whilst I have 2 off-shore VPS’s for development and testing, I needed UK based servers for web, DB, IRC and e-mail functions.

    I’ve had one technical issue since I started with them and that was resolved within SLA, with a response to the ticket made just minutes after I opened it.

    Upgrades and changes to VPS config’s also aren’t an issue, and in all of my cases we’re done the same day with no issues at all.

    I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend NECS for reliable UK based VPS hosting, and intend to stay with them for a good while yet! :)

    October 3, 2013 @ 8:44 am | Reply
  16. Why i got £2.39GBP for 256MB instead of £1.99 ?

    October 9, 2013 @ 2:32 am | Reply
  17. necs:

    European Union citizens will have to pay an additional 20% in VAT. Sorry, its the government’s pound of flesh.

    October 10, 2013 @ 7:34 am | Reply
  18. Rich:

    Hey posters: how about starting from a position of respect? Sure there are dodgy companies out there, sure it’s good to ask questions, but c’mon let’s be a bit more friendly!

    November 8, 2013 @ 5:23 am | Reply
  19. Hi,

    With regard to NECS – £1.99/Month or £20/Year 256MB OpenVZ in Maidenhead, UK on Lowendbox.com, can I run squirrelmail for my own mailboxes or even put vpostmaster from tummy.com on?

    Many thanks.

    Regards,
    Richard.

    December 14, 2013 @ 7:24 am | Reply
  20. Yunarto Goh:

    Hi,
    I already submitted a ticket 3 days ago but not yet got a response :(
    my ticket number #718494 regarding NECS’s TOS/AUP
    Thank you.

    January 12, 2014 @ 2:45 am | Reply
    • Hi Yunarto,

      your ticket has been replied. Please check your email.

      Regards,

      NECS

      January 13, 2014 @ 4:31 am | Reply
      • Yunarto Goh:

        OK, thank you… :)

        January 13, 2014 @ 6:33 pm | Reply
  21. necs:

    Hi all, the VPS market of NECS has been splitted off completely and it’s now be known as Servers NV Ltd.

    You can see our current offers below:

    Regards

    October 10, 2014 @ 9:17 am | Reply
  22. necs:

    Hi all, the VPS market of NECS has been splitted off completely and it’s now be known as Servers NV Ltd. INFO

    You can see our current offers below:

    OFFERS

    Regards

    October 10, 2014 @ 9:19 am | Reply

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