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Nixcom – $5.99 512MB OpenVZ VPS

Tags: , , , Date/Time: November 13, 2010 @ 12:03 pm, by LowEndAdmin
Updated October 2011: Martin from Nixcom has decided to terminate the service. See this comment and replied comments for discussions.

Nix Communications Martin from Nix Communications sent me this last week — Chicago based OpenVZ VPS “W512-oLEB1” for $5.99/month (or $16.99/quarter, $31.99/semi-annually). Sign up link here.

  • 512MB guaranteed/1024MB burstable memory
  • 20GB storage
  • 500GB/month data transfer
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM

It is actually very similar to the WHT offers here and here — except you get less disk or less monthly data. You do gain the benefit of instant setup though, and the old WHT offers are no longer available.

We first picked up the issue with their DNS 2 months ago. It’s not just adjacent name servers — where no redundancy is provided. Two out of 4 name servers actually belong to a domain that does not exist (see intoDNS report here). namesrv.ca in this case, where any Canadian can take over the domain and send back mis-leading DNS records regarding to nixcom.ca. Too bad that (1) I am not Canadian, and (2) I am not evil enough. Bwahahaha. Well. Hopefully that gets fixed soon.

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  1. No redundant DNS as it is the same server as well as the Support Tickets. But luckily their MX pointing to different server and hopefully it will be going to the right point. Some of my finding: –

    yv1:~# telnet 25
    Connected to
    Escape character is ‘^]’.
    220 ns1.nixcom.ca ESMTP Exim 4.67 Sat, 13 Nov 2010 07:59:39 -0500
    221 ns1.nixcom.ca closing connection
    Connection closed by foreign host.

    yv1:~# telnet 25
    Connected to
    Escape character is ‘^]’.
    220 ns1.nixcom.ca ESMTP Exim 4.67 Sat, 13 Nov 2010 07:59:45 -0500
    221 ns1.nixcom.ca closing connection
    Connection closed by foreign host.

    yv1:~# telnet mx2.nixcom.ca 25
    Connected to mx2.nixcom.ca.
    Escape character is ‘^]’.
    220 mx2.nixcom.ca ESMTP iRedMail
    221 2.0.0 Bye
    Connection closed by foreign host.

    November 13, 2010 @ 1:04 pm | Reply
  2. We never had any dns issues??? For namesrv.ca, this is an issue from our registrar. This is now fixed.

    November 13, 2010 @ 5:12 pm | Reply
  3. chachiri:

    your canadian server is down, do you even know that?

    November 13, 2010 @ 10:31 pm | Reply
  4. We were working on it.

    November 14, 2010 @ 12:02 am | Reply
  5. Tim:

    Is it recurring? or is that just the fee for the first few months or so?

    November 14, 2010 @ 5:33 am | Reply
  6. Jobaier:


    Whats up! Open ticket for rDNS change last night. Still did not get any reply. 18 hours gone. Is this is an one man owned company?

    November 14, 2010 @ 6:13 am | Reply
  7. Daniel:

    I’ve been with Nixcom just over a month, and never found any problems.

    Im on their canadian server, and this is my uptime.
    fusion:~# uptime
    10:43:29 up 32 days, 3:10, 2 users, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00

    This is their VZFree report on my VPS, for some reason the % of swap being used has jumped a bit, but its only 14MB swap.

    Total Used Free
    Kernel: 2048.00M 1.85M 2046.15M
    Allocate: 1024.00M 40.05M 983.95M (512M Guaranteed)
    Commit: 512.00M 37.29M 474.71M (88.5% of Allocated)
    Swap: 14.21M (40.1% of Committed)

    November 14, 2010 @ 7:47 am | Reply
  8. For sure! Our promotions are always recurring :) No contract, just a good recurring deal!

    November 14, 2010 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

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