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Prometeus - 16th Birthday - €12.60/Quarterly 512MB Xen in Milan, Italy

prometeusToday marks 16 years since Prometeus was founded! To celebrate this momentous occasion: Salvatore, from Prometeus, has an offer on one of their Biz Xen plans which they’ve never listed on let/leb before. Happy Birthday!


  • 512MB RAM
  • 512MB SWAP
  • 2 CPU Cores
  • 20GB Diskspace
  • 2000GB Bandwidth
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 4 IPv6 Addresses
  • Xen/SolusVM
  • Coupon: 16YEARS16
  • €12.60/Quarterly ($16 per 3 Months) | Order Link

Prometeus have been featured many times on LowEndBox since April 2012 and have won our last three top provider polls. The discount for the 16th anniversary 16YEARS16 works on all their Biz Xen plans. The hardware that they’re using for their Biz Xen plans consists of: Intel Dual E5 Processors, 64GB of ECC RAM, A+B Power and Dual Fiber Channel HBA (Boot from the SAN, no local disks). After ordering this plan, you can get the ftpnweb-025 ftp account for free with the coupon BIZFTP25 (storage is located off site in Germany (leaseweb)). Additional terms apply for their biz plans (click more).

Prometeus accept payments via Paypal. VAT, at 21%, is added if you’re an EU citizen/company without a valid VAT ID. You can add an additional 2TB bandwidth per month for an extra €5 per month. Peer to peer software, Game servers, Tor servers, IRC clients and servers Video chat (like, but not limited to, camfrog) are not permitted on the biz plans. For more information, have a read of their Terms of Service.

Network Information:

Prometeus currently have 5 racks colocated in the largest campus/internet exchange in Italy. They operate their own BGP (AS34971) and currently have a total bandwidth capacity of 10Gb.

Test IPv4: or
Test IPv6: 2a00:dcc0:eda:89::254:1
Test Files: http://mirrors.prometeus.net/test/test10.bin & http://mirrors.prometeus.net/test/test100.bin


  1. Manoj:

    Wish they release those cheaper plans also with discounts :)

    May 26, 2013 @ 2:19 pm | Reply
    • Manoj:

      Happy B’day BTW. 16 years of hosting business is indeed an achievement.

      May 26, 2013 @ 2:21 pm | Reply
  2. Sonic:

    Yep, hope they offer cheaper plan like
    256 ram, 256 vswap, 1vcore, 10gb hdd, 500gb bw – 8$/ 3 months :D

    Btw, happy birthday!!!

    May 26, 2013 @ 3:46 pm | Reply
  3. i have a 512m ram vps base on kvm with SSD,damn it,!O(∩_∩)O uptime : 150 days.i just want to say you need to buy one

    May 26, 2013 @ 3:51 pm | Reply
  4. salakis:

    Too bad that I already have one VPS with them and that an upgrade is not possible.
    Otherwise, great deal!

    May 26, 2013 @ 4:43 pm | Reply
  5. Are you out of stock on all openvz VPSs. They have disppeared from iPerweb as well. When are they coming back?

    May 26, 2013 @ 5:33 pm | Reply
    • Maounique:

      I sincerely don’t know…
      We are not adding new servers at this time, but cancellations allow for upgrades for now, maybe later for new sales. I would have expected to have more cancellations from 30+ servers with OVZ, however, it is not the case.
      Maybe people found out we are out of stock and dont want to lose it, who knows…
      On the other hand, there is still space on the OVerZold servers (www.overzold.com), they are still OVZ, just overcommited.

      May 30, 2013 @ 11:35 pm | Reply
  6. neqste:

    Best VPS provider. I so happy with them. Strongly recommend to all.

    May 26, 2013 @ 7:07 pm | Reply
  7. Maounique:

    Hello !

    Thanks for the wishes :)
    Sorry about OVZ, there is no more room in the racks, only have Xen and KVM left, the last places are reserved for the LEC.
    We are evaluating the possibility to open another location before the new datacenter is completed.

    May 26, 2013 @ 9:38 pm | Reply
    • neqste:

      Another location in Italy, or in the Europe?

      May 26, 2013 @ 10:51 pm | Reply
      • Maounique:

        In EU, for now got a big storage server with LeaseWeb, we are also considering Romania, but it depends how fast the new Cdlan datacenter is ready. As it looks right now will take quite a few months, so, after consolidating the servers in the current racks, will probably have to find another location or stop expanding and concentrate on the cloud only.

        May 26, 2013 @ 10:54 pm | Reply
        • neqste:

          prices for services will be same?
          Romania… bad ping from Europe to Romania… From Asia too, and USA.

          May 27, 2013 @ 9:19 am | Reply
        • Maounique:

          Not any romanian DC, this one has own backbone till equinix, peerings with all major isp in eu and some in us. Everything else over l3.
          We will see how it goes, so far, the testing I did works much better than the one last year.
          I will post a new testing thread in LET when I have the time.

          May 27, 2013 @ 11:40 am | Reply
        • neqste:

          Can i get test ip to pm on lowendbox or lowendtalk?

          May 27, 2013 @ 2:05 pm | Reply
        • Maounique:

          May 28, 2013 @ 2:09 pm | Reply
        • neqste:

          well, but anyway, how about Italy location? I’ll looks like egoist, but i need good Europe Ping with good quality services as like yours. I have already few VPSes, and i want more in Italy (i will buy soon) but If RackSpace in Datacenter in italy are have no place, i wont to buy VPSes in Italy, so do you planning in feature if some services go have no stock, to increase hardware in rack?

          May 28, 2013 @ 7:35 pm | Reply
        • At present the only missing stock is for openvz, so you will be able to buy everything else :-)

          May 28, 2013 @ 7:45 pm | Reply
        • tux:

          Also Atomic plans?

          May 30, 2013 @ 7:03 am | Reply
        • Maounique:

          PM me on LET about that, might have one for you.

          May 30, 2013 @ 11:00 pm | Reply
        • Bob:

          Romania would be nice in a good DC!

          Do you have an ETA for that?


          July 22, 2013 @ 9:12 pm | Reply
  8. Happy Birthday Prometeus!!!

    May 26, 2013 @ 11:42 pm | Reply
  9. MikeIn:

    Many many happy returns of the day…

    gr8 going uncle SAL.

    May 27, 2013 @ 1:57 am | Reply
  10. Andy:

    happy birthday.
    can we install our own iso?

    May 27, 2013 @ 2:08 am | Reply
    • Maounique:

      No, but you can point to a mirror and we will most likely download it for you and make it available to your VPS. If there are more requests for that particular distribution, we will add it to the regular pool.

      May 27, 2013 @ 2:57 am | Reply
    • Maounique:

      BTW, that works only for KVM, our Xen plans are PV which does not support booting from ISO.

      May 27, 2013 @ 2:57 am | Reply
  11. Happy Birthday to Prometeus and Iperweb :)

    May 27, 2013 @ 4:37 am | Reply
  12. Happy Birthday!

    May 27, 2013 @ 6:22 am | Reply
  13. marrco:

    Happy birthday Prometeus. And thanks for such a great offer. BIZ plans are really the best. I’d say that a biz Prometeus can be a good substitute to a Linode. If you can afford the few additional euro per month this is the best vps you can get in Europe. Serious hardware, a superb network, and 16 years experience. I got a few biz from Prometeus and no surprise are the best vps i have. Stable, resilient, great uptime, no slowdowns. Mind there are a few tos restrictions, but this is a business class server.

    May 27, 2013 @ 7:12 am | Reply
  14. Happy Belated Birthday
    Prometeus is a rock solid host, im just waiting for their additional payment methods since PayPal does not work for me :(

    May 27, 2013 @ 11:47 am | Reply
  15. Haris:

    Are there scheduled backups for the XEN package?

    May 27, 2013 @ 11:51 am | Reply
    • Maounique:

      The storage is SAN HUS-150. This has active-active controllers and internal redundancy, besides the raid.
      Taking back-ups would be futile as this machine is guaranteed by the producer which does not authorize anyone to do work on it and also imposes which equipments are allowed to be connected to it (FC switches and stuff).
      It is not something you expect to fail, this is why we use it for our top products.
      Otherwise, for the user error or hacking, we offer generous back-up space for free, both internal and external (onsite/offsite) for these plans, also, paid CDP if you wish to walk the extra mile and have almost continuous data protection.
      I cannot imagine anyone would need more than this, we are paranoid with back-ups and think this is enough.

      May 27, 2013 @ 12:58 pm | Reply
      • Haris:

        On your site it says that for Biz services there are Weekly backups . So I’m confused how this works if there are no scheduled backups

        May 28, 2013 @ 6:04 am | Reply
        • Maounique:

          Hello !

          Yes, that was for the old ones, with ssd and sas2.
          However, those were still only for internal disaster recovery purposes, which are no longer needed now.
          The customer must take own backups, this is why we give free ftp space, for instance. There is no way of knowing when and what the customer needs to back-up, and even if we did, that was still impossible since there are more customers on the node and no matter when we do the back-up, someone would be off.

          May 28, 2013 @ 7:10 am | Reply
  16. Sonic:

    Any chance for smaller package :(

    May 27, 2013 @ 1:21 pm | Reply
    • Maounique:

      Biz Xen 2 sold out in a few hours…
      Mind you, we only have limited stock of everything right now, was hard to find place for a server to make this promotion.
      We had to decide what to be and since OVZ would have sold even faster and we dont like the instability and bugs of the last kernel (patched for the privilege escalation vulnerability last week), it was something we love (especially me), Xen :)
      This is another test of the HUS 150, this is why it doesnt have too much IO speed, the FC link is limited to 4 gb, however, the safety of the data which this brings cant be matched by any kind of local raid.

      May 28, 2013 @ 7:20 am | Reply
  17. Bobby:

    Congrats! Best provider by a mile :)

    May 27, 2013 @ 2:09 pm | Reply
  18. Congratulations!
    No OverZold promo? :P

    May 27, 2013 @ 3:25 pm | Reply
    • Bobby:

      Own brand, so not in regards to birthday I guess.

      May 27, 2013 @ 4:21 pm | Reply
  19. GM:

    openvz please :/

    May 27, 2013 @ 5:51 pm | Reply
  20. Thank you everybody! It’s a pleasure to have clients like you ;-)

    May 27, 2013 @ 6:00 pm | Reply
  21. nice server ^_^

    May 28, 2013 @ 2:10 am | Reply
  22. Nick:

    Since noone has posted any benchmarks yet, here’s the benchmark for my 512MB RAM XEN VPS

    CPU model :  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 0 @ 2.00GHz
    Number of cores : 2
    CPU frequency :  1999.999 MHz
    Total amount of ram : 489 MB
    Total amount of swap : 511 MB
    System uptime :   1 day, 12 min,
    Download speed from CacheFly: 37.4MB/s
    Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 3.34MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 6.96MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 537KB/s
    Download speed from i3d.net, NL: 36.3MB/s
    Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 1.92MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 2.39MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 5.42MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 5.34MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 9.72MB/s
    I/O speed :  299 MB/s

    Not bad (considering the VPS is in Italy and most of the tests are done with USA servers)…

    May 28, 2013 @ 5:28 am | Reply
    • Maounique:

      In all my tests Tokyo goes above 3 MB mark :(. Maybe you tested during the DDoS we had tonight. The hour seems to fit.

      May 28, 2013 @ 7:12 am | Reply
  23. vinceyuan:

    Nice offer. But too slow from Hong Kong.

    $ wget -O /dev/null http://mirrors.prometeus.net/test/test100.bin
    --2013-05-28 13:36:32--  http://mirrors.prometeus.net/test/test100.bin
    Resolving mirrors.prometeus.net..., 2a00:dcc0:eda:89::254:1
    Connecting to mirrors.prometeus.net||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: ‘/dev/null’
    100%[============================] 104,857,600  192KB/s   in 11m 28s
    2013-05-28 13:48:01 (149 KB/s) - ‘/dev/null’ saved [104857600/104857600]
    $ wget -O /dev/null http://speedtest.lv.buyvm.net/100mb.test
    --2013-05-28 13:16:05--  http://speedtest.lv.buyvm.net/100mb.test
    Resolving speedtest.lv.buyvm.net...
    Connecting to speedtest.lv.buyvm.net||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: ‘/dev/null’
    100%[===========================>] 104,857,600 2.57MB/s   in 58s    
    2013-05-28 13:17:05 (1.71 MB/s) - ‘/dev/null’ saved [104857600/104857600]
    May 28, 2013 @ 6:21 am | Reply
    • Maounique:

      For China, western US is much better connected.
      Our main targets are in EU, Eastern Europe, Middle East, North Africa. Decent speeds are in south asia, up to India and SG. After that is US area.
      However, for some weird reason we have many australian customers, NZ, even.

      May 28, 2013 @ 8:21 am | Reply
      • William:

        TI Sparkle has a cable landing in IT that goes to AU.

        May 28, 2013 @ 11:20 am | Reply
        • Maounique:

          Possible, but last time I tested, pings were 400ish…

          May 28, 2013 @ 2:07 pm | Reply
  24. They’re one of the good guys. Recommended.

    May 28, 2013 @ 4:22 pm | Reply
  25. Dave:

    I noticed that your Romania test IP has a rdns of nozhost? – hosted-by.nozhost.com

    Do you have relation to nozhost which is now shutdown?

    Thank you.

    May 29, 2013 @ 10:41 am | Reply
    • Maounique:

      No, that is my own personal colo server I use to test the network. I inherited the rDNS possibly and couldnt be bothered to raise a ticket to be removed.
      It has no connection with Prometeus other that it hosted the 1st of april joke about ballsvps :P
      Hopefully, we will put up a few servers there later in the year to have at least another location to chose from. But that is not decided yet, they have to implement IPv6 before we make a decision.

      May 29, 2013 @ 10:47 pm | Reply
      • ]-[enk..:

        First of al, congrats!

        But it would be a shame to move to romania, the closer to the atlantic the better / lower latency to the rest of the world.
        Eastern Europe is not really close to any them.
        You would throw away one of the biggest advantages you have.

        I pinged my vps with you in Italy and got a steady 16ms. You ip in romania got between 36 and 39. This was done from high grade datacenter in holland.
        From my home connection to Italy i got 33ms, but to romania between 54 and 59ms.

        May 30, 2013 @ 10:19 pm | Reply
        • perennate:

          Maounique said “another location to chose [sic] from”, so I assume that means you’d be able to pick either the current Italy location or whatever new location (if any).

          May 30, 2013 @ 10:29 pm | Reply
        • Maounique:

          Yes, no “move” to romania, just new location to add.
          The move was a 1st of april joke :P
          It is normal to have higher ping from further away, holland is closer to italy than romania, however, we have a lot of customers from Eastern Europe and this would be very close to them.
          Anyway, the decision has not been made to add this location, there are many people asking for more locations and neither of us are comfortable with places not in the immediate reach in case of trouble. Dont want to depend on other ppl to change that raid card or failed drive, they might pull the wrong one… If we are to screw up, at least to do it ourselves, we would know why we take the flack then :)

          May 30, 2013 @ 10:58 pm | Reply
        • Henk:

          Hi Maounique,

          Good luck with all the difficult choices :)
          But that is what you get with success :)
          Hopefully you will get some room on the current Milan DC.

          Thumbs up for Prometeus! Keep up the good jobs you are doing.

          May 31, 2013 @ 7:24 am | Reply
        • Maounique:

          Thank you, Henk :)

          The room in the Milan DC is not completely filled, but we need some space to maneuver and add the cloud one (of these) month(s). Salvatore is working hard towards that goal, but unfortunately he didnt find a perfect solution so far. He is far from giving up, though, therefore some reserve is needed.
          There might be some servers added at some point through various mergers and clean-ups, however, I would not bet on OVZ, at least until the kernel is stable enough.
          Other hosts might be OK with a reboot per week in some tens of servers, but Salvatore aims to enterprise grade stability and that is far from it.

          May 31, 2013 @ 12:42 pm | Reply
        • neqste:

          >> Maounique
          I’m from Ukraine, i have 80+ms ping.
          Russia have more than 100 to Romania.
          Sorry, but that is a bad idea to host servers in datacenter, where ping to all countryes increased minimum by 20ms.

          Best way: Italy/Germany/Netherlands/GB/ but not Sweden, or Poland, or Austria, or Moldova. All of rest providers have a poor ping.

          May 31, 2013 @ 10:51 pm | Reply
        • Maounique:

          That is probably from your provider.
          Voxility has peerings with many providers along the way to equinix, everything else goes over l3 which goes to frankfurt first, therefore you have an increased latency.
          However, we will provide test IPs IF we will open a new location so everyone can choose, we do not MOVE, but ADD a location, the Milan DC is very good and we have no intention to leave it.
          It hosts google, garr, many CDNs, has tens of carriers there and in the local mix you can have every italian provider that counts as well as neighbouring ones as far as germany and even beyond. You dont find that in many places and if we are to expand it will be for a specific area and market, not to replace current services.

          June 1, 2013 @ 2:46 am | Reply
  26. Daemon:

    Does Prometeus support BSD? I see it listed as an option in the KVM VPS, but if you try to order there’s only Linux.

    May 31, 2013 @ 6:33 pm | Reply
    • Maounique:

      Yes, at order is only Linux, but you can mount the FreeBSD and OpenBSD ISO after you get the KVM. However, we insist that you use virtio drivers on it. It is fairly easy to use on FreeBSD and on OpenBSD i heard now are supported out of the box.

      May 31, 2013 @ 10:17 pm | Reply
      • texteditor:

        I can confirm OpenBSD 5.3 supports virtio out of the box (NetBSD does, too)

        May 31, 2013 @ 11:51 pm | Reply
  27. StevenTen:

    Damn, no plans are available. Am I too late? Can I still get any chance?

    June 1, 2013 @ 1:29 pm | Reply
    • I hope to be able to deploy a new xen server tomorrow or monday at last ;-)

      June 1, 2013 @ 6:59 pm | Reply
  28. Mehedi Hasan:

    out of stock :(

    June 2, 2013 @ 4:04 pm | Reply
  29. IvanY:

    I am too late to grab one. ugh.

    June 2, 2013 @ 4:57 pm | Reply
  30. I’m just deployed another XEN server, everything on stock again :-)

    June 2, 2013 @ 5:08 pm | Reply
  31. Lukas:

    Please consider Voxility, they really have the best DC in EU, you could also resell their DDoS protection, which is state of the art.

    June 6, 2013 @ 2:17 pm | Reply
    • Maounique:

      I wouldnt say it is the best DC in EU, I was there a few times and while things keep improving it is not really state of the art.
      But they do have good connectivity and this is what we are looking for.
      About the DDoS protection, yeah, they claim to have 120 gbps, but the price is really too high, perhaps later if it comes down at most to 10% of the current rates. Maybe is good for the high end market, but very far from low end needs.
      Once IPv6 is there will run again some tests and will make a final decision.

      June 6, 2013 @ 8:59 pm | Reply
      • Lukas:

        Well, they offer DDoS protection from 25€ / month, as far as I know, and their protection also protects against Layer 7 attacks really well.

        June 7, 2013 @ 1:49 pm | Reply
        • Maounique:

          Things changed. DDoS protection now works, but is much more expensive, before was buckling under 80 k pps as per some reports.
          I am really curious when ipv6 will be done, told me this week-end in may.

          June 10, 2013 @ 2:51 am | Reply
  32. kousinnryou:

    Out of stock.Will restock soon ?

    June 16, 2013 @ 2:31 pm | Reply
  33. Alam Hosseinbor:

    Do you have any stronger packages available? Like 100 GB disk space with 2 or 3GB of ram on offer?

    June 25, 2013 @ 9:54 am | Reply
  34. CWms:

    NewsFlash NewsFlash:

    Would not recommend, Prometeus.net / IperWeb.com / OverZold.com

    Closed my account and would not even allow me
    to BackUp my account after more than 2-Years of
    paying them with punctuality on time ever time !

    When I mention that I would post to LowEndBox.com
    about it is when they terminated my account from suspended
    to terminated, very NAZI-Like / GOD-Like attitude, STAY AWAY !

    February 14, 2015 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

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