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Prometeus - €18/Year 384MB RAM OpenVZ in Milan, Italy


Salvatore from Prometeus sent in another exclusive offer, this time for a 384MB Ram OpenVZ VPS.


  • 384MB Dedicated Ram
  • 384MB VSwap Ram
  • 12GB storage on RAID SAS2 10K
  • 2000GB Bandwidth Per Month
  • 1 Core
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • 1 x IPv4
  • 2 x IPv6 (more available on request)
  • €18 Per Year($22.80), Direct Signup
    Promo Code: LEB40JUL

Prometeus is one of our more ‘mature’ hosts, having been providing web services since 1997. On the latest Top Providers poll, Prometeus polled second. Before writing this offer up, I was unable to find any negative comments or reviews – be sure to share your experiences below. I personally have a KVM with them and it’s been top notch!

Salvatore informs us that these ‘budget vps’ are being hosted on a server, within one of their fully owned racks, with the following specs: SuperMicro Twin 2027TR-H71RF with two E5-2620, LSI SAS2 RAID Controller with 6 x 600GB 10K HD and 64GB of RAM.

Setup is automatic once payment is received. TUN/TAP/PPP/FUSE are all supported. VAT is applicable if you reside in the EU and don’t have a valid VAT ID.

Test IPv4:
Test IPv6: 2a00:dcc0:eda:89::254:1
Test File: http://mirrors.prometeus.net/test/test100.bin
AS Number: http://bgp.he.net/AS34971


  1. Liam, thank you very much! :P

    July 23, 2012 @ 9:35 am | Reply
  2. Maounique:

    I have also 3 VPSes with them, 2 OVZ and 1 KVM.
    One OVZ I have for some 4 months+

    root@prometeus:~# wget http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    --2012-07-23 14:20:27--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net...
    Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: `100mb.test.2'
    100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 23.2M/s   in 4.3s    
    2012-07-23 14:20:32 (23.1 MB/s) - `100mb.test.2' saved [104857600/104857600]


    root@prometeus:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=iotest bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
    16384+0 records in
    16384+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 13.6784 s, 78.5 MB/s

    It is doing java without an issue since day one (I know java is not for ovz, but I am a fan :P )
    If someone needs other tests, I will do it.

    July 23, 2012 @ 10:24 am | Reply
  3. Maounique:

    Erf, forgot one set of

    Sorry for that.
    July 23, 2012 @ 10:26 am | Reply
  4. marrco:

    I bought a VZ5 (a larger package) a few months ago and it’s definitely one of the best deals I got this year. Prometeus has great peerings and a solid network in Europe, with impressive performance and one of the best value for money ratio of the market. Solid products at LEB prices. No surprise Liam wasn’t able to find negative reviews.

    July 23, 2012 @ 11:14 am | Reply
  5. Another vote from me :)

    +1000 :D

    July 23, 2012 @ 11:32 am | Reply
  6. soup:

    +1 prometeus. idk about openvz but kvm is legit.

    July 23, 2012 @ 11:36 am | Reply
  7. jcaleb:

    Amazing uptime, excellent IO speed. Both for OVZ and KVM boxes I have with them.

    July 23, 2012 @ 11:43 am | Reply
  8. pcan:

    Low latency and stable speed on my OVZ VPS. I also got excellent performance on the new Prometeus XEN “biz” VPS. Salvatore is friendly and helpful, any small issue has been solved in a very short time.

    July 23, 2012 @ 12:50 pm | Reply
  9. john:

    Best provider out there…

    July 23, 2012 @ 2:10 pm | Reply
  10. Three WordPress website hosted on my VZ1. Best provider out there, indeed. :)

    01:59:37 up 67 days,  2:55,  1 user,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
    July 23, 2012 @ 7:02 pm | Reply
  11. Emil Vals:

    I already have one with them and they are very good. I also bought this, although I dont know what to use it for right now but this is deal is too good to pass on! :)

    July 23, 2012 @ 8:16 pm | Reply
  12. medankia:

    Been using for a month, very impressive. Best provider so far . Keep up the good work.

    July 24, 2012 @ 1:55 am | Reply
  13. digdeep:

    The code is not working. It says 40% Recurring Discount: $0.00

    Total Recurring: $5.00 Monthly

    July 24, 2012 @ 5:15 am | Reply
    • The code doesn’t work on monthly payment :)

      July 24, 2012 @ 5:19 am | Reply
    • digdeep:

      The promotion code you entered has been applied to your cart but no items qualify for the discount yet – please check the promotion terms

      July 24, 2012 @ 5:22 am | Reply
      • digdeep:

        Ah, got it. Only for annual payment.

        July 24, 2012 @ 5:26 am | Reply
  14. HR:

    Great provider indeed.

    And there’s a typo in the offer: 348MB of dedicated RAM should probably be 384MB :-)

    July 24, 2012 @ 10:18 am | Reply
    • rm:

      I told Liam on IRC 5 minutes after this was posted, but apparently he doesn’t pay attention to IRC :)

      July 24, 2012 @ 10:30 am | Reply
      • Liam:

        Sorry guys!

        July 24, 2012 @ 3:12 pm | Reply
        • rm:

          One more place:

          > Salvatore from Prometeus sent in another exclusive offer, this time for a 348MB Ram OpenVZ VPS.

          July 27, 2012 @ 7:46 am | Reply
        • Liam:

          Not sure where I got the 48 from, but thanks!

          July 27, 2012 @ 8:46 am | Reply
  15. Flip:

    Out of stock… Will it become available again?

    July 24, 2012 @ 4:58 pm | Reply
  16. Just restocked

    July 24, 2012 @ 5:35 pm | Reply
    • Won’t be long before it’s out of stock again :D

      August 21, 2012 @ 11:52 am | Reply
  17. Phiber:

    Wow, what a nice offer! Too good to pass it.

    I don’t want to rain on anybodies parade & I know that Salavatore has a good track record but I ask myself can you as VPS provider offer such a service and still pay your bills?

    @prometeus: I know that for such a price you can’t expect the top performance but can I expect to use your service in 6 months? I suppose that this is a special offer and that you also earn money in the longterm.

    I don’t want to troll but I’m just a little bit sceptical. There were many other provider which didn’t made it without solid financing…

    July 24, 2012 @ 6:15 pm | Reply
    • @Phiber, I understand your doubt and I’ll try to give you as many informations I can.

      we don’t depend on this business to survive, we have other solid source of income.
      the general expences (included colocation and bandwidth) are paid from other services, we have a surplus of resources.
      this business division was started with the idea to establish the company as a solid vps provider in 1-2 years, not to sell a bunch of nodes for a profit
      the budget for this plan, even if not that big, was considered enough to sustain it for a full year in the worst case
      we use these promotions to gain clients and visibility. We had a few google adword campaign running with a cap of €30/day (€900/month, more than €10K in a year). Every single click used to cost us €1 average. So I decided it was better to use that money to actually gain real users that can use our service and let other say about us.

      So in the end maybe we don’t profit directly from the packages we sell with this promotion but it help grow our business and this is good :)

      July 24, 2012 @ 8:16 pm | Reply
      • Phiber:

        Thank you very much for your honest and thorough response!

        I’ve bought this package and up to now everyhing seem to be fine. Hope it will stay this way ;-)

        Thanks again!

        July 25, 2012 @ 6:45 pm | Reply
        • Maounique:

          Prometeus is in the business of hosting since 1997. I think there are few providers here with such a record :) I did suspect they are doing it at a loss subsidizing the community here, but he convinced me it is not the case.
          They are not exactly new in the LEB market either.
          As he said: why pay advertising when you can do better by word of mouth AND offer something for those money, even considering you are doing at a loss, which probably it is not the case.
          Compared with other providers, Prometeus has surplus resources, not overcomit and is simply monetizing that instead of leaving them rot in there.
          Completely different from most others.

          July 27, 2012 @ 5:29 am | Reply
  18. Jimmy:

    I am assuming that Prometeus is bad for hosting a VPN.
    Currently internet filtering in Italy is applied against child pornography,[32] gambling, and some P2P web-sites. Starting in February 2009, The Pirate Bay website and IP Address are unreachable from Italy,[33] blocked directly by Internet Service Providers

    Examples include the Romani law, a special law proposed by parliament after Facebook cases of a group against Prime Minister Berlusconi.

    July 25, 2012 @ 2:58 am | Reply
    • First of all I hope you agree with me that child pornography is a crime. There is a specialized police task force in italy that maintain a backlist of proven criminal content which is enforced with blackholing by ISP.

      The gambling list is enforced on the ISP own dns (hint). Then there are from time to time a few IP addresses which are blackholed as per judges request.

      I’m not happy with the last two things, but TBH I don’t think they are big freedom limitation.

      However you’re right, some blocks are required by law and enforced by ISP on dns or ip blackholing.

      July 25, 2012 @ 7:15 am | Reply
      • Spirit:

        I like this vps however it’s also not best choice for some “neigbour countries” VPN as well as all traffic goes through Level3 Frankfurt which means across half europe instead Italy directly. I tryed traceoute from few other eastern european locations and it goes always through Frankfurt1.Level3.net. It’s most likely great if you live in northern europe howerver if you happen to be in mediteranian area near Italy, routing will go first out of mediteranian area to reach mediteranian area again.

        I can reach Italy in 20 minutes of driving however to reach VPS it’s 65 – 70 ms latency :)
        (average for comparisation: Austria 18 ms, Germany 38 ms and Netherland, which is far away 45 ms). I am not blaming Prometeus for routes, just saying :)

        July 25, 2012 @ 12:55 pm | Reply
        • This is the problem with tier 1, maybe in future our upstream will add some regional carrier… However seabone/telecom sparkle should have good EU routes, but it seems you go straight to level3. If you like, please PM some IP I can look at (with a trace in both direction from/to the vps with us).

          July 25, 2012 @ 1:46 pm | Reply
        • Tomy:

          I’m from Croatia and I was very nervous about this post, but after a little research I got the bargain VPS in this offer. The upstream provider for Prometeus is CDLAN (http://www.robtex.com/as/as20836.png) which has Tier-1 connectivity with Seabone, Level3 and Cogent – if your ISP has connectivity with any of these you’re on a roll – I get about 20-25ms depending on the service provider I use which is very much comparable to Germany and Netherlands where VPS prices are generally higher than this one.

          Added value: http://board.prometeus.net is awesome, especially the PPTPd for-dummies script :)

          August 8, 2012 @ 10:15 pm | Reply
  19. jcaleb:

    Hello @prometeus

    if customer needs more disk space, is it possible to upgrade?

    July 25, 2012 @ 3:23 am | Reply
    • It depends on the space available on the node, but on openvz it’s easy to buy more space, just open a sales ticket :)

      July 25, 2012 @ 3:30 am | Reply
  20. paul:

    I have the insane bargain 128MB KVM from the last offer. I haven’t been using it much but in my limited testing it’s worked great. I just logged into it and it has 40 days uptime, which I think means it has never been down. That KVM plan stayed in stock for quite a long time after that offer, making it one of the great secrets of LEB ;-).

    July 25, 2012 @ 6:05 am | Reply
  21. Nice, I signed up :)

    July 25, 2012 @ 8:56 am | Reply
  22. Defcon:

    No comment…

    Just “Awesome Service” ^_^

    July 25, 2012 @ 1:08 pm | Reply
  23. Tolingo:

    Where is your datacenter located?

    July 26, 2012 @ 8:29 am | Reply
    • We are located in Milan, Italy.

      July 26, 2012 @ 4:08 pm | Reply
      • Tolingo:

        If your datacenter is located in Italy why the timezone of new VPS is set to MSK (Moscow)?

        August 22, 2012 @ 11:58 am | Reply
        • rm:

          As far as I know it’s because OpenVZ developers who made those templates are in Moscow.

          August 22, 2012 @ 12:00 pm | Reply
  24. Hi,

    also bought this one today. And the only thing I can say: Amazing!
    I even got 4 IPv6-adresses ;)


    July 26, 2012 @ 10:44 am | Reply
  25. BitProcessor:

    Hi – question about the IPv6 :
    multiple OpenVZ based solutions have issues with IPv6, due to a kernel problem:

    * Simply not working
    * Working, but firewalling not working decently, as in: connection tracking unavailable

    How about your nodes ?

    Thanks in advance !

    July 26, 2012 @ 10:01 pm | Reply
    • Spirit:

      It works as it should since beginning. Salvatore (prometeus) know what he’s doing (hint: http://www.lowendtalk.com/discussion/comment/53723#Comment_53723 ) and there’s no issue with his IPv6 setup.

      July 26, 2012 @ 11:05 pm | Reply
      • It’s working IPv6 :)
        I can use it for the AAAA for my website in one vps and also for Private IPv6 Squid proxy at another vps.

        July 27, 2012 @ 1:07 am | Reply
    • rm:

      IPv6 connection tracking is not working on the kernel 2.6.18 which the old “burst RAM” OpenVZ uses, but as we see this offer is VSwap, so it’s on 2.6.32 and therefore shouldn’t have any problems with connection tracking.

      July 27, 2012 @ 4:02 am | Reply
  26. James:


    # 384MB Dedicated Ram
    # 384MB VSwap Ram

    What does VSwap mean in this case? How is it different from burst RAM?


    July 27, 2012 @ 6:12 pm | Reply
    • Maounique:

      Burst RAm is RAM which is alocated from a pool of unused RAM at that time.
      vSwap is disk swapping. Till some time ago OpenVZ lacked this functionality and then the implementation was unstable, but now can be called mature.

      July 27, 2012 @ 6:31 pm | Reply
      • James:

        Thank you for your reply.

        Does that mean that if my VPS needs more than 384MB of guaranteed RAM, it’s gonna get up to 384MB more out of virtual swap?

        July 27, 2012 @ 7:04 pm | Reply
        • Maounique:

          Yes. However, using vSwap as permanent RAM will hammer the io on the node and this will probably make the host put the user in the abusers category.
          Swap should only be used in times where you need a bit more ram for one thing or the other. Such as installation or upgrade of packages.

          July 27, 2012 @ 8:47 pm | Reply
        • rm:

          Afaik vSwap isn’t necessarily going into the actual disk swap, and if it’s not, OpenVZ just emulates that it’s slow(!).

          July 27, 2012 @ 8:53 pm | Reply
        • Maounique:

          Yes, as long as there is memory left, it wont go into swapping on the disk, but I know hosts that have no memory left and it does slow the io a lot, otherwise is hard to think 10 mb/s is the io speed of a decent array.
          Sure, prometeus always has a lot of reserve and io is great, we were talking in general.

          July 28, 2012 @ 5:51 pm | Reply
  27. Jaq:

    How do you handle DMCA complaints? Please explain in detail. (Like do you forward it to the client, or simply suspend?)

    In case of suspension, how long before you delete the vps data? or do you delete it in the first place?

    July 30, 2012 @ 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Jaq:

      addition, how do you validate the dmca?

      July 30, 2012 @ 4:33 pm | Reply
      • William:

        It sort of looks like you want to host something illegal.

        July 30, 2012 @ 4:58 pm | Reply
        • Jaq:

          if you think that way, and if everyone does, the world is in trouble

          July 30, 2012 @ 5:01 pm | Reply
  28. carter:

    Damn, too late :( already “Out of Stock”.

    July 31, 2012 @ 11:06 am | Reply
  29. adityaj:

    Will they restock? Stock is empty, even without promo code.

    July 31, 2012 @ 5:07 pm | Reply
  30. smile93:

    I just checked, it is still available. I think they have restocked.

    August 1, 2012 @ 3:00 am | Reply
  31. jcaleb:

    They have stock

    August 1, 2012 @ 3:23 am | Reply
    • paul:

      Out of stock as of a minute ago.

      August 1, 2012 @ 5:51 am | Reply
  32. adityaj:

    Lucky! Just got one an hour ago

    August 1, 2012 @ 5:52 am | Reply
  33. adityaj:

    Their disk i/o is exremely good

    adityaj@s3:~$ dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=32k conv=fdatasync
    32768+0 records in
    32768+0 records out
    2147483648 bytes (2.1 GB) copied, 4.61519 s, 465 MB/s

    and their network

    adityaj@s3:~$ wget -O /dev/null http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    --2012-08-01 13:11:28--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net...
    Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: `/dev/null'
    100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 18.6M/s   in 5.0s    
    2012-08-01 13:11:33 (19.8 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]
    adityaj@s3:~$ wget -O /dev/null http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    --2012-08-01 13:11:35--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net...
    Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: `/dev/null'
    100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 25.7M/s   in 3.9s    
    2012-08-01 13:11:39 (25.4 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]
    August 1, 2012 @ 7:42 am | Reply
  34. adityaj:

    They are very fast at replying to tickets.
    My last one was replyed in 56 minutes !

    August 1, 2012 @ 5:24 pm | Reply
    • adityaj:

      And the issue resolved in 1hour 10 min . :)

      August 1, 2012 @ 5:58 pm | Reply
  35. Emil Vals:

    @prometeus There is massive packetloss going on right now on my VPS (

    Ping statistics for
    Packets: Sent = 23, Received = 7, Lost = 16 (69% loss),
    Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 101ms, Maximum = 706ms, Average = 207ms

    August 1, 2012 @ 6:59 pm | Reply
    • Emil Vals:

      All fixed, some DDoS attack. :)

      August 1, 2012 @ 7:33 pm | Reply
  36. adityaj:

    Do they allow legal torrent(linux distro) seeding ? (with upload speed limit in place :) )

    August 2, 2012 @ 9:44 am | Reply
  37. David McAllister:

    Excellent service! Well done and thank you.

    August 4, 2012 @ 3:07 pm | Reply
  38. Out of Stock … Hmm… :(

    August 16, 2012 @ 5:38 am | Reply
  39. Out of Stock

    August 16, 2012 @ 5:41 am | Reply
  40. beggin:

    It’s rare to see such praise for a budget VPS provider. Just signed up, fantastic price. So far so good.

    August 20, 2012 @ 1:53 pm | Reply
  41. Looks like a good offer, can’t believe the feedback from it!

    August 21, 2012 @ 11:52 am | Reply
  42. Doxijut:

    I could get hold of one and serving pretty good :) its an awsome offer! I think this deffinately going to be a long-term LEB 4 me :)

    August 22, 2012 @ 2:23 pm | Reply
  43. Mark:

    Excellent service, now have two of these – one to run an old telnet BBS, the other as a secondary DNS server for my webhosting setup. Very happy with both of them, even at full price (€30), I think it’s a pretty good deal.

    August 25, 2012 @ 2:42 pm | Reply
  44. Can I still get this deal?! I want…so badly…

    August 26, 2012 @ 3:46 am | Reply
    • paul:

      It looks like the offer is still active including the promo code (shows up on the checkout page), an awesome deal. Stop this, Uncle Sal! I do not want ANOTHER vps! I have too many!!! ;-)

      August 26, 2012 @ 3:16 pm | Reply
  45. kam:

    I also want this deal 18 euro /month . How to proceed for it ?

    August 26, 2012 @ 4:56 am | Reply
    • What do you mean? Just follow the link showed in the post and you would be set :P

      August 30, 2012 @ 9:38 am | Reply
      • David:

        It’s out of stock.. will you get more?

        August 30, 2012 @ 10:40 am | Reply
  46. they are hosting from (pm07-70.prometeus.net)

    Announced By
    Origin AS Announcement Description
    AS20836 Prometeus Di Daniela Agro

    August 27, 2012 @ 10:00 pm | Reply
  47. David:

    It’s out of stock.. will you get more in soon?

    August 30, 2012 @ 10:40 am | Reply
  48. Stefan:

    Offer code doesnt appear to be working anymore. Just when I was going to sign up! :-(

    September 10, 2012 @ 2:51 am | Reply
  49. Francesco:

    Hi, I’d like to ask you a question and maybe the answer could be useful for everybody.
    I purchased a vps a couple of weeks ago using promo code. I selected semi-annual plan. If I wanted to renew when my account will expire, have I to pay promo price or standard price?

    Best regards and GRAZIE for this magnificient service!

    September 10, 2012 @ 9:02 am | Reply
  50. Paolo:

    Bought that offer and using it with a small project for work. It goes faster that my Linode512@London, it’s amazing.
    And today I found that the bandwidth with a Giga server that has a Gigabit port (49€/month option) is faster than light.

    # wget http://mirrors.prometeus.net/test/test100.bin
    --2012-10-05 21:01:01-- http://mirrors.prometeus.net/test/test100.bin
    Resolving mirrors.prometeus.net...
    Connecting to mirrors.prometeus.net||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: âtest100.binâ

    100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 83.2M/s in 1.2s

    2012-10-05 21:01:02 (83.2 MB/s) - âtest100.binâ

    83.2M/s only because that test file is too small. Iperf gives me around 800Mbps.

    October 5, 2012 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

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