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ProvisionHost – $13.33 /Year 128MB OpenVZ in Dallas, Texas & Toronto, Canada

Tags: , , , , , , Date/Time: February 8, 2013 @ 1:14 pm, by Liam

provisionhostProvisionHost are back with this yearly OpenVZ offer in either Dallas, Texas or Toronto, Canada.

PHVPS.25 Plan

  • 128MB RAM
  • 256MB Burst RAM
  • 5GB DiskSpace
  • 500GB Bandwidth
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM
  • $13.33/Year
  • Order: Toronto | Dallas

As I mentioned above, ProvisionHost is back. They were established in 2010 but over the past few months they’ve done a “tremendous amount of restructuring”. ProvisionHost have been featured twice before, with their last offer being published in August 2011. The biggest change, from when we last featured them, seems to be that as well as Dallas, they now provide services in Toronto, Canada. It is worth noting that they haven’t totally disappeared from the LowEnd world in the last 18 months as they’ve been very active on LowEndTalk. Nodes are configured with the Intel Xeon E3-1220 V2 or E3-1230 CPU and multiple WD Grade Enterprise Drives in a RAID setup.

Provision Host were established in 2010 but over the past few months they’ve done a “tremendous amount of restructuring”. According to Brandon, this includes resolving specific network issues and thinking of new products and services we in the LowEnd world may like. IRC and OpenVPN are allowed. They offer a 99.9% Uptime Guarantee and instantly ‘provision’ servers. For further information, you may want to have a look at their Terms of Service.

Network Information:

Dallas servers are located with LimeStoneNetworks (who once threatened LowEndBox with a DMCA) at the Databank datacenter and Toronto servers are located in the Peer1 datacenter.

Dallas, Texas – Test IPv4: 64.31.9.181
Dallas, Texas – Test File: http://dallas.provisionhost.com/100mb.test

Toronto, Canada – Test IPv4: 76.74.195.244
Toronto, Canada – Test File: http://toronto.provisionhost.com/100mb.test

79 Comments

  1. zhuanyi:

    Great offer, it is so rare to have one based out of Toronto these days! Happy snowing day for the Canadians and Americans living along the east coast today!

    February 8, 2013 @ 2:13 pm | Reply
  2. G:

    Just signed up, provisioned fast, but I guess no choice of OS? Were stuck with centos6 64 bit?

    February 8, 2013 @ 2:23 pm | Reply
    • Can you not change it in SolusVM?

      February 8, 2013 @ 2:38 pm | Reply
      • G:

        Nope, unless I am really blind and/or really stupid.

        And tun/tap is not enabled by default. (again, unless Im stupid)

        February 8, 2013 @ 2:43 pm | Reply
        • zhuanyi:

          I am signing up for one just to test it out, paid my invoice, now waiting for provision, once I get the Solus login I’ll let you know.

          February 8, 2013 @ 2:56 pm | Reply
        • You should be able to reinstall your VPS and enable Tun/Tap through SolusVM. Please submit a ticket to support and we could assist you with this.

          February 8, 2013 @ 2:57 pm | Reply
        • zhuanyi:

          G: I can confirm both functionalities are available, you have to login to SolusVM, not WHCMS to do either though.

          Here is the list of OS I see:

          Arch Linux .05 32 Bit
          Arch Linux .05 32 Bit
          Arch Linux .05 64 Bit
          Arch Linux .05 64 Bit
          CentOS 5 32bit
          Linux CentOS 5 32bit Version
          CentOS 5 64bit
          Linux CentOS 5 64bit Version
          CentOS 6 32bit
          Linux CentOS 6 32bit Version
          CentOS 6 64bit
          Linux CentOS 6 64bit Version
          Debian 6 32bit
          Linux Debian 6 32bit Version
          Debian 6 64bit
          Linux Debian 6 64bit Version
          Fedora 14 32bit
          Linux Fedora 14 32bit Version
          Fedora 14 64bit
          Linux Fedora 14 32bit Version
          Ubuntu 11.04 32bit
          Ubuntu 11.04 32bit Version
          Ubuntu 11.04 64bit
          Linux Ubuntu 11.04 64bit Version
          Ubuntu 12.04 32bit
          Linux Ubuntu 12.04 32bit Version
          Ubuntu 12.04 64bit
          Linux Ubuntu 12.04 64bit Version

          February 8, 2013 @ 3:01 pm | Reply
  3. zhuanyi:

    Also, people might want to note that you will need to pay 13% GST if you live in Ontario in Canada (not sure about other provinces).

    February 8, 2013 @ 2:56 pm | Reply
    • G:

      Yep, I had to pay the taxes (im located in ontario), I dont mind.

      I get 9ms pings to it from home, so thats why I ordered a toronto one.

      1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 2.54133 s, 423 MB/s

      thats a dd test, so umm, thats quite good.

      Also surprised no native ipv6? I thought peer1 had that by now.. or maybe not.

      February 8, 2013 @ 2:58 pm | Reply
      • zhuanyi:

        Ya, they are using SSD I think, too bad the original ad did not reflect this:

        this is the node I was provisioned on:

        Node VPSN4SSDTORONTO

        February 8, 2013 @ 3:04 pm | Reply
      • zhuanyi:

        And just curious, why do you need TUN/TAP when you are in Toronto and the VPS is in Toronto as well? Just want to know how can I use this VPS also :)

        February 8, 2013 @ 3:06 pm | Reply
        • G:

          I just put openvpn on all vps just for the helluva it, who knows when I will use it. lol

          And yes, the reinstall button has now shown up, could have swore it wasnt there before, so I can do debian now.

          But where is the enable tun/tap option?

          February 8, 2013 @ 3:09 pm | Reply
        • zhuanyi:

          It is now my voodoo moment…I thought I saw the Settings tab in Solus…and now it is not there???? @Brandon?

          February 8, 2013 @ 3:12 pm | Reply
        • For those of you that are still looking. You can enable Tun + Tap / PPP in SolusVM as well as reinstall servers.

          Screenshots:

          http://provisionhost.com/misc/Controls.PNG
          http://provisionhost.com/misc/Settings.PNG

          February 8, 2013 @ 3:17 pm | Reply
        • If you have any trouble doing this, please submit a ticket to support and we can assist you with this :)

          February 8, 2013 @ 3:17 pm | Reply
  4. Lucas:

    Great offer and support very quickly respond to tickets :) Low ping to Europe! uses SSD drive – Bad thing, ,,Toronto,, IP really located in New York USA,instead Canada,seems a bit like a false advertising,sorry.. :-/

    February 8, 2013 @ 3:14 pm | Reply
    • zhuanyi:

      Weird, Maxmind is showing US while all others are showing Canada:

      Geolocation data from IP2Location (Product: DB4)
      IP Address Country Region City ISP
      Canada Ontario Markham Peer 1 Network Inc.
      Google Map for MARKHAM, ONTARIO, CANADA (New window)

      Geolocation data from IPligence (Product: Max)
      IP Address Country Region City ISP
      Canada Ontario Toronto Peer 1 Network Inc.
      Continent Latitude Longitude Time Zone
      North America 43.67 -79.42 EST
      Google Map for TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA (New window)

      Geolocation data from MaxMind (Product: GeoLiteCity)
      IP Address Country Region City Postal Code Area Code
      United States NY New York 10004 212

      February 8, 2013 @ 3:18 pm | Reply
    • I’m happy to see you’re happy with everything Lucas! The GEOIP location issue has been addressed for our newest block and a SWIP was completed last week. We’re waiting on an update from Peer1 on this and I can assure you I’ll get this resolved.

      February 8, 2013 @ 3:20 pm | Reply
      • Lucas:

        Thanks Brandon!I hope :) Anyway low ping and good speed to Europe is priority to me instead much other deals provided by other vendors in North America :)

        February 8, 2013 @ 3:58 pm | Reply
  5. G:

    Yeah, just sent a ticket to them about tun/tap. The “settings” and “quick backup” tabs arent showing up in my solusvm. Might want to look into that Brandon?

    The debian install went fast, and things are looking good so far. :)

    February 8, 2013 @ 3:27 pm | Reply
    • That’s great to hear and I am looking into the “settings disappearance”.

      February 8, 2013 @ 3:49 pm | Reply
    • You should be able to enable it from SolusVM now.

      February 8, 2013 @ 4:28 pm | Reply
  6. Is it 100GB Bandwidth (Cart description) or 500GB Bandwidth as described here?

    February 8, 2013 @ 3:51 pm | Reply
    • It is 500GB of bandwidth, cart description has been updated.

      February 8, 2013 @ 3:51 pm | Reply
  7. I will promote it in my blog

    February 8, 2013 @ 4:03 pm | Reply
  8. Really attractive offer. But, now I’ve no money in my pocket. If I had, I would take one from CANADA. Never had an experience with CANADIAN.

    February 8, 2013 @ 4:47 pm | Reply
    • If you do have the funds one day, I’m sure you’ll enjoy our CANADIAN location. :)

      February 8, 2013 @ 6:05 pm | Reply
      • Lucas:

        CANADA rules! ;)

        February 8, 2013 @ 8:31 pm | Reply
  9. Ahmiq:

    Hi ,

    Do you allow IRC client to run on the vps? Not an IRCD but just a bouncer and eggdrop for my channel. Also what about shoutcast?

    February 8, 2013 @ 5:19 pm | Reply
  10. cloromorpho:

    got myself one. :D

    will post benchmarks later.

    February 8, 2013 @ 5:53 pm | Reply
  11. nutjob:

    I want to get a Dallas host, but I’m afraid of receiving a DMCA smack down. I’d say Toronto is the better bet, they don’t have a DMCA.

    February 8, 2013 @ 7:56 pm | Reply
  12. KrisF:

    I ordered one during their last LEB promotion. It works well. Thanks Brandon!

    February 8, 2013 @ 7:56 pm | Reply
  13. netadmin:

    Any ETA on IPv6 in Toronto ? It’s available at Peer 1 so it shouldn’t be a big deal to implement it…

    February 8, 2013 @ 9:02 pm | Reply
    • At this time there is no ETA but we are working on it.

      February 8, 2013 @ 10:27 pm | Reply
  14. LC:

    Ordered one this morning, so far everything’s nice and speedy. Also on the VPSN4SSDTORONTO node here. Would be even better if we can get a few IPv6’s in there too (hint hint).

    Traceroute shows that the machines are indeed in Toronto, so stop worrying guys.

    February 8, 2013 @ 9:50 pm | Reply
  15. neqste:

    Sorry, i am very bad in english and websites, can anybody answer for my question?!

    can i create Website on this VPS? I mean install nginx, php-rpm, other proxy/light software?
    Site will use wordpress. And not popular ~ 100-150 people per day.
    ???

    February 8, 2013 @ 9:55 pm | Reply
  16. Go here: http://www.tuxlite.com Great setup scripts for exactly what you want to do with this VPS.

    February 8, 2013 @ 10:54 pm | Reply
  17. BK:

    Grr, they automatically create a subscription through PayPal (just a heads up if anyone else is like me and doesn’t like getting ‘forced’ into paying a year from now – wrong terminology, but you know what I mean :P).

    Charged 13% HST, ordered a Toronto server from BC. Total Paid: $17.05 CAD

    # wget freevps.us/downloads/bench.sh      -O - -o /dev/null|bash
    CPU model :  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1240 V2 @ 3.40GHz
    Number of cores : 4
    CPU frequency :  3400.103 MHz
    Total amount of ram : 128 MB
    Total amount of swap : 128 MB
    System uptime :   3 min,
    Download speed from CacheFly: 10.5MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Atlanta GA: 3.86MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Dallas, TX: 9.72MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 5.48MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, London, UK: 966KB/s
    Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 9.26MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 4.21MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 7.11MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 6.98MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 10.4MB/s
    I/O speed :  423 MB/s
    
    February 9, 2013 @ 1:04 am | Reply
    • I/O speed is incredible. But, might be there is not much users. When it will get more users loaded, it will be slower than normal. :(

      February 9, 2013 @ 4:49 am | Reply
  18. Can I run torrent client on the VPS to download torrents ?? It’ll be private use only. Last time, URPAD suspended my VPS showing reason that that Torrent client (Deluge) network connections were like a DDoS attack ! :P

    February 9, 2013 @ 4:28 am | Reply
    • texteditor:

      Just as good advice going forward, if you plan on using bittorrent on any VPS where excessive i/o or network connection might cause an issue, try and limit the client to 2-3 open files at a time and no more than 10-20 simultaneous peers, should cut down on provider complaints

      also if you need a client you can aggressively configure for this kind of stuff, rtorrent + rutorrent might be a better option.

      February 9, 2013 @ 6:43 am | Reply
      • I tried to install rtorrent and rutorrent but failed to install. Then I heard about Deluge and installed it and my VPS was suspended. :(

        Peers means the downloading connections number ??

        February 9, 2013 @ 6:58 am | Reply
        • texteditor:

          Well, download and upload connections + extra ones that are queued. There are some scripts out there that automatically can do rtorrent + rutorrent installs. Not that Deluge isn’t a viable alternative if configured properly, it’s just that Deluge is notorious for being geared more towards performance in small swarms (which is why it’s popular among autosnatchers.

          Transmission is also pretty easy to set up, is configurable, and has a remote UI to help cut down on resource usage.

          February 9, 2013 @ 8:03 am | Reply
  19. And your minecraft panel status page gives mysql and php errors: http://panel.provisionhost.com/sstatus.php

    http://i.imgur.com/MP3tmwk.png

    February 9, 2013 @ 1:59 pm | Reply
  20. Got the Toronto one, but instead it appears to be a New york location. WIll open a ticket, otherwise it was instant deployment.

    February 9, 2013 @ 4:06 pm | Reply
    • I believe your ticket has been replied to. This was addressed in a few comments above.

      February 9, 2013 @ 5:19 pm | Reply
  21. 500GB – is it Monthly or Yearly Bandwith?

    February 9, 2013 @ 7:53 pm | Reply
  22. tehsu:

    So far, I ordered 9 hours ago, still havent received my “instant” VPS, I contacted support and they just tell me As soon as possible, which is a terrible answer as it means they do not know.

    February 15, 2013 @ 6:20 pm | Reply
    • tehsu:

      So they were OOS in Dallas, got moved to Toronto and it was instant.

      February 15, 2013 @ 8:14 pm | Reply
  23. user123:

    I bought this and my support ticket was initially answered very quickly, even though they were unable to do the complete configuration (manually enable TUN/TAP on my VPS container). But, I have not received any responses to my ticket message in over 1 week – and that message was just a placeholder saying that they were having their manager look into it and that “our manager will respond shortly”. Things started out great, but this is very frustrating :(.

    March 2, 2013 @ 5:33 am | Reply
    • Can you e-mail me your ticket ID? This is very odd as your ticket should have definitely been responded to by now.

      March 2, 2013 @ 9:29 pm | Reply
      • user123:

        I don’t know how to email you specifically, but my ticket # is 419630. Thanks

        March 2, 2013 @ 11:35 pm | Reply
      • user123:

        Thanks for replying to my ticket 3/3, but it still looks like some step may have been missed when manually enabling the TUN/TAP on my VPS container. I replied on 3/5 and the ticket status still shows “Management” without any reply.

        March 12, 2013 @ 2:19 am | Reply
  24. user123:

    Just to update, it has now been 1 month from the day I originally opened my support ticket (19/02/2013 19:27) to have TUN/TAP manually enabled on my VPS container and it still has not been done! This is very frustrating, since the *only* reason I bought this VPS was to use it as a personal VPN! I’ve tried bumping the support ticket once or twice, posting here, and PMing Brandon on LET, but nothing seems to actually get this done.

    March 19, 2013 @ 8:31 pm | Reply
    • john:

      Really? one month?

      March 19, 2013 @ 9:00 pm | Reply
      • user123:

        “19/02/2013 19:27” is the date and time listed on my opening post of the support ticket (I mention the ticket # above in my post from March 2). I don’t remember what timezone their system is using, but at the very least, it will have been exactly 1 full month in about 1 hour. This is easily the longest I’ve ever had an ticket remain open and unresolved :(.

        March 19, 2013 @ 9:03 pm | Reply
        • user123:

          I give up. I’m going to format my VPS and just let it sit.

          March 19, 2013 @ 9:08 pm | Reply
        • user123:

          Yay! They fixed it (after I formatted xD) and extended my service by a month.

          March 20, 2013 @ 4:21 am | Reply
  25. can’t make ping for dallas 64.31.9.181

    April 21, 2013 @ 3:20 pm | Reply
  26. Alan:

    well so far been an hour since revealing a copy of the invoice and no login info vps ip etc.. not a good start.

    guess i will go look for a diff supplier ..

    June 17, 2013 @ 5:08 pm | Reply
  27. Chris:

    I’ve read all the comments – can any of the February adopters say that the positive experience at launch has been maintained as the userbase has grown?

    June 21, 2013 @ 3:26 pm | Reply
  28. Scotty:

    I purchased this plan on 1 November 2013. Email communication was detected as SPAM in Google Apps (Mail). The VPS was automatically installed with CentOS 6.4 so in order to reload, as someone said before, you had to log into SolusVM. No option at purchase. Pings from Australia are in the order of 341ms whilst those from Las Vegas 91.5ms. At the time of writing, my VPS is unable to ping, or perform apt-get updates yet it appears to be serving HTTP pages thanks to the default Apache2 install. I have logged a support ticket. I/O test was as follows:

    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, 53.924 s, 19.9 MB/s

    November 1, 2013 @ 10:21 am | Reply
    • Check your /etc/resolv.conf file on your VM.

      November 1, 2013 @ 11:45 am | Reply
      • Scotty:

        Thanks Jack but that doesn’t seem to be the issue. I have two IP’s listed 192.169.80.228 and 144.76.170.198 both of which the VPS can ping. I got a fairly quick response from Provision Host saying the issue should be resolved however it doesn’t appear to be at this time. Thanks again.

        November 1, 2013 @ 8:14 pm | Reply
        • Scotty:

          The problem was resolved around 30 minutes ago. Support eventually replied stating they had some kind of internal issue without going into specifics. Supports is supposedly 24×7 although I don’t believe this is the case based on the time its taken to resolve this. I’d suggest its more likely 8AM-6PM or something similar. If its genuinely 24×7, then their communication would best be described as poor with respect to keeping a client in the loop.

          November 2, 2013 @ 9:02 am | Reply
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  30. Jim Snow:

    Well.. They closed their Toronto location and clients have (should) have been migrated to the new facility but my VPS has been terminated so the VPS of my friend who had a VPS in toronto as well even both of our servers had a late in 2015 due date…

    if you looking for a Canadian VPS then look for some other hoster!

    December 26, 2014 @ 7:09 pm | Reply
    • Ii got a partial refund from them, but not interested on hiring them.

      Its a 70 USD refund, I would gladly give this account access to someone for 50 USD. Let me know.

      December 28, 2014 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

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