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ProvisionHost - $6.45 256MB OpenVZ VPS in Dallas

ProvisionHost Brandon from ProvisionHost emailed me their VPS plan for the LowEndBox readers. It’s actually available on their VPS plan page, although the “Order” link is borked. Never mind, here is the correct link to order “PHVPS.5” which is $6.45/month. You get

  • 256MB memory
  • 10GB storage
  • 250GB/month data transfer
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM

Servers in Dallas with Databank. Brandon actually provided me a test VPS with IP for you to do traceroute test. Again I don’t have time to do any comprehensive testing. So here’s some quick points:

  • No burstable memory. Errr.
  • 4x Xeon E5620 threads/cores at full speed. Pretty good.
  • ~150 MB/s on a dd conv=fdatasync test. Sweet.
  • I can download at full 100Mbps from Cachefly.

Company has been established in Canada since July 2010. It has got a Facebook page, a Twitter profile, got some nice reviews on both, although it is more focused on gaming servers rather than more general VPS. From its About page, it stated that “its founder, Brandon Chow, has brought the company from a one man to a multi-man operation” — I wonder how many people are working there. Still, nice Minecraft themed website, pretty decent performance (although I might be on an empty box), although you might be able to find a reliable 256MB node at cheaper price elsewhere.

Final note from me today. I am actually going on a road trip with my family for the next 2 weeks, starting tomorrow. I’ll be driving >700km tomorrow so I better get off the computer now. There are still heaps of emails from providers who wish to get listed — they might still have a chance if I can manage to get some reliable HSPA connection :) But don’t be alarmed if LowEndAdmin appears to have disappeared for a while.

Meanwhile there are some things to think about, especially regarding to our community here. The “v2” has been running for 8 months now I think, but is OSQA really the best for LowEndTalk? Or are people happier with an ordinary forum setup? Please keep the LET discussion going on there, and use this blog post to talk about ProvisionHost.

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  1. Thanks for taking the time to list our offer and it’s Brandon from Provision Host. To clarify a few things all of our VPSs are discounted due to having recently released them. Also the tests were conducted on a VPSNode that was 3/4 full too and are constantly monitoring them for optimal performance. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or submit a ticket to us.

    June 29, 2011 @ 4:50 pm | Reply
  2. Have you looked at Vanilla? It’s a similar layout to OSQA but the interface is much, much nicer.

    June 29, 2011 @ 5:27 pm | Reply
  3. Have a good road trip!

    June 29, 2011 @ 5:31 pm | Reply
  4. circus:

    Hi LEA, where are you from? I’m guessing somewhere in SEA or maybe Australia :P
    Drive safety :)

    June 29, 2011 @ 5:40 pm | Reply
  5. Enjoy the vacation :D

    June 29, 2011 @ 5:42 pm | Reply
  6. Ixape:

    Any test files available?

    June 29, 2011 @ 6:24 pm | Reply
  7. Happy vacation mate! Drive safely especially when you are heading inbound OZ, lots of wild crocs and roo crossing the road out there.

    June 29, 2011 @ 7:42 pm | Reply
  8. next deap pool: LEB for 2 weeks :p

    drive safely LEA, and have a nice trip.

    June 29, 2011 @ 8:32 pm | Reply
    • *dead pool -___-

      btw, i really want to know about openvz + minecraft things. can anyone give me some result? it’s very interesting to see running this stuff in openvz box.

      June 29, 2011 @ 8:34 pm | Reply
      • Minecraft runs fine in OpenVZ, faster then Xen because of no overhead, however if your OvZ provider oversells like the server is on crack, then its worse.

        June 30, 2011 @ 6:35 am | Reply
  9. Parallax:

    I personally hate OSQA, but if you want to keep something similar I second Vanilla, or even bbPress from the makers of WordPress.

    June 30, 2011 @ 1:56 pm | Reply
    • David Vazquez:

      “Please keep the LET discussion going on there, and use this blog post to talk about ProvisionHost.”

      July 1, 2011 @ 1:38 am | Reply
  10. For those that were wondering additional IPs are an extra $1.50 /month.

    June 30, 2011 @ 10:30 pm | Reply
  11. Ben:

    any plans for kvm/xen?

    July 4, 2011 @ 7:10 am | Reply
    • Not currently although we do plan on adding them soon for nearly the same cost. However we are a different from some providers and do not oversell/overload our nodes, even though it is common with OpenVZ.

      July 5, 2011 @ 1:59 am | Reply
  12. Initially, the actual dedicated server is cheaper compared to sever co-location,
    however in the long run they be expensive. For example, you do not own the
    equipment, so you are not responsible for maintenance.
    Often when people think of collocation they imagine
    hundreds of servers piled on top of each other in a large room
    somewhere; and because of that they don’t think it’s a secure type of hosting.

    March 5, 2014 @ 8:31 am | Reply

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