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QualityServers – £10/Year 128MB OpenVZ VPS in UK

Tags: , , Date/Time: October 30, 2011 @ 12:56 pm, by LowEndAdmin

QualityServers James from QualityServers emailed me that he was bringing back their popular LowEndBox OpenVZ VPS special — at an even lower price. It’s similar in specification as their August offer, except now it’s just £10/Year (~USD$16.11). Direct sign up link here and no coupon code required.

  • 128MB memory
  • 10GB storage on RAID10
  • 200GB/month data transfer on 1Gbps
  • 1x IPv4 + 8x IPv6
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM

It comes with free R1soft backups. Servers with BurstNET in UK. IRC and and VPN are fine for private & legal use. According to James, “QualityServers have their own office, IP space, racks and equipment, which allow them to do this at this price”. Their new nodes are however, not CentOS 6 based thus no vswap (but burstable memory instead), as CentOS 6 nodes are still having some pending stability issues.

Just scanning through other low end offers in UK, there isn’t any at this price point. Well, there was one that’s even cheaper, but that provider did not end up too well. Let’s just hope James has got everything planned out with annual VPS offer.

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29 Comments

  1. Nice offer :P
    I might just pick one up if I can use it to watch iPlayer :-)

    Hopefully the business model is solid…

    October 30, 2011 @ 1:15 pm | Reply
    • Not too sure about iPlayer, but I can assure you our business model is solid :)

      October 30, 2011 @ 2:23 pm | Reply
    • You should be able too without a problem :)

      October 30, 2011 @ 2:26 pm | Reply
  2. Alex:

    how much burst memory?

    October 30, 2011 @ 1:16 pm | Reply
  3. rm:

    > Their new nodes are however, not CentOS 6 based thus no vswap (but burstable memory instead)

    On this offer there doesn’t seem to be any burstable memory either :)
    And given it’s the old beancounters model, 128 / no burst is not as useful as 128/256 :/

    October 30, 2011 @ 2:28 pm | Reply
    • There is an additional 128MB burst, so total the total guaranteed + burstable is 256MB.

      October 30, 2011 @ 2:38 pm | Reply
      • Shouldn’t that show up as 256MB in the VM?

        November 1, 2011 @ 1:40 pm | Reply
      • john:

        there is no such thing as 128/128 unless it’s xen

        November 19, 2011 @ 1:46 am | Reply
  4. Paolo:

    TUN / TAP is enabled?

    Anyone know if OpenVPN works?

    Thanks

    October 30, 2011 @ 3:16 pm | Reply
  5. mina:

    And just when this offer was posted, my VPS started lagging(seems like network is under attack to me).

    O’well..

    October 30, 2011 @ 3:33 pm | Reply
    • Everything looks fine at the switch. If you’re still having issues could you please open a ticket? It’s very hard to help you when I don’t know who you are ;)

      October 30, 2011 @ 11:48 pm | Reply
  6. Someone:

    QualityServers! Far away from quality.

    I got their OpenVZ Eliminator UK offer, it was real quality service for 3 months with uptime of ~60 days, until they decided to move my VPS from stable node to VZ2UK, the node of hell, it was rebooting many times a day, they even stopped posting about that in their news section.

    Hardware/Software problems happen, and they did their best to solve that rare problem.

    What I don’t understand is why they moved my VPS from stable node to buggy one? Without informing me too. And then they refused to move my VPS back to any stable node.

    Then they offered me to move to Xen node with “an added cost”, at first I said no, “why should I buy more to get the same quality now?”, then I said yes but then they said no discount!

    After 2 months of hell, I left to other host which seems to be great so far.

    Note: “They” == “He”

    October 30, 2011 @ 8:41 pm | Reply
    • Our aim was to move people to the better VSWAP system and also to a better specified node by migrating people slowly onto 24-core Xeon nodes with CentOS 6. At first it seemed like a great idea and was working very well, but as time went on (and I need to clarify the node was not overloaded by any means) there were frequent kernel panics. These seemed to stem from activity on 2-3 VPSs as well as the R1soft kernel module that takes care of our backups.

      We have removed the VPSs in question and are working with R1soft to resolve the issue. We have also migrated the majority of the customers on to VZ3UK and VZ4UK which are stable, and also eases the load on VZ2UK, making it a lot more stable. We haven’t rebooted the node in quite awhile now, but we still aim to switch it back to CentOS 5 as it’s in my opinion a much better platform for OpenVZ as things stand right now.

      Yes, we did migrate customers without notice. This was under the assumption that there wouldn’t be any disruptions, which was clearly wrong and for that I apologise. I do remember answering the questions detailed above although I’m not sure why (according to your recollection of the incident) I didn’t suggest a migrating to another VZ node, so again for that I apologise.

      As for suggesting Xen, unfortunately, Xen does cost more but it is generally more stable. There aren’t any two ways about that I’m afraid.

      And finally, there are 3 of us at the moment, and have been for some time, but I can certainly see why you only remember (or may have only dealt with) me. I do all of the technical work during the day, Sherin does the technical work at night and Lucie helps out with billing, accounting and cancellations.

      Glad you’ve found a new provider and that you’re happy where you are :)

      October 30, 2011 @ 11:56 pm | Reply
      • thekreek:

        From my logs the last reboot was 4 days ago, and yes VZ2UK its still unstable.

        The questions is when will you report the outages of the node. The last reported outage was in september 20 (https://www.qualityservers.co.uk/cp/kayako/index.php?/News/List).

        As everybody in the LEB knows transparency on news updates from the provider its very important. If you want to gain more support from the users update more often and be clear.

        Just my 2 cents.

        October 31, 2011 @ 4:39 am | Reply
      • Someone:

        VZ2UK was known to be unstable, I received 6 mass emails about the issues on VZ2UK BEFORE you move my VPS to it, that’s something you should consider to alter your plans.

        VZ4UK only came few days ago, and you moved my VPS to it after first downtime, but it doesn’t matter, I already moved and requested cancellation.

        The thing is: I was a happy customer, you put me in bad situation and left me there for 2 months with no other option for me, except “Xen for an added cost”.

        October 31, 2011 @ 4:39 am | Reply
      • paul:

        This is just smelly. Everyone knows by now that OpenVZ is unstable under Centos 6 which is why others who have attempted it have rolled back to Centos 5. If you want beta testers to shake out bugs in an unstable system, that’s fine, as long as they understand just what they’re signing up for. If users don’t sign up to be beta testers, they shouldn’t be put on systems with known stability issues.

        October 31, 2011 @ 5:40 am | Reply
      • When it’s the same issue again and again, I haven’t been updating the new feed. If you’d prefer I did, it’s no problem.

        @thekreek – could you open a ticket to be moved to VZ4UK?

        @Someone – do you still have your old ticket ID by any chance?

        @paul – everyone knows it now because providers like us have tried it. At time time of installation and migration, I hadn’t read anything alarming about it, or obviously I wouldn’t have installed it :)

        October 31, 2011 @ 9:47 am | Reply
        • Then you really didn’t read all that far.

          There has been plenty of threads on OVZ forums and their bug tracker even before they made their “stable branch”. Infact, I think they put a “stable” label on it just because, not that it was actually working properly.

          For a while there it was possible to crash a node by live migrating them.

          There’s good reasons why many of us are staying way the hell away from .32 till next year most likely. While we’d love to be cutting edge on things, multiple panics a day isn’t really good for PR :P

          Francisco

          October 31, 2011 @ 12:54 pm | Reply
        • As an add, that unstability is in that Xeon E3 cpus? Because I have one with Sandy:

          ~# uname -a
          Linux uv2 2.6.32-042stab036.6 #1 SMP Tue Sep 13 19:37:36 MSD 2011 i686 GNU/Linux
          ~# uptime
           18:19:25 up 34 days,  2:29,  1 user,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
          ~# cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep model\ name
          model name      : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2300 CPU @ 2.80GHz
          

          And can be more time, but I rebooted :P

          October 31, 2011 @ 6:21 pm | Reply
        • @yomero: it’s on a dual 5640 machine.

          October 31, 2011 @ 7:26 pm | Reply
  7. James:

    Just to put my ore in, I’ve found James to be very helpful. Yes the problems on VZ2UK have not been good, but James did post repeatedly on their support portal that anyone wanting to be moved, free of charge, could do so. I moved to VZ3UK and I’ve found it rock solid, current uptime on my VPS is 43 days and that reboot was me testing a startup script.

    He’s also added several KVM images I wanted to play with on my other box :)

    Not perfect, but I still rate them as a good provider.

    October 31, 2011 @ 3:37 pm | Reply
  8. We’re looking to fill just 5 slots on the following:

    50GB RAID10 Disk
    1GB RAM (Burstable to 2GB)
    500GB Monthly Bandwidth
    1 IPv4 + 16IPv6
    Basic Management
    £49/year, including VAT where applicable.

    Order Link (use coupon code WHTNOV2011 and select annual billing)
    https://www.qualityservers.co.uk/cp/cart.php?a=add&pid=119

    November 1, 2011 @ 2:31 pm | Reply
  9. speedy007:

    Got the server from these guys yesterday and was setup instantly! I asked for TUN/TAP to be enabled by ticket and was done in few hrs, I tested with the tunnalling and watch BBC Iplayer with HD (not that I need it to as am in the UK but to test the server speed) and it worked flawless, no glitch to buffering! James personaly answered my ticket so he seamed to care for his customers! Happy days! lol

    November 5, 2011 @ 11:33 am | Reply
  10. Gilles:

    Yesterday i ordered a VPS. One hour later it was active, but with virtual server control unavailable.
    So, as i don’t know it’s IP address, i can’t access it by ssh neither.
    24 hours later i still can’t access it. Is it a normal delay or am i too impatient ?
    I also opened a ticket but no reply till now, 6 hours later.

    November 15, 2011 @ 1:18 pm | Reply
  11. Gilles:

    Effectively, i was too impatient. My VPS is now accessible.

    November 15, 2011 @ 2:20 pm | Reply
    • john:

      is there any burstable memory?

      November 19, 2011 @ 1:43 am | Reply
      • Gilles:

        I don’t know because i have no knowledge about OpenVZ
        Here is the result of the command ‘free’

        xxxxx:~$ free
                     total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
        Mem:        131072      60688      70384          0          0      22372
        -/+ buffers/cache:      38316      92756
        Swap:            0          0          0
        

        It shows no swap but i think it is normal
        Does that help you ?

        November 19, 2011 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

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