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RackMountain – $2.95 128MB OpenVZ VPS (+$1.95 Setup) in Dallas

Tags: , , Date/Time: May 17, 2011 @ 1:55 pm, by LowEndAdmin

RackMountain Nick from RackMountain emailed me about their recently launched VPS startup and some specials for the low end community. As seen on this WHT offer, they are having OpenVZ plans from $2.95/month.

  • 128MB memory
  • 5GB storage
  • 50GB/month data transfer
  • 1x IPv4 + 5x IPv6
  • OpenVZ/SolusVM

One catch — if you are paying monthly you’ll also need to pay $1.95 once-off setup fee, which means your first payment will be $4.90. Alternatively it’s $34.95/year without the setup fee, although for a new company I’ll be hesitated to commit for the whole year. Servers with Softlayer in Dallas (test IP: 74.86.173.2), although their data center page gives you an impression that you can choose anywhere Softlayer has a PoP.

Website looks great. ToS is properly segmented into sections so you know which part applies to OpenVZ VPS. Domain created in Jan 2011, although it appears that it was not opened until early April. It appears Nick P previously ran “RapidServers.org” since November 2010, last related offer on WHT in January 2011, and the domain has an empty home page.

Anyway. This offer is limited to 15 signups, although it looks like their SolusVM is down right now so do expect a bit of delay deploying your VPS.

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40 Comments

  1. Nick Perkins:

    Hello,

    SolusVM is currently being and was tested but we noticed when we started deploying setups instantly it was giving users already in use IP addresses. Sadly we put SolusVM control panel on hold until this is sorted out.

    Thanks,
    Nick

    May 17, 2011 @ 6:23 pm | Reply
  2. PenguinTux:

    No logo = lost my trust in them.

    May 18, 2011 @ 7:04 am | Reply
    • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

      Their text is their logo maybe.

      If your meaning icon, not even LowEndBox has a logo. And neither does BuyVM an a whole load of other companies here.

      May 18, 2011 @ 8:11 am | Reply
    • Nick Perkins:

      Hello Penguin,

      Over the summer we are having the site redesigned so thats why we didn’t put to much money or time into the current site, but we can’t please all.

      May 18, 2011 @ 10:53 am | Reply
      • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

        I think your current design my Matthew is great :P

        May 18, 2011 @ 7:38 pm | Reply
    • Oh please. If a logo is the determining factor for a provider, that makes all this pretty dang sad.

      [humour]LEA, can you please change PenguinTux’s name to Paris Hilton?[/humour]

      May 18, 2011 @ 12:12 pm | Reply
      • Nick Perkins:

        Glamour > Quality?

        [humour] Dang I’ll have to redo my business plan ;)[/humour]

        May 18, 2011 @ 12:19 pm | Reply
      • Some people might not think this way, but typography can also be treated as a logo. Sorry I can’t really tell the fonts used, but the green words “RackMountain” with vertical gradient is good enough for me.

        Likewise, “Google” in blue/red/yellow/blue/green/red is a logo. So is “low end box” with a green “end” :)

        May 19, 2011 @ 2:54 am | Reply
  3. Joe Merit:

    I signed up for this, will give it a week before commenting ;0

    So far works as advertised.

    May 18, 2011 @ 4:34 pm | Reply
    • Nick Perkins:

      @Joe Glad to hear please do keep us informed so we know what we can do to help better your experience or improve our service.

      May 18, 2011 @ 4:46 pm | Reply
  4. PenguinTux:

    I advise you stay away from this unless you trust being hosted by 14-15 year olds…

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000575667091

    Now, the rep on WHT (RapidServers_, aka, Nick Perkins), had a previous thread a while ago asking for a job… with horrible grammar and the times he was available was only afterschool, I laugh in the middle paragraph, “. If they happen to threaten me i just say “Sir/Mam, may you please clam down?”. I am able to work from 5PM Eastern time zone up till 10PM Eastern Time Zone, Mondays – Thursdays. Friday is a maybe day. ” Here’s the URL! http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=938014

    Sorry if I went a little above the line I felt LEA and everyone else should be aware since LEA missed it in his background check.

    May 20, 2011 @ 3:27 pm | Reply
    • Joe Merit:

      I don’t see this as being a real negative thing at all. I’m giving this company a chance
      and I don’t think its fair to write him off as a someone to be avoided simply because of his
      age.

      I think we should review him based on his actions which have been okay as far as I can see.

      May 20, 2011 @ 4:48 pm | Reply
    • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

      Someones a bit prejudice, but I see where your coming from.

      May 20, 2011 @ 4:52 pm | Reply
      • PenguinTux:

        Sorry but if they’re in school at the end they will focus on school hosting is where teens try their first entrepreneur effort. I say 6-12 months before he sells out.

        However if you like hosting with kids with no past positive history then all the power to you. :)

        May 20, 2011 @ 6:15 pm | Reply
      • PenguinTux:

        Aren’t you Daniel like 16 and you were looking to sell out your Minecraft Biz on WHT?

        My point proven.. Name a host ran by a kid that’s here over a year.

        May 20, 2011 @ 6:33 pm | Reply
        • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

          I’m 16, amazing. You’re notice I don’t hide it and its even on my LowEndTalk profile. I’ve also left school.

          Not only did I setup a Minecraft “Biz”, I coded a complete server control platform thats one of the widest used platform in Minecraft today, problem with that? Not many “underage” teens have the ability todo that!

          May 20, 2011 @ 6:46 pm | Reply
    • Nick Perkins:

      Just for reference heres the email I sent LEB below

      =====================

      Hello,

      I’m Nick Perkins from RackMountain and would like to share a special offer with the low end community.

      RackMountain was started late 2010 but didn’t have a name till January 26th. We recently opened RackMountain, but we won’t let that get in the way of climbing you to the top! We believe in quality for a price. We are aware we are not the cheapest provider you may have seen, but please remember you get what you pay for.

      RackMountain has chosen the SoftLayer for their networking and hardware. Below you will find a test IP for the SoftLayer Datacenter

      IP: 74.86.173.2

      As for the offer we are offering the below package for $2.95/monthly + $1.95 setup fee or $34.95/yearly. Note: After the first monthly order it changes to yearly. Our reason for doing this is so users can try the service as we don’t offer a refund on our VPS services. I believe personally that people should have the opportunity to test without the overhead of them paying for a years worth of service.

      Plan Details – 15 in stock!
      5GB of webspace
      50GB of bandwidth
      128MB of Ram
      Shared CPU
      OpenVZ Virtualization
      1 IPv4 Address and 5 IPv6 Addresses
      Hosted in Dallas SoftLayer
      Not Managed
      SolusVM Control Panel – (Note: All clients will have a SolusVM login by Thursday (Being setup and deployed currently)
      Order Link:

      Note: Services are setup within 4-16 hours due to the fact we don’t use automatic setup. RackMountain believes in the old fashion way as it tends to get things done correctly and so we can check for fraud orders.

      If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments and Nick will reply back with an answer to your question.
      =======================

      As you can see I didn’t hide my full name.

      May 20, 2011 @ 7:08 pm | Reply
    • Yeah I did see the WHT post on Nick trying to pick up a support job. There are plenty of 13-18 years old doing low end VPS hosting and having their “companies” featured here. I used to highlight the fact that a minor is running the show, and probably be marked as discriminating against young hark working people :P

      Yes I think the lack of experience can be an issue. Other commitments can also be an issue (don’t you guys have to go to school/college and do your home work?!!) There’s also lack of legal binding when you deal with a minor. But yeah, every saga has a beginning…

      May 21, 2011 @ 1:42 pm | Reply
  5. PenguinTux:

    For those who cant login Facebook heres a screenshot. http://i53.tinypic.com/34g8pwi.png

    May 20, 2011 @ 3:30 pm | Reply
  6. Nick Perkins:

    Hello,

    Regarding this whole Facebook yes it is me. I’m not going to beat around the bush with the whole 16 year old hosting provider. I’m providing service and I’ve had little or no complaints so far. I treat all my clients with respect and understand people tend to flip when they find out that you are a 16 year old. To be completely honest I don’t think it matters at all, As long as you aren’t blowing people off and understand hosting your fine. I’m a A/B honor student that loves computers very much, I’ve been into them since I was 5 and never have gotten off them.

    As for selling out no way! Reason why I stopped RapidServers is because I wanted to market the domain. As I started getting some advice from others in the hosting community and RapidServers wasn’t marketed correctly. So I took months to develop a business plan and settle on a good marketable domain. As you can see our TOS – http://rackmountain.com/TOS.html was all custom (Think I’d waste my time if I was going to sell out). As you can see I’m dedicated to this and I do want to lead RackMountain to the top.

    If you have any questions feel free to ask away now that the cats out of the bag :)

    May 20, 2011 @ 6:32 pm | Reply
  7. PenguinTux:

    Nick thanks for your reply. I felt I had to say it so readers are aware (potential legal and stability issues).

    Are you a registered company?

    May 20, 2011 @ 6:37 pm | Reply
    • Nick Perkins:

      @Penguin

      1.I don’t blame you at all. I do feel people deserved to know but in the real world lots of people think us “kids” don’t know anything. I wanted to prove people wrong with this whole thing. I mean lots of sites and iphone apps are designed by 15/16 year old kids.

      2. Due to certain law restrictions we can’t become a registered company yet (looked into this during winter break this year).

      May 20, 2011 @ 6:42 pm | Reply
      • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

        Isn’t the legal limit for registering a private limited company 16?

        May 20, 2011 @ 6:51 pm | Reply
        • Some quick google’ing says no but you have to be of the majority age to act as director of such a company.

          Damn if I know though.

          May 20, 2011 @ 6:53 pm | Reply
        • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

          In the UK its 16, but in the US i’m guessing its probably 16 as well, but probably depends on what state over there.

          May 20, 2011 @ 6:55 pm | Reply
        • Nick Perkins:

          @Daniel

          I think it was but if I remember correctly I’d have to file on the parents income gross. My dad “John Perkins” works as his own business “Perkins Consulting Group” and is working on a project currently and his income is already enough. Last month he bought me a car Honda Accord 2011 because he was making to much money (Tax benefits for his business). [humor] funny how we all can’t have these problems.[/humor]

          This summer I’ll look back into currently studying for my exams which take place next week.

          -Note: School and my support time do sometimes get in the way but I do take my time to respond to tickets during school. Most tickets have a 1 hour response time unless at night.

          May 20, 2011 @ 6:58 pm | Reply
        • Nick Perkins:

          Just for reference I forgot to add my state is Florida.

          May 20, 2011 @ 6:59 pm | Reply
  8. PenguinTux:

    Also, another thing why I mentioned this is some people might be concerned about support response times (While at school, sleeping, etc).
    Best of luck nonetheless Nick.

    May 20, 2011 @ 7:06 pm | Reply
    • Nick Perkins:

      @Penguin

      School I manage the servers via SoftLayer app and do replies to tickets. Most time I’ve taken at school to reply was 2 hours, least time was 14 minutes. As for sleeping I go to bed around 12:00AM and wake up at 5:45AM and during the time I’ve hired a support tech Matthew Brown to help manage during my off times.

      So yes I’ve thought about this ;)

      May 20, 2011 @ 7:11 pm | Reply
      • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

        Unfortunately the provider I use for dedicated servers dosen’t have a Manager or Mobile App, so I just use Safari and SSH on my phone.

        May 20, 2011 @ 7:19 pm | Reply
  9. PenguinTux:

    @Daniel @ LowEndTalk,

    I wouldn’t be talking you’re the one that’s selling out according to your WHT thread previously… so what if you coded a control panel if you’re going to sell out when you’re 16 somethings not right or you must be focusing on school all the power to you ;-)

    May 21, 2011 @ 6:05 am | Reply
    • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

      Minecraft has too much drama.

      May 21, 2011 @ 9:22 am | Reply
      • Nick Perkins:

        Yes it is. I was looking into selling Minecraft servers but its so competitive and pricing has to be just right. In all honesty I kind of want to ask them “Do you make any profit?”. BroHoster is a good example as they are high quality servers.

        May 21, 2011 @ 9:42 am | Reply
        • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

          When 80% of your customer base is under 13.

          May 21, 2011 @ 10:42 am | Reply
        • Daniel @ LowEndTalk:

          and some of them have stolen their parents cards, and you get charge-backed to death.

          May 21, 2011 @ 10:43 am | Reply
  10. PenguinTux:

    Also I’m sorry if anyone took offense to my remarks. I just haven’t seen a teenager run a host for over a year without selling out or going out of business. Hopefully Nick from Rackmountain will be able to prove me wrong. I’m only listing my observations and personal opinions as you can see.

    May 21, 2011 @ 6:08 am | Reply
    • Nick Perkins:

      I’m pretty sure I’m not the only hosting provider thats a kid in the world. Most of the time kids try to cover their names and hide everything. Kind of like playing a game of cards you need to have a pokerface. Most of the times kids make many mistakes (Ex: Puts their real name) and there goes their pokerface. Once they do that everything comes out and they will try to lie about everything. For me I think honesty is the key to winning, so I wasn’t going to lie and say it wasn’t me. As chances are later down the road it will bite me and then customers will flip out over the lying.

      I look forward to continuing RackMountain :)

      May 21, 2011 @ 9:47 am | Reply
      • PenguinTux:

        We’ll see in a year :)

        May 22, 2011 @ 7:37 pm | Reply
  11. Volume VPS User:

    The good:

    The Xen instance we got functioned well technically. Both IPv4 and IPv6. There were no operational problems except for one server shutdown due to communications problems. (note to vendors: those shutdowns cost more than the VPS is worth – don’t be so fast to do it if you want to keep legitimate business)

    The bad:

    Provisioning emails were stuck somewhere in cyberspace for nearly a month. So initial use of the server was delayed because no response could be had until a dispute was filed with PayPal. Initial communications from RackMountain were hostile, but recovered.

    Comments:

    In our opinion, this vendor has not yet stabilized. The last communications we received indicated that IPs were being changed, and the VPS server was being rehosted to a different ISP AND different platform.

    The vendor shows promise, but is not ready for prime time yet. The vendor seems to recognize this and is offering a very low price. If price matters, and you can ride out the bumps, we would recommend this vendor.

    June 29, 2011 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

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