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Shift To The Cloud – $6.00/Month, 256MB XEN VPS in Belgium

Stein from Shift To The Cloud has sent in one of their “Cloud” based packages which features OnApp/Xen with SAN based storage.


  • 256MB Dedicated Ram
  • 10GB SAN Based Diskspace
  • 100GB Bandwidth
  • 100mbit Port
  • 1x IPv4 Address
  • 1x IPv6 Address
  • 100mhz CPU, Burstable to 2.0Ghz
  • Onapp/Xen
  • $6.00/Month, Direct Signup

Shift To The Cloud is a branch of Stone Internet Services located in Belgium which was registered back in 2005, whilst Shift To The Cloud was registered in June 2011. Their cloud infrastructure is located in the “IBM rated tier III++ in Diegem Belgium,” utilising Level3 and GlobalCrossing for their blend of bandwidth. Onapp is considerably different to the usual SolusVM offerings here on LowEndBox, so feel free to share your experience with the Onapp platform in the comments.

Test IP:
Test File: http://www.shifttothecloud.com/100mb.bin


  1. jcaleb:

    100mhz CPU?

    July 4, 2012 @ 3:51 am | Reply
    • I am curious :D!!!

      July 4, 2012 @ 4:51 am | Reply
    • paul:

      I think “burstable to 2ghz” is the relevant part, since that’s the de facto situation with most leb’s. If you go cpu-busy for too long, your vps gets suspended. The 100mhz thing sounds more like a cloud server, i.e. it’s (hopefully) available for nonstop computation. I do notice it doesn’t specify the cpu make and model.

      July 4, 2012 @ 7:59 am | Reply
  2. Sonic:

    100mhz CPU, 100GB Bandwidth = bad offer

    July 4, 2012 @ 3:59 am | Reply
    • SwordfishBE:

      Bandwidth in Belgium is still somewhat expensive.

      July 4, 2012 @ 10:37 am | Reply
    • I run a large PR3 site and rarely use less than 30gb of bandwidth per month. 100gb seems like overkill to me!

      July 4, 2012 @ 12:23 pm | Reply
  3. PAD:

    Come on guys..get real. This is *real* cloud and you guys are used to cheap stuff, not meaning to be offensive, to be honest these guys shouldn’t be offering this, its just not right.

    July 4, 2012 @ 7:21 am | Reply
    • jcaleb:

      so real cloud like the amazon thingy?

      July 4, 2012 @ 9:17 am | Reply
    • Matthew B:

      Sorry your wrong its not a real cloud, a real cloud is in the sky (mostly over the UK).

      The term real cloud was marketing BS made up by the OnApp marketing guys, well done for falling for it!

      July 6, 2012 @ 10:40 am | Reply
  4. Looks like it is a 2Ghz CPU on which you have a guarantee of 100Mhz, so most of the time you should have a full 2Ghz to your disposal, unless the load on the platform is very high… then you fall back to 100Mhz.

    July 4, 2012 @ 7:48 am | Reply
    • Just did some testing with Geekbench, this seems to be quite good for only 100Mhz, it looks like you can really burst to the 2 Ghz if you need it… nice!

      Run Geekbench as root to gather accurate system information.

      System Information
      Operating System Linux 2.6.18-308.1.1.el5xen x86_64
      Model N/A
      Motherboard N/A
      Processor Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU L5630 @ 2.13GHz @ 2.13 GHz
      1 Processor
      Processor ID GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 44 Stepping 2
      L1 Instruction Cache 32.0 KB
      L1 Data Cache 32.0 KB
      L2 Cache 256 KB
      L3 Cache 12.0 MB
      Memory 256 MB
      BIOS N/A

      single-threaded scalar 1590 ||||||
      multi-threaded scalar 1703 ||||||
      Text Compress
      single-threaded scalar 1803 |||||||
      multi-threaded scalar 1756 |||||||
      Text Decompress
      single-threaded scalar 1735 ||||||
      multi-threaded scalar 1785 |||||||
      Image Compress
      single-threaded scalar 1514 ||||||
      multi-threaded scalar 1487 |||||
      Image Decompress
      single-threaded scalar 1370 |||||
      multi-threaded scalar 1413 |||||
      single-threaded scalar 2693 ||||||||||
      multi-threaded scalar 2680 ||||||||||

      Floating Point
      single-threaded scalar 1904 |||||||
      multi-threaded scalar 1936 |||||||
      Dot Product
      single-threaded scalar 3120 ||||||||||||
      multi-threaded scalar 3308 |||||||||||||
      single-threaded vector 3618 ||||||||||||||
      multi-threaded vector 4161 ||||||||||||||||
      LU Decomposition
      single-threaded scalar 1446 |||||
      multi-threaded scalar 1467 |||||
      Primality Test
      single-threaded scalar 3043 ||||||||||||
      multi-threaded scalar 2447 |||||||||
      Sharpen Image
      single-threaded scalar 5371 |||||||||||||||||||||
      multi-threaded scalar 5435 |||||||||||||||||||||
      Blur Image
      single-threaded scalar 4697 ||||||||||||||||||
      multi-threaded scalar 4709 ||||||||||||||||||

      Read Sequential
      single-threaded scalar 4472 |||||||||||||||||
      Write Sequential
      single-threaded scalar 7592 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
      Stdlib Allocate
      single-threaded scalar 3376 |||||||||||||
      Stdlib Write
      single-threaded scalar 2838 |||||||||||
      Stdlib Copy
      single-threaded scalar 5677 ||||||||||||||||||||||

      Stream Copy
      single-threaded scalar 4238 ||||||||||||||||
      single-threaded vector 5282 |||||||||||||||||||||
      Stream Scale
      single-threaded scalar 3659 ||||||||||||||
      single-threaded vector 5034 ||||||||||||||||||||
      Stream Add
      single-threaded scalar 2967 |||||||||||
      single-threaded vector 5341 |||||||||||||||||||||
      Stream Triad
      single-threaded scalar 4265 |||||||||||||||||
      single-threaded vector 3883 |||||||||||||||

      Benchmark Summary
      Integer Score 1794 |||||||
      Floating Point Score 3333 |||||||||||||
      Memory Score 4791 |||||||||||||||||||
      Stream Score 4333 |||||||||||||||||

      Geekbench Score 3185 ||||||||||||

      July 4, 2012 @ 11:33 am | Reply
  5. herpderp:

    unfortunately only has centos templates.

    July 4, 2012 @ 10:41 am | Reply
  6. snape:

    Onapp is wonderful when the people running it know what they’re doing. Anyone who remembers UrgentVPS should appreciate the many innovative ways it can be done badly, however. :/ Hopefully STTC are rather more competent; I guess we’ll all know in a month or two…

    July 4, 2012 @ 5:45 pm | Reply
  7. Sam:

    Nice offer, as Belgium is quite pricey compared to other countries in Europe.

    Stein, do you offer trials (for a few days / week) ?

    Curious to find out connectivity speed of Belgium to other EU hubs.

    Thanks in advance.

    July 14, 2012 @ 3:19 pm | Reply
    • FM:

      OVH Roubaix: 9.63ms
      Dynaceron Frankfurt: 11.49ms
      RapidSwitch Maidenhead: 10.91ms
      Prometeus Milan: 18.92ms
      Edis Stockholm: 30.30ms
      Rackspot Lisbon: 37.34ms
      Budapest: 39.21ms


      Newark – 75.95
      Philadelphia – 76.58
      NYC – 77.09
      Ashburn – 82.46
      S. Louis – 114.42
      DFW – 118.55
      Phoenix – 136.79
      Las Vegas – 139.55
      LA – 147.55

      Tokyo – 252.91

      July 20, 2012 @ 2:13 pm | Reply
  8. ola:

    What site can i get best VPS service in Europe most especially in Belgium ??

    May 19, 2013 @ 1:36 pm | Reply
  9. HEADS UP:

    The offer is no longer valid, even though it’s available as order item on their web site and even though they accepted my money after 3 days without a response (can prove with email) they finally refunded me after I contacted them that I never received deployment email.

    To find out about them I looked up the IP of a fellow-vpn company’s server in Belgium and I asked ShiftToTheCloud if the company in question is hosted with them, because obviously their prices must be good if VPN company buys server from them. The kindly offered to tell them the IP so that they can check, then they directed me to their website to buy a server.

    After I searched for a discount I found the LEB offer, signed up and now that they were shocked that I found such offer on their own site, here is what they said:

    We have discussed this order with the tech team. We can not offer you the service, certainly not for such a little cost (the product shouldnt even exist anymore, how did you find it on our site?)

    We will send you the bill back so the operation is 0.
    We also decided ist clear you only want our services to see what your competitor does, there for we would like to ask you to find another provider for your services…


    What do you think? First they post the offer themselves here, they don’t even remember about it, they are also SHOCKED about the “low price” and they even make ASSUMPTIONS that I only want server to find out what the “fellow vpn company” does :) Which is rediculous… I obviously KNOW what the other company does which is to offer VPN services, which is not a secret :)

    Therefor I wanted server to use it for VPN services, not to “find out” about the “secret operations” of my competitor :) Which are so secret that they advertise what “they do” even on LET.

    Stay away from them, unless you want gossipy “tech team” to judge if you’re qualified for their overpriced hosting, even though you never ever mentioned you want to do something which is against the AUP policy.

    Also they don’t stand by their offers.

    December 4, 2013 @ 9:04 am | Reply
  10. Clarification, ShiftToTheCloud.com is a subsidiary of Stone-is.com which is in fact the company that explained my competitor is hosted with ShiftToTheCloud.com.

    December 4, 2013 @ 9:05 am | Reply

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