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SSDNodes – SSD OpenVZ VPS starting at $2.99/month – Dallas, TX

Tags: , , , Date/Time: March 12, 2016 @ 12:28 am, by Ishaq

Matt over at SSDNodes let us know of an exclusive offer for LowEndBox readers, with plans based in Dallas, TX. The plans provide generous resources for the price. They have been listed here since September, 2011.

SSD Nodes, Inc is a registered corporation in Delaware with file / registration number 5098270.

The hostnodes are running Xeon E5-2630 v3, with 64-128GB of ECC RAM, along with 4-8 Enterprise-grade SSDs configured in hardware RAID10. They are connected to a 10Gbps port. They claim to have achieved 1GB/s writes and 200K+ IOPS on their platform.

They offer PayPal, Credit Card, and Bitcoin as payment methods. Before ordering, please ensure you read their terms and legal documents, which are available here.

On to the offers:

LowEndBox Large
4GB RAM
– 40GB RAID10 SSD
– 4x Intel E5 v3 CPU
– 4TB Transfer
– 1x IPv4
– OpenVZ/SolusVM
– $6.99/month
– $48/year
Order Here

LowEndBox Medium
2GB RAM
– 20GB RAID10 SSD
– 2x Intel E5 v3 CPU
– 2TB Transfer
– 1x IPv4
– OpenVZ/SolusVM
– $4.99/month
– $40/year
Order Here

LowEndBox Small
1GB RAM
– 10GB RAID10 SSD
– 1x Intel E5 v3 CPU
– 1TB Transfer
– 1x IPv4
– OpenVZ/SolusVM
– $2.99/month
– $29/year
Order Here

Locations & Test Information

Incero – Dallas, Texas.
Test IPv4: 66.11.122.222
Test File

99 Comments

  1. In your lowendbox small you have “1x Intel E5 v3 CPU”, is this mean only one core?

    Thanks

    March 12, 2016 @ 8:28 am | Reply
    • I think it’s 1 shared core

      March 12, 2016 @ 12:55 pm | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Yes, that means the LEB Small server has 1 core and the LEB Large server has 4 cores.

      March 13, 2016 @ 3:29 am | Reply
  2. Any ipv6?

    March 12, 2016 @ 4:39 pm | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Hi Shawn, at the moment we don’t have IPv6 available in Dallas. Hopefully soon, but there’s a lot of testing that needs to be done first!

      March 13, 2016 @ 3:30 am | Reply
  3. MikeN:

    I’ve been using these guys for a month on a 4GB plan and it’s been good. No shenanigans.

    March 13, 2016 @ 3:47 am | Reply
  4. mangowebs:
    March 14, 2016 @ 12:16 am | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      That’s strange, what error are you seeing? In the meantime you can email me directly: matt@ssdnodes.com

      March 14, 2016 @ 6:09 pm | Reply
      • Snegopad:

        Same here.

        ” The following errors occurred:

        An error occurred, please try again later.”

        Is it allowed to host gameserver?

        March 21, 2016 @ 5:19 pm | Reply
  5. Martin:

    For how long will the price stay as written in here? I mean a lot of these offers are for only first month (or 2). And the Small compared to your “Personal Mu” seems to be better, yet $17 cheaper.

    March 14, 2016 @ 2:47 pm | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Price stays the same for the lifetime of the server, so if you order today and keep the server active for 2 years (never miss a payment etc) then the pricing stays exactly the same for that server and never changes.

      March 15, 2016 @ 12:12 am | Reply
  6. tencrocs:

    Is is allowed to host/create update server from this offering? I have a few small projects which requires me to create an update server so that clients will be able to use the update feature.

    March 15, 2016 @ 7:21 am | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Yes that’s absolutely fine! As long as it follows our terms of services you should be good (doesn’t host illegal files, doesn’t cause performance issues for other clients, etc).

      March 15, 2016 @ 3:12 pm | Reply
  7. Ian L:

    Is it possible to run CoreOS (or something else that’ll run Docker properly) on these boxes? Not familiar enough with OpenVZ’s behavior to know off the top of my head…been in KVM land of late.

    March 15, 2016 @ 8:19 pm | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      I wish, but unfortunately not, since OpenVZ is a containerized virtualization system itself, which is partly how we’re able to offer such high performance (since there’s much less overhead). There are hacks to make docker work, but our first priority is to ensure a high quality and stable environment.

      March 16, 2016 @ 2:55 am | Reply
      • spybot s:

        So no docket at all ?

        August 11, 2016 @ 8:12 pm | Reply
  8. so whats they policy about using cpu and ram :) , i mean can we use cpu it 90~100% or you have policy that not to cross 20% like others

    March 17, 2016 @ 5:32 am | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Hi Zahid, there’s no limit. However we ask that you be mindful you’re using a shared resource, and we’ll reach out to you if it affects other customers, but we’ve rarely had to throttle usage and usually that would be to protect our other clients.

      March 18, 2016 @ 3:45 am | Reply
  9. Your pricing looks good but you dont have /64 ipv6. Let me know when it is available and I ll get one.

    March 18, 2016 @ 5:08 am | Reply
    • Maxton:

      I’m using the LEB Large right now, and I’ve managed to get a 6in4 /64 subnet from HE’s tunnelbroker.net and it works great. They have a server in Dallas, too, so latency isn’t really affected.

      March 19, 2016 @ 8:20 pm | Reply
  10. Maximiliam Peña:

    I’m trying to start with the LowEndBox Small, and the system send me this
    Oops, there’s a problem…
    MaxMind Error
    Your order has been flagged as potentially high risk and therefore it has been held for manual review.

    I´m from Venezuela, it´s a inconvenient?

    March 18, 2016 @ 1:21 pm | Reply
  11. Maximiliam:

    I have this error when i’m trying to use the lowenedbox Small

    Oops, there’s a problem…
    MaxMind Error
    Your order has been flagged as potentially high risk and therefore it has been held for manual review.

    March 18, 2016 @ 1:24 pm | Reply
  12. Max:

    When i try to activate the plan i got this….

    Oops, there’s a problem…
    MaxMind Error
    Your order has been flagged as potentially high risk and therefore it has been held for manual review.

    March 18, 2016 @ 1:29 pm | Reply
  13. Maxi:

    Hi i got this
    Oops, there’s a problem…
    MaxMind Error
    Your order has been flagged as potentially high risk and therefore it has been held for manual review.

    I’m from Venezuela, there’s something to do ?

    March 18, 2016 @ 1:35 pm | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Hi Max, I’m not sure why your response came through multiple postings on here, but we already resolved your issue through email. :-)

      March 19, 2016 @ 2:36 am | Reply
  14. crk:

    Hi Matt, for Large plan, includo some swap memory ? can you please upload some serverbear benchmark ? thanks

    March 19, 2016 @ 7:24 am | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Hi there, we don’t have swap on these servers, and if we added vswap it would simply be from the host server’s actual RAM. If you need swap, we can subtract it from your current RAM (some applications like MariaDB complain if they don’t have it). I’ll see if we can get serverbear benchmarks added.

      March 19, 2016 @ 6:52 pm | Reply
    • Matt Connor:
      March 19, 2016 @ 9:02 pm | Reply
  15. Neopallium:

    Can the server OS be upgraded later while still keeping the same price? Can IPv6 be added later?

    March 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Yes, you can reinstall to a new OS without any price changes. You can also upgrade to a larger plan (within our billing system) that increases pricing linearly (8GB RAM for $96/yr or $13.99/mo, etc). Yes, when we get IPv6 it can be added later (there’s no ETA though, lots of testing needs to be completed first).

      March 19, 2016 @ 6:51 pm | Reply
      • Matt Connor:

        I also forgot to mention that upgrades are “live” meaning there’s no downtime. All the resources (RAM, storage, bandwidth) are increased automatically when the invoice is paid. The only thing that would require a reboot is if there are more cores added.

        March 19, 2016 @ 7:26 pm | Reply
  16. I just wanted to write about experience with ssdnodes, I purchased LEB large about week ago and have been testing and just moved remote desktop support application to production. I’m extremely happy with ssdnodes coming from DigitalOcean, VPS is extremely fast and reliable, I tested upload speeds and it clocked about 800 Mbps down and 300 up… pretty fast if you ask me.

    Matt has been amazing to work with and although we had some issues with the application he was there to assist and on my request added new image in the image selection area… I bought whole year right away and if it stays like this I’ll be @ ssdnodes for a while.

    March 21, 2016 @ 2:11 am | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Thank you for the kind words, we look forward continuing to serve you in the many years to come.

      March 22, 2016 @ 6:18 am | Reply
  17. Joe:

    I haven’t used OpenVZ before :) so a couple of questions. Do I get full root access? I can SSH into the command line right? Or is it just single application in a container?

    March 21, 2016 @ 2:59 am | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Hey Joe, these are great questions. You get full root access and can SSH directly into the server. It acts just like a real server, you can install applications, configure your software firewall, etc.

      March 22, 2016 @ 6:19 am | Reply
  18. Matt Connor:

    We’re working on the contact us form with the vendor, I apologize if you tried to use it and got an error. It now redirects to our ticketing system, so if you have any questions either send me an email (matt@ssdnodes.com), open a ticket, or post it here.

    March 22, 2016 @ 3:52 pm | Reply
  19. Looks pretty, however i need KVM. i hope SSDNODE have the kvm offer someday…

    March 22, 2016 @ 5:05 pm | Reply
  20. Hmm…Do not allow IP from Vietnam

    March 23, 2016 @ 3:16 am | Reply
  21. Foo:

    Speed is pretty hurting. I’m averaging 100-120KB/s for the test file :(

    March 23, 2016 @ 4:05 am | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Can you email me a traceroute from your IP? matt@ssdnodes.com

      It may be a routing issue that can be fixed.

      March 23, 2016 @ 6:44 am | Reply
  22. Tim:
    March 24, 2016 @ 1:18 pm | Reply
  23. ClasyCraw:

    Hi. There features are real? I ask because it is very cheap! I want to install CentOS with graphical interface it is possible. I will run MySQL database with Java Server inside for developer proposes. I will buy the LowEndBox Large. Any uptime link?

    March 26, 2016 @ 6:36 pm | Reply
    • ClassyCraw:

      Also there server are ddos protected? If i buy one month of 6.99 can after update to $48/year ?

      March 26, 2016 @ 7:13 pm | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Hello, and thank you for your interest. Yes, the features are real. You can install the graphical interaface with yum, and you should be able to run your applications without any issues. We don’t have uptime links, but we’ve had at minimum 99.99% uptime across all services.

      If you’re looking for DDoS protected services, we recommend using CloudFlare in front of your server. Yes, you can upgrade to yearly at any time, just open a ticket.

      March 27, 2016 @ 12:57 am | Reply
      • ClassyCraw:

        Thank you very much!

        March 27, 2016 @ 6:20 am | Reply
  24. fenrir:

    Can install VNC Server?

    March 27, 2016 @ 3:23 pm | Reply
  25. Fenrir:

    Does it have VNC Server?

    March 27, 2016 @ 3:25 pm | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Hi there, it doesn’t come with VNC server, but you can easily install a GUI and VNC server using yum or apt-get (depending on the Linux distribution you install). Of course, for better security, we recommend using a firewall to lock down the ports and using SSH tunneling to access it, but you won’t have any access restrictions either way.

      March 28, 2016 @ 12:41 am | Reply
  26. Joe:

    I am going to use this as a load balancing server and backup to a production server. I should not use much space or bandwidth. Wonderful speeds so far.

    Selecting best server based on latency…
    Hosted by T-Mobile (Houston, TX) [29.98 km]: 12.032 ms
    Testing download speed………………………………….
    Download: 990.08 Mbit/s
    Testing upload speed…………………………………………..
    Upload: 123.53 Mbit/s

    Thank you,

    Joe

    March 28, 2016 @ 11:41 pm | Reply
  27. Joe:

    smoking!

    Selecting best server based on latency…
    Hosted by T-Mobile (Houston, TX) [29.98 km]: 11.174 ms
    Testing download speed………………………………….
    Download: 1065.16 Mbit/s
    Testing upload speed…………………………………………..
    Upload: 127.06 Mbit/s

    March 29, 2016 @ 12:38 am | Reply
  28. Dan:

    I also seem to have been marked as fraud. 24+ hours with no response to my sales ticket regarding my order…

    March 30, 2016 @ 12:27 am | Reply
  29. Dan:

    I too have been marked as fraud. Over 24 hours with no response from Sales…

    March 30, 2016 @ 12:28 am | Reply
  30. Rafael:

    Hi Matt,

    Do you support reverse DNS?

    April 1, 2016 @ 9:02 pm | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Hi Rafael, yes we do, just open a ticket with the IP and requested reverse DNS entry.

      April 2, 2016 @ 8:06 pm | Reply
  31. kweku:

    Hi, im fairly new to VPS servers. Does it have CPanel? I am used to that

    April 2, 2016 @ 11:18 pm | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Hi there, these don’t have cPanel but you have easily get a license on your own and install WHM/cPanel on these servers. The installation process is actually really easy, just copy/paste a few commands and wait for the installation to complete. I can give you the commands if you need.

      April 3, 2016 @ 10:53 pm | Reply
  32. Sergey:

    Unsatisfied. They do not have Russian Federation in the list of countries, so they do not want to convert myself into a customer. Sad.

    April 4, 2016 @ 5:05 pm | Reply
  33. Got myself a LEB Large box, little disappointed in the connection speeds often dropping very low. My most recent speedtest using speedtest-cli came out with 56Mbps down and 9Mbps up. But hey its only $7, does what I need it to so not a major problem.

    April 6, 2016 @ 6:49 pm | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Hi Joshua, that’s strange that you get slow speeds, next time feel free to send me a traceroute (matt@ssdnodes.com). A user above has shown 1Gbps speed results (you should be able to burst to a full 10Gbps), and the serverbear results are showing similar: http://serverbear.com/benchmark/2016/03/19/71u8VSCSxru1M3Pd

      April 7, 2016 @ 4:20 am | Reply
  34. Devin S:

    I’ve purchased the LEB Large plan. Its been 3 weeks and i’ve been very satisfied with the performance im getting out of the VPS. Great Value! Thanks Guys!

    April 10, 2016 @ 1:15 am | Reply
  35. Ethan K:

    I got an LEB Small box, and I have to say that I’m quite pleased. Box is snappy and connection is fantastic. No hiccups yet.

    Speedtest: http://www.speedtest.net/result/5243196500.png

    April 11, 2016 @ 8:56 pm | Reply
  36. I’m about to purchase my second SSD Nodes VPS. This is largely due to the performance, scalability and data center location for my existing VPS. It also doesn’t hurt that Matt seems “aight”. lol

    April 13, 2016 @ 12:27 am | Reply
  37. Maxton:

    I’ve had the LEB Extra Large server (8GB, seamlessly upgraded from the LEB Large 4GB) for about one month now and I’m very impressed. I think I’m getting much more than my money’s worth out of this server. Performance is great, support has been fine, and I haven’t had any connectivity issues so far.

    April 15, 2016 @ 11:44 pm | Reply
  38. Vimal Tank:

    are you guys noob friendly?

    April 16, 2016 @ 12:34 pm | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Yes of course :-)

      April 17, 2016 @ 3:43 am | Reply
      • Vimal Tank:

        Thanks! I am ordering one. I am moving to VPS for the first time from shared hosting, taking your 4gb ram vps. I would probably trouble you guys a lot while setting up.

        April 17, 2016 @ 6:48 am | Reply
  39. Russ Kay:

    How much vswap is included in the LEG Large? Are additional IPv4s available if justified? You’re suspiciously lower than ramnode. What has the farms uptime been in the past 5 years? How much downtime has occurred? You guarantee 100% uptime, which is impossible to guarantee. How do you issue credits? What is the minimum downtime required for credits? Thanks~!

    April 18, 2016 @ 8:11 am | Reply
  40. Russ Kay:

    I am looking at this versus ramnode, and noticed you are suspiciously cheaper. Are you overselling? What has been your uptime for the past 5 years? What is the average uptime during the past 5 years? I noticed you claim to provide 100% Uptime SLA. This is an impossible guarantee. Since there will be downtime, how do you credit accounts? Is there a minimal amount of downtime required and if so, what is it? Will you provide more IPv4 addresses with justification? Thanks.

    April 18, 2016 @ 9:57 am | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Hi Russ,

      Thank you for reaching out, and for your great questions. Our minimum uptime has been 99.99% over the past 5 years across all services, and 99.999% across our enterprise services. When we first started out we were using a single provider (IBM SoftLayer) and we used the same SLA rules that they had, which was 30 minutes of downtime (equivalent to 3 nines). Our TOS states 30 minutes, but in practice we’ve given out credits for much less. The SLA credit schedule is listed in our TOS. We do provide additional IPv4 addresses, depending on justification.

      April 20, 2016 @ 3:29 pm | Reply
  41. Al:

    Matt,

    Nice job answering all these questions as many of them answered my questions today as I was thinking of ordering a plan from you guys as well.

    One question I have that I didn’t see yet is about images. Got Ubuntu 16.04 up yet? Just a few days old so I understand if not, but if not, any chance it will be available in the next few days?

    April 24, 2016 @ 5:42 pm | Reply
  42. Al:

    Matt,

    Nice job answering all of these guys questions! I am considering picking up a LEB now too and you answered many of my questions already above. So the only one I have is I wanted to see if you have or are getting a Ubuntu 16 image? With the release last week I wouldn’t be surprised if its not available, but if not any chance it will be in the next few days?

    April 24, 2016 @ 5:50 pm | Reply
    • Al:

      Sorry for the duplicate post. Just to note as I see another user or two above may of had the same issue, the server here is giving a error 500 after you submit a comment, and then does not show the first comment posts (must be a long delay), and their is no option to delete posts…

      April 24, 2016 @ 6:32 pm | Reply
      • Matt Connor:

        Hi Al, no worries and thank you for your question! We don’t have Ubuntu 16.04 available yet, it’s being tested right now in our lab environment and will be available once we confirm it’s stable, reliable, and performant on our platform. We err on the side of reliability because we don’t want to release something that causes issues with clients, so once those are confirmed we’ll release it in production.

        April 24, 2016 @ 9:42 pm | Reply
  43. I purchased LowEndBox Large packet and have to say that I’m very satisfied with the service.
    And also Matt is very friendly and always ready to help.

    April 25, 2016 @ 1:00 pm | Reply
  44. Out of stock, when tried to order leb small for my 2 business websites. Wanna move away from shared hosting.i also might need help with setting up dns so domain points to vps -vestacp.

    April 25, 2016 @ 7:08 pm | Reply
  45. sad, out of stock

    April 27, 2016 @ 3:45 pm | Reply
  46. Is it possible to extend LEB Large with more disk space?

    April 28, 2016 @ 7:46 am | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Hey Alex, you can easily upgrade your server by logging into our website and clicking your server, then clicking “Upgrade”

      April 29, 2016 @ 3:45 am | Reply
  47. Matt Connor:

    Hello everyone, I wanted to give a quick update that you can upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 on our servers:

    “It is possible to upgrade an OpenVZ ubuntu 15.04 container to 16.04 if you disable the systemd-sysctl / procps service after the dist-upgrade fails”

    https://it-offshore.co.uk/linux/ubuntu/67-upgrading-ubuntu-15-04-to-16-04-in-openvz

    We’re still working on getting a template ready, but in the meantime clients have used this method with success.

    April 30, 2016 @ 6:39 pm | Reply
  48. naveed:

    I’d like to see Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Any idea when the small will be available again?

    May 2, 2016 @ 12:48 am | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Hi Naveed, thanks for reaching out. If you look at the response above I added instructions on how to upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04.

      I don’t have any news on when the small will be available again, apologies for the inconvenience.

      May 2, 2016 @ 4:47 am | Reply
  49. Doug Hoard:

    Signed up for a LEB Large. Asked some questions / Matt was quick to follow-up. Working great. So far I’m pleased.

    May 2, 2016 @ 12:20 pm | Reply
  50. can i run ts3 server on these vps?

    May 6, 2016 @ 3:40 pm | Reply
    • Matt Connor:

      Hi Sam, just to confirm you mean teamspeak 3 right? Yes of course you can run teamspeak on our servers, as long as it doesn’t cause any issues with our other clients (we’ll reach out if it does).

      May 7, 2016 @ 7:32 pm | Reply
  51. ozer:

    can I use that vps to connect ticketmaster.com?
    you know that; there are so many blocked ip in ticketmaster.

    May 11, 2016 @ 11:43 pm | Reply
  52. can I use that vps to connect ticketmaster.com?
    you know tht; there are so many blocked ips in ticketmaster

    May 11, 2016 @ 11:45 pm | Reply
  53. eman:

    one or two days trial period or money back guarantee?

    May 12, 2016 @ 1:31 am | Reply
  54. Gaurav Arora:

    Are these speeds typical. They seem very slow.

    –2016-05-12 14:53:12– http://66.11.122.222/test100.zip
    Connecting to 66.11.122.222:80… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 200 OK
    Length: 104874307 (100M) [application/zip]
    Saving to: `test100.zip’

    100%[================>] 104,874,307 589K/s in 2m 55s

    2016-05-12 14:56:07 (584 KB/s) – `test100.zip’ saved [104874307/104874307]

    May 12, 2016 @ 6:57 pm | Reply
  55. Filip:

    perfect service, we run on them (LEB instance) 2 servers for non-company services and must say… work perfectly. no downtimes, cheap price, works almost without any human (if you know how to properly setup server).

    May 13, 2016 @ 12:04 pm | Reply
  56. Wim V:

    Is tun/tap available?
    And FUSE?

    May 30, 2016 @ 11:59 am | Reply
  57. S A:

    I would buy this today but there is no FreeBSD image. Are there any plans to include one?

    May 31, 2016 @ 8:27 am | Reply
  58. Lester:

    1. I have purchase one LowEndBox – Small. I am unable to find the nameserver to point my domain to this hosting. Can someone help
    2. I am able to connect using ssh. How do I connect using VNC?

    June 26, 2016 @ 11:43 am | Reply
  59. Lustre:

    How do i find the nameserver on ssdnode LED Small so that I can point my domain to the ssdnode.

    June 26, 2016 @ 3:02 pm | Reply
  60. Maheel:

    Hello Matt,
    I see vps (Large plan ) .its looks plan for me. I would like to ask about your comment comment above where you mentioned about performance. Please describe what do you mean by performance? In case of high load some times it will be slow down my website performance. How it can affect other clint ? Is it (large plan) shared hosting? Please suggest.

    July 17, 2016 @ 2:56 pm | Reply
  61. Lucas:

    I use there LEB large since two months.

    The support is awesome, the vps too!!
    The uptime is… 100%.

    And they also have IPv6 now.

    October 20, 2016 @ 9:13 pm | Reply
  62. I want to host my java apps with tomcat and also some php apps. I want to ask if i can host both java and php apps after paying for ssdnodes hosting plan

    July 31, 2018 @ 5:23 am | Reply

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