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SysCentral - €2.99 Xen VPS in Germany

SysCentral.de Alex from SysCentral emailed me about their current promotion featured on this WHT post. The amount of monthly data has been upgraded since April, and they are running promotion on no-setup-fee (coupon code nosetup) OR 20% off recurring discount (coupon code 20off) — not at the same time though. So €2.99 ($3.86 USD) with no set up fee can get you “XEN vServer Micro”

  • 128MB memory/256MB swap
  • 10GB storage
  • 250GB/month data transfer
  • Xen

Servers with Hetzner in Germany. Last time Alex claimed that they have been in business for 3.5 years and have 2 technical employees. .DE WHOIS does not show the creation date although DomainTools shows the earliest record at 4 years ago.

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  1. Forgot to notify.
    Templates are updated. Ubuntu 9.10 64Bit/32Bit is added. Alos Ubuntu 10.04 64Bit/32Bit. And you can also get on request access to pygrub. The new feature from SolusVM per template base.

    July 20, 2010 @ 10:00 am | Reply
  2. derek:

    promo code not working for me..

    July 20, 2010 @ 10:28 am | Reply
  3. @Alex: give me test ip please

    July 20, 2010 @ 10:58 am | Reply
  4. mina:

    Been with SysCentral since last ad, it’s been running good and support been there when i’ve needed it.

    Thumbs up.

    July 20, 2010 @ 10:59 am | Reply
  5. A.:

    What throughput to expect? 10, 20, 30… 100mbit?

    July 20, 2010 @ 11:19 am | Reply
  6. mina:

    -2010-07-20 14:31:09– http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net…
    Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net||:80… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: `/dev/null’

    100%[=======================================================================================================>] 104,857,600 9.74M/s in 11s

    2010-07-20 14:31:20 (9.48 MB/s) – `/dev/null’ saved [104857600/104857600]

    So atleast mine is working as 100Mbps.

    July 20, 2010 @ 11:31 am | Reply
  7. A.:

    What about upload?

    July 20, 2010 @ 11:45 am | Reply
  8. A.:

    Never mind. Just noticed that they don’t allow “IRC”.

    Why are all VPS providers prejudice against this poor protocol? :(

    July 20, 2010 @ 11:51 am | Reply
  9. @minh
    sure. no problem. Please contact me via email info at syscentral.de because i dont want to post real ip here. Is that ok for you ?

    July 20, 2010 @ 12:14 pm | Reply
  10. Benjy:


    I know how you feel, though Hetzner block port 6667 outgoing if I recall correctly.

    July 20, 2010 @ 1:36 pm | Reply
  11. @benjy
    no they dont. This doesnt exsist for colocation and ded server anymore.

    July 20, 2010 @ 1:49 pm | Reply
  12. Fred:

    how is this service?
    anyone can share experience?
    hardware spec? CPU spec?
    disc IO ?

    July 20, 2010 @ 2:33 pm | Reply
  13. Spirit:

    They don’t allow irc? Hmm… I would swear that it wasn’t like that in their tos when I ordered it 4 months or so ago otherwise I would skip their offer as I do always with “no irc allowed” hosts.

    July 20, 2010 @ 10:16 pm | Reply
  14. @Spirit

    this was in the tos. Four month ago also.

    July 21, 2010 @ 6:08 am | Reply
  15. A.:

    I don’t even want to use IRC. But when I see that it’s not allowed in the ToS, it’s almost always a bad sign.

    You see, competitors will do whatever they can to take the competition down. So, if they know a VPS provider will succumb to a couple of faux DMCA takedown notifications, well, that’s just what they’ll do.

    July 21, 2010 @ 12:37 pm | Reply
  16. Spirit:

    Problem is that most hosts have no clue what IRC (internet rely chat) is. Most of the bad things related to irc are things of the past. Also they have no clue what’s the difference between irc shell hosting and personal irc usage. I don’t want to be limited in.. as example harmless hanging at freenode (http://freenode.net/) IRC network with bouncher installed on my vps, etc.. The most clueless regarding this hosts show when they “no irc” tos rule stick in ABUSE section, which is of course nonsense – just another copy/paste of same tos which mostly even they don’t understand. I prefer hosts with own, unique tos.

    July 21, 2010 @ 10:47 pm | Reply
  17. Well i do have a clue what the difference is between irc use. Irc is irc your ip is still
    available in a network if you connect to an irc server with a bouncer or a bot.
    The attacks in irc have not been changed. I allowed irc access at the beginning of the project this is approximilaty 3
    years ago. And only the art of the attacks changed during the 90’s not the attacke itself.
    And i cant let go down all of my customers vps even with protection of the network.

    July 22, 2010 @ 2:35 pm | Reply
  18. Spirit:

    As someone who’s on main IRC networks more than 10 years I must desagree with you. IRC nowaday is barely copy of old IRC. Most internet relay chat networks are empty, abuse teams left them long time ago and almost no one care for them except ordinary “chatters”. As a operater of some bigger IRC channels on one of main IRC networks I haven’t been disturbed or saw ddos, etc… atleast 3 years. The attacks in irc have not been changed? The attacks on irc are reduced on lets say 1% of old attacks. And this isn’t change from lets say 5 years ago?
    While I admit that IRC shell providing still bring some risk because masses of users which don’t pay for bandwidth, which don’t have dedicated IPs, etc…, ordinary personal usage brings noone. Sometimes I see very inteligent TOS with some companies, as example.. they don’t allow irc shell hosting, but allow personal usage, or theay don’t allow IRCd servers linking but they allow IRC clients, or they don’t allow as example more risky connections to some Undernet but allow them to other low risk networks, or they allow IRC on request, etc.. while some clueless hosts still use default c/p “no IRC allowed” tos under ABUSE section. Internet relay chat is not abuse but it can be abused same as any part of hosting business. Question now is how big this particual risk is. IMHO very low nowaday for host which know what they are doing and those hosts which realized this, have advantage above “no irc allowed” hosts. I have atleast 6 “irc allowed” lowendbox featured hosts for some long term without any incident. I never saw as example some rapidswitch DC down because IRC related issues…

    July 22, 2010 @ 6:41 pm | Reply
  19. Spirit:

    “And only the art of the attacks changed during the 90′s not the attacke itself.”

    ..I hope that you’re awared that IRC lost big part of pupulation from 90′s, that IRC abuse isn’t attractive as before and old irc ddos kiddiots nowaday work as IT consultants, sucessful hosting managers, etc, etc… in some main IT companies while rare newcomers don’t waste their time with abuse on this unattractive old, old… relay chat protocol. As it seems even people at Hetzner realized this and unblocked famous 6667 port…

    July 22, 2010 @ 6:48 pm | Reply
  20. Thas right. I know people from the old days in the 90’s who are now IT-Manager for companys and they use irc too. I know that hetzner allow irc for there dedicated server, too. Well we can make a deal. My network is protected and we make a test. Send me an email to info at syscentral.de and i will give you a vps micro with irc access for one month for free you can use it with a bouncer. And in the month we will see what happend. If nothing happens i will for the future allow irc access and change my tos so that IRC bouncer are allowed too but no ircd server or bots.

    July 22, 2010 @ 7:34 pm | Reply
  21. Spirit:

    To ne fair… as you noticed in my first post here, I am already your customer and as It seems somehow I overlooked this “no irc allowed” part of your tos (well, honestly I am still not so sure about that, because usually I read tos carefully before I order any service – are you sure that this part of your tos/or whole tos really isn’t changed/revisited in last 5 months or so?) and I run two irc processes whole that time without any incident.
    Unless you request from me to kill those two processes or discontinue service because (unintentionall) tos breach it will stay like that – without any incident but please, allow me to give you advice. In case that you decide for compromise and allow irc, make strict “no irc shell service” – only personal usage allowed. It’s not problem with our personal bounchers, friendly bots (quiz, eggdrop..).. but can be with third party users which pay as example 1$ for irc process but don’t feel any obligation to host. We, vps customers, pay for bandwidth, IPs, etc… and we don’t want to be ddosed anymore than you and because that you can expect some responsability and maturity from vps customers, but with potential “irc shell customers”, kids which share IPs, etc… we can’t expect same level of responsability so “no irc shell hosting” tos can drasticly reduce any potential abuse.
    In short my suggestion would be to forbid reselling irc shell accounts but allow personal usage.

    July 22, 2010 @ 9:54 pm | Reply
  22. Spirit:

    Maybe even: “personal IRC usage allowed on request” :P

    (please take my advice only a friendly suggestion – I don’t try to be smart a$$ here and finally… it’s still your company and only you know what’s the best for your company and decide that way)

    July 22, 2010 @ 10:00 pm | Reply
  23. Spirit:

    Oh, It’s late here and I almost forgot – I will contact you tomorrow to clarify regarding my two irc processes. Maybe just to mention – both are online through HE IPv6 tunnels, not with SysCentral IPs.

    July 22, 2010 @ 10:13 pm | Reply
  24. Geoffrey:

    Do syscentral have an english cart,i cannot read German.

    July 27, 2010 @ 2:02 pm | Reply
  25. @Geoffrey – DOesn’t look like it – However if you order using Chrome it will translate the pages for you.

    Jack xD

    July 27, 2010 @ 3:28 pm | Reply
  26. Hi,

    wie only have google translator at the moment http://www.syscentral.de/en/


    July 27, 2010 @ 8:11 pm | Reply
  27. Well the cart is now in english too.

    July 27, 2010 @ 8:12 pm | Reply
  28. Seems like they are full, cannot get any order.
    by the way, here are some Openssl results. Impressive!!!

    # openssl speed aes
    type 16 bytes 64 bytes 256 bytes 1024 bytes 8192 bytes
    aes-128 cbc 130533.37k 138489.94k 140000.96k 143014.18k 138662.70k
    aes-192 cbc 115161.49k 118450.10k 123852.63k 121671.13k 123410.71k
    aes-256 cbc 103365.13k 103364.62k 107034.36k 108108.89k 107290.62k

    waiting to finish unixbench… next comment

    August 19, 2010 @ 7:31 pm | Reply
  29. Unixbench for 128MB Xen Basic VPS
    Impressive results for just a $4 USD vps

    System Benchmarks Index Values BASELINE RESULT INDEX
    Dhrystone 2 using register variables 116700.0 19557668.4 1675.9
    Double-Precision Whetstone 55.0 3152.3 573.1
    Execl Throughput 43.0 1689.3 392.9
    File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 3960.0 232940.2 588.2
    File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1655.0 61290.8 370.3
    File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 5800.0 726198.4 1252.1
    Pipe Throughput 12440.0 338096.7 271.8
    Pipe-based Context Switching 4000.0 97405.8 243.5
    Process Creation 126.0 3892.0 308.9
    Shell Scripts (1 concurrent) 42.4 3165.9 746.7
    Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 6.0 438.8 731.4
    System Call Overhead 15000.0 461972.9 308.0
    System Benchmarks Index Score 515.7

    August 19, 2010 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

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