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TheHostHouse - £4.06 512MB Xen HVM VPS in UK

TheHostHouse Jonathan from TheHostHouse has sent me some updates with their previous KVM offers + new coupon code for their Xen HVM deals. First of all, their £2.97/month (~USD$4.88) 256MB KVM plans are still around. Use promo code KVMRECUR to get 40% off recurring discount to get that price. Here is what you will get:

  • 256MB memory
  • 16GB storage
  • 160GB/month data transfer
  • KVM/SolusVM

Jonathan has also prepared some special Xen HVM plans that can be customised, and promo code XEN50OFF that get you 50% off recurring discount — including configuration options! So I am able to get the following system up for £4.08/month (~USD$6.70).

  • 512MB memory (from configuration options)
  • 16GB storage
  • 160GB/month data transfer
  • Xen HVM/SolusVM

Here is the link where all the offers are. Jonathan has even included the actual coupon codes on the page to make sure you don’t pay full price! :) Servers in UK. Do check previous post where you’ll find discussions and benchmarks. They have also done quite a bit of work on offering FreeBSD to their customers. FreeBSD 8.2 is now available, and their own local FreeBSD repository. Jonathan has been in business since 2003 (at Sipero.com).

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  1. fugoki:

    In to the 2nd month with these guys (kvm) and so far *very* happy; great performance with very helpful & prompt support. Two thumbs up.

    June 1, 2011 @ 5:20 pm | Reply
  2. Ordered one, but thanks to paypal my account is probably going to need manual activation.
    Also found the signup a little confusing, as I was trying to specify a UK location but then could not get the offer price.

    June 1, 2011 @ 5:45 pm | Reply
    • Hi,

      I’ll check into this now. Sorry if you had any issue but we will fix it.

      June 1, 2011 @ 6:26 pm | Reply
      • Alex:

        I am trying to buy a VPS from you but no luck.
        I am hold for verification for “fraud” could you please check and see what is happening with your billing system.

        June 4, 2011 @ 7:51 am | Reply
    • A quick follow up phone call from Jonathan after paypal limited my account(too many VPS’s this month) and all sorted.

      dd if=/dev/zero of=/tmp/test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
      16384+0 records in
      16384+0 records out
      1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 7.28927 s, 147 MB/s
      wget http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
      --2011-06-01 19:34:01--  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: `100mb.test'
      100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 16.4M/s   in 5.9s    
      2011-06-01 19:34:07 (16.8 MB/s) - `100mb.test' saved [104857600/104857600]

      If it stays like this it is a definite keeper.

      June 1, 2011 @ 6:35 pm | Reply
  3. Francisco:
    root@uk5:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
    16384+0 records in
    16384+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 9.48169 s, 113 MB/s
    root@uk5:~# wget -O /dev/null http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    --2011-06-02 00:16:42--  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 21.7M/s   in 4.5s
    2011-06-02 00:16:46 (22.1 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]
    June 2, 2011 @ 12:25 am | Reply
    • Francisco:
      BYTE UNIX Benchmarks (Version 5.1.2)
         System: uk5: GNU/Linux
         OS: GNU/Linux -- 2.6.32-28-server -- #55-Ubuntu SMP Mon Jan 10 23:57:16 UTC 2011
         Machine: x86_64 (unknown)
         Language: en_US.utf8 (charmap="UTF-8", collate="UTF-8")
         CPU 0: QEMU Virtual CPU version 0.9.1 (4788.1 bogomips)
                x86-64, MMX, Physical Address Ext, SYSENTER/SYSEXIT, SYSCALL/SYSRET
         00:24:16 up 36 min,  2 users,  load average: 0.08, 0.02, 0.01; runlevel 2
      Benchmark Run: Thu Jun 02 2011 00:24:16 - 00:48:21
      1 CPU in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests
      Dhrystone 2 using register variables       25094103.1 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      Double-Precision Whetstone                     2966.0 MWIPS (9.5 s, 7 samples)
      Execl Throughput                               3322.4 lps   (29.8 s, 2 samples)
      Pipe Throughput                             1826342.0 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      Pipe-based Context Switching                 299087.2 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      Process Creation                              10325.7 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
      Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                   4635.9 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
      Shell Scripts (16 concurrent)                   300.4 lpm   (60.1 s, 2 samples)
      Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                    591.5 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
      System Call Overhead                        3391786.8 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
      System Benchmarks Partial Index              BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
      Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   25094103.1   2150.3
      Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0       2966.0    539.3
      Execl Throughput                                 43.0       3322.4    772.7
      Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    1826342.0   1468.1
      Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0     299087.2    747.7
      Process Creation                                126.0      10325.7    819.5
      Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4       4635.9   1093.4
      Shell Scripts (16 concurrent)                     ---        300.4      ---
      Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0        591.5    985.9
      System Call Overhead                          15000.0    3391786.8   2261.2
      System Benchmarks Index Score (Partial Only)                         1077.9
      June 2, 2011 @ 12:57 am | Reply
  4. In second month with these guys on KVM (very solid service) and now using their XEN HVM (rock solid). No issues ever. Support is quick and decent.

    June 2, 2011 @ 10:59 am | Reply
  5. ordered one, hope will be fast and stable

    root@no:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
    dd: writing `test': No space left on device
    3386+0 records in
    3385+0 records out
    221888512 bytes (222 MB) copied, 3.9876 s, 55.6 MB/s
    June 2, 2011 @ 3:41 pm | Reply
    • Interesting to see that you have already used up 16GB of storage, after you have just ordered…

      June 3, 2011 @ 12:55 am | Reply
      • 16 Gb of storage has not been used but the space on this partition has been used up. The host node has 3.5 Tb of RAID 10 storage so plenty of space even for clients that want to upgrade their storage.

        June 3, 2011 @ 7:16 am | Reply
  6. CPS:

    Wow, i didn’t notice you were from threhosthouse.co.uk Jonathan. :D glad to see you here..

    June 3, 2011 @ 9:19 am | Reply
  7. Paul:

    Also in my 2nd month from their previous KVM offering. Good performance, no downtime, quick support responses. Can’t ask for more at this price!

    June 4, 2011 @ 1:18 am | Reply
  8. Alex:

    I am trying to buy a VPS from you but no luck.
    I am hold for verification for “fraud” could you please check and see what is happening with your billing system.
    I have opened a ticket about 2 hours ago: #653773
    Or if I am doing something wrong please let me know.

    June 4, 2011 @ 7:58 am | Reply
    • About 2 hours ago was 7am in the uk, as far as I am aware they do not have 24/7 support. I would give it a few more hours, I am sure Jonathan will sort it soon.

      June 4, 2011 @ 8:11 am | Reply
      • Alex:

        The problem is that I’ve tried a few days ago and I got the same answer from the billing system.

        June 4, 2011 @ 8:14 am | Reply
  9. jonathan Hamon:

    Anyone with problems with fraud flagging will needto submit government issued photoID scan to a ticket. Where possible don’t use free email addresses and make sure you select your country correctly.

    June 5, 2011 @ 12:16 pm | Reply
  10. Minhajul:

    One of the worst support system i ever got. I will inform lowendbox to remove this listing from your website. After reading here i bought their service and here is what is experienced:

    1. I paid but the status is not paid.
    2. I opened a support ticket.
    3. I got a reply after 24 hours asking my invoice details.
    4. Posted invoice details in support ticket then i got the VPS details in my mail.
    5. I tried to login to my control panel without any luck.
    6. I opened another support ticket without any luck.

    I think i am going to rob out. So their service is not recommended at all. I am a very big customer of VPS. I think it is better to use my old provider.


    June 6, 2011 @ 3:37 pm | Reply
    • Well, my experience is totally the opposite. Support replies within half an hour and my KVM and now XEN HVM are running smoothly.

      June 7, 2011 @ 7:37 am | Reply
      • Minhajul:

        Hi Asim,
        Then i think i am one of their special customer they don’t count. I am using Germany based server.

        I got another incident now:
        I opened a support ticket to change the rDNS setup. I read well and post the ticket according to their rules. I got replies after 2 or 3 hours. Good. But after 24 hrs the rDNS is still pending. It is not showing up. So i replied the ticket again and waiting for the response.

        I don’t know their server well, but i am indicating towards their poor support system. I hope it will be OK and i will get a good VPS provider for all my future needs.

        Thank you.

        June 7, 2011 @ 7:41 am | Reply
    • Jonathan Hamon:

      Your payment was via Alertpay I believe and I could not trace the payment which is why I asked for details but I did actually activate your VPS during this time, Since then I’ve also resent your login details and as requested setup your rDNS. Please bear in mind that sales and rDNS requests are not dealt with 24/7.

      June 7, 2011 @ 10:13 am | Reply
  11. Jonathan Hamon:

    I actually respind to your rDNS request within 90 minutes but these can take around 12 hours or sometimes longer to fully update on the internet.

    June 7, 2011 @ 10:00 am | Reply
    • Minhajul:

      Thanks Jonathan, i got it. Many hours past but still it is not updated, that is why i opened the ticket. Still it is not updated.

      June 7, 2011 @ 10:56 am | Reply
      • Jonathan Hamon:

        I’ve replied to all outstanding tickets but I think with your I need to raise this with the DC as the rDNS does not seemed to update yet. Apolgies for any delay in replying buy since this posting we have been getting sanything you to 15 new orders per day and lots of pre-sales enquiries. We are trying to process these ASAP.

        June 7, 2011 @ 11:10 am | Reply
  12. Jonathan Hamon:

    For sake of clarity rDNS and sales/pre-sales requests are NOT dealt with 24/7 These are dealt with during normal UK business hours of 1000 to 1800. Sometimes we will deal with these outside these hours but we don’t guarantee that.

    June 7, 2011 @ 10:56 am | Reply
    • rds100:

      Just automate it (the rDNS) and it will save you a lot of headache with impatient customers :)

      June 7, 2011 @ 11:44 am | Reply
      • Jonathan Hamon:


        Unfortunately the Datacentre will not delegate rDNS to us so everything must go through their system.

        June 7, 2011 @ 12:27 pm | Reply
  13. Minhajul:

    I can’t remember the URL, but they have a rDNS setup option in Solus VM. I just clicked that enter my rDNS setup and everything done. I did not use them only for high price.


    June 7, 2011 @ 1:48 pm | Reply
  14. proxima:


    If I choose quarterly billing and after the quarter choose annual billing will the discount continue? Also will the discount apply to upgrades taken at a later date?

    Thanks in advance

    June 13, 2011 @ 11:11 am | Reply
  15. jonathan Hamon:

    Providing you keep your account in good order then you’ll retain the discounts if you upgrade or downgrade resources or change payment term.

    June 13, 2011 @ 11:17 am | Reply
    • proxima:

      Thank-you for your reply. Will sign up tonight. May trial both kvm and xen for a quarter and see which one works for me.

      Last question are both these xen and kvm in the uk?


      June 13, 2011 @ 12:30 pm | Reply
      • Yes XEN, XEN HVM, and KVM are all in the UK. We offer openvz in USA, Germany, UK, and the Netherlands.

        June 13, 2011 @ 10:10 pm | Reply
        • proxima:

          I got the hvm yesterday. Haven’t really done anything with it. But seems very fast.


          June 14, 2011 @ 2:03 pm | Reply
  16. We did sell out of KVM VPS but as this promotion has proved very successful and there is still good demand I’ve added more special offer stock with the 40% recurring discount. Don’t miss out as although we will do more offers in the future these will be at a higher price.

    Stocks are also getting low on both the XEN and XEN HVM plans with the 50% recurring discount. With current order levels these will probably only last between 3 and 10 days.

    June 17, 2011 @ 10:42 pm | Reply
  17. Following client requests we’ve added a few more XEN PV templates as well but if you don’t see the one you want just open a Pre-Sales request with your needs and we will do our best to add it if possible. Over the past 6 weeks we have more than doubled the available XEN HVM and KVM ISOs available for installation.

    June 17, 2011 @ 10:45 pm | Reply
  18. cyakimov:

    4 days uptime? I was trying SSH to my VPS just to realize it was OFF! And It wont boot.

    June 22, 2011 @ 3:34 am | Reply
    • Hi,

      Network routing issues now resolved. There are a few VPSs where clients need to ensure network is correctly configured in VPS. If you still have any problems then please raise a support ticket with root login details.

      June 22, 2011 @ 5:08 pm | Reply
  19. proxima:

    Yeah I had same issue last night. Logged a ticket and Jonathan came back straight away and informed me that they were having some networking issues and were working to fix the problem.

    June 22, 2011 @ 8:53 am | Reply
    • Yup, Jonathan contacted me explaining the issue. I hope they fix the problem soon.

      June 22, 2011 @ 2:52 pm | Reply
      • Hi,

        Issues are fixed so if your VPS still has issues please create a support ticket giving your root login details. I think there are at most 3 clients with this issue. One has already been in touch. I emailed you Carlos several agos ago but haven’t had a reply back yet.

        June 22, 2011 @ 11:21 pm | Reply
        • proxima:

          Thanks. All seems fine now

          June 22, 2011 @ 11:57 pm | Reply
  20. We now have a US server online for KVM in our Scranton, PA Datacentre
    Test IP:

    Group order link updated – Just selected US KVM and this will be setup in the US DC https://secure.thehosthouse.co.uk/cart.php?gid=15

    Promotion codes KVMBETA 60% one time and KVMRECUR 40% recurring apply whilst stock lasts but only 12 VMs currently available so we expect to sell out fast.

    June 25, 2011 @ 10:48 pm | Reply
  21. Following success of these XEN HVM, XEN, and KVM promotions we are now low on stock so please don’t miss out. The maximum available accounts are as follows as of 1800 GMT 6th July 2011

    XEN HVM 8
    XEN PV 2
    KVM UK 15
    KVM US 12

    Don’t miss out while we are able to offer these high discounts.

    July 6, 2011 @ 6:18 pm | Reply
    • razor:

      Whether you plan to repeat this offer?

      December 5, 2011 @ 6:46 pm | Reply
  22. We have no plans to repeat the same offer as our nodes are near to capacity and our costs are rising. As some of you may be aware there is now a worldwide shortage of hard disks and price of 1TB hard disks have increased by at least $100 over the price a few months ago following the recent floods in Thailand.

    Please feel free to submit a pre-sales support ticket and I’ll see what I can offer you.

    December 5, 2011 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

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