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TortoiseLabs - $6.45/Month 512MB RAM Xen VPS in LA, FL, TX, CHI and London

William, from TortoiseLabs, has sent in some a rather unique offer for LEB readers in 5 locations worldwide. This offer while under their TortoiseCloud product are not based off their usual SAN setup, but it is nevertheless a great offer.

LEB 2013

  • 512MB RAM
  • 512MB vSwap
  • 30GB Disk Space
  • 8 vCPU cores
  • 20Mbit dedicated (1Gbit best effort)
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • 1 IPv6 Address (/128)
  • Xen/Custom panel
  • $6.45/Month
  • Order here: (LA, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, London)
  • Promo code: LEB2013

TortoiseLabs was founded in January 2012, but began operating in October 2012. Whilst they’re registered as an LLC, that LLC is dormant due to not trading in their financial year 2012. They have mentioned moving the LLC to Georgia due to “an interest in a datacenter project in Atlanta” at the end of August. They are not new to the hosting industry, as they were a part of the team at RapidXen, who were featured here a handful of times in the past, until Enzu bought it out. Interestingly enough, they also have their own custom control panel with interactive graphs, remote cloning, OS installs from scratch [no templates], websockets-based serial console. More information is on their website. Most of their code is open source too! There aren’t many reviews out yet, but in general everything seems positve, do leave your experiences below if you have any.

TortoiseLabs accept payments via PayPal and Bitcoins, their refund policy is pro-rated unless it’s within a week where you recieve 100% of your money back. A TL;DR of their TOS/AUP is basically everything apart from spam and illegal materials in the US and also the location you choose, open proxies, tor exit nodes and “penetration-testing tools” without explicit consent. Their full and rather to the point legal documents are available here. For the hipsters out there, they also have support for Arch Linux!

Network Information:

LAX|| http://lax.speedtest.tortois.es/1gb.bin| Looking Glass| Enzu LAX2 datacenter, 530 W 6th
MIA|| http://mia.speedtest.tortois.es/1gb.bin| Looking Glass| Telx with Enzu IP transit
LHR|| http://lhr.speedtest.tortois.es/1gb.bin| Looking Glass| Telehouse Docklands via Redstation

An instance of Smokeping is running in each location here.


  1. Total (USD):$6.45 is not $6.50/Month

    August 25, 2013 @ 11:03 pm | Reply
  2. sundaymouse:

    This is a comment.

    August 25, 2013 @ 11:03 pm | Reply
  3. “but began operating in October 2013.” May want to get that fixed :)

    August 25, 2013 @ 11:22 pm | Reply
    • You saw nothing! It’s what happens when you write offers the previous night at 3AM and don’t check over them.

      August 26, 2013 @ 12:25 am | Reply
  4. circus:

    @TortoiseLabs I thought you hates LEB :P

    August 26, 2013 @ 1:51 am | Reply
  5. Spry:

    Is the owner of Tortoiselabs an Admin on Freenode IRC Network?

    The name ‘nenolod’ & ‘william’ sounds very familiar.

    August 26, 2013 @ 1:59 am | Reply
    • I don’t have any formal involvement in Freenode for many years (although there was a brief cameo for a while when they were reorganizing things after lilo passed away).

      I do, however, serve as the project leader of atheme, which has several activities involving IRC which freenode either participates in or benefits from. Those are:

      * the atheme irc services and charybdis ircd projects (freenode runs on these codebases with some local changes)
      * the IRCv3 standards process
      * the facilitation and network support activity (this facilitates giving certain select networks more direct access to atheme activities, processes and consulting. this is something that is done for larger and serious networks only)

      If you have any questions, feel free to ask a freenode staff member or an atheme member about the relationship between both groups.

      August 26, 2013 @ 7:56 am | Reply
  6. 1da:

    8 Cores

    Do yourll allow Cpu Intensive Application ?
    What is your Cpu Model ?

    August 26, 2013 @ 10:12 am | Reply
  7. Joe Merit:

    “This offer while under their TortoiseCloud product are not based off their usual SAN setup”, so if I pay 30 cents more for the “other offer”, do I get the SAN setup ?

    August 26, 2013 @ 11:11 am | Reply
    • This is in contrast to the old offers we were doing as part of the RapidXen team which were SAN-backed. However, we are looking at possibly doing Infiniband-based SAN in the next couple of months.

      August 26, 2013 @ 12:50 pm | Reply
  8. The website looks nice, but you can make it a bit more responsive. :)

    August 26, 2013 @ 11:36 am | Reply
  9. Tom:

    I’m confused, any of the offers mentioned here are on your own hardware or this all leased?

    August 26, 2013 @ 11:41 am | Reply
    • Tom:

      Got it, leased it is, making it another worthless offer.

      August 27, 2013 @ 10:17 am | Reply
      • I don’t really understand how the nature of our business operations make it ‘another worthless offer’.

        The only problem that could occur due to leasing hardware is if we don’t pay our bills on time… but we do.

        August 27, 2013 @ 9:40 pm | Reply
  10. Mohammed:


    August 26, 2013 @ 2:34 pm | Reply
  11. matt:

    CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1270 V2 @ 3.50GHz
    Number of cores : 8
    CPU frequency : 3500.086 MHz
    Total amount of ram : 998 MB
    Total amount of swap : 1023 MB
    System uptime : 1 min,
    Download speed from CacheFly: 21.6MB/s
    Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 7.50MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 13.0MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 3.47MB/s
    Download speed from i3d.net, NL: 1.81MB/s
    Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 1.84MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 2.18MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 10.8MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 41.7MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 4.19MB/s
    I/O speed : 41.4 MB/s

    August 28, 2013 @ 5:25 am | Reply
  12. Shivanthi:

    I’ve had two servers with TortoiseLabs, and although I don’t have either at this time, their service and support is exceptional. I encourage anyone considering this host to actually sign up and give them a try.

    August 29, 2013 @ 12:17 am | Reply
    • my experience is a bit different, I created a VPS, deleted it, got a credit, tried to order a new one and was asked to re-pay extra for it, contacted support who removed all the VPS invoices AND the credit so essentially I’ve spent money on absolutely nothing.

      August 30, 2013 @ 9:12 am | Reply
      • To be fair, you placed an order for a plan which was stock-restricted. The stock restricted plan was not covered by this promotion, technically.

        Your issue was related to a regression in the way that pypy’s Decimal object worked, verses CPython. This issue has since been fixed, but you would have been invoiced either way, see (1). This required removing your old orders in their entirety.

        I wound up giving you a full service credit for the month. This required a new invoice to be created, so we were waiting on you.

        August 30, 2013 @ 10:01 pm | Reply
  13. fisle:

    Any promo codes to 1024MB plans? Would be great :)

    August 29, 2013 @ 2:19 pm | Reply
    • matt:

      Use the same code. Worked for me.

      August 30, 2013 @ 2:56 am | Reply
  14. Yumi:

    Dont understand this line:
    20Mbit dedicated (1Gbit best effort)
    What does it mean? 20Mbit is dedicated, but it may be faster?

    August 30, 2013 @ 11:55 am | Reply
  15. Krothic:

    Out of curiosity, is it possible to switch the resources on your VPS on the fly considering it’s supposedly a “cloud” platform, or is the whole “cloud platform” just a marketing thing?

    September 3, 2013 @ 11:57 am | Reply
  16. So the bandwidth is unlimited?

    October 2, 2013 @ 2:20 am | Reply

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