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urgentVPS - €25/Year 256MB Xen VPS in Germany

urgentVPS Bret from urgentVPS emailed me last week that they have deployed a new hypervisor box for their Xen/OnApp-based VPS offerings, and they need to fill it up. So here’s the plan — “UV-PLAN0”, which would be €4.49/month (~USD$6.16), or €25/Year (~USD$34.32) when you use the code LOWENDBOX at checkout. Direct sign up link.

  • 256MB memory
  • 10GB storage
  • 250GB/month data transfer on 100Mbps
  • Xen/OnApp

Servers with Interwerk in Germany, and 40 are available at this price. They are using a SAN setup with OnApp. See previous post for comments and reviews, and some performance test at 96MB.com. urgentVPS is a UK company and has been around since 2009. They did have some data center move this year and hopefully things are settling down now.

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  1. littleguy:

    Sounds like a really nice offer! Any benchmarks?

    October 20, 2011 @ 1:31 pm | Reply
    • rkrazy:

      LEA posted the link to 96mb.com review

      October 20, 2011 @ 3:27 pm | Reply
  2. Indeed, looks pretty good. OnApp with SAN setup is awesome :-)

    October 20, 2011 @ 5:54 pm | Reply
  3. Free DirectAdmin licensing for the next 5 annual orders to come in as well – don’t select DirectAdmin when you order, just pop a ticket after ordering. I think I’m still over excited from my birthday celebrations this passing Tuesday! Don’t miss out!!! :-)

    October 20, 2011 @ 7:57 pm | Reply
  4. andy:

    do you offer win2k3 support?

    October 21, 2011 @ 12:54 am | Reply
    • Not on this plan unfortunately, it wouldn’t be enough to run Windows Server comfortably.

      October 21, 2011 @ 2:27 am | Reply
      • ab:

        just a curiosity, why do some europeans fully capitalise their last names? i see this occasionally and have been wondering why for a while

        October 21, 2011 @ 3:59 am | Reply
        • Yesterday some guy sent me a package with my last name wrong… A problem to get my stuff u_u

          No, I am not european :P But maybe is a good idea to write like that

          October 21, 2011 @ 4:13 am | Reply
  5. snape:

    At the risk of being ‘that guy’… any chance of native IPv6 with this?

    October 21, 2011 @ 4:24 am | Reply
  6. Luca87:


    Can i use tun modules for openvpn?
    And could you provide a test file?


    October 21, 2011 @ 4:37 pm | Reply
  7. Erik H:

    Getting error when using LOWENDBOX as code for signup.

    The promotion code you entered has been applied to your cart but no items qualify for the discount yet – please check the promotion terms

    Entering the Direct sign up link.

    October 21, 2011 @ 8:48 pm | Reply
    • Make sure you’re choosing the annual payment option, Erik – that coupon only works for UV-PLAN0 on an annual payment term :-)

      October 21, 2011 @ 11:01 pm | Reply
  8. Last 3 DA licenses available to be issued free of charge :)

    October 22, 2011 @ 3:43 pm | Reply
    • vedran:

      DA license free for the whole year? :o

      October 22, 2011 @ 3:53 pm | Reply
  9. I can see it’s all done for you, enjoy your new server – let us know what you think!

    October 22, 2011 @ 4:20 pm | Reply
  10. vedran:

    I just noticed my VPS comes with 3 IP addresses, is that normal? Not that I’m complaining >_>

    October 22, 2011 @ 4:22 pm | Reply
    • Yup, all normal – I’m not 100% sure if I sent the correct information to LEA when I sent it through, but we’ve always done 3 IP addresses per VM as standard :-)

      October 22, 2011 @ 4:24 pm | Reply
      • Miguel Ângelo Santos Pereira / MrGeneral:

        That’s a pretty good feature from you :-)
        IP’s are useful and it’s awesome for DNS Servers and such

        October 22, 2011 @ 4:36 pm | Reply
  11. Miguel Ângelo Santos Pereira / MrGeneral:

    Let us know how it goes :-), any new benchmarks?

    October 22, 2011 @ 4:24 pm | Reply
  12. vedran:

    Preliminary tests:

    # 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, 16.7637 s, 64.1 MB/s
    # wget http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    --2011-10-22 16:29:25--  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: â100mb.testâ
    100%[===========================================================================>] 104,857,600 6.76M/s   in 15s
    2011-10-22 16:29:43 (6.81 MB/s) - â100mb.testâ

    Quite good if you ask me.

    October 22, 2011 @ 4:31 pm | Reply
    • Miguel Ângelo Santos Pereira / MrGeneral:

      Indeed, looks like it worths the price.
      I was expecting much more from the dd test though, since they’re using OnApp, SAN storage I guess.

      October 22, 2011 @ 4:37 pm | Reply
      • vedran:

        I’ve seen better but I’ve also seen much worse. If it can stay at that level I’ll be more than happy.

        October 22, 2011 @ 4:41 pm | Reply
        • Miguel Ângelo Santos Pereira / MrGeneral:

          For sure, it worths the price as I said :-)

          Good luck with it and best luck for UrgentVPS as well.

          October 22, 2011 @ 4:41 pm | Reply
        • We’ll take a look, we usually expect results of around 100MB/s however it’s not always the greatest test to do to get the full picture. It’s more than likely the wave of new clients running the same test and all configuring their containers at the same time, but that’s no excuse! We’ll look into it :-)

          October 22, 2011 @ 4:52 pm | Reply
        • Miguel Ângelo Santos Pereira / MrGeneral:

          I’ve benchmarked several OnApp providers and I think that 100MB/s is quite standard. Let us know any news about it! :-)

          October 22, 2011 @ 5:00 pm | Reply
  13. Only 1 DirectAdmin license left :-) Be fast!

    October 22, 2011 @ 8:45 pm | Reply
  14. Just a quick notice – unfortunately all DirectAdmin licenses were taken (extremely quickly, too!) but on the plus side, we’ve now introduce a FreeBSD OS image on our system for all you BSD fans :-)

    October 23, 2011 @ 1:32 pm | Reply
    • Wait, people actually use DirectAdmin or were they value added? :)

      Always been curious about the real demand for it as a panel, I know we’ve only had a small hand full of people ever want it.


      October 23, 2011 @ 1:47 pm | Reply
      • ab:

        DA is much better than cPanel IMO, loads faster, less resource usage, and doesn’t treat you like that much of an idiot.. at least you can add PTR, AAAA, etc as an enduser, unlike cPanel

        October 23, 2011 @ 1:48 pm | Reply
        • Oh I know it’s much faster, it doesn’t drag like cpanel and uses way less just I’ve never really seen many people bite for it.

          It’s a shame really!


          October 23, 2011 @ 1:59 pm | Reply
        • Our soccer moms seem to prefer it. Some of them got lost quite often with Cpanel when we used to offer it.

          DA still has issues but seems to be better organized for folks.

          October 23, 2011 @ 2:46 pm | Reply
      • We actually have quite a few clients that choose DirectAdmin (although whether it’s because the licensing is cheaper, I don’t know!) for their servers. I know I enjoy using it on my own test server! :-)

        October 23, 2011 @ 2:48 pm | Reply
        • Mark:

          I need technical support and have been trying to get somebody’s support yesterday and today… over 21h downtime already without any response.

          October 25, 2011 @ 11:30 am | Reply
        • Mark:

          Bret, the servers are very fast but something else is bugging me. I need technical support and have been trying to get somebody’s attention, yesterday and today… now I already have over 21h downtime without any response. Oh and the phone is not being picked up. It’s not cheap to call from abroad.

          October 25, 2011 @ 11:31 am | Reply
  15. Hi Mark,

    These are unmanaged services and you have console access to your container – have you tried troubleshooting your issue via the console that’s provided precisely for these issues?

    October 25, 2011 @ 12:12 pm | Reply
    • Mark:

      Hi, sorry for the earlier doublepost. Well, the server does not boot due to a kernel misconfiguration. Maybe you can take a look at ticket #112111?

      October 25, 2011 @ 12:16 pm | Reply
    • Mark:

      Bret, you gotta help me here. Nothing is worse than being ignored.

      October 25, 2011 @ 1:07 pm | Reply
      • vedran:

        If there is nothing important there or you have backup, you can always reimage and start again.

        October 25, 2011 @ 1:28 pm | Reply
        • Mark:

          Yes, at the moment it looks like that’s what I will do, even though I did a lot of work on the box. Fortunately I made an offsite backup.

          But, especially for new readers, I do want to note that urgentVPS is a great ISP with very nice VPS plans and very fast hardware. So I’m still a satisfied customer, the VPS problem was my own fault. As we say, “he who burns his own bum has to sit on the blisters.” :-)

          October 25, 2011 @ 1:32 pm | Reply
  16. We’re on the last 10 left of these, act quick :-)

    October 26, 2011 @ 12:54 pm | Reply
  17. michal:

    Whether they are still gratis DirectAdmin?

    October 26, 2011 @ 8:32 pm | Reply
  18. vedran:

    More tests:

    --- . (ext3 /dev/xvda1) ioping statistics ---
    10 requests completed in 9006.1 ms, 2055 iops, 8.0 mb/s
    min/avg/max/mdev = 0.3/0.5/0.6/0.1 ms
    # 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, 21.3492 s, 50.3 MB/s
    # wget -O /dev/null http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    --2011-10-27 17:25:18--  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 6.42M/s   in 15s
    2011-10-27 17:25:34 (6.50 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]

    Performance is not the best I’ve seen but it’s quite consistent which is good IMHO.

    October 27, 2011 @ 3:28 pm | Reply
    • There was a slight error in the post above, UV-PLAN0 VMs are actually on 50Mbit ports, so you’re near enough maxing out the connection you’ve been given to your container :-) We’re doing some work on our SAN in the next month or so (dates haven’t been set in stone just yet) which will greatly improve the bandwidth and space available within the pool so an exciting end to the year for us!

      October 27, 2011 @ 3:30 pm | Reply
  19. Only a few of these left now, be quick to grab one before we sell out!

    October 29, 2011 @ 9:48 am | Reply
  20. Some more tests…
    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, 12.1238 seconds, 88.6 MB/s
    and speed….
    wget -O /dev/null http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    –2011-11-01 05:26:18– 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 6.77M/s in 15s

    2011-11-01 05:26:33 (6.82 MB/s) – `/dev/null’ saved [104857600/104857600]

    Seams to ne in UK not germany…. Traceroute not permited…

    October 31, 2011 @ 9:28 pm | Reply
    • Servers are all in our Frankfurt, Germany datacentre – however our IP range is registered to our office in the United Kingdom :-)

      October 31, 2011 @ 9:29 pm | Reply
      • But why no traceroute?
        So far this seams like excellent VPS for website, some tweaking and works great… Support is there when u need it.

        October 31, 2011 @ 9:33 pm | Reply
        • We don’t restrict traceroutes at all :-)

          Tracing route to urgentvps.com []
          over a maximum of 30 hops:
            1     2 ms     1 ms     1 ms  myrouter.home []
            2    26 ms    24 ms    24 ms  xxxxxxxxxxx [xxxxxxx]
            3    25 ms    24 ms    24 ms  xxxxxxxx
            4    40 ms    39 ms    39 ms
            5    39 ms    38 ms    36 ms  ge1-0.ar2.lon2.gblx.net []
            6    50 ms    49 ms    51 ms  link11-gmbh.tengigabitethernet9-2.ar4.cdg2.gblx.
          net []
            7    49 ms    49 ms    50 ms  www.urgentvps.com []
          October 31, 2011 @ 9:35 pm | Reply
  21. Yep i am stupid…. Forgot firewall… LEA please delete my stupid posts including this one…

    October 31, 2011 @ 9:39 pm | Reply
  22. Cam:

    Signed up, seems pretty nice. If the test continues well, may use them for my other stuff.

    November 1, 2011 @ 2:56 am | Reply
  23. Out of Stock

    November 1, 2011 @ 12:19 pm | Reply
  24. Yannovitch:

    I bought one UV-PLAN0 from you and I’m really happy with this offer !
    I would like to buy more plans now but unfortunately, it looks like you are out of stock.
    Any chance to see this offer coming back again ?


    November 1, 2011 @ 12:57 pm | Reply
    • We’re looking to see if we can make a few more available, we’ll know more later on once we’ve looked into it. It may only be 5 VMs at most, however – but we’ll let you guys know when we have more stock available :-)

      November 1, 2011 @ 1:43 pm | Reply
      • Yannovitch:

        Okay, nice =).
        Let me know as soon as you can, I wanna buy 2 or 3 =).


        November 1, 2011 @ 2:24 pm | Reply
  25. Mark Webb:

    “Out of Stock” that’s sad.

    I would really like to see this offer get re-stocked.

    – Any benchmarks for UV-PLAN0?
    – Will it be possible to host a website/forum on it with 1000 to 2500 visitors per month as it’s “250GB/month data transfer”. I’ll be using NGINX and VanillaForum.
    – CPU Info please.

    November 1, 2011 @ 1:28 pm | Reply
    • processor : 0
      vendor_id : GenuineIntel
      cpu family : 6
      model : 26
      model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5520 @ 2.27GHz
      stepping : 5
      cpu MHz : 2266.746
      cache size : 8192 KB
      fdiv_bug : no
      hlt_bug : no
      f00f_bug : no
      coma_bug : no
      fpu : yes
      fpu_exception : yes
      cpuid level : 11
      wp : yes
      flags : fpu de tsc msr pae cx8 apic cmov pat clflush acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht nx constant_tsc up nonstop_tsc pni ssse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt [8]
      bogomips : 5666.69

      Benchmarks above

      November 1, 2011 @ 9:29 pm | Reply
    • We have 2 left, so be quick if you want to grab one! :-) We plan on adding some more stock in the next couple of weeks, however the hypervisors we allocated to UV-PLAN0’s are near enough full, we may be able to re-arrange a few things and make a couple more available but obviously with Xen (the way we run it!) you can’t do an OpenVZ and oversubscribe the memory. If you manage to grab one of the last 2, let us know what you think!

      November 1, 2011 @ 9:31 pm | Reply
  26. Yannovitch:

    Where is it available ?

    November 1, 2011 @ 3:05 pm | Reply
  27. Yannovitch:

    The link up there ( http://secure.urgentvps.com/cart.php?a=add&pid=1&billing=annually&promocode=LOWENDBOX ) say me “Fraud Check – Out of Stock”
    :'( :'(

    November 1, 2011 @ 3:19 pm | Reply
  28. Well, those 3 went extremely quickly – we’ve managed to re-arrange another 2 after cancellations / non-payment but these will be the last 2 for a few days until new nodes can be provisioned!

    November 1, 2011 @ 3:37 pm | Reply
    • Finn:

      @Bret: any word on when you might be done w/ the provisioning?

      November 4, 2011 @ 9:54 pm | Reply
      • Hi Finn,

        Unfortunately at the moment we’re unable to provide any more UV-PLAN0s on the special annual LEB pricing, however we do have 6 in stock at the monthly price of €4.49 or at the original price of €39.95. We hope to run another LEB special over the next month or so :-)


        November 24, 2011 @ 1:15 pm | Reply
  29. i just noticed, it is stated

    256MB memory
    10GB storage
    250GB/month data transfer on 100Mbps

    But transfer is at 50mbps. Is error on LEB side?

    November 24, 2011 @ 1:22 pm | Reply
    • I think LEA went from our previous e-mails to him (although I’m not 100% sure) as I believe my last e-mail to him was written with a 50Mbit port :-) Just to confirm that these VMs are on 50Mbit ports, not 100!

      November 24, 2011 @ 1:23 pm | Reply
  30. Mark:

    A ping to a very large and reliable site nearby shows:

    99 packets transmitted, 34 packets received, 65.7% packet loss
    round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 7.862/10.008/68.782/10.233 ms

    This is a very common thing for urgentVPS in my experience… low bandwidth and slow servers. When I started my contract October 25th everything was extremely fast. I think the boxes might be overcommited, because “fast” and “reliable” have both declined ever since. Support is o.k. (well, you get some reaction anyway) but speed and reliability must be improved, not unimproved.

    November 25, 2011 @ 11:29 pm | Reply
    • Mark:

      I’ve received a reply from Bret and for transparency I’ll post it here:

      “We’re continuing to work with our transit providers to determine the possible reasons behind the re-occurring problems. We apologise for the inconvenience caused and hope to have a fix for this as soon as possible.”

      Thanks, Bret, for acknowledging and working on this. Problems happen but they are less frustrating when they’re acknowledged and will be resolved.

      November 26, 2011 @ 1:20 pm | Reply
      • Hi Mark,

        First off apologies for the issues that you’ve experienced since you’ve been a client with us, this is not the norm and something that we’re working hard on rectifying. In regards to being over committed, this simply isn’t the case. Hardware is 100% non oversold on our infrastructure, we don’t utilise the “balloon” feature to oversell RAM on Xen either so what you pay for is what you’re receiving and what has been allocated to you on one of our hypervisors :-)

        For people that were interested in picking up one of these offers that missed out before due to being sold out, there’s some good news for you as we’ve stocked a further 10 at the special LEB pricing (use the code located in the original post at the top or use the direct order link LEA has provided which will automatically honour the discount) so hopefully people that missed out before can get one now.

        In regards to the network issue, we believe we’ve tracked it down and techs are working to resolve this shortly. We will provide a further update momentarily.

        November 28, 2011 @ 3:50 pm | Reply
        • Mark:

          Hi Bret,

          Yes, I have to take that remark I made earlier back with regards to the actual speed of the VPS. There are indeed networking issues, but I have compiled a few applications and this went with the same speed (of lightning ;) ) as before. Sorry about that, good luck fixing the network issue.

          November 28, 2011 @ 4:13 pm | Reply
      • Everything should now be fixed regarding the network – do let us know if you encounter any further issues :-)

        November 28, 2011 @ 8:03 pm | Reply
  31. Just a note, we now have 9 UV-PLAN0s available and as a special offer again we’ll provide the next 3 signups for the plan with DirectAdmin for the life of the account! :-) Be fast as I’m sure they’ll go extremely quickly again!

    November 29, 2011 @ 12:11 am | Reply
  32. Patrick:

    Don’t trust this hoster as if you ” ever ” do a full year paiement, they may delete your account for about 3 months after the paiement and **** you around for the time left on your subscrition.

    If you are wondering, yes, i’m hangry at this hoster as i’ve sent many mail, even had Bret online telling : ” he will do a check ” and the last time than i checked, they simply closed the ticket.

    January 2, 2012 @ 3:53 pm | Reply
    • Mark:

      I agree. This hoster is focusing on getting new customers but not keeping old customers. I have rented two VPS systems and BOTH have had massive file loss rendering the systems unusable — only a reinstall was possible. The hoster does not respond to queries. and while I have been very patient I have no choice but to mark their service as a malpractice. Lawyers are currently looking into that.

      Oh yeah, they said that they could not respond in a reasonable amount of time because it was christmas. What a joke. This ISP won’t last another year, I promise you that. Unless they get their act together and learn about quality service and customer care.

      January 3, 2012 @ 1:35 pm | Reply
      • TVZ:

        Hi all, we’re typing this four people, we’re members of a larger group of both hobbyists and IT pros. We want to seriously warn you — do NOT trust this company UrgentVPS!

        We have three low end vps boxes with urgentvps which we found via this site. We started with the most basic setup and get familiar with them first, if happy we agreed to update to a larger hosting plan… after all no man would bet all of his hard earned money on one horse especially if you don’t know the horse!

        So now is a few months later and we unanimously agree to one thing: urgentVPS is crap to the max!! Their servers are slow as hell, frequent ping timeouts, bandwidth of 5kB/sec, CPU made of card board because compiling even a simple program takes forever!

        Then the guys who apparently run this company, they’re rude and obnoxious teenagers with no clue! They hardly ever respond to tickets apart from telling you one thing, is ‘thanks for your ticket, i have forwarded it to my collegue’ but then there won’t be a reply anymore!

        We did not really have data loss like Mark but we’re not surprised! Unless you consider this data loss: type something, wait five minutes and see it appear on your screen!

        The worst thing that happened is this: our security pro did a few simple tests and within five minutes he found issues that made him so angry he stopped testing and won’t reconnect. This guy is a professional doing pen testing for lots of companies. He found that ssh root access is enabled by default and, get this, there is an entry in root’s .ssh/authorized_keys file!!!

        We moved our important stuff out of the way and we’re just going to use these servers for educational purposes until the contract expires. Someone should audit this company and publish the results!

        So if you were thinking about choosing this provider: don’t!!!

        January 29, 2012 @ 6:04 pm | Reply
        • snape:

          My experience was actually that the service was mostly okay. Until about two weeks ago, when a SAN problem destroyed my VPS’ filesystem. Put in a ticket to have it reimaged… a day later, it was re-imaged.

          A week later, the SAN broke and the filesystem is corrupt. Again.

          Bye-bye, urgentVPS.

          February 3, 2012 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

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