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VPS.CO.ZA – A LowEndBox in South Africa!

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: February 20, 2013 @ 2:29 pm, by Liam

I’ve wanted to share this with you for ages. It’s been very hard not to spill the beans! After several weeks of communication, we have our very first South African and our second ever African LowEndBox provider! VPS.co.za have came up with these three very special LowEndBox offers located in Cape Town, South Africa.

LE1

  • 128MB RAM
  • 256MB vSwap
  • Dual Xeon 2.40Ghz
  • 10GB Diskspace
  • 10GB Bandwidth
  • Xen/SolusVM
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • R25.00 Monthly
  • ($2.80~)
  • Order now
LE2

  • 256MB RAM
  • 512MB vSwap
  • Dual Xeon 2.40Ghz
  • 25GB Diskspace
  • 25GB Bandwidth
  • Xen/SolusVM
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • R50.00/Monthly
  • ($5.60~ Monthly)
  • Order now
LE3

  • 384MB RAM
  • 768MB vSwap
  • Dual Xeon 2.40Ghz
  • 50GB Diskspace
  • 50GB Bandwidth
  • Xen/SolusVM
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • R65.00/Monthly
  • ($7.00 Monthly~)
  • Order now

Bandwidth in South Africa is very expensive. Many companies are selling bandwidth for $0.80 to $1.15 per GB.

Cape Town based VPS.co.za have been providing virtualized services since 2004 and are South Africa’s oldest VPS Provider. Until recently, VPS.co.za operated as virtualservers.co.za. They’ve created this special page for their LowEndBox promotion. VPS.co.za are 100% privately owned and these specials will be provided off one of their fully owned Dual Xeon E5645 2.40GHz nodes. In case this is not what you’re after, they also offer larger xen servers and cloud servers. Make sure you post your benchmarks and comments below!

Please don’t moan about the bandwidth. Most other South African VPS providers charge an arm and a leg for their services. VPS.CO.ZA have invested their time and money to make this possible for you guys! Unfortunately bandwidth is very expensive in South Africa, as mentioned above, otherwise they would of wilfully provided more. Consider looking at some of their other plans if you need more :)

Network Information:

Servers are colocated at the MWEB datacenter in Cape Town, South Africa.

Test IPv4: 197.85.190.251 or 196.41.139.42
Test File: http://mwebcpt.speedtest.vps.co.za/test.zip

68 Comments

  1. Roph:

    I see the note about bandwidth, but still, that is just pathetic.

    You couldn’t even use up the space on your server in a month because you’d go over your limit.

    February 20, 2013 @ 2:35 pm | Reply
    • Hi Roph, sorry to hear that you feel that way but if you’re not happy with such a small package, check out our Cloud Servers that include 100GB+ traffic(monthly) per account.

      February 20, 2013 @ 2:40 pm | Reply
    • MrBurns:

      This is South Africa for crying out loud. Did you not see that most providers charge $1 per GB of transfer? This is cheap comparatively. The people that have a need for this will be very happy to see it.

      February 20, 2013 @ 3:58 pm | Reply
      • SuchIsLife:

        To call something/someone pathetic when you have no knowledge of that field..shows what kind of person you are :/

        Good luck vps.co.za I hope the prices of bandwidth grow smaller as more people use it.

        February 20, 2013 @ 9:59 pm | Reply
      • Spirit:

        @Roph take into account that usually you can’t get even ordinary small WEBHOSTING plan in this price range. So as much as it look pathetic for spoiled LEB community it’s about paying with purpose. Or you would rather pay 5$ for lets say some webhosting account with 5GB Bandwidth in South Africa?

        @Liam good work. Now lets find us some Norway or Finland ;-)

        February 20, 2013 @ 11:02 pm | Reply
        • SuchIsLife:

          Spoiled sounds about right. Young folk forget how it was back in the days :)

          February 21, 2013 @ 8:05 am | Reply
  2. Oliver:

    Nice work.

    Has every continent been covered now? Or are we still waiting for something from South America?

    February 20, 2013 @ 4:33 pm | Reply
    • LowEndCriticus:

      You forgot Antarctica and the drones flyging at low orbit.

      February 20, 2013 @ 5:55 pm | Reply
      • Oliver:

        Ahh yes I did! I suspect bandwidth would be expensive in Antarctica. Maybe the reduced cooling costs in a DC there could compensate for that somehow?

        February 21, 2013 @ 8:03 am | Reply
      • Lucas:

        Sounds cool :-) LEB in Antarctica,true offshore and green powered. Isle Of Man with Edis pissed off :-D

        February 21, 2013 @ 7:41 pm | Reply
  3. rzlosty:

    Looks good :) I like seeing offers that have a little bit of something different…

    Why is bandwidth so expensive in South Africa can anyone explain?

    February 20, 2013 @ 4:40 pm | Reply
    • It’s a long history with Telkom (the (once) monopoly telecoms network) having set the standard. Over the past few years things have come down in price dramatically. At one stage we used to pay ~104USD for a 512k ADSL line rental ONLY (no bandwidth!). A single GB account was around ~15USD/monthly! In terms of hosting, some providers were charging ~30USD/GB during the same time period. (using an exchange rate of 6.5ZAR to 1USD which it was around the same time) – times have sure changed :)

      February 20, 2013 @ 5:10 pm | Reply
  4. How nice to see a south african offer. I have a few co-workers from SA. Added you to z1s.org monitoring, see how the latency from Italy is: http://z1s.org/dashboard/checks/5124fcd47f6c975d2a0011e8 (test ip), homepage: http://z1s.org/dashboard/checks/5124fcf97f6c975d2a001432 and Solusvm: http://z1s.org/dashboard/checks/5124fd2e7f6c975d2a001623

    February 20, 2013 @ 4:45 pm | Reply
    • Thank you for your kind words – excellent, we look forward to seen the graphs :)

      February 20, 2013 @ 4:48 pm | Reply
  5. Great offer!
    Here is our ping test from worldwide points (already with a node in ZA):
    https://www.wipmania.com/ping/cache/197.85.190.251/?c=d885d6898844527

    February 20, 2013 @ 5:12 pm | Reply
    • Thank you :) – I am keen to know where your Cape Town node is hosted?

      February 20, 2013 @ 6:42 pm | Reply
      • It’s your node :) formerly we have it at Hetzner in Johannesburg

        February 20, 2013 @ 6:55 pm | Reply
        • awesome! glad you enjoying the service. Drop us a mail/live chat – would love to know who you are :)

          February 20, 2013 @ 7:10 pm | Reply
  6. Mark Bailey:

    Just curious, are these Xen or OpenVZ? I know it says Xen, but it also mentions vSwap (which I thought only applied to OpenVZ).

    Please clarify.

    Thanks,

    Mark

    February 20, 2013 @ 5:15 pm | Reply
  7. Lucas:

    What begin exactly IP subnet on VPS nodes – 197 or 196?

    February 20, 2013 @ 5:22 pm | Reply
    • rm:

      I wonder too, because these two test IPs have very differing routes for me.

      February 20, 2013 @ 5:54 pm | Reply
      • I’m very keen to know about the “very different routing” that you are seen?

        February 20, 2013 @ 6:40 pm | Reply
      • It’s different only on the way to London (redundant AS-Paths via Transtelecom and Retn), next are the same routers.

        February 20, 2013 @ 7:04 pm | Reply
        • William:

          Yep, same route – it’s inside your ISPs BGP until the LINX port in London.

          February 20, 2013 @ 7:09 pm | Reply
        • rm:

          Different a bit past London too, see hops 8-9-10 on 2nd trace, they aren’t on the 1st one.

          February 20, 2013 @ 7:49 pm | Reply
        • William:

          Any updates of Wipmania soon? The last DB is now over a year old..

          February 21, 2013 @ 7:34 am | Reply
  8. William:

    Got one for the sake of it, paid yearly by CC, no issues (payment processed by a larger bank on their own gateway, should be fine and not get stolen)

    ping 197.85.186.11

    February 20, 2013 @ 6:30 pm | Reply
    • Can assure you it won’t be stolen :) – we do not store details and payments are handled by MyGate (first PCI compliant gateway in the country) and banked through First National Bank (fnb.co.za) which are one of the largest banks in South Africa – all proper.

      February 20, 2013 @ 6:39 pm | Reply
      • William:

        Not that i don’t trust you, just it’s commonplace to happen in Africa (same as in Italy by the way) :)

        February 20, 2013 @ 6:42 pm | Reply
        • I fully understand and don’t blame you.. even us living in South Africa get scammed by fellow neighbours..it’s big news here as it is world wide, all the time.

          February 20, 2013 @ 6:45 pm | Reply
  9. Lucas:

    Provision instant?

    February 20, 2013 @ 6:44 pm | Reply
  10. Lucas:

    Can get 196 IP subnet address if request?

    February 20, 2013 @ 6:51 pm | Reply
    • Sure, we can do this for you but not on the same node.

      February 20, 2013 @ 6:52 pm | Reply
      • Lucas:

        Thanks! What need to do for that? Create account and send request before pay invoice?

        February 20, 2013 @ 7:22 pm | Reply
      • Lucas:

        Can you reply or just joke? :)

        February 20, 2013 @ 9:34 pm | Reply
        • It’s pretty late in South Africa. Just send a ticket in and they’ll sort you out ;-)

          February 20, 2013 @ 10:16 pm | Reply
  11. Michelle Paretsky:

    Realistically, what could these be used for? The only thing I can think to use a 10 GB VPS for is IRC, and they don’t allow it, so I can’t possibly think of a valid use for these servers.

    February 20, 2013 @ 10:42 pm | Reply
    • t:

      Hosting a small website, using as a VPN for something that requires a ZA IP address, the ability to say you’ve got an LEB in ZA?

      February 21, 2013 @ 4:32 am | Reply
      • NStorm:

        Also some geo spread network tools, like wipmania.com mentioned here before or even probably things like Rage4 DNS. Something that doesn’t eats much bandwidth but requires different geolocation.

        February 21, 2013 @ 5:32 am | Reply
        • SuchIsLife:

          Go back to the days of dial up what kind of sites did they have back then…. Now think of this.. in many parts of South/North Africa dial up is what they use.

          February 21, 2013 @ 8:04 am | Reply
    • The advantage you get is that you can tell your friends you have a VPS in South Africa, isn’t cool enough? :) Another good use would be a DNS server.

      February 21, 2013 @ 7:02 am | Reply
      • rm:

        For total coolness replace all your boring USA/Europe VPSes with ones in Singapore, Chile, Iceland, Iran, and now South Africa. :)

        February 21, 2013 @ 9:17 am | Reply
        • Never thought replacing our 2-3 years uptime DNSes in Germany and UK with Iran and SA ones :)

          February 21, 2013 @ 5:21 pm | Reply
  12. rm:

    You can’t make this stuff up…
    http://ompldr.org/vaGpleA/2013-02-21T080554Z-vpscoza.png
    the stupid “Contact Us” widget pops up RIGHT IN FRONT of the “Terms of Service” link covering it, so there is no way to find or click that link… unless you hurry and click it in a short moment before the widget script has loaded.

    February 21, 2013 @ 8:08 am | Reply
  13. dirk:

    The 196 and 197 test IPs as in different AS-networks.
    AS10474 (the 197 test IP) also has ipv6-prefixes, does this mean you can also offer native ipv6 addresses?

    February 21, 2013 @ 11:46 am | Reply
    • Shade:

      Would be very nice if IPv6 is available. :)

      February 21, 2013 @ 12:14 pm | Reply
    • William:

      Unlikely, Hetzner ZA never offered IPv6.

      February 21, 2013 @ 2:52 pm | Reply
      • The datacenter is not yet IPv6 ready and will probably take a few years.

        February 21, 2013 @ 3:07 pm | Reply
  14. Emil Vals:

    So any reviews yet? Benchmarks?

    February 21, 2013 @ 11:54 am | Reply
    • SwordfishBE:

      CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5645 @ 2.40GHz
      Number of cores : 4
      CPU frequency : 2399.998 MHz
      Total amount of ram : 118 MB
      Total amount of swap : 255 MB
      System uptime : 3:02,
      Download speed : (589KB/s)
      I/O speed : 74.7MB/s

      February 21, 2013 @ 6:22 pm | Reply
  15. oh My God south Africa

    February 21, 2013 @ 2:02 pm | Reply
  16. 1Gbit Germany server:

    –2013-02-21 17:18:00– http://mwebcpt.speedtest.vps.co.za/test.zip
    Resolving mwebcpt.speedtest.vps.co.za… 196.41.139.41
    Connecting to mwebcpt.speedtest.vps.co.za|196.41.139.41|:80… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 200 OK
    Length: 104874425 (100M) [application/zip]
    Saving to: “test.zip”

    100%[==========================================================================================================================================================================================================================>] 104,874,425 4.60M/s in 24s

    2013-02-21 17:18:25 (4.18 MB/s) – “test.zip” saved [104874425/104874425]

    1 Gbit USA server:

    Resolving mwebcpt.speedtest.vps.co.za… 196.41.139.41
    Connecting to mwebcpt.speedtest.vps.co.za|196.41.139.41|:80… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 200 OK
    Length: 104874425 (100M) [application/zip]
    Saving to: “test.zip”

    100%[==========================================================================================================================================================================================================================>] 104,874,425 3.75M/s in 61s

    2013-02-21 17:17:49 (1.63 MB/s) – “test.zip” saved [104874425/104874425]

    February 21, 2013 @ 5:19 pm | Reply
  17. DanielM:

    Ping is amazing from here in the UK via plusnet

    Tracing route to http://www.vps.co.za [197.85.190.250]
    over a maximum of 30 hops:

    1 15 ms 15 ms 15 ms lo0-central10.ptn-ag03.plus.net [195.166.128.192
    ]
    2 15 ms 15 ms 14 ms link6-central10.ptn-gw02.plus.net [84.93.248.202
    ]
    3 15 ms 25 ms 14 ms xe-8-2-0.ptw-cr02.plus.net [212.159.1.34]
    4 17 ms 19 ms 31 ms 195.66.236.149
    5 180 ms 161 ms 161 ms 176.67.177.145
    6 163 ms 162 ms 160 ms 197-84-4-192.cpt.mweb.co.za [197.84.4.192]
    7 162 ms 160 ms 162 ms 197-84-4-32.cpt.mweb.co.za [197.84.4.32]
    8 175 ms 159 ms 160 ms 196.28.178.115
    9 159 ms 160 ms 160 ms 196.28.178.70
    10 159 ms 159 ms 160 ms 196.41.144.39
    11 162 ms 159 ms 185 ms http://www.vps.co.za [197.85.190.250]

    February 22, 2013 @ 1:13 am | Reply
  18. Got one, thanks.
    On advice: Change default sources.list in debian distros to your mirrors:

    # Debian Mirror
    deb http://debian.mirror.ac.za/debian/ squeeze main contrib non-free

    # Security Updates
    deb http://debian.mirror.ac.za/debian-security/ squeeze/updates main contrib non-free

    Much appreciated.

    February 22, 2013 @ 3:24 am | Reply
  19. Lucas:

    Nice amazing speedy VPS to Europe! No issues :)

    February 22, 2013 @ 10:26 am | Reply
  20. Hi,
    Would it be possible to have four LE1 merged together?
    That would be perfect for me.
    Thanks.

    February 22, 2013 @ 10:56 am | Reply
  21. DomainBop:

    LEB sucks for listing this because now I’m going to be spending the night setting it up to use as another DNS server instead of sleeping like I had planned :P

    Provisioning was instant, performance is good, its Xen, no complaints

    February 27, 2013 @ 4:02 am | Reply
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