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Vultr - $5/month 768MB KVM VPS in multiple locations and $5/month 160GB storage VPS in NJ

Vultr_SSD_Cloud_Hosting,_VPS_Servers,_Hourly_VPS_by_Vultr_-_VULTR.com_-_2014-04-20_07.22.01Vultr is the next provider in my series of surprise posts! Having come “to the scene” at LowEndBox and LowEndTalk only a couple of months ago, they have quickly gained popularity. They technically have been featured before in the 2014 Q1 Top Provider Poll, where they came in ninth, but I felt they needed to be in the spotlight just a tad more. Vultr has SSD-based cloud servers starting at $5/month in multiple locations across the globe. Last week they got stock back in their London location. In addition to that, they currently offer services out of New Jersey (NJ, USA), Dallas (TX, USA), Los Angeles (CA, USA), Atlanta (GA, USA), Chicago (IL, USA), Tokyo (Japan), and Sydney (Australia). If you think that’s a long list, keep in mind that their Frankfurt (Germany) and Paris (France) are currently out of stock and will be available again in the future. Contrary to some other “cloud” providers, Vultr offers you the option to deploy any distribution you like by uploading your own ISO, which gives this service a real nice edge. Vultr uses modern hardware with latest generation Intel CPU and pure SSD drives. The bandwidth varies per location, but I see a Level3 and an nLayer logo on their website, so I think they are at least used heavily in the USA and Europe! If you give them a shot, or already have, please share your experiences with us!

As a limited time promotion, Vultr doubles all the payments you make up to $100! This is not a LowEndBox.com promotion as this is a surprise post!


  • 768MB RAM
  • 1 CPU core
  • 15GB SSD space
  • 1TB bandwith
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • KVM/Custom
  • $5/month
  • USA (New Jersey, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta)
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands and London, UK
  • Tokyo, Japan and Sydney, Australia (100GB bandwidth)
  • Sign up here
SATA Storage VPS

  • 512MB RAM
  • 1 CPU core
  • 160GB SATA disk space
  • 1TB bandwith
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4 address
  • KVM/Custom
  • $5/month
  • New Jersey, USA
  • Sign up here

While Frankfurt and Paris are listed as out of stock, you could get lucky by getting an instance there. I clicked on one of those locations to get notified and got a ‘Pending’ instance to see it being deployed about 15 minutes later. So, always worth a shot if you need something there.

Vultr accepts payments via Credit Cards and PayPal. Each instance comes with one IPv4 address, more IPv4 addresses are currently not available but may be in the future. IPv6 is also still under development. SMTP is blocked by default to prevent SPAM. To unblock SMTP you need to contact support and fill out an authorization form. For more information, read their FAQ. And as always, read their Terms of Service before ordering!

Network information

To test connectivity to all of their locations, please check this page: https://www.vultr.com/locations/



  1. The Ninja:

    Aren’t the storage plans NY only?

    April 28, 2014 @ 1:12 pm | Reply
    • Maarten Kossen:

      Yeah, my bad. Fixed the post.

      April 29, 2014 @ 3:25 pm | Reply
  2. John:

    SATA storage is only available in NJ currently

    IPv6 in certain locations is imminent

    Paris is available quite often but Frankfurt hasn’t been rolled out yet, expecting this within the coming days

    April 28, 2014 @ 1:17 pm | Reply
  3. taki:

    very small bandwidth for asia :(

    April 28, 2014 @ 1:19 pm | Reply
  4. john:

    SATA is only avalibe in US/NJ only.

    April 28, 2014 @ 2:19 pm | Reply
  5. Craig:

    Wonder when the IPv6 will be available?

    April 28, 2014 @ 2:49 pm | Reply
  6. B1g4:

    Which of these locations have DDoS protection?

    April 28, 2014 @ 3:14 pm | Reply
    • Alex:

      At this time, I do not believe they offer, any sort of ddos protection expect Null Routing.

      July 5, 2014 @ 3:37 pm | Reply
  7. Any plan for singapore DC?

    April 28, 2014 @ 3:26 pm | Reply
  8. allow for torent site ?. thanks before

    April 28, 2014 @ 3:32 pm | Reply
    • Cakey:

      Wouldn’t think so as one got terminated for it.

      For me Vultr is like DO times two so they have my vouch on being good.

      April 29, 2014 @ 8:38 am | Reply
  9. ub3rst4r:

    I think it should be noted that the 50% off credit promotion is for new customers only.

    April 28, 2014 @ 5:15 pm | Reply
    • xxdesmus:

      if you contact support they likely will let you deposit additional money (that they will then match).

      April 28, 2014 @ 6:35 pm | Reply
  10. Lucas:

    Popular demand going LEB :)

    April 28, 2014 @ 5:45 pm | Reply
  11. James:

    No, no and no thanks.

    April 28, 2014 @ 6:16 pm | Reply
  12. xxdesmus:

    Performance-wise I’ve had great luck with them. I didn’t want to like them as they seem like such a DigitalOcean rip off, but I’m becoming a fan. The custom ISO option is great. Allows for things like loading CoreOS — which is not possible at DigitalOcean.

    I’m tempted to move off DigitalOcean for these guys, but I prefer to give my money to DigitalOcean until they give me a reason *not* to support them.

    April 28, 2014 @ 6:34 pm | Reply
    • Joe Merit:

      Wouldn’t a good reason not to support DigitalOcean be that they give you less performance and less resources than Vultr for the same or more money ?

      April 28, 2014 @ 10:45 pm | Reply
      • xxdesmus:

        Vultr is likely going to run into the exact same situation if they somehow become as popular as DO (which I really doubt). Vultr has more headroom at the moment because they are less popular, which allows them to offer more resources for a lower price to try and steal users from DO. If Vultr blows up in popularity they’ll be in the same exact situation where they either need to raise the price or oversell like DO has done.

        Linode oversells less, but the price is higher. DO has a lower price but oversells. If Vultr becomes popular they will need to pick one of those routes.

        April 28, 2014 @ 11:44 pm | Reply
        • I digress. If we become popular? We are quite popular already. It is the design of our backend and our special sauce that will make our performance long lasting. We also are not afraid of closing(sold out) a location rather than packing the customers on nodes and degrading performance. We’ve taken the experience of exclusively running the largest games in the world, as well as 18 years in managed hosting and applied it to making a great product. And unlike one of our competitors, we haven’t left our hosting customers high and dry with previous businesses disappearing in thin air.

          April 29, 2014 @ 12:17 pm | Reply
          • xxdesmus:

            Don’t get me a wrong, I’m quite a fan of Vultr already. My biggest knock would be your website design. Don’t rip off your competitor — get your own original design…it’d go a long way in legitimizing the business. :)

            April 29, 2014 @ 4:36 pm | Reply
  13. Eric:

    I got one Amsterdam box. Port speed seems to be 100Mbps not 1Gbps as advertised.
    [root@vultr ~]# wget freevps.us/downloads/bench.sh -O – -o /dev/null|bash
    CPU model : Vultr Virtual CPU 2
    Number of cores : 1
    CPU frequency : 3299.996 MHz
    Total amount of ram : 742 MB
    Total amount of swap : 1503 MB
    System uptime : 35 min,
    Download speed from CacheFly: 11.2MB/s
    Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 7.11MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 3.87MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 3.61MB/s
    Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 11.1MB/s
    Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 5.58MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 3.56MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 5.77MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 3.93MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 5.57MB/s
    I/O speed : 451 MB/s

    April 28, 2014 @ 7:19 pm | Reply
    • Amsterdam is 100Mbps for only about 5 business days longer.

      April 29, 2014 @ 12:18 pm | Reply
      • Jarode:


        The price of the 160GB sata storage plan (5$/month) is for life or only for the first purchase ?
        i.e. If I purchase 1 month at 5$, will it be 5$ again when I will resubscribe for one month ?


        June 24, 2014 @ 8:42 pm | Reply
  14. davi:

    Can I use SSD KVM VPS for windows server setup.

    April 28, 2014 @ 7:29 pm | Reply
  15. nicolas:

    Seems interesting – is it operated by the same company that runs gameservers.com?

    Anyway, does anyone knows how good is their network from EU (FR/NL mainly) to Canada/North America?


    April 28, 2014 @ 8:11 pm | Reply
  16. _c:

    What is the policy on torrents and IRC?

    April 28, 2014 @ 11:42 pm | Reply
    • Based on a thread on LET, torrents = ban.

      April 29, 2014 @ 1:54 pm | Reply
      • Torrents in general are not banned. Torrents that are used for unlawful purposes will result in suspension/termination of services should this be brought to our attention via Abuse channels. All services are subject to our DMCA and repeat infringer policies.

        April 29, 2014 @ 4:05 pm | Reply
  17. This promotion only for the frist time ?

    April 29, 2014 @ 1:41 am | Reply
  18. xxdesmus:

    Here’s hoping IPv6 is added soon. :)

    April 29, 2014 @ 4:34 pm | Reply
  19. Chris:

    Just activated a server in France with the custom iso option. The ISO mounted succesfully, but the VPS will not start. The error I get is as follows:
    Unable to restart server: Unable to start instance: internal error: process exited while connecting to monitor: CURL: Error opening file:
    qemu-kvm: -drive file=https://lonisomirror.vultr.com:443//image/1232/403eca2df510d4497aa8f0045fe2121eabddc72a24fb37081023fc2d4712e8b7f011b257931fdc3b18808661be84c88e9324edf0aedd6428fedb2a8dd3c040d67c78205160bb5b4dd3909426c5d30aee443e865442229780ef3f6c87057bdb7c,if=none,id=drive-ide0-1-0,readonly=on,format=raw: could not open disk image https://lonisomirror.vultr.com:443//image/1232/403eca2df510d4497aa8f0045fe2121eabddc72a24fb37081023fc2d4712e8b7f011b257931fdc3b18808661be84c88e9324edf0aedd6428fedb2a8dd3c040d67c78205160bb5b4dd3909426c5d30aee443e865442229780ef3f6c87057bdb7c: Could not open image: Invalid argument

    Anyone experiencing the same issue? Needless to say, I already sent a support request.

    Will get back with how the support team solved it (or didn’t).

    April 29, 2014 @ 6:14 pm | Reply
    • DanielM:

      This seems to happen when uploading. it works fine via http fetch tho , i had this same problem

      May 2, 2014 @ 4:37 am | Reply
    • Dan:

      I has similar disk problem when I tried to install my own ISO. If you believe your ISO is good, and then try to deploy new VPS, switch around server type; try between “Performance” or “Large Storage” server. You may find the one which work for you. If your ISO has many installation options, then try another option. If you deploy the server which does not work, destroy it after trying, so you will be charged only 1 or 2 hours of rental for that server. Is it cheap? Hope this will help.

      July 25, 2014 @ 4:48 am | Reply
  20. user123:

    I see that the offer says “As a limited time promotion, Vultr doubles all the payments you make up to $100!” How do you get that and is it possible to just fund an account now and get that promo and use the credit later, when it’s needed?

    April 30, 2014 @ 4:04 am | Reply
    • user123:

      Oops, never mind. That’s exactly how it works.

      April 30, 2014 @ 4:05 am | Reply
      • hacktek:

        Did you try it/get credit? I just funded $10 to test and got…$10.

        March 2, 2016 @ 11:04 pm | Reply
  21. Pedro:

    Very good service, multiple locations.

    May 2, 2014 @ 6:01 am | Reply
  22. Dave, then will you have affiliate system?

    May 3, 2014 @ 8:25 am | Reply
  23. ajiek:

    server is too slow.. refund requested

    May 4, 2014 @ 5:14 am | Reply
  24. John_R:

    Instance always hangs halfway through Virtualmin install. ???

    May 4, 2014 @ 8:54 pm | Reply
  25. Never heard about this however plans are quite cheaper then other VPSes.
    Thanks :)

    May 7, 2014 @ 8:14 pm | Reply
  26. random12:

    I just signed up with them few days ago they had a deal where they match new customer’s credit purchase up to $100. Pay $1-$100 get double that credit. I get them cuz they’re inside choopa and just a few hosts away from an efnet server. So i paid for 10 months at $2.50 / month. theyre probably decent, trying to compete with digital ocean and ubiquity?

    May 14, 2014 @ 2:14 am | Reply
  27. pbijman:

    Anyone have uptime report?

    May 22, 2014 @ 7:25 am | Reply
  28. IPv6:

    need ipv6 support

    June 25, 2014 @ 12:46 am | Reply
  29. Meriza Taala:

    Very good service

    June 26, 2014 @ 8:58 pm | Reply
  30. I loved Vultr until they suspended my account. Apparently someone hacked into my box to send spam mail. Vultr then turned my service back on in order to allow me to remedy the situation. I completely wiped the domain that was being used to send the spam. I woke up this morning and my account is completely suspended. I was praising them to everyone I know before this happened, as the service was astounding before this.

    July 16, 2014 @ 10:37 pm | Reply
    • Any clue how someone could hack to your system? What service(s) are you running on it?

      October 14, 2019 @ 11:14 pm | Reply
  31. Dan:

    I switch around many VPS hosting provider before I found this one. I currently, has 2 VPS with this company for a month. They are stable so far, no any down time yet. They allow you to upload your own ISO. They do not offer phone call support, but they reply your email pretty quick. I recommend to use their services.


    July 25, 2014 @ 4:35 am | Reply
  32. Dark:

    i share a vultr 1GB node at Piscataway test just moment


    Dhrystone 2 using register variables 376783.7 14325211.3 380.2
    Double-Precision Whetstone 83.1 2081.1 250.4
    Execl Throughput 188.3 6196.0 329.0
    File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks 2672.0 225401.0 843.6
    File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks 1077.0 64278.0 596.8
    File Read 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks 15382.0 1619137.0 1052.6
    Pipe-based Context Switching 15448.6 337288.5 218.3
    Pipe Throughput 111814.6 1597724.8 142.9
    Process Creation 569.3 18693.6 328.4
    Shell Scripts (8 concurrent) 44.8 1084.0 242.0
    System Call Overhead 114433.5 4401223.6 384.6
    FINAL SCORE 366.1

    2014-08-13 12:13:21 Saving to: “100mb.test”
    100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 84.8M/s in 1.2s
    Saving to: “100mb.test.1”
    100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 81.9M/s in 1.2s

    # dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=4k oflag=dsync
    4096+0 records in4096+0 records out 268435456 bytes (268 MB) copied, 5.3987 s, 49.7 MB/s
    # dd bs=1M count=128 if=/dev/zero of=test conv=fdatasync
    128+0 records in 128+0 records out 134217728 bytes (134 MB) copied, 0.597546 s, 225 MB/s

    August 13, 2014 @ 2:11 pm | Reply
  33. sandbox:

    The I/O seems lower than my DO.
    And my ramnode vps has crazy high I/O.

    September 3, 2014 @ 7:00 am | Reply
  34. Robert Saunders:

    Paid for “SSD KVM VPS” on 23rd Nov US$5 by PayPal. I received a request for Additional information and provided a photocopy of my Passport and the Transaction details for my PayPal payment. I can login to Vultr.com, but can’t access anything or open anything. I’ve continually expalined that by e-mail to the “Support Department”, and finally when I could get no sensible help, I requested they provision my VPS OR refund my money. It’s now 27th Nov, and I’m still waiting with growing annoyance.
    Doesn’t engender confidence in this business, when they just take forever and still can’t solve a “Simple” Support probem??? It’s NOT the US$5….. but I feel a fool paying to be aggrivated!!??

    November 27, 2014 @ 11:38 am | Reply
  35. Unable to restart server: Timeout occured, please try again later. Vultr Error, this mostly occurs on $5 plan of vultr. Running WordPress onit

    August 27, 2016 @ 7:08 am | Reply
  36. James:

    Still using vultr, for 4 years now, and still love them!

    October 14, 2019 @ 8:06 am | Reply

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