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IPXcore VPS Review - (Great Service)
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IPXcore VPS Review - (Great Service)

InfinityInfinity Member, Host Rep
edited May 2012 in Reviews

Well hey guys,

I've been meaning to get round to doing these reviews for a long time, finally I've set time aside to do so. I haven't seen many reviews of IPXcore's service, and I personally thought that they deserve more to be honest. So lets crack on with it! So far there have been some major improvements, namely the datacenter move and lifting of network speed limitations. It's also interesting to note, they delayed their physical moving of servers due to clients asking for more time to migrate the IP's.

IPXcore has been around for a while, providing VPS and hosting services since, I believe since 2011, and Damian (and now phxadam, his partner) has been active on LET for a few months too which is a good sign. I'm currently on their Bronze plan which has 256MB "guaranteed" RAM, on OpenVZ with 20GB disk. Apart from stating the obvious, the node I'm on seems to have 2 x Dual-Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 2216, and access to all 4 cores. They also use OpenVZ with vSwap.

All the good signs are there, SSL on the clients area. They used to be using Virtualizor, but after getting fed up they transferred to SolusVM seemingly seamlessly (I didn't notice much disruption, at least not for a prolonged period of time, other than that I had to reset my password). All of the templates you would expect are included by default.

Their support is pretty speedy in responding to support tickets. I got a response within around 3 minutes for my rDNS request, which is very good. Only @miTgiB can beat that :P. They seem straight to the point and not beating round the bush with departments and all that rubbish. They also have live support which is "online" a lot of time, which is an extra plus point. The pricing isn't too bad either, they have offers every once in a while from what I've gathered, they seem stable so far. Time will tell, but from what I can see they're in for the long run.

RAM usage with a LMNP stack, nothing to it. As an LMNP stack it performed very nicely.

[[email protected] ~]# free -m
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:           256         15        240          0          0          9
-/+ buffers/cache:          6        249
Swap:           64          0         64

VMstat for those who want it with LMNP stack, self-explanatory.

[[email protected] ~]# vmstat
procs -----------memory---------- ---swap-- -----io---- --system-- -----cpu-----
 r  b   swpd   free   buff  cache   si   so    bi    bo   in   cs us sy id wa st
 0  0   7456  11092      0 237372    0    0     0     0    0   47  0  0 100  0  0

Beancounters for those interested.

[[email protected] ~]# cat /proc/user_beancounters
Version: 2.5
       uid  resource                     held              maxheld              barrier                limit              

      257:  kmemsize                 13061903             22503424           2147483647           2147483647                    

            lockedpages                     0                    0               999999               999999                    

            privvmpages                 11064                27885                81920                81920                    

            shmpages                      648                 1304                65536                65536                    

            dummy                           0                    0                    0                    0                    

            numproc                        17                   39                32567                32567                    

            physpages                   62762                65536                    0                65536                    

            vmguarpages                     0                    0                65536                65536                    

            oomguarpages                 2083                13346                65536                65536                    

            numtcpsock                      6                    9              7999992              7999992                    

            numflock                        0                   13               999999               999999                    

            numpty                          1                    2                  255                  255                    

            numsiginfo                      0                   24                 1024                 1024                    

            tcpsndbuf                  115672               237752            214748160            396774400                    

            tcprcvbuf                   98304               266232            214748160            396774400                    

            othersockbuf                13872                40824            214748160            396774400                    

            dgramrcvbuf                     0                 8720            214748160            396774400                    

            numothersock                   30                   39              7999992              7999992                    

            dcachesize               11062474             21647238           2147483647           2147483647                    

            numfile                       302                  395             23999976             23999976                    

            dummy                           0                    0                    0                    0                    

            dummy                           0                    0                    0                    0                    

            dummy                           0                    0                    0                    0                    

            numiptent                      24                   25               999999               999999                    



  • InfinityInfinity Member, Host Rep

    Ping to Google, pretty decent.

    [[email protected] ~]# ping -c  3
    PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
    64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=56 time=12.6 ms
    64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=56 time=12.7 ms
    64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=56 time=12.6 ms
    --- ping statistics ---
    3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2015ms
    rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 12.604/12.644/12.712/0.138 ms

    The DD results previously weren't too good, but definately not as bad as others, but that seems to have been changed for the good, it's not insane but it's certainly very good.

    [[email protected] ~]# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=16k count=64k conv=fdatasync;rm -f test
    65536+0 records in
    65536+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 8.37635 s, 128 MB/s

    Pretty good IOping results, very consistent.

    [[email protected] ~]# ioping . -c 10
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /vz/private/257): request=1 time=0.1 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /vz/private/257): request=2 time=0.2 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /vz/private/257): request=3 time=0.2 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /vz/private/257): request=4 time=0.2 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /vz/private/257): request=5 time=0.1 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /vz/private/257): request=6 time=0.2 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /vz/private/257): request=7 time=0.2 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /vz/private/257): request=8 time=0.2 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /vz/private/257): request=9 time=0.2 ms
    4096 bytes from . (simfs /vz/private/257): request=10 time=0.2 ms
    --- . (simfs /vz/private/257) ioping statistics ---
    10 requests completed in 9003.0 ms, 5999 iops, 23.4 mb/s
    min/avg/max/mdev = 0.1/0.2/0.2/0.0 ms

    Might as well stick this in too.

    [[email protected] ~]# wget      -O - -o /dev/null|bash                        
    CPU model :  Dual-Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 2216 HE
    Number of cores : 4
    CPU frequency :  2399.966 MHz
    Total amount of ram : 256 MB
    Total amount of swap : 64 MB
    System uptime :   1 day, 23:40,
    Download speed from CacheFly: 10.4MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Atlanta GA: 2.93MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Dallas, TX: 9.83MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 7.43MB/s
    Download speed from Linode, London, UK: 7.00MB/s
    Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 8.93MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 8.23MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 9.57MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 6.57MB/s
    Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 8.97MB/s
    I/O speed :  120 MB/s

    The performance has improved greatly over the last few months at IPXcore, I'm sure other customers can testify to that, all of my complaints we're addressed to (I'm not exaggerating here, IO speed and network were my main complaints and they were resolved).

    If anyone wants any other benchmarks or test's or opinions feel free to send me a PM and I'll add 'em in.

  • yomeroyomero Member

    +1 Here

    I had the tiny one (and no vswap btw) for several months. Always worked wonderfully.
    I can't remember if I got that 4 cores btw.

  • InfinityInfinity Member, Host Rep
    edited May 2012

    @yomero said: I had the tiny one (and no vswap btw) for several months. Always worked wonderfully.
    I can't remember if I got that 4 cores btw.

    vSwap and the 4 cores were both new additions as far as I know ;)

  • DamianDamian Member

    @Infinity said: the 4 cores were both new additions as far as I know

    Indeed, and that's the 'base' # of cores now. Depending on what node, we can offer an 'upgrade' to 8 or 12 cores for free.

  • miTgiBmiTgiB Member

    @Infinity said: I got a response within around 3 minutes for my rDNS request, which is very good. Only @miTgiB can beat that

    Nah, everyone can beat that now, it is available in Solus for IPv4 and Ipv6

  • yomeroyomero Member

    So I can consider you later for a gameserver in your location :P

  • InfinityInfinity Member, Host Rep

    @mitgib haha yeah, I was talking about support in general, as a matter of fact I only added the 'for my rDNS request' bit in the last minute before posting. ;)

  • is there site down for anyone else?

  • yomeroyomero Member

    @thharris said: is there site down for anyone else?

  • DamianDamian Member

    It's up; I just used it.

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