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[Review] StylexNetworks (Small package / Xen)
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[Review] StylexNetworks (Small package / Xen)

blackblack Member
edited July 2012 in Reviews

So I picked up a free VPS with these guys and it seemed pretty good. Currently, I'm using that one for monitoring other nodes. I decided to purchase their "small" package which I use it to keep my skype and msn online 24/7.

Specs -
10 GB HD
256 MB of RAM
1 CPU core
300 GB transfer
1 IP address

Support - When I signed up for the free package, I didn't see a debian 6 32 bit template. I asked them to put one on there. Here's a screenshot with timestamps.

Their control panel

Benchmarks - I did them right now

 Speed test (in California, linode speed test files) using  aria2c -i links -j 1  
Download Results:
gid|stat|avg speed  |path/URI
  1|  OK|   3.2MiB/s|/root/100MB-tokyo.bin
  2|  OK|   1.7MiB/s|/root/100MB-london.bin
  3|  OK|   3.9MiB/s|/root/100MB-newark.bin
  4|  OK|   4.9MiB/s|/root/100MB-atlanta.bin
  5|  OK|  12.5MiB/s|/root/100MB-dallas.bin
  6|  OK|  13.5MiB/s|/root/100MB-fremont.bin

model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           E5620  @ 2.40GHz
stepping        : 2
cpu MHz         : 2393.998

 openssl CPU speed test using  openssl speed rsa  
timing function used: times
                  sign    verify    sign/s verify/s
rsa  512 bits 0.000421s 0.000031s   2376.6  32420.2
rsa 1024 bits 0.001858s 0.000080s    538.2  12489.3
rsa 2048 bits 0.009785s 0.000241s    102.2   4153.9
rsa 4096 bits 0.058480s 0.000778s     17.1   1285.0

 Disk speed test using dd using  dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync; rm test

16384+0 records in
16384+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 12.9452 s, 82.9 MB/s

 Disk test using ioping - ioping . -c 10 

4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/xvda1): request=1 time=0.3 ms
4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/xvda1): request=2 time=86.8 ms
4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/xvda1): request=3 time=99.9 ms
4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/xvda1): request=4 time=0.4 ms
4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/xvda1): request=5 time=0.4 ms
4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/xvda1): request=6 time=0.5 ms
4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/xvda1): request=7 time=0.5 ms
4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/xvda1): request=8 time=0.5 ms
4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/xvda1): request=9 time=0.4 ms
4096 bytes from . (ext3 /dev/xvda1): request=10 time=0.3 ms

--- . (ext3 /dev/xvda1) ioping statistics ---
10 requests completed in 9191.5 ms, 53 iops, 0.2 mb/s
min/avg/max/mdev = 0.3/19.0/99.9/37.3 ms

One odd thing I noticed, my nodes have 252 MB of ram instead of 256 (I'll be opening a support ticket to see what's going on). Also they force 1 GB swap on mine so I have 9 GB HD space. I was going to wait a month before posting a review on this company since they're fairly new, but I'm I'll be busy next week so I decided to do this now. If you're worried about them disappearing, go with monthly payments.

tl;dr - support is extremely fast, good uptime and responsive node, fair I/O

Uploaded some pics for people with pitchforks -


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