BuyVM 256 MB KVM VPS Review
For the last few months I have been reading only good reviews about BuyVM, so I bought my first 256 MB OpenVZ VPS in July. On 23rd of August I grabbed the last 256 MB KVM VPS. Setup was not instant as advertisted on WHT although I passed fraud check long time ago.
10:37:11 up 13 days, 20:41, 2 users, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
There was no reboot yet. OpenVZ VPSs have good uptime too > 30 days.
total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 253944 65192 188752 0 11780 28720 -/+ buffers/cache: 24692 229252 Swap: 496632 0 496632
With Debian 6 + Nginx + MySQL + PHP installed VPS uses about 24 MB of memory.
processor : 0 vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 6 model : 6 model name : QEMU Virtual CPU version 0.9.1 stepping : 3 cpu MHz : 2493.748 cache size : 32 KB fdiv_bug : no hlt_bug : no f00f_bug : no coma_bug : no fpu : yes fpu_exception : yes cpuid level : 4 wp : yes flags : fpu de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 syscall nx lm pni hypervisor bogomips : 4987.49 clflush size : 64 cache_alignment : 64 address sizes : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual power management:
VPS comes with 2 cores of L5420. L5420 is far from "monster" as E3-1270 beats it in dual mode.
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 30G 783M 27G 3% / tmpfs 124M 0 124M 0% /lib/init/rw udev 120M 112K 120M 1% /dev tmpfs 124M 0 124M 0% /dev/shm
All disk space is here.
# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync && rm -rf test 16384+0 records in 16384+0 records out 1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 25.7089 s, 41.8 MB/s
With Virtio enabled I/O speed is low. It seems like it isn't possible to achieve 180 MB/s advertisted by Fran.
# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync && rm -rf test 16384+0 records in 16384+0 records out 1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 9.88993 s, 109 MB/s
They do however use hardware RAiD controller with cache which improves I/O speed.
# wget -O /dev/null http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test && rm -rf 100mb.test --2011-09-07 10:46:36-- http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net... 220.127.116.11 Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net|18.104.22.168|:80... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream] Saving to: `/dev/null' 100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 11.9M/s in 9.3s 2011-09-07 10:46:45 (10.8 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]
Their "Gbit" port is actually 100 Mbps.
Integer Score: 2367 ||||||||| Floating Point Score: 3867 ||||||||||||||| Memory Score: 1463 ||||| Stream Score: 1531 |||||| Overall Geekbench Score: 2627 ||||||||||
Considering this is a dual core system benchmark score is low. I'm getting 5124 on Hostigation's single core VPS.
I tried to host my personal WordPress blog (no CPU intensive plugins) on this VPS, however it was opening for 10 seconds. On other VPS it opens in less than 2 seconds. I thought it was because of network, but I'm able to download their 100 MB test file with more than 1.2 MB/s from Europe. I have only opened 1 support ticket so far which was answered in few minutes. Fran and all other staff members are extremely friendly, however their VPS performance didn't satisfy me and I'm thinking about canceling it at the end of the month. Maybe I simply had too big expectations.