Christmas 2020 Hosting Offers: It’s a Wrap!

Merry Christmas/ Happy Holidays!

I had been eyeing the Web hosting offers from Christmas 2020 sales on LowEndTalk and LowEndSpirit as a ‘window shopper’.

The positive takeaway: Unlike last year, the offers have been more diverse in terms of locations, plans and providers. My aim was not to spend too much time exploring the sites, instead look around for some really interesting or quirky offers.

Santa hopping with Offers

Google’s Santa tracker was running in a different browser window while I was looking for offers and exploring the options.

Screenshot from google stanta tracker page- Dec 2020. Blog of Amar Vyas
Screenshot from Google’s Santa Tracker Page- Dec 2020

Christmas 2020 Hosting Offers that I considered buying

Greencloud VPS

Christmas 2020 offer from GeenCloud VPS. Blog of Amar Vyas
Greencloud VPS had some interesting Flash Sales offers for Christmas 2020


Naranja Tech, Netherlands

VPS Offers by Naranja Tech during Christmas 2020. Blog of Amar Vyas
VPS Offers by Naranja Tech during Christmas 2020

Hosting Plans I subscribed to during Christmas Sale 2020

I was intrigued by the US $ 6 a year NAT plan by Gullo’s hosting. I opted for the Bulgaria location. Signing up was easy as I already have an account with Gullo’s. While payment by Paypal took some time, the activation of the service was instant after the payment was made.

Specifications for NAT VPS by Gullo's in Bulgaria. Blog of Amar Vyas
Specifications for NAT VPS by Gullo’s in Bulgaria. Christmas Offer, 2020

Mini Benchmark: Gullo’s VPS

 Fri Dec 25 09:48:18 UTC 2020

Basic System Information:
Processor  : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           L5630  @ 2.13GHz
CPU cores  : 1 @ 800.000 MHz
AES-NI     : ✔ Enabled
VM-x/AMD-V : ✔ Enabled
RAM        : 512.0 MiB
Swap       : 0.0 KiB
Disk       : 9.7 GiB

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):
Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 1.19 MB/s      (297) | 10.99 MB/s     (171)
Write      | 1.22 MB/s      (306) | 11.51 MB/s     (179)
Total      | 2.41 MB/s      (603) | 22.50 MB/s     (350)
           |                      |                     
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 20.54 MB/s      (40) | 19.73 MB/s      (19)
Write      | 22.31 MB/s      (43) | 21.82 MB/s      (21)
Total      | 42.85 MB/s      (83) | 41.55 MB/s      (40)

This NAT VPS is not going to fly a rocketship. But as a place for ehosting a VPN or a small static website, this looks like a good option. At worse, a hobby project in Bulgaria.

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DirectAdmin Plan from HostEons

I signed up to beta test the new shared hosting plan from HostEons. They had posted this offer on LowEndTalk. I mentioned in my note to HostEons that I was probably going to try for a month only, which they were okay with. They were offering shared hosting for One year for FREE to the testers.

DirectAdmin plan by HostEons, currently under Beta during Christmas 2020. Blog of Amar Vyas
DirectAdmin plan by HostEons, currently under Beta.

Summing it up : it’s a Wrap!

This sale event also concludes my hunt for hosting offers across different locations, configurations and spending considerable time with hosting communities. Over the coming month, I will consolidate the shared hosting and VPS plans that I have. This was planned for earlier this year, but better late than never. I will write about it in a separate post.

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