This is a short review and my first impressions for Host Solutions’ KVM based VPS from Romania.
Hostsolutions have been a popular web host on LowEndTalk. Since 2019 when I joined that web hosting forum, I kept reading mixed feedback about their service.
New Year’s Day 2021 Offers from Hostsolutions, Romania
My position about this provider changed in recent weeks. The trigger for me was the sheer number of insane offers and deals. Cociu from Hostsolutions posted them over three consecutive sales events on Low End Talk: Black Friday, Christmas, and New Year.
One of the many KVM VPS offers
from Hostsolutions, December 2020
I decided to invest in a KVM of 2 GB of RAM and 40 gigabytes of NVMe disk. It has a shared CPU core, with about 10 TB of data transfer a month. HostSolutions offered a recurring 70% discount on the pricing. This worked out to about 12 years dollars a year, or 1 US Dollar a month.You can’t really go wrong at that price point.
About six hours after making my payment, the VPS was provisioned. But it took me nearly a day to log on to my account. The reason is that I had used a different account for placing my order. Today, I started reading up on LET that some users were getting their servers provisioned. Lo and behold, checked the email account used for registering, and there it was! VPs all provisioned and ready to use.
On a side note, my plan is to move most of the non production or the testing VPS to this email account.
Update January 4, 2021
The issues I faced earlier (VPS not booting when Operating System was changed) have been resolved. You can read about the issues below.
Nearly 2 days after the VPS was provisioned, the errors resulting during reinstallation were resolved. Considering this is a non critical service for me, and the weekend (and New Year’s in between) this was a pretty okay turnaround time. I was finally able to install Debian 10, and as on 6 AM IST this morning,
$ping -c 3 188.213.xx.xxx
3 packets transmitted, 3 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 164.409/164.732/164.911/0.229 ms
Results from Benchmark Tests
Click here to view results from YABS
Mon Jan 4 02:49:02 UTC 2021
Basic System Information:
Processor : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5–2680 v4 @ 2.40GHz
CPU cores : 1 @ 2397.222 MHz
AES-NI : ✔ Enabled
VM-x/AMD-V : ❌ Disabled
RAM : 1.9 GiB
Swap : 0.0 KiB
Disk : 39.3 GiB
fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):
Block Size | 4k (IOPS) | 64k (IOPS)
|Read||51.91 MB/s (12.9k)||516.71 MB/s (8.0k)|
|Write||51.99 MB/s (12.9k)||519.43 MB/s (8.1k)|
|Total||103.91 MB/s (25.9k)||1.03 GB/s (16.1k)|
|Block Size||512k (IOPS)||1m (IOPS)|
|Read||1.63 GB/s (3.1k)||2.02 GB/s (1.9k)|
|Write||1.72 GB/s (3.3k)||2.15 GB/s (2.1k)|
|Total||3.35 GB/s (6.5k)||4.18 GB/s (4.0k)|
iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):
Provider | Location (Link) | Send Speed | Recv Speed
| | |
Clouvider | London, UK (10G) | 348 Mbits/sec | 56.2 Mbits/sec
Online.net | Paris, FR (10G) | 419 Mbits/sec | 273 Mbits/sec
Clouvider | NYC, NY, US (10G) | 368 Mbits/sec | 75.0 Mbits/sec
Geekbench 5 Benchmark Test:
Test | Value
Single Core | 274
Multi Core | 261
Full Test | https://browser.geekbench.com/v5/cpu/5690329
Comment: The disk speeds are rather good- in line with what a NVMe SSD disk should perform
Results from YABS
On running YABS (Yet Another Benchmarking Script), the following details came up.
Results from bench.monster for Speedtest
$:curl -LsO bench.monster/speedtest.sh; bash speedtest.sh -in
I used the -in’ flag for bench.monster to check speeds from India.
Click below to find results for Speedtest
Results from bench.sh
OS : Debian GNU/Linux 10 (64 Bit)
Virt/Kernel : KVM / 4.19.0–12-amd64
CPU Model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5–2680 v4 @ 2.40GHz
CPU Cores : 1 @ 2397.222 MHz x86_64 16384 KB Cache
CPU Flags : AES-NI Enabled & VM-x/AMD-V Disabled
Load Average : 0.21, 0.30, 0.26
Total Space : 40G (1.5G ~4% used)
Total RAM : 1995 MB (61 MB + 562 MB Buff in use)
Total SWAP : 0 MB (0 MB in use)
Uptime : 0 days 3:40
ASN & ISP : AS44220, Parfumuri Femei.com SRL
Organization : SC Parfumuri Femei.com SRL
Location : Oradea, Romania / RO
Region : Bihor
Geekbench v4 CPU Benchmark:
Single Core : 1444 (POOR)
Multi Core : 1314
bzip2 : 35.4 MB/s
sha256 : 56.3 MB/s
md5sum : 156 MB/s
Avg. write : 575.0 MB/s
Avg. read : 1090.2 MB/s
1st run : 317 MB/s
2nd run : 264 MB/s
3rd run : 259 MB/s
Average : 280.0 MB/s
Location Upload Download Ping
Nearby 410.94 Mbit/s 376.37 Mbit/s 23.702 ms
India, New Delhi (GIGATEL) 16.77 Mbit/s 140.06 Mbit/s 158.375 ms
India, New Delhi (Weebo) 80.90 Mbit/s 238.46 Mbit/s 164.676 ms
India, Mumbai (SevenStar) 111.00 Mbit/s 128.89 Mbit/s 158.767 ms
India, Mumbai (OneBroadband) 74.61 Mbit/s 112.23 Mbit/s 141.555 ms
India, Mumbai (SevenStar) 55.01 Mbit/s 111.37 Mbit/s 158.759 ms
India, Bengaluru (I-ON) 44.48 Mbit/s 17.55 Mbit/s 165.757 ms
India, Bengaluru (Activline) 16.85 Mbit/s 41.37 Mbit/s 155.516 ms
Finished in : 9 min 6 sec
Timestamp : 2021–01–04 03:11:27 GMT
Saved in : /root/speedtest.log
Teething Troubles with Hostsolutions VPS from Romania
The welcome email which announced that my VPS had been provisioned actually said, “Your Dedicated Server has been Provisioned”. The list of errors and omissions began from then on. I had ordered a VPS with Debian10, the provisioned server came with CentOs7.
VPS Comes to a Dead Halt.. and then revives
Someone in LET had had mentioned that when they tried to install Debian10, the VPS refused to boot. Unfortunately, I was able to replicate this issue successfully. Ticket was promptly raised,
now awaiting their response. issue was resolved.
Summing it up
The hardware is okay, it was the network speed that was disappointing. Speeds were literally in double digits. Expected speed was the low to mid 100’s of megabytes per second. It is likely that a lot of people may be either running benchmarks or hammering away with resource intensive activities. This includes torrents, ISOs etc. Geekbench four and five both failed when running CentOS. This was not a matter when using Debian10.
This was a mini review of VPS by host solutions. I shall update this post once things start running a little better.
This review is a part of the VPS offers from Holiday sales, 2020. You can find similar posts from Index page where my other reviews are catalogued.