Greencloud KVM VPS in Singapore: Black Friday 2020 offer

In this post I will write about the Greencloud’s KVM based VPS in Singapore, a hefty machine with 12 GB RAM from last month. This deal was a part of Black Friday 2020 offers.

During Black Friday 2020, Greencloud VPS had posted several offers with some great discounts. It was not just the pricing but also the combination and the locations that made things really interesting. Particularly in Asia, their locations (Vietnam-Hanoi, Singapore and Tokyo) were quite interesting.

I noticed in one of the discussions that they had a particular plan in Singapore (titled BFNVMeSG-3), with the following specifications:

12GB, 4CPU, 50GB NVMe, 4TB @1gbps. Price recurring at US $65/yr. In terms of price to specifications ratio, getting this VPS was a no brainer.

This would make it probably one of the cheapest servers and data limits are was also quite generous.

Ordering (mini) Hiccup

When I placed my order, it actually got detected as a fraud. I sent them my ID proof, and within 10 minutes the server was provisioned. This has been one of the smoothest purchase experiences for me, in spite of the minor hiccup of my order initially getting flagged.

With this information, let us move on to the server itself. Note that I limited the number of locations for YABS because my main interest is in connectivity to Asia, particularly India.

Benchmark Tests

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 OS           : Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS (64 Bit)
 Virt/Kernel  : KVM / 5.4.0-54-generic
 CPU Model    : QEMU Virtual CPU version 2.5+
 CPU Cores    : 4 @ 2599.996 MHz x86_64 16384 KB Cache
 CPU Flags    : AES-NI Disabled & VM-x/AMD-V Disabled
 Load Average : 0.31, 0.26, 0.10
 Total Space  : 49G (7.1G ~16% used)
 Total RAM    : 11981 MB (188 MB + 1844 MB Buff in use)
 Total SWAP   : 4095 MB (0 MB in use)
 Uptime       : 1 days 15:24
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 ASN & ISP    : AS38001, NewMedia Express Pte Ltd
 Organization : 365 Group LLC
 Location     : Singapore, Singapore / SG
 Region       : 
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 Geekbench v4 CPU Benchmark:

  Single Core : 3265  (VERY GOOD)
   Multi Core : 10647

 IO Test

 CPU Speed:
    bzip2     : 102 MB/s
   sha256     : 180 MB/s
   md5sum     : 486 MB/s

 RAM Speed:
   Avg. write : 2116.3 MB/s
   Avg. read  : 4369.1 MB/s

 Disk Speed:
   1st run    : 1.0 GB/s
   2nd run    : 995 MB/s
   3rd run    : 930 MB/s
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   Average    : 983.0 MB/s

Asia Speedtest

 Location                         Upload           Download         Ping   
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 Nearby                           728.08 Mbit/s    784.23 Mbit/s    2.732 ms
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 India, New Delhi (GIGATEL)       16.86 Mbit/s     126.55 Mbit/s   166.329 ms
 India, Mumbai (SevenStar)        21.61 Mbit/s     53.59 Mbit/s    147.268 ms
 India, Bengaluru (I-ON)          65.45 Mbit/s     325.78 Mbit/s    39.896 ms
 Sri Lanka, Colombo (Telecom PLC) 55.75 Mbit/s     8.48 Mbit/s      34.303 ms
 Pakistan, Islamabad (Telenor)    33.27 Mbit/s     91.61 Mbit/s    102.809 ms
 Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar (Mobicom)  15.55 Mbit/s     38.43 Mbit/s    152.010 ms
 Bangladesh, Dhaka (Skytel)       39.36 Mbit/s     128.93 Mbit/s    46.092 ms
 Bhutan, Thimphu (Bhutan Telecom) 29.56 Mbit/s     158.71 Mbit/s    80.688 ms
 Myanmar, Mandalay (Ooredoo)      70.55 Mbit/s     303.43 Mbit/s    53.243 ms
 Laos, Vientaine (Mangkone)       122.75 Mbit/s    249.25 Mbit/s    37.827 ms
 Thailand, Bangkok (CAT Telecom)  109.36 Mbit/s    159.41 Mbit/s    27.235 ms
 Cambodia, Phnom Penh (Smart)     91.08 Mbit/s     231.88 Mbit/s    34.039 ms
 Vietnam, Hanoi (Viettel)         98.35 Mbit/s     300.42 Mbit/s    48.031 ms
 Singapore (PT FirstMedia)        728.35 Mbit/s    742.82 Mbit/s     3.688 ms
 Indonesia, Jakarta (Desnet)      31.36 Mbit/s     196.37 Mbit/s    32.837 ms
 Philippines, Manila (Globe Tel)  108.54 Mbit/s    173.93 Mbit/s    37.769 ms
 Hong Kong (fdcservers)           97.73 Mbit/s     205.09 Mbit/s    36.170 ms
 Taiwan, Taipei (TAIFO)           49.56 Mbit/s     129.85 Mbit/s    60.046 ms
 Japan, Tsukuba (SoftEther)       49.80 Mbit/s     53.19 Mbit/s     85.314 ms
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 Finished in : 19 min 37 sec
 Timestamp   : 2020-12-02 07:20:14 GMT
 Saved in    : /root/speedtest.log
 Share results:
 - https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/15916591
 - https://clbin.com/NK592

results from speedtest on Greencloud VPS

YABS

Wed 02 Dec 2020 08:29:15 AM UTC

Basic System Information:
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Processor  : QEMU Virtual CPU version 2.5+
CPU cores  : 4 @ 2599.996 MHz
AES-NI     : ❌ Disabled
VM-x/AMD-V : ❌ Disabled
RAM        : 11.7 GiB
Swap       : 4.0 GiB
Disk       : 49.0 GiB

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):

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Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 246.31 MB/s  (61.5k) | 1.96 GB/s    (30.7k)
Write      | 246.96 MB/s  (61.7k) | 1.97 GB/s    (30.8k)
Total      | 493.27 MB/s (123.3k) | 3.94 GB/s    (61.5k)
           |                      |                     
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 3.00 GB/s     (5.8k) | 3.21 GB/s     (3.1k)
Write      | 3.16 GB/s     (6.1k) | 3.42 GB/s     (3.3k)
Total      | 6.17 GB/s    (12.0k) | 6.63 GB/s     (6.4k)

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):

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Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed     
                |                           |                 |                
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 5.16 Mbits/sec  | 52.5 Mbits/sec 
Online.net      | Paris, FR (10G)           | 2.65 Mbits/sec  | 84.7 Mbits/sec 
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 12.9 Mbits/sec  | 84.4 Mbits/sec 

Thoughts on 12 GB KVM from Greencloud, Singapore

The server specificaitons lookg good, and looking to putting the server to use for this particular website. Let me state that I am perfectly happy with the current PHP friends server, but this presents a good opporunity to move the data slowly to Asia. The ping speeds of mid 40s compared to about 170 odd for Germany also are a positive.

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This review is a part of the Black Friday 2020 vps offers. You can find similar posts from Index page where my other reviews are catalogued.

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