Inception Hosting KVM: Black Friday 2020 Offer

During Black Friday 2020, Anthony Smith from Inception Hosting posted a series of offers on LowEndSpirit, ranging from KVM with NVMe to storage servers.

One Combination in particular intrigued me:

4 V CPU/ 512 MB RAM KVM for 12 Euros a year.

Considering the price range for KVM servers these days, twelve Euros for 512 MB RAM VPS seems a little expensive.But the network that this server is hosted on, and reputation of the provider, along with 4 vCPUs made it a compelling reason to try out.This is not the first time I signed up for a multi-vcore server: last year, I had GB, 4 vCPU service from Virmach. This deal from Black Friday 2019 I hardly use just because the processor was highly underpowered. The current specs seemed to present a case for themselves. Ordering the server was pretty easy- I already have an account with existing services from Inception Hosting (3 NATs and 2 storage servers). Setup was fairly quick- I received vps details within 15 minutes of making payment.

Initial Hiccups with VPS

The server did present its fair shar of woes. First of all, creating an encrypted disk resulted in a series of failures. Next, I was unable to set up a SSL certificate, no matter how hard I tried. Using Webinolymy favourite command line script, I was unsuccessful in installing SSL certificate using LetsEncrypt. Slickstack and Openlitespeed were also a no-go.

[email protected]:~$ df -h
Filesystem                    Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
udev                          226M     0  226M   0% /dev
tmpfs                          49M  5.3M   43M  11% /run
/dev/mapper/lonstor--vg-root   24G  2.8G   20G  13% /
tmpfs                         242M     0  242M   0% /dev/shm
tmpfs                         5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
tmpfs                         242M     0  242M   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/vda1                     236M   86M  138M  39% /boot
tmpfs                          49M     0   49M   0% /run/user/1000
[email protected]:~$ free -m
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:            482         117         121          29         243         134
Swap:           511         317         194

Finally, I was able to get WordOps, another script based installer for LEMP, up and running. A stock wordpress site and SSL were all configured. It did take a few trial and errors. WordOps however did install a lot of graphical interfaces for monitoring and other features, which I decided to do away with.

I have retained the screenshots of those errors and will probably write about them later. Running WordPress with four vCPUs and when the content is going to get delivered from CDN, one can expect a smooth performance. My aim is to install WordPress cache, and I’m going to try out thescript posted by user Daniel15, creator of Ina post on LowEndTalk, he has talked about optimizing Nginx using this script while using WordPress cache. I will also write about the experience with installing WordPress separately- there is a whole series planned around that. You may want to read up about the first part of that series on LES Blog.

Creating a Backup Site with ClassicPress and Gridpane

Benchmarking Results for KVM by Inception Hosting

Image showing benchmarks run on Inception Hosting VPS in the UK. Blog of Amar Vyas
I tested this VPS using YABS and

So, with this, let’s take a look at the performance of this particular VPS. I ran the standard benchmarks with the usual suspects: YABS, and for speed test. The results from benchmarks are posted below. Here a few observations from the VPS: system is stable, no major surprises there. Network seems to be pretty stable. I have not seen too many spikes over the past wewk.


curl -sL | bash -s -- -9

I used the ‘-9’ flag to run both Geekbench 4 and 5.

Sat Dec 19 13:50:16 GMT 2020

Basic System Information:
Processor : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2640 v4 @ 2.40GHz
CPU cores : 4 @ 2399.996 MHz
AES-NI : ✔ Enabled
VM-x/AMD-V : ❌ Disabled
RAM : 482.7 MiB
Swap : 512.0 MiB
Disk : 24.0 GiB

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):
Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 2.10 MB/s      (525) | 29.32 MB/s     (458)
Write      | 2.12 MB/s      (530) | 29.69 MB/s     (464)
Total      | 4.22 MB/s     (1.0k) | 59.02 MB/s     (922)
           |                      |                     
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 56.64 MB/s     (110) | 67.84 MB/s      (66)
Write      | 59.74 MB/s     (116) | 72.36 MB/s      (70)
Total      | 116.38 MB/s    (226) | 140.21 MB/s    (136)

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed     
                |                           |                 |                
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 794 Mbits/sec   | 896 Mbits/sec      | Paris, FR (10G)           | 639 Mbits/sec   | 486 Mbits/sec  
WorldStream     | The Netherlands (10G)     | 672 Mbits/sec   | 512 Mbits/sec  
Biznet          | Jakarta, Indonesia (1G)   | 695 Mbits/sec   | 38.0 Mbits/sec 
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 698 Mbits/sec   | 127 Mbits/sec  
Velocity Online | Tallahassee, FL, US (10G) | 732 Mbits/sec   | 200 Mbits/sec  
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | 785 Mbits/sec   | 73.8 Mbits/sec 
Iveloz Telecom  | Sao Paulo, BR (2G)        | 698 Mbits/sec   | 123 Mbits/sec  

Geekbench releases can only be downloaded over IPv4. FTP the Geekbench files and run manually.

curl -LsO; bash -asia


Region: Asia v.1.5.5 2020-12-10 
 Usage : curl -LsO; bash -Asia
Virt/Kernel  : Dedicated / 4.19.0-13-amd64
 CPU Model    : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2640 v4 @ 2.40GHz
 CPU Cores    : 4 @ 2399.996 MHz x86_64 16384 KB Cache
 CPU Flags    : AES-NI Enabled & VM-x/AMD-V Disabled
 Load Average : 0.13, 0.03, 0.01
 Total Space  : 24G (2.9G ~13% used)
 Total RAM    : 482 MB (128 MB + 181 MB Buff in use)
 Total SWAP   : 511 MB (338 MB in use)
 Uptime       : 8 days 20:4
 ASN & ISP    : AS62240, Inception Hosting
 Organization : Inception Hosting Limited
 Location     : Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom / GB
 Region       : England

 Performing Geekbench v4 CPU Benchmark test. Please wait...
curl: no URL specified!
 ## Geekbench v4 CPU Benchmark:

  Single Core :   (POOR)
   Multi Core : 

 ## IO Test

 CPU Speed:
    bzip2     :  87.3 MB/s
   sha256     : 140 MB/s
   md5sum     : 405 MB/s

 RAM Speed:
   Avg. write : 1623.8 MB/s
   Avg. read  : 3037.9 MB/s

 Disk Speed:
   1st run    : 305 MB/s
   2nd run    : 358 MB/s
   3rd run    : 295 MB/s
   Average    : 319.3 MB/s

 ## Asia

 Location                         Upload           Download         Ping   
 Nearby                           550.96 Mbit/s    456.20 Mbit/s    9.864 ms
 India, New Delhi (GIGATEL)       113.05 Mbit/s    106.26 Mbit/s   144.768 ms
 India, Mumbai (SevenStar)        128.24 Mbit/s    89.40 Mbit/s    120.816 ms
 India, Bengaluru (I-ON)          72.01 Mbit/s     35.63 Mbit/s    155.789 ms
 Sri Lanka, Colombo (Telecom PLC) 27.75 Mbit/s     54.83 Mbit/s    238.535 ms

I added this test afterwards, this is an add-on, and was not scheduled to be a part of the review. Below are the results from the test

------------------------------------------------- v2019.07.20 --
 benchmark timestamp:    2020-12-19 22:34:38 UTC

Processor:    Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2640 v4 @ 2.40GHz
CPU cores:    4
Frequency:    2399.996 MHz
RAM:          482Mi
bash: line 156: swapon: command not found
Swap:         -
Kernel:       Linux 4.19.0-13-amd64 x86_64

vda     25G  HDD

CPU: SHA256-hashing 500 MB
    3.875 seconds
CPU: bzip2-compressing 500 MB
    6.374 seconds
CPU: AES-encrypting 500 MB
    1.914 seconds

ioping: seek rate
    min/avg/max/mdev = 88.2 us / 356.1 us / 427.3 ms / 5.43 ms
ioping: sequential read speed
    generated 4.40 k requests in 5.00 s, 1.07 GiB, 879 iops, 219.9 MiB/s

dd: sequential write speed
    1st run:    190.73 MiB/s
    2nd run:    213.62 MiB/s
    3rd run:    304.22 MiB/s
    average:    236.19 MiB/s

IPv4 speedtests
    your IPv4:    185.121.24.xxxx

    Cachefly CDN:         96.25 MiB/s
    Leaseweb (NL):        22.82 MiB/s
    Softlayer DAL (US):   3.96 MiB/s (FR):      15.76 MiB/s
    OVH BHS (CA):         5.38 MiB/s

No IPv6 connectivity detected

You can find the command and the details from here.

Benchmarking Lunanode VPS

Wrapping up

Let us talk briefly about the overall experience. Inception Hosting does not usually allow upgrades or stacking of special offers. Thus, you are limited with what you buy. So make your buying decision wisely. Let me also state that two days after purchaseing this VPS plan, there was a new offer with SSD Cache, and that plan was two euros cheaper. I am pretty happy with this system, and do not see a need to reach out to the provider for an upgrade or changing the plan. This VPS is on an annual plan. I may decide not to renew it and get a different one next year. But that is a remote possibility today. The server, after all, is fully equipped for what it does.

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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