PHP-Friends vServer SSD Black Friday 2019

PHP-Friends has lined up a Black Friday 2019 offer (probably their first ever Black Friday offer). They are a German provider with a very strong reputation on various lowend hosting forums. The specs of the PHP-Friends vServer SSD Black Friday 2019 offer is as follows:

  • Intel Xeon E5-2630 v2 @ 2.60GHz
  • 2 vCPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 100GB disk storage
  • SSD disk type
  • 5TB Monthly Bandwidth (throttled to 10mbits beyond that)
  • 1 Gbps Port
  • €24.96 every 6 months (for those outside EU, otherwise €29.70 every 6 months)
  • KVM Virtualization
  • Location: Germany

The results of the LEBRE scoring methodology (using the lower €24.96 every 6 months amount) is as follows:

Compared to REBOX1, this PHP-Friends’s Black Friday offer is on the weak side in terms of the value you are getting for the host node CPU and the disk type. In terms of the number of vCPUs, it is actually of somewhat decent value, and it exceeds our excellent REBOX1 in terms the bandwidth and port speed offered.

What you should really sit up and take note is the massive 6GB RAM and the 100GB storage space that you are getting. PHP-Friends is not stranger to high RAM VPS plans, but they usually are priced out of the lowend market. This is one of the RARE times where you can score a high RAM VPS for less than 7 dollars per month.

The overall LEBRE score of 122 is indicative that you should seriously consider this PHP-Friends offer because it has managed to beat our excellent reference REBOX1. This is an excellent value proposition especially if you need both lots of RAM and lots of fast SSD storage space, especially if you prefer an European location.

TL;DR This box is of excellent value and should be seriously considered by those with a need for high RAM boxes and plentiful fast SSD storage.

If you are afraid of missing this excellent PHP-Friends vServer SSD Black Friday 2019 offer, buy your box immediately and support PHP-Friends, who is on The Whitelist.

HostHatch Nvme Black Friday 2019 Special

HostHatch has entered the Black Friday 2019 game pretty late, but they have come into the game pulling no punches at all. They are now offering their HostHatch Nvme Black Friday 2019 Special with the following specs:

  • Intel Xeon E5-2690 v2 @ 3.00GHz
  • 2 vCPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 20GB disk storage
  • NVME disk type
  • 10TB Monthly Bandwidth
  • 10 Gbps Port
  • $2.50 per month
  • KVM Virtualization
  • Location: Chicago and London

The results of the LEBRE scoring methodology is as follows:

Where do we even begin? Many of the lowend VPS we have looked at often are much stronger in value than our reference REBOX1 in some aspects but are also much weaker than it in other aspects. This box from HostHatch IS NOT inferior to our REBOX1 in any aspect. Its two weakest aspects, which are the CPU Passmark scores and the disk size are actually pretty close to our REBOX1 in terms of value.

And those are where the similarities end. It offers tremendous value in terms of the number of vCPUs, RAM and disk type, beating our already excellent value REBOX1. What truly left our reference box in the dust are the bandwidth and port speeds. You get 10TB monthly bandwidth with a 10Gbps port at just $2.50 a month.

Yes, you read that right. If that is not insane for a lowend box, then the word insanity needs to be redefined. The overall LEBRE score of 327 is, you might have guessed what we are going to say, INSANE. Our current highest score of 281 (the UltraVPS.eu Black Friday 2019 SAS Special) has been dethroned.

TL;DR For just $2.50 per month, you get a high-performing box that you can stream, upload and download at blazing speeds without worry. Why is your credit card still in your wallet?

If you don’t want to have regrets of missing out on this massive HostHatch Nvme Black Friday 2019 offer, head on to HostHatch’s client portal, deposit your funds and raise a ticket to buy this box andto support HostHatch, who is on The Whitelist.

Pro-tip: For another $7 per month, you can get a 3TB Black Friday 2019 storage server from HostHatch at the same locations. Use something like SSHFS to mount the storage server onto this box and this VPS suddenly has an extra 3TB space, can easily matching or even exceeding the performance of low-end dedicated storage servers for a fraction of the price.

HostDoc LA Black Friday 2019 Special

It seems like the HostDoc Black Friday 2019 Dallas Dual Compute offer that we featured earlier has been sold out! Fret not, the doctor still has some really potent Black Friday 2019 deals that have been quietly hidden away. The specs of this HostDoc LA Black Friday 2019 offer is as follows:

  • Intel Core i9-9900K @ 3.60GHz
  • 3 vCPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 20GB + 70GB Disk
  • NVME + HDD Disk Type
  • 4TB Monthly Bandwidth
  • 10 Gbps Port
  • £4.17 per month (annual payment; otherwise £4.99 per month)
  • KVM Virtualization
  • Location: Los Angeles

The results of the LEBRE scoring methodology (using the lower £4.17 amount) is as follows:

This HostDoc Black Friday LA offer is a very well-rounded contender. Compared to REBOX1, it offers decent value in terms of CPU Passmark scores and disk type. It pretty much almost goes toe-to-toe with our REBOX1 in terms of number of vCPUs and bandwidth offered. As for the rest, it is ahead of our reference box by miles.

The RAM and the disk space outperformed our reference REBOX1, and once again its blazing 10 Gbps port speed is something our reference box cannot compare with, and we would like to remind you against that this port speed is a very rare offering for lowend boxes.

The overall LEBRE score of 165 suggests that this HostDoc LA Black Friday offer clearly out-gunned our reference REBOX1. It fell short by a bit, however, when measured against the HostDoc Black Friday 2019 Dallas Dual Compute offer that we shared earlier, but it didn’t fall short by too much. If you missed that offer, this one has slipped under the radar and offers you similar performance. Don’t let this one slip by too!

TL;DR A lowend box that is well-designed to handle loads comparable to lowend dedicated machines. A well-kept secret that you should grab before it’s gone too.

If you don’t want to have regrets of missing out on this HostDoc LA Black Friday 2019 offer, buy your box immediately and support HostDoc, who is on The Whitelist.

UltraVPS.eu Black Friday 2019 SAS Special

UltraVPS is an established hosting company operating since 1999 and they are now offering an UltraVPS.eu Black Friday 2019 offer that is almost impossible to refuse. The specs of this offer is as follows:

  • Intel Xeon E5-2690v2 host node
  • 2 vCPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 100GB Disk
  • HDD Disk Type (SAS)
  • 5TB Monthly Bandwidth
  • 10 Gbps Port
  • $3.1 per month (quarterly price without VAT for non-EU customers; otherwise €3.33 per month)
  • KVM Virtualization
  • Location: Germany or Netherlands

The results of the LEBRE scoring methodology (using the lower $3.10 amount) is as follows:

In terms of getting the best bang for every dollar, it’s a bloodbath; this UltraVPS offer beat REBOX1 in most of the LEBRE measures by a wide margin. The only weakness is the disk type as it is using HDD as the storage medium, BUT one has to be aware this is not the usual SCSI HDD. This UltraVPS.eu offer uses SAS HDD, which is extremely high performance and can offer performance comparable to low end SSDs.

This VPS box gives you decent value in terms of CPU performance, excellent value for number of vCPUs offered, and pretty much blows away REBOX1 in terms of RAM, bandwidth and the storage size offered, and the biggest highlight has to be the 10Gbps port speed that is a rarity in lowend VPS offers. Expect blazing speeds transferring large files, especially on the European continent.

The overall LEBRE score of 281 is our highest yet, offering a value that is almost triple of our already excellent REBOX1. At the half the price of a Starbucks coffee, there is no reason not to buy this box if you are only willing pay much lower than the $7 monthly price cap we set to assess the value of VPS offers using our LEBRE methodology.

TL;DR In terms of value, this box is a champion slayer. If you want one of the best value-for-money boxes this Black Friday, this is probably it.

If you are afraid of missing the UltraVPS.eu Black Friday 2019 SAS Special 1 offer, buy your box like right now (Germany and Netherlands are available options) and support UltraVPS.eu, who is on The Whitelist.

HostSolutions storage VPS longitudinal review

We present the HostSolutions storage VPS longitudinal review of its “Dracula” storage deal offered during Halloween 2019.

Due to a number of concerns that have been previously expressed about its reliability of on some forums, we decided to perform a HostSolutions storage VPS longitudinal review. We ran the bench.sh benchmark script almost daily for a month, choosing a random time each day to eliminate systemic temporal patterns.

The daily results for each marker are presented using bar charts below. At the end of the review, the total uptime of this storage box was 28 days, 10 hours.

Note: Charts are interactive. You can mouse over each bar to see the actual value.

The longitudinal data clearly shows that the performance is generally quite consistent and stable across time. For disk read-write speeds, there were some severe issues initially (probably with abusive users hogging the disk). HostSolutions clearly was monitoring. There was no more poor disk I/O performance after the first few days, mostly between 180 – 200 MB/s at any time of the day.

Network speeds were generally acceptable across the time period, performing very well in Europe (an expected finding as HostSolutions’ servers are in Romania). Speeds to Asia and North America were acceptable (hovering around 5 MB/s).

There was a period where speeds to Seattle was almost zero but from the data, that seems to have been corrected.

As this is a storage box, we did not perform Geekbench scores because the box is purely meant for storage and not for CPU intensive tasks.

Final words

The month-long data from our HostSolutions storage VPS longitudinal review clearly shows that it now has very stable and reliable host nodes for their storage products. Advertised then at the price of 1.388 euros/month for 1TB of storage, the performance for the price is unbelievable.

While this review is by no means conclusive, the longitudinal data gives greater confidence that HostSolutions VPS products offered in recent times are stable, not oversold, performs very well at a very low price and deserves a place in The Whitelist.

Note: Hostsolutions is offering this deal again as a pre-Black Friday offer.

HostDoc Black Friday 2019 Dallas Dual Compute

HostDoc has already started their Black Friday 2019 sales with an even tastier offering than their previous Dallas offer we presented several weeks ago. The specs of this Black Friday 2019 offer is as follows:

  • Intel Xeon Gold 6128 host node
  • 4 vCPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 25GB + 100GB Disk
  • NVME + HDD Disk Type
  • 1TB Monthly Bandwidth
  • 10 Gbps Port
  • £3.74 per month (annual payment; otherwise £4.49 per month)
  • KVM Virtualization
  • Location: Dallas

The results of the LEBRE scoring methodology (using the lower £3.74 amount) is as follows:

Compared to REBOX1, the value of this HostDoc Dallas sale offering is somewhat weak in terms of host node single-core Passmark, disk type is reasonable and the monthly bandwidth is clearly a bummer at 1TB monthly.

BUT, this HostDoc Black Friday prescription offers crazy value in terms of number of vCPUs, RAM and disk size, with a blazing 10 Gbps port speed (a rare offering for lowend boxes).

The overall LEBRE score of 194 suggests that this HostDoc Dallas sale offering is of exceptional value compared to the reference REBOX1. HostDoc has outdone itself, beating its own previous Dallas offer (which already trounced our reference REBOX1 by a large margin). The main downside is the 1TB bandwidth but everything else more than makes up for this. This box will perform like a dedicated for just a fraction of the price of low end dedicated servers.

TL;DR Likely to offer performance rivaling low end dedicated servers at a fraction of the price. Especially recommended for those who need computing power and ultra-fast bandwidth.

If you are afraid of missing the HostDoc Black Friday 2019 Dallas Dual Compute, buy your box immediately and support HostDoc, who is on The Whitelist.

Special note: if you are wiiling to go beyond the $7 limit that we set on LEBRE, HostDoc has what could the ultimate value high performing VPS offer (8 vCPU, 12GB RAM, 10TB bandwidth) this Black Friday for just £8.33 per month (annual payment). Check it out here.

WisHosting KVM SSD

Today we are looking at WisHosting KVM SSD servers with the following specs:

  • Intel Xeon E5 1630v3 host node
  • 1 vCPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 60GB Disk
  • SSD Disk Type
  • Unmetered Monthly Bandwidth
  • 250 Mbps Port
  • $5.33 per month (quarterly payment; otherwise $5.99 per month)
  • KVM Virtualization
  • Location: Canada or France

The results of the LEBRE scoring methodology (using the lower $5.33 amount) is as follows:

Compared to REBOX1, the value of this WisHosting KVM offering is very poor in terms of port speed. However, it offers superb value with unmetered bandwidth! At this port speed with unmetered bandwidth, you will probably not run into monthly bandwidth cap issues (it’s a shared pipe so you may or may not achieve the theoretical maximum).

It offers somewhat weak value in terms of number of host node Passmark performance, number of vCPUs and disk type, but in return you get exceptional value for RAM and disk size.

The overall LEBRE score of 150 of this WisHosting offering beats the reference REBOX1 by a large margin due to its extremely strong value proposition in terms of bandwidth (you pretty much don’t have to worry about extra charges busting a monthly cap) and the generous 6GB RAM offered. It should perform well for most use cases.

TL;DR If RAM and bandwidth are your thing, then you can’t go wrong with this box.

If you are afraid of missing this WisHosting KVM SSD offer, buy your box now either in France or in Canada and support WisHosting, who is on The Whitelist.

HostDoc SG4 Singapore Flash Sale

HostDoc has restocked their Singapore flash sale VPS servers. We are looking at their SG4 server with the following specs:

  • Intel i7-7700K host node
  • 2 vCPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 200GB Disk
  • HDD Disk Type
  • 1TB Monthly Bandwidth
  • 250 Mbps Port
  • £4.17 per month (annual payment; otherwise £4.99 per month)
  • KVM Virtualization
  • Location: Singapore

The results of the LEBRE scoring methodology (using the lower £4.17 amount) is as follows:

Compared to REBOX1, the value of this HostDoc’s Singapore offering is very poor in terms of bandwidth and port speed. However, because bandwidth is generally much more expensive in Asia, the low scores are normal. Disk type also scored poorly because it is HDD, which again is normal. It offers decent value in terms of host node Passmark performance and number of vCPUs, with excellent value in terms of amount of RAM offered. The highlight is no doubt the massive 200GB disk space that completely swallows our REBOX1.

The overall LEBRE score of 93 suggests that this HostDoc offering is of excellent value compared to the reference REBOX1. The main weakness of this box is due to its location in Asia, which unfortunately pulled its bandwidth related scores down compared to REBOX1, which is located in Germany with cheaper bandwidth. If you are in Asia and need a massive storage solution, this HostDoc Singapore flash sale server is very, very worthy of your consideration.

TL;DR An excellent box by Asian standards. Recommended for those located in Asia who suffer from storage obsessive compulsion disorder.

If you are afraid of missing the offer, buy your box immediately and support HostDoc, who is on The Whitelist.

Footnote: if you don’t mind swapping some disk storage for better storage type, you can opt for the HostDoc SG3 instead, which comes with 20GB Nvme + 100GB HDD block storage for the same price of the SG4.

Nexus Bytes MT Basic SSD

Nexus Bytes is having its weekly 72-hour Mega Thursday Basic SSD offer with the following specs:

  • Intel Xeon E3-1230 host node
  • 2 vCPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 100GB Disk
  • SSD Disk Type
  • 10TB Monthly Bandwidth
  • 1Gpbs Port
  • $4 per month
  • KVM Virtualization
  • Locations: Germany and New York
  • Special bonus: Free 100GB Storage VPS with 1IPv4 NAT (384MB RAM, 2TB Monthly Bandwidth)

How this limited time deal fared under our LEBRE scoring methodology is presented below:

Compared to REBOX1 (also previously offered by Nexus Bytes), the value of this offer is somewhat poor in terms of host node single-core Passmark, RAM and disk type. However, it offers a very good value for number of vCPUs, and port speed, and the strongest selling points are the undoubtedly the massive 10TB bandwidth that makes REBOX1’s 3TB bandwidth look measly, and the super generous 100GB snappy SSD storage space.

The overall LEBRE score of 122 indicates that this box has a better price-performance value compared to the reference REBOX1. It is perfectly well-suited for personal use such as hosting a blog. If your blog is very rich in media or if you need to share or transfer lots of data every month, then this box is perfect for you.

One other VERY, VERY IMPORTANT consideration that we cannot capture using our LEBRE scoring methodology is the free 100GB storage NAT VPS that comes with this plan (you need to open a ticket to get it). Some providers offer an additional block storage that you can mount with your basic plan, but Nexus Bytes is offering an additional storage VPS complete with its own RAM, bandwidth and OS!

You literally buy one VPS and get another free.

This is definitely a very interesting value proposition. There are many possibilities with an additional NAT storage VPS. You can mount it as a additional drive using SSHFS and you effectively get 200GB storage! Backups and things that are not needed to be accessed frequently can be sent to the NAT storage VPS so as not to take up space on your faster SSD. If you want, you can even put a lightweight web server on the NAT VPS!

TL;DR A box that gets most things done for bandwidth guzzlers. Free additional storage too? Just take my money.

You have less than 72 hours to buy your box in Germany or in New York to support Nexus Bytes, who is on The Whitelist.

Update: real-world VPS benchmarks

HostDoc TX3 Dallas Flash Sale

HostDoc is offering another lowend VPS flash sale with the following specs:

  • Intel Xeon Gold 6128 host node
  • 3 vCPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 20GB + 50GB Disk
  • NVME + HDD Disk Type
  • 2TB Monthly Bandwidth
  • 10 Gbps Port
  • £4 per month (annual payment; otherwise £4.79 per month)
  • KVM Virtualization
  • Location: Dallas

The results of the LEBRE scoring methodology (using the lower £4 amount) is as follows:

Compared to REBOX1, the value of this HostDoc Dallas sale offering is somewhat weak in terms of host node single-core Passmark and monthly bandwidth. Disk type is reasonable, and it offers excellent value in terms of number of vCPUs, RAM and disk size. The highlight is no doubt the blazing 10 Gbps port speed (a rare offering for lowend boxes) that leaves our REBOX1 in the dust.

The overall LEBRE score of 165 suggests that this HostDoc Dallas sale offering is of exceptional value compared to the reference REBOX1 and should perform similarly well, capable of handling a medium sized website without breaking a sweat. If you want the fastest download speeds, this box is for you. If you need lots of bandwidth, consider HostDoc’s Kansas offer instead.

TL;DR A solid all-rounder that easily rivals the reference box. Recommended for those with a need for speed.

If you are afraid of missing the offer, buy your box immediately and support HostDoc, who is on The Whitelist.