VPS.net Thoughts and review (kinda)

ok so this is kind of a review but not, i hope you stay with me, there are many excellent reviews of VPS.net and what it does out there and i dont want to rehash that. if you want a full review of what VPS.net does then i can wholeheartedly support this review over at GetOnTheCloud:
http://getonthecloud.info/2009/09/24/review-vps-net-cloud-computing-by-the-node/
i will rehash there pricing bit to put it in perspective for UK pricing, sorry for the copy and paste Mr Cloud Man 🙂

Pricing / Packages

A single node at VPS.NET starts at £15 GBP per month for your first node with additional nodes getting cheaper.

There is a maximum of 18  nodes per account costing £162 per month (£9 per node).  This gets you a whopping 4608MB RAM, 180GB Storage, 4.5TB Bandwidth and 7.2GHz CPU.

The most popular configuration is 6 nodes. This costs £66 per month (£11 per node) and provides you with 1536MB RAM, 60GB Storage, 1.5TB Bandwidth and 2.4GHz CPU.

You can allocate a single VPS to all your nodes or you can run multiple VPS’s across your allocated nodes to create your own VPS network.  VPS.NET also have daily burst nodes.  Burst nodes are used to increase your computing resources when you know you are going to need it.  They can be automatically scheduled to come online and only cost £1 per node per day.

Extras

VPS.NET offers a number of extras that can be payed for by the month.

  • Backups- £4 per month per VPS.  Includes scheduled daily, weekly and monthly backups and manual backups.  This backs up your entire VPS image so it’s ideal for disaster recovery.
  • Storage Nodes – An extra 25GB of storage costs £7.50 per storage node per month.
  • IP Addresses – External IP addresses are charged at £1 per address per month.
  • dotDefender – This web application firewall product is licensed at £10 per VPS per month.
  • Pro-Active Managed Support – Let the experts manage your entire VPS infrastructure from only £69 per month per VPS (£30 setup fee).
  • CDN (Content Delivery Network) – Pay as you go pricing starting at £55 for 1TB Bandwidth or monthly pricing starting at £35 for 1TB Bandwidth.  CDN plans get cheaper with more bandwidth purchased.

while the maximum number of nodes you can purchase at any 1 time is 18, i dont actually think there is a limit to the number of nodes you can have assigned to a VPS, while there is the physical limit of the hardware meaning that the maximum number of nodes assigned to a VPS is 60 whereby you basically have pseudo dedicated server with full redundancy, i have yet to think of a single server instance where you would want so much processing power and RAM, in every case i can think of it would always be more efficient to break that VPS into several smaller nodes and implement some form of clustering or load balancing.

the beauty of VPS nodes are that they get cheaper the more you buy, also i believe although unadvertised you can get a 10% discount if you pay a whole year upfront rather than monthly billing, if you know you are going to use all the nodes your purchase pretty much immediately then this is probably a viable option, for most use cases like myself its probably cheaper to gradually increase the number of nodes you have.

i originally took the plunge to test DNS for personal use as i was a bit concerned about some of the issues with my current webhosting one of which some of my sites were hacked by FTP (hooray that none of my drupal sites were touched!) and with performance and occasional lack of access for some users (DNS issues of some sort). i also am looking at VPS.net for hosting VPS’ for the company i work for rather than renting a dedicated server.

the signup process was smooth and i signed up for a free cannybill reseller account straight away (just in case) after that i hit my first hitch, for some strange reason i was unable to create a VPS with my 2 nodes. i flagged this straight away with support and amazingly i was surprised when someone got back to me within 3 minutes YES 3 minutes, at 10PM in the evening. i dont even get that kind of response from a company we host a managed dedicated server with!
once i got on my way i had one or 2 issues that again support came up trumps with. there was one issue that i felt the delay in response compared to the other issues i felt was a bit disappointed, i did tweet my issue to the world and was surprised to have @ditlev respond to me personally within a few minutes asking me to email him and he dealt with the issue himself and had it resolved within 20 mins. this is great service.

one or 2 other challenges i faced that i think need sorting out on VPS.net’s end soon is the fact that if a tech support agent needs to login to your account to try and solve a problem you have to provide your VPS.net login details, this means you should change your password everytime this is done, this can be a tedious task for an end user, having to think up different passwords to use each time and then remember them, i have been assured by Carlos and Ditlev that this is in hand and will be solved soon

one other minor niggle although not an issue is to do with IP’s and resetting a VPS to template state. there is currently no way of resetting a VPS to template (or other template if you fancy a change) withoug deleting the VPS and starting again, this process is long winded due to the verification that you really want to remove your VPS, also if you dont recreate quick enough and you were unlucky enough that someone else was doing the same thing in your cloud region at the same time then chances are you wont get the same IP back, which is a pain because of having to change DNS or if you have IP based licenses (like ISPmanager Pro or Cpanel) what would be nice is if your IP is held for 15 minutes from VPS deletion so that you can comfortably recreate a VPS if needed without it being reassigned somewhere else, this would save the heartache of having to change IP in DNS and having to wait for it to propogate in most cases.

the biggest thing i liked about VPS.net was the ability to effectively recommision nodes to new usage in under 5 minutes, this was brilliant and takes virtually all the hassle out of reconfiguring servers

overall i have nothing but praise for the VPS.net crew there support is absolutely awesome! even the guys leading the teams are proactive and involved in the community which is brilliant yet again. in basic speed tests and the like the server is very noticeably faster than my old hosting, drupal performs a charm on there and i can tweak and maintain to my hearts content.

it does however leave me with a dilemna, my current hosting costs me £5 a month and is adequate (except for the occasional DNS issues and speed) my current setup (at this moment temporary) is 2 nodes on VPS.net and costs £28 a month but is great for expansion if i were to move more of my sites there i would most likely have to add a node (or 2) to it to maintain reliable performance. as i am a part time student and working part time, i am not sure i can merit spending the costs on VPS.net without working out some possible business case whereby i can earn at least a portion of my costs back, if anyone has suggestions about this or would like some simple and secure web hosting with proactive support please contact me

so marks out of 10 for VPS.net… 12 🙂



5 comments on “VPS.net Thoughts and review (kinda)
  1. Anthony says:

    hi

    i can say vps.net is a great platform for drupal, i am hosting several drupal sites on this server and also on my companies server

    on this server i mix aegir for most of the drupal sites (its basically a multisite manager with intergration of apache configs and mysql) and have one drupal site hosted on its own due to core getting hacked around alot

    on the other server i manage we have several drupal sites some with quite complex setups and they work very well again, both of these servers are currently 2 node servers and i have been more than impressed with the speed.

    i do have to say you will have to tweak things for optimum performance but this is not a major challenge as there are lots of reccomended settings out there, and i can assist in some way : http://somersettechsolutions.co.uk/content/vpsnet-setup-service

  2. Anthony says:

    i thought i would update this post to now include the fact that VPS.net now has a template reload feature whereby you can reset a vps to an earlier backup, the base template you used or even another template, this will save a lot of heartache with licenses in future

    keep up the good work VPS.net

  3. Anonymous says:

    Anthony! nice post!

    I’m thinking about changing from ANHosting Shared hosting to a VPS in VPS.net. The reason is because i have built a drupal site (http://www.gentela.com) with big modules installed and the performance of the site is very poor. I think that is because drupal depends heavily on the DB to build every page. I think that with a VPS the performance will improve greatly! I plan to initially buy 1 node and in the next month increase to 2 or 3 nodes.

    Can you tell me what is your experience with drupal sites hosted in VPS? Is it worth to pay 20 USD more? The performance your drupal sites have improved?

    Thanks man!

  4. dbeall says:

    Interesting post and a good read.. I’m just surfing where the web takes me today and ended up here from the vps.net forum.. I run Drupal on HotDrupal.com ( a managed vps) and run many Drupal sites on a shared host too. HotDrupal is great, very fast and the price is easy and I don’t have to mess with the server. But my comment is about the other Drupal sites on the shared host. I am a reseller on the shared host(Bizland or Bluedomino). Everything is just fine as far as shared goes.. You know the sql is shared, the web server is shared, and everything else.. That said.. I have been running project/boost on the Drupal sites and it works like a champ. It has some issues, but the developer is working diligently to get things fixed as they come up… Try it and see if it changes your mind about moving all your sites to a higher priced set up like vps.net. Actually, I moved the buckeyelake.org site from the shared host to HotDrupal because of the shared sql problem and the shared host has a query limit too(which I broke several times). But with Boost, as long as I don’t screw Drupal things up to bad.. works just fine. some food for thought Thanks for the rich text format on comments.. my kind of administartor [img]http://fourwheeldrifter.co.uk/sites/all/libraries/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/img/smiley-cool.gif[/img] anyway, have fun..

  5. Anthony says:

    i dont know why the smilies arent working :/

     shared hosting is ok with drupal if your low traffic, anything more you need a decent host and caching modules thats just personal experience. i like how vps.net gives me the middle ground of my own “server” yet without the dedicated server pricing, allows me to guarentee performance to an extent and know i am not being affected by other users

     and if i get hacked its my own fault 😛

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