BuyVM OVZ 128MB Review

First of all we’ll talk about the locations that BuyVM offer; these being Luxembourg, Las Vegas and New Jersey. For our tests we’ll be using the Luxembourg based services.


Pre Sales

BuyVM offer a live chat for customers who have questions, each time we tested it we were greeted by Francisco (Owner of BuyVM/FranTech). We asked a few questions about how the filtering of the DDOS IP’s provided by BuyVM work such as their filtering strength, bandwidth limits etc and received very detailed answers each time.

For pre-sale support we rank BuyVM very high compared to other hosts, this is mostly due to the very good live support feature and also because you can usually get very fast answers by messaging Francisco on Twitter or LowEndTalk.



Cost

BuyVM has some very low cost plans available to order, I’ll put a quick comparison below.

OpenVZ

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KVM (these are being refreshed as “Slices” but are not available in some locations yet, I’ll put both KVM plans)

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KVM Slices

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I have seen users mention that the plans are too expensive for what you get, I completely disagree with that statement as you must remember that plans must be sustainable for host & that high quality services are going to cost you more compared to the bog standard summer host.

I would say that the BuyVM prices are very good, they don’t give unsustainable packages yet are still very affordable, with the new KVM slices you’ll be getting a lot more resources per dollar compared to the OVZ and old KVM lineup.

Extra IP’s are also $1.00/m each with DDOS protected IP’s (provided by Voxillity) for just $3.00/m, extra bandwidth is available for $2.50 for 1TB. Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2012 is also provided for free on the KVM Slices.


Performance & Benchmarks

 

[email protected]:~# sh bench.sh
Benchmark started on Fri Sep 23 18:54:14 EDT 2016
Full benchmark log: /root/bench.log

System Info
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Processor       : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           L5638  @ 2.00GHz
CPU Cores       : 1
Frequency       : 2000.072 MHz
Memory          : 128 MB
Swap            : 128 MB
Uptime          : 3 days, 21:17,

OS              : Debian GNU/Linux 7
Arch            : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel          : 2.6.32-openvz-042stab108.8-amd64
Hostname        : srv1


Speedtest (IPv4 only)
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Your public IPv4 is REDACTED

Location                Provider        Speed
CDN                     Cachefly        60.3MB/s

Atlanta, GA, US         Coloat          6.08MB/s
Dallas, TX, US          Softlayer       15.3MB/s
Seattle, WA, US         Softlayer       12.6MB/s
San Jose, CA, US        Softlayer       14.0MB/s
Washington, DC, US      Softlayer       13.4MB/s

Tokyo, Japan            Linode          5.52MB/s
Singapore               Softlayer       9.26MB/s

Rotterdam, Netherlands  id3.net         50.9MB/s
Haarlem, Netherlands    Leaseweb        64.0MB/s


Disk Speed
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I/O (1st run)   : 84.3 MB/s
I/O (2nd run)   : 160 MB/s
I/O (3rd run)   : 105 MB/s
Average I/O     : 116.433 MB/s

 


Technical Support

For the tickets I opened with the FranTech / BuyVM support team each one has been answered very quickly compared to other hosts I have used.

For example, I opened a ticket up on a Friday morning (06:25) and received a reply at 09:06 same day. Other times I receive replies within 5 minutes and have the issue resolved within the hour I opened the ticket.

The support technicians know what they are doing and act quickly, each and every problem or question I have had has been resolved.

I honestly can’t fault the BuyVM support team.


Extra Features

BuyVM has lots of extra features available for their users, they have a custom control panel called “Stallion” which is, in my opinion, the best VPS control panel available currently. Stallion was developed inhouse by Francisco (BuyVM Owner) as SolusVM did not fit his needs; it is extremely quick, supports floating IP’s, AnyCast IP’s, all of the TurnKey Linux ISO’s, console and more.

AnyCast can also be automatically setup for you too using Stallion, this means that by purchasing a VPS in at least 2 of the available locations you can direct your visitors to the closest available server to keep the website as fast as possible around the world.

I haven’t tested the AnyCast function as I use CloudFlare which does the same job but I can confidently say it should work.

DDOS protection is also available and powered by Voxility, this costs extra though at $3 per proteced IP address.


Conclusion

Would I recommend this host? – Yes! I use this host for some of my production websites and also my personal TeamSpeak 3 server.

Would I change anything? – The only thing I would change would be that Stallion would support sub accounts so I could give my friend the permission to reboot my TeamSpeak server but not root access to the server itself.

I also noticed that a few people on LET & WHT complain that they do not like BuyVM as their account was closed. Most of these threads end in the fact that the client used fake details to register or they break the rules (there’s even a TL;DR popup at checkout with the rules broken down quickly) almost instantly after signing up. If you break the rules it’s your own fault you get suspended / terminated.


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