HostSolutions (HostSolutions.ro) Storage VPS Review

Quick Information

HostSolutions.ro is a hosting provider based in Romania, they offer popular “DMCA free” services such as shared hosting and VPS. For this review we are going to be using one of their new storage based VPS, these offer insane resources for cost which we’ll talk more about later.

HostSolutions is also a registered company in Romania under the name “S.C. Parfumuri-Femei.com S.R.L” and has a public WhoIS record for their domains and IP Addresses.



Pre Sales

There wasn’t any pre sales chat for this offer, it was a purchase from an offer Cociu (HostSolutions Owner) posted onto LowEndTalk as an Easter special.


Cost

Here is where it gets really good. The server HostSolutions is offering has amazing value for the resources you are getting, check them out.

  • 1TB HDD
  • CPU 1vCore
  • 1 Dedicated IP
  • 1GB ECC RAM
  • Full Root Access
  • 10TB Traffic/Month
  • 1 Gbps Port (Shared)
  • OpenVZ

All this for just €4.50/mo.. Yep, just €4.50 each month for 1TB of storage and a gigabit port. Personally, I don’t know of anywhere else that provides that kind of value for such as large amount of storage. They also offer larger servers which are at just as good value. There’s a few rules you must follow if you purchase this server though.

  • Torrenting is also allowed however you must limit your upload speed to 100Mbps.
  • No Debian 8, CentOS 7, Ubuntu 15+ templates are available and will not be added.
  • If you would like to request a refund then open a ticket first, many hosts are complaining due to users charging back instead of contacting them first.

Performance & Benchmarks

Bench.sh

Benchmark started on Mon May  8 05:04:17 EDT 2017
Full benchmark log: /root/bench.log

System Info
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Processor	: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2450L 0 @ 1.80GHz
CPU Cores	: 1
Frequency	: 1795.778 MHz
Memory		: 1024 MB
Swap		: 512 MB
Uptime		: 4 days, 16:11,

OS		: Debian GNU/Linux 7
Arch		: i686 (32 Bit)
Kernel		: 2.6.32-48-pve
Hostname	: RO1


Speedtest (IPv4 only)
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Your public IPv4 is REDACTED

Location		Provider	Speed
CDN			Cachefly	50.4MB/s

Atlanta, GA, US		Coloat		7.66MB/s 
Dallas, TX, US		Softlayer	6.64MB/s 
Seattle, WA, US		Softlayer	11.7MB/s 
San Jose, CA, US	Softlayer	10.8MB/s 
Washington, DC, US	Softlayer 	3.67MB/s 

Tokyo, Japan		Linode		3.91MB/s 
Singapore 		Softlayer	4.65MB/s 

Rotterdam, Netherlands	id3.net		18.2MB/s
Haarlem, Netherlands	Leaseweb	31.4MB/s 


Disk Speed
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I/O (1st run)	: 118 MB/s
I/O (2nd run)	: 122 MB/s
I/O (3rd run)	: 133 MB/s
Average I/O	: 124.333 MB/s

Nench.sh

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 nench.sh benchmark
 2017-05-08 09:32:13 UTC
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Processor:    Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2450L 0 @ 1.80GHz
CPU cores:    1
Frequency:    1795.778 MHz
RAM:          1.0G
Swap:         512M
Kernel:       Linux 2.6.32-48-pve i686

Disks:
bash: line 65: column: command not found

CPU: SHA256-hashing 500 MB
    6.395 seconds
CPU: bzip2-compressing 500 MB
    11.967 seconds
CPU: AES-encrypting 500 MB
    3.079 seconds

ioping: seek rate
    min/avg/max/mdev = 96.3 us / 347.2 us / 108.0 ms / 1.97 ms
ioping: sequential speed
    generated 1.15 k requests in 5.56 s, 287 MiB, 206 iops, 51.6 MiB/s

dd test
    1st run:    135 MB/s
    2nd run:    132 MB/s
    3rd run:    111 MB/s
    average:    126 MB/s

IPv4 speedtests
    your IPv4:    85.204.246.xxxx

    Cachefly CDN:         46.07 MiB/s
    Leaseweb (NL):        16.95 MiB/s
    Softlayer DAL (US):   11.74 MiB/s
    Online.net (FR):      24.85 MiB/s
    OVH BHS (CA):         4.94 MiB/s

No IPv6 connectivity detected
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Speedtest.net

Speeds may be lower on this test as it is not really meant for testing servers

Technical Support

I only needed to open two tickets, the first being a low priority ticket that I opened at 23:33 on a Sunday night asking whether the other templates were enabled on the node my server was placed onto. I received a reply from Marius at 8:29 explaining how to access the other templates (specifically the Debian 7 Minimal).

I’m fine with the reply time considering it was a low priority ticket, opened on a Sunday, while they were under heavy load processing the pre-orders for the storage VPS I am reviewing. I had no other issues with the server (other than it rebooting once on it’s own but I assume it was because of the network upgrades they were performing).

The other ticket I had to open was due to the server becoming very unstable with input over SSH taking seconds to actually show what I typed, this was also resolved quickly and was because of “abuse” by somebody else on the node.


Extra Features

I can’t think of any extra features that are offered on this product range.


Conclusion

Although the server is amazing price to resource wise, I will not be renewing my server for a few reasons.

Firstly the server is not reliable enough, not specifically in my case, but because of things other users are reporting. There have also been issues with a few nodes which have cause a lot of downtime for users, this was compensated however by HostSolutions (see image below).

This email was sent to all users, even those not on the affected nodes.

I think that HostSolutions is a good host, they just should have slowly rolled out the storage servers instead of selling as many as they did on launch. I’ll probably give them another try in the future (that price for the amount of storage is too good to ignore) but not until all of the teething issues are fixed.


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