Nodion is a German based VPS provider run by Nik Karoly, at the time of this review they offer their services in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. They own a good portion of their hardware but use partners networks, they also use the new hosted VPS control panel, “Virtkick”.
There wasn’t any Pre Sales talk with this offer, they posted a special which I purchased since it was a pretty good deal.
The deal I purchased was a very good deal, for just €12 each year you get
- 2 vCPU Cores @ 3.5 GHz
- 512 MB ECC RAM
- 15 GB Pure SSD Storage
- 500 GB Traffic / month @ 1 Gbps port
It was available in Germany, London and the Netherlands.
The server was a great deal and I’m very happy with the cost, their standard offers can be found here.
Performance & Benchmarks
Benchmark started on Mon May 8 05:07:32 CDT 2017 Full benchmark log: /root/bench.log System Info ----------- Processor : Intel Core Processor (Haswell) CPU Cores : 1 Frequency : 3407.998 MHz Memory : 494 MB Swap : 0 MB Uptime : 19:31, OS : Debian GNU/Linux 8 Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit) Kernel : 3.16.0-4-amd64 Hostname : KVM-GER Speedtest (IPv4 only) --------------------- Your public IPv4 is 184.108.40.206 Location Provider Speed CDN Cachefly 111MB/s Atlanta, GA, US Coloat 13.5MB/s Dallas, TX, US Softlayer 11.6MB/s Seattle, WA, US Softlayer 9.25MB/s San Jose, CA, US Softlayer 8.27MB/s Washington, DC, US Softlayer 18.2MB/s Tokyo, Japan Linode 6.15MB/s Singapore Softlayer 3.89MB/s Rotterdam, Netherlands id3.net 96.7MB/s Haarlem, Netherlands Leaseweb 106MB/s Disk Speed ---------- I/O (1st run) : 198 MB/s I/O (2nd run) : 190 MB/s I/O (3rd run) : 190 MB/s Average I/O : 192.667 MB/s
------------------------- nench.sh benchmark 2017-05-08 10:10:14 UTC ------------------------- Processor: Intel Core Processor (Haswell) CPU cores: 1 Frequency: 3407.998 MHz RAM: 494M Swap: - Kernel: Linux 3.16.0-4-amd64 x86_64 Disks: vda 10G HDD CPU: SHA256-hashing 500 MB 2.746 seconds CPU: bzip2-compressing 500 MB 4.555 seconds CPU: AES-encrypting 500 MB 0.833 seconds ioping: seek rate min/avg/max/mdev = 127.3 us / 206.8 us / 8.16 ms / 223.4 us ioping: sequential speed generated 5.46 k requests in 5.00 s, 1.33 GiB, 1.09 k iops, 272.8 MiB/s dd test 1st run: 199 MB/s 2nd run: 201 MB/s 3rd run: 160 MB/s average: 186 MB/s IPv4 speedtests your IPv4: 185.182.63.xxxx Cachefly CDN: 108.67 MiB/s Leaseweb (NL): 99.90 MiB/s Softlayer DAL (US): 11.52 MiB/s Online.net (FR): 65.61 MiB/s OVH BHS (CA): 12.72 MiB/s No IPv6 connectivity detected -------------------------
I’ve only had to open one ticket with Nodion so far, the location I wanted to order the server in Germany but the location was at full capacity, I asked whether I would be able to move the server if I deployed it in the Netherlands for the time being. I got a reply back a few hours later explaining how the billing system works (since they use Virtkick which I haven’t used before)
I’ve not had any technical issues with my server so I can’t comment on how well they would handle something complex, I have a good feeling that they would be very good though.
My server rebooted once on its own after a month of uptime, it hasn’t done it since but it’s something worth noting.
There aren’t really any extra features that I can mention, the control panel is very cool looking and modern. They also don’t use the standard WHMCS / Blesta and SolusVM / Virtualizor, instead opting to use Virtkick
Virtkick handles all the usual operations you’d need to do in your control panel however it is restricted in some ways. There are no options for a custom ISO to install on your server nor can the host do this on your behalf, your billing information is also stored by Virtkick themselves since it is a hosted platform so you need to trust the company (Nodion in this case) and Virtkick to use the information in a safe way. Another downside is that it is very difficult for a host using Virtkick to manage custom deals and services.
I’m happy with my Nodion purchase and I will be using it as a production server (currently using it to run Guacamole) for the duration of the package. Since they’re a small host I’ll update this post if anything important happens that I think people should know before purchasing.
The server also rocked some pretty awesome performance considering the price which is a big plus and along with the SSD storage and gigabit port the server is perfect for what I’ll be using it for. I also much prefer KVM over OpenVZ so that just makes the offer even better for me.
I can’t personally recommend Nodion as I have limited experience with support so far and that some may be put off by them using Virtkick but I’ll carry on using them for the time being and updating this post if I find something you should know about before purchasing.
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