Nodion (www.nodion.com) KVM VPS Review

Quick Information

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”.

Remember to read their TOS and Privacy Poilicy before purchasing.



Pre Sales

There wasn’t any Pre Sales talk with this offer, they posted a special which I purchased since it was a pretty good deal.


Cost

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
  • KVM

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

Bench.sh

Benchmark started on Mon May  8 05:07:32 CDT 2017
Full benchmark log: /root/bench.log

System Info
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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)
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Your public IPv4 is 185.182.63.22

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
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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

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 nench.sh benchmark
 2017-05-08 10:10:14 UTC
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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
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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’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.


Extra Features

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.


Conclusion

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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