Rad Web Hosting (radwebhosting.com) KVM VPS Review

Quick Information

Rad Web Hosting have kindly reached out to us to offer a free VPS to create a review on, they are based in Dallas, Texas and have a public WhoIS record. They offer a range of services including KVM VPS hosting, DDOS protected KVM VPS hosting, shared hosting and dedicated servers. They also stock VPS reseller plans which I know is quite a rarity (not many hosts support this) which is nice to see.

Their website is located here.

Make sure to read all of their polices before purchasing – AUP, Terms of Service, SLA & Privacy Policy.



Pre Sales

There wasn’t any pres sales talk as there wasn’t a sale, as like our InMotion Hosting review, the server was provided to us free of charge so that we could give our readers a non bias, genuine review; something that this industry is lacking in.


Cost

The server I was provided with is a custom plan. It consists of the following specifications.

  • Core: 2 CPU
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 10GB Disk (RAID 10)
  • Bandwidth: 100GB
  • Address: 1 IP

This plan would cost $20 each month, out of the “low end” price bracket but not necessarily a bad thing.

The cheapest server consists of

  • Core:1 CPU
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 10GB Disk (RAID 10)
  • Bandwidth: 100GB
  • Address: 1 IP

for $10

And the next plan up in the range features

  • Cores: 1 CPU
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage: 25GB SAS
  • Uplink Port Speed: 250Mbps
  • Bandwidth: 1000GB
  • Address: 1 IP

and costs $50 without a promo. Personally I would say that this costs too much, if management and / or cPanel was included in the price I wouldn’t mind so much. You do however get an SLA which does add into the cost.


Performance & Benchmarks

Bench.sh

System Info
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Processor : QEMU Virtual CPU version 1.5.3
CPU Cores : 2
Frequency : 2599.998 MHz
Memory : 2010 MB
Swap : 1023 MB
Uptime : 23 days, 5:12,

OS : Debian GNU/Linux 8
Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel : 3.16.0-4-amd64
Hostname : rad2.vpsguide.net



Speedtest (IPv4 only)
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Your public IPv4 is 63.143.xx.xx

Location Provider Speed
CDN Cachefly 107MB/s

Atlanta, GA, US Coloat 57.3MB/s 
Dallas, TX, US Softlayer 107MB/s 
Seattle, WA, US Softlayer 29.7MB/s 
San Jose, CA, US Softlayer 36.7MB/s 
Washington, DC, US Softlayer 38.5MB/s

Tokyo, Japan Linode 16.9MB/s 
Singapore Softlayer 6.76MB/s

Rotterdam, Netherlands id3.net 9.02MB/s
Haarlem, Netherlands Leaseweb 109MB/s



Disk Speed
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I/O (1st run) : 124 MB/s
I/O (2nd run) : 104 MB/s
I/O (3rd run) : 131 MB/s
Average I/O : 119.667 MB/s

 

Nench.sh

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 nench.sh benchmark
 2017-06-18 01:32:30 UTC
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Processor: QEMU Virtual CPU version 1.5.3
CPU cores: 2
Frequency: 2599.998 MHz
RAM: 2.0G
Swap: 1.0G
Kernel: Linux 3.16.0-4-amd64 x86_64

Disks:
vda 10G HDD

CPU: SHA256-hashing 500 MB
 CPU: bzip2-compressing 500 MB
 CPU: AES-encrypting 500 MB
 
ioping: seek rate
 min/avg/max/mdev = 43.3 us / 68.9 us / 7.73 ms / 57.1 us
ioping: sequential speed
 generated 14.4 k requests in 5.00 s, 3.51 GiB, 2.87 k iops, 718.1 MiB/s

dd test
 1st run: 125 MB/s
 2nd run: 123 MB/s
 3rd run: 126 MB/s
 average: 124 MB/s

IPv4 speedtests
 your IPv4: 63.143.41.xxxx

Cachefly CDN: 97.43 MiB/s
 Leaseweb (NL): 9.49 MiB/s
 Softlayer DAL (US): 33.72 MiB/s
 Online.net (FR): 12.41 MiB/s
 OVH BHS (CA): 23.63 MiB/s

IPv6 speedtests
 your IPv6: 2607:ff68:100:xxxx

Leaseweb (NL): 8.68 MiB/s
 Softlayer DAL (US): 47.94 MiB/s
 Online.net (FR): 14.34 MiB/s
 OVH BHS (CA): 0.04 MiB/s
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Speedtest.net

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

 

(We also monitor the network uptime when the VPS is more costly than others)

Uptimerobot 1 Min Check (Provided by Rad Web Hositng)

Uptime Robot 5 Min Check

10 Second Port Checks (on port 80)

 


Technical Support

I needed to open one ticket with Rad Web Hosting during the review, although not for an issue most users will face. The server I was provided (more specifically the SolusVM account) didn’t deploy correctly for the review account I was given, the issue was resolved when the server was created manually instead of being automated. Like I said before though this shouldn’t affect any users using the standard deployment system.

I opened the ticket at 11:41AM and received a reply at 11:45, I replied at 11:49 confirming the suggestion from the previous reply did not work. I then received another reply at 12:00 explaining what caused the problem and to see if the process they did on their end fixed the problem. I replied at 12:03 saying that I managed to blacklist my self trying the invalid login (my fault) to which they replied (at 12:41) stating that they had cleared my entry from the firewall and the details of the workaround they did to get the account fully working.

I also received a ticket from “Ron W” (who managed the previous ticket very well) saying that more credit had been added to the review account so that I can continue monitoring the VPS, they also provided me with a 1 minute check from Uptime Robot to use in this review (hosted by a 3rd party so that it doesn’t impact the quality of the review, of course I had my own tests running).

The support given to me by Rad Web Hosting is very good and I would say that you’d be safe hosting with them if you need an extra hand to get going, not only were the replies very quick but they were also in great detail and not just one word replies. They genuinely care about you as a customer.


Extra Features

There aren’t really any extra, standout features however I do want to mention one thing.

The control panel built into the client area (when viewing services) looks very nice, layout, icon and colour wise.

Rad Web Hosting Control Panel

 


Conclusion

I’m happy with the performance of the server, the network was mostly good however there were issues with certain locations not pulling enough speed, for example OVH CA struggled (you can see in the benchmarks) however I’ll try to monitor this longer and update the review if need be. I personally think that the price is too high for the resources that you get when compared to other hosts such as BuyVM. If the prices were lowered then you would be getting amazing performance for the price. Like I mentioned before if cPanel and or management were included in the base prices then I would say that it would be worth the cost.

You can check Rad Web Hosting’s full range of standard VPS here.

I’d also like to thank Rad Web Hosting’s Scott for offering us the chance to review their services and another thanks to Ron for providing us with amazing support throughout the review period.


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