[VPS] VPS 27 Review


I was completely blown away when I was awarded VPS 27 during FreeVPS's Giveaway.  The VPS was given to me on 18 August.  VPS 27 is of course a brand new addition to the FreeVPS stable of VPSs and I thought the competition for the VPS would be stiff.  So when Hidden Refuge informed me of this great news I was thrilled to bits.  I'm deeply grateful to the Giveaway Admin of FreeVPS and to the sponsor, CEO JanuszC of GalaxyHostPlus.com for this exceptional VPS. Thank you also to all of the helping hands who made this VPS possible.  They include all of the staff and members of the community who are always very generous in sharing their expertise.

I'm a relatively new member of FreeVPS having only joined in February this year, and this is my very first review.  In preparing this review I've used most of the tools that have been generously contributed by the members and Admin of FreeVPS.  None of this work can really be regarded as my own.

I've given the VPS a good workout over the two weeks I've been the proud owner of it, enough to be able to write this review.

Specifications of VPS 27

Disk Size: 50 GB
Monthly Traffic: 1 TB
Memory: 1 GB

IP Addresses: 1x IPv4 & /80 IPv6
Virtualization: KVM
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Control Panel: SolusVM
Connection: 1 Gbit/s
Network: https://galaxyhostplus.com/network/
Provided by: https://Galaxyhostplus.com

There are two specifications that completely stood out for me.  The first one was the speed with which my ISP in the Middle East could respond to the Galaxyhostplus Network.  My ISP does very badly with most of Europe, particularly France and England, however does OK with Germany, and as it would turn out during my test with Galaxyhostplus, Frankfurt is a real winner with my ISP.  That was one of the main reasons I applied for the VPS.  Refer the result of the ISP ping test below - the best yet in my experience:

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Another specification that completely had me interested was the KVM Virtualization of the Disk.  That would mean an even faster VPS and I was curious to see how fast that would be.

I'm not an IPv6 user .... yet, so probably won't be using the 80 IPv6 IPs, however that in itself is fantastic too.

Most of all I've come to learn that JanuszC, the CEO of GalaxyHostPlus.com is completely dedicated to his business and to his VPSs.  We can only be in good hands with VPS 27.

System Information

The System Information below was generated by Hidden Refuge's Benchmark 2.0 Script:

CPU Model:  Intel Xeon E312xx (Sandy Bridge)
CPU Cores:  1
Frequency:  3499.996 MHz
Total Amount of RAM:  996 MB
Total Amount of SWAP:  1023 MB

Uptime:   14 days, 6.0
Download Speed: (91.7MB/s)
I/O Speed: 57.2MB/s

OS: CentOS Release 6.8 (Final)
Architecture:  x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel: 2.6.32-642.3.1.el6.x86_64
Hostname:  frihouse.net

Network, Performance & Reliability

As previously mentioned my ISP in the Middle East can be challenged with long distance VPSs, however for some or other reason while it truly dislikes France,  it likes Germany, and loves Frankfurt.  The speed with the GalaxyHostPlus network is unbelievable as noted below.  And I can feel it when I work with my Websites.  I've installed a Vesta Control Panel on VPS 27 and created two WordPress sites so far.  I'd say I've given the VPS enough of a workout to appreciate its great speed.  It's like driving a very fast Porsche.  Every task is completed in a fraction of the speed that I've worked with before.  Since the VPS was given to me on 18 August there has been no down time at all.  Download and upload speed have been consistent as well.

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Benchmark Test

Here are the download speeds from various centers of the world, as per Hidden Refuge's Benchmark 2.0 test.  Note the very slow speeds in Europe and Canada versus the US:

Download speed from Cachefly: 70.0MB/s

America - United States:
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta, GA: 13.1MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 7.47MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 9.89MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 9.88MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 16.8MB/s

Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, Japan: 6.92MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 8.65MB/s

Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, Netherlands: 48.9MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, Netherlands: 92.2MB/s

Disks and Storage

I do have two OpenVZ VPSs so was wondering how KVM was going to compare and was not disappointed at all. The drive speed is unbelievably fast as evidenced by the results from Hidden Refuge's Benchmark Script 2.0 below - it's the fastest disk I've come across yet!

Drive Speed
I/O (1st run):  57.6 MB/s
I/O (2nd run):  45.8 MB/s
I/O (3rd run):  58.7 MB/s
Average I/O: 54.0333 MB/s

Control Panel

VPS 27 comes with a SolusVM state of the art control panel. All of the important functions are available including reboot, shut down and reinstalling the OS.  I love the control panel.  It is dead easy to change the root password and it is one of the most formidable passwords I've had for a VPS yet - a good sign of how security focused the SolusVM Panel must be.  It's also easy to reboot the VPS, which I found necessary to do while I was struggling with the reconfiguration of phpmyadmin for VestaCP.  I notice there is also a “rebuild” button, so maybe one is able to reload the OS.  Must say I rarely need to access the Control Panel as the VPS has been running faultlessly so far.  But if needed, I feel completely in control of the VPS, which is a good feeling to have.


I'm currently using my VPS for WordPress projects of which I've had great enjoyment thanks to this wonderful new VPS.  A focus point was a second installation of VestaCP.  I've only recently got into VestaCP motivated by how lightweight and fast it is.  Problem is VestaCP is not completely user friendly, so I'm hoping to use VPS 27 to perfect my knowledge and experience of VestaCP as much as I can.  I'm also planning to move some of my Websites on other servers to VPS 27, particularly because of how fast and efficient VPS 27 has proven to be.  

Things to Improve

I don't know how one can improve on this fantastic VPS. All specifications are fine and awesome.  Thanks to GalaxyHostPlus and FreeVPS!


I'm more than happy with my VPS 27.  I knew I was getting a great VPS after reading the specs and testing my ISP speed, but the experience exceeded the expectations I had.  I can't believe how lucky I am to be the custodian of this great VPS.  Speed is unbelievable.  Working with my WordPress Websites a pleasure - like driving a Porsche. 

I want to extend a special note of appreciation to JanuszC of GalaxyHostPlus.com for making this one of my greatest experiences yet.  Thank you for gifting VPS 27 to FreeVPS and thank you for providing such excellent products!

A special thank you too to all of the helping hands at FreeVPS that make my experience at the Forum and with this VPS so positive.  With the giving of VPS 27 a special thanks to Hidden Refuge for all of his effort and all of his expertise that is so generously offered to the community.  Also to all of the Admin who are involved with the Giveaway System, the Giveaway system has to be one of the most efficient systems I've come across yet and a testimony to the very high standards of FreeVPS.us - thank you to all of you for making this possible.
Good job on your review. I am very glad how your connections are impressive, the lowest you had was 6.92MB/s. It would be great if you could have done the benchmark test on IPV6 too, I am very eager to see the internet speed with this awesome VPS.
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Which disk driver are you using? It looks like you're using the IDE driver. Virtio is much better Smile.
Regarding the ping test, you're punging the localhost of the lookingglass server.
You should ping your public ip to get the latency between you and your server.
(2016-09-04, 3:22:26 pm)Goldengate Wrote: Good job on your review. I am very glad how your connections are impressive, the lowest you had was 6.92MB/s. It would be great if you could have done the benchmark test on IPV6 too, I am very eager to see the internet speed with this awesome VPS.

You're right Goldengate.  Ideally one should test the IPv6 too.  I've never worked with IPv6 before so probably need to set it up, maybe that should be my next project for VPS 27. 

(2016-09-04, 7:19:59 pm)Hidden Refuge Wrote: @deanhills

Which disk driver are you using? It looks like you're using the IDE driver. Virtio is much better Smile.

Thanks for the tip HR.  I was completely unaware I could set the driver but looks as though I can.  I just checked my SolusVM Control Panel and the Disk Driver shows Virtio as the selected driver and when I use the scroll bar next to it, it shows IDE (default).  I clicked on IDE and it then chose it, asking to reboot to take effect.  I then set it back to Virtio without rebooting it.  I guess it was on Virtio?  Amazing how this SolusVM Control Panel works. It's thinking ahead of me. Wink  

(2016-09-04, 8:28:37 pm)Conan Wrote: Regarding the ping test, you're punging the localhost of the lookingglass server.
You should ping your public ip to get the latency between you and your server.

Got it thanks Conan.  Big difference there, but still the fastest out of all of my hosting accounts.  Amazing how fast the response to the "ping" is as well.  Thanks for the tip.

Thank you for your review.
Seems there is some disk issue I/O should be above 400 MB/s with SSD Cache.

We will Investigate this.

Re: Investigation

Seems like issue with ide tested on virto and got these results

root@buntu:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
16384+0 records in
16384+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 2.64373 s, 406 MB/s

I notice deanhills is already using Virto could be just peak time or some abuse at that time now seems all normal in our tests
We also fixed the CPU model so should show correct CPU model in OS Smile
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Janusz Czeropski  
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