[VPS] Host4FUN VPS Review
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Overview
I'v received Host4Fun's VPS via Post4VPS, at first i wasn't happy about it, it had some problems when i first got it, there were problems with it's disk io and it's network, but after talking a bit with Host4Fun support, they were very responsive, they've looked at the node that my VPS is hosted on, and found that there were some abuse by some users at that time, I don't realy know what they've done, but it's all fixed now and the server is just working as it should.

The server has plenty of disk space available, i might not use it all, but it's still just great to know that you can do on it more things than you might need!
It's also located close to where i live, i get low latency when pinging the server, so it's just the one if I ever needed to run a game server.
One more thing which I very much like about them is that they use OVH, which as far as I know, provides a very good DDoS protection, so I automaticly get a free DDoS protection :D

now I'll just let the benchmark results of the server's performance do the rest of the talking
FreeVPS/Hidden Refuge's bench.sh benchmark results:

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System Info
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Processor       : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1231 v3 @ 3.40GHz
CPU Cores       : 1
Frequency       : 3392.144 MHz
Memory          : 1000 MB
Swap            : 1023 MB
Uptime          : 4:19,

OS              : Debian GNU/Linux 8
Arch            : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel          : 3.16.0-4-amd64
Hostname        : [i]<reducted>[/i]


Speedtest (IPv4 only)
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Your public IPv4 is [i]<reducted>[/i]

Location                Provider        Speed
CDN                     Cachefly        19.5MB/s

Atlanta, GA, US         Coloat          2.50MB/s 
Dallas, TX, US          Softlayer       2.00MB/s 
Seattle, WA, US         Softlayer       4.39MB/s 
San Jose, CA, US        Softlayer       2.86MB/s 
Washington, DC, US      Softlayer       1.97MB/s 

Tokyo, Japan            Linode          4.16MB/s 
Singapore               Softlayer       2.21MB/s 

Rotterdam, Netherlands  id3.net         12.3MB/s
Haarlem, Netherlands    Leaseweb        36.8MB/s 


Disk Speed
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I/O (1st run)   : 64.2 MB/s
I/O (2nd run)   : 51.3 MB/s
I/O (3rd run)   : 32.2 MB/s
Average I/O     : 49.2333 MB/s



HDD file write spead test with dd:

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# 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, 1.0 GiB) copied, 20.2774 s, 53.0 MB/s


HDD file read speed with dd:

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# dd if=test of=/dev/null bs=64k count=16k      
16384+0 records in    
16384+0 records out                                          
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 13.2141 s, 81.3 MB/s


HDD raw read speed:

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Summary:                                                                         
Piped  850.00 MB in 00h00m12.33s:   68.89 MB/second


Read speed test with hdparam

Direct read:

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/dev/sda2:
 Timing buffered disk reads: 226 MB in  3.01 seconds =  75.08 MB/sec

Cached read:

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/dev/sda2:
 Timing cached reads:   7198 MB in  2.03 seconds = 3549.58 MB/sec





RAM speed testing(it's unnecessary to do such testing, but this may be considered as an experiment.):


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[b][i]Write Speed:[/i][/b]
501+0 records in
500+0 records out
524509184 bytes (525 MB) copied, 0.24248 s, 2.2 GB/s

[b][i]Read speed:[/i][/b]
500+1 records in
500+1 records out
524509184 bytes (525 MB) copied, 0.0721292 s, 7.3 GB/s




Upload speed test (iperf3 + vnstat)

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Connecting to host ping.online.net, port 5200
[  4] local [i]<reducted>[/i] port 34174 connected to 62.210.18.40 port 5200
[ ID] Interval           Transfer     Bandwidth       Retr  Cwnd
[  4]   0.00-1.01   sec  22.7 MBytes   188 Mbits/sec    0    419 KBytes       
[  4]   1.01-2.02   sec  22.5 MBytes   188 Mbits/sec    0    419 KBytes       
[  4]   2.02-3.01   sec  20.8 MBytes   176 Mbits/sec    0    515 KBytes       
[  4]   3.01-4.03   sec  22.3 MBytes   183 Mbits/sec    0    515 KBytes       
[  4]   4.03-5.03   sec  21.8 MBytes   183 Mbits/sec    1    375 KBytes       
[  4]   5.03-6.01   sec  20.0 MBytes   171 Mbits/sec    0    424 KBytes       
[  4]   6.01-7.02   sec  21.2 MBytes   176 Mbits/sec    0    452 KBytes       
[  4]   7.02-8.03   sec  22.5 MBytes   187 Mbits/sec    0    474 KBytes       
[  4]   8.03-9.01   sec  21.6 MBytes   185 Mbits/sec    3    182 KBytes       
[  4]   9.01-10.02  sec  20.4 MBytes   169 Mbits/sec    0    204 KBytes       
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval           Transfer     Bandwidth       Retr
[  4]   0.00-10.02  sec   216 MBytes   181 Mbits/sec    4             sender
[  4]   0.00-10.02  sec   215 MBytes   180 Mbits/sec                  receiver

eth0  /  traffic statistics

                          rx         |       tx
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 bytes                     1.88 MiB  |      225.33 MiB
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         max           199.84 KiB/s  |     23.37 MiB/s
     average           107.00 KiB/s  |     12.52 MiB/s
         min             0.31 KiB/s  |      0.42 KiB/s
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 packets                      37838  |          156578
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         max               3918 p/s  |       16238 p/s
     average               2102 p/s  |        8698 p/s
         min                  4 p/s  |           1 p/s
--------------------------------------+------------------
 time                    18 seconds




speedtest-cli's network testing results

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Retrieving speedtest.net configuration...
Retrieving speedtest.net server list...
Testing from OVH ([i]<reducted>[/i])...
Selecting best server based on latency...
Hosted by Excell Group PLC (London) [1.47 km]: 7.862 ms
Testing download speed........................................
Download: 146.14 Mbits/s
Testing upload speed..................................................
Upload: 104.93 Mbits/s
Share results: http://www.speedtest.net/result/5795886727.png


Available GNU/Linux Distros

Debian( + Debian netinst installable from VNC), Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Scientific


Sadly those are the only distributions that are available to install on the server, it's KVM so it can run something like Arch or Gentoo or a diffrent operating system. but even though there isn't an Arch or a Gentoo option to install them, i think you can do the installation from the rescue mode, i haven't tried it myself, but i think it can be done because you get direct access to the disks, and that you boot when in rescue mode to another OS(debian) that is on another disk, so you can modify the root disk/partion in ways, that you can't do them from the OS you installed on it, but you will probably have to do alot of work to get things working currectly and without problems on the VPS.

Overall Rating: 9/10

EDIT:
One problem which I have been having lately is with the disk io speed, sometimes it's very good and other times it's crap.
it is this way because other users do use the disk extensively and for long periods of time, so It would be much better if Host4FUN put some additional terms and restrictions on how the server and the disk should be used and for how long. one provider which I know that does this is virmach, their terms of use are very restrictive, this in it self is a good and a bad thing, but overall it's good and fair for everyone.
So I think that the best practice Host4FUN can do to deal with this problem once and for all, is to put an additional high usage policy/fair usage policy on the I/O to their ToS.

Other than that, the server is just excellent and would've given it a 10/10 if such problem didn't exist.

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You could mount an ISO and manually install another operating system, since its KVM.
I have VPS 18 (Hostigation) and 24 (HostDare).

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Nice VPS! Great read and write speeds. Also great network too. What do you use it for?
Thanks For the VPS 7, and the VPS 9 FreeVPS.

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@doghouch I must have a server from them with at least 2GB of RAM so I can use that feature as per their ToS. but nevertheless, I managed to install Parabola on it, I'm not planning to keep it tho, I prefer something more stable and well tested for production use.

@PokemonEx222 I'm running a website, and some other stuff on it.
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Nice VPS, they are using OVH and I think it's a great provider even though many people do not like it.
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(2016-11-22, 8:54:29 am)Erasmus Wrote: Nice VPS, they are using OVH and I think it's a great provider even though many people do not like it.

Yea, I've heard some people saying it's "s-it"
I've had a VPS from them before and didn't had any problems with it what so ever,the network was great, so was the disk performance. so I I'm not really sure why they say that about them.
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Disk Speed seems to be average.. But networkn speed seems to be Good..
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Good news!
apparently some user who has a VPS on the same node as I, had software running that were constantly using the disk, and slowing it for everyone else.
https://post4vps.com/thread-875-post-7527.html#pid7527
The performance of the disk on my VPS has improved notably since. hope to see more suspending of VPSs like this soon Laugh

I don't really know why Post4VPS would allow running game servers on the VPSs they give away, there is a lot of trouble that come along with allowing users to run gaming servers, more trouble than its worth.
I now see why freeVPS don't allow running game servers on most of the VPSs, smart move Yes
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(2016-11-25, 11:46:30 pm)CyberHawk Wrote: I now see why freeVPS don't allow running game servers on most of the VPSs, smart move Yes

This is not true, because FreeVPS.us does allow game servers since a year or two.
And with OVH VPS there is an advanced DDOS filtering firewall (one of the best in the industry) so why should they forbid game servers?
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@HXY what I meant to say is that freevps has it's own policies for running gaming servers.
You have to protect the VPS from DDoS and such attacks yourself. and i guess that one possible situation is that this user's server were under attack, making it use the disk heavily.
this is what I think are likely, I'm not really sure how anyone can have for example dd running in the background and using the disk without him noticing.
EDIT: and I said game servers specifically because that user said that he was only running a game server on the VPS, not a website or anything else, just a gaming server. so that's why I have come to believe that the whole thing was caused by the gaming server he was running.




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