[VPS] VPS 16 Review


I'm a great HostUS.us fan.  A few months ago, before I became a VPS owner here, I was checking out for a cheap VPS to try out VestaCP panel.  I then lucked out with HostUs.us.  Not only was it the cheapest VPS I've owned, but it was super fast, particularly relative to my location in the Middle East.  Here are the specs for HostUS.us cheap VPSs US$7.95 for 3 months - I chose the Dallas location as I discovered when I tested the location ahead of getting the VPS that my ISP did very well with Dallas speed wise:

That became the reason for my choice two FreeVPS Giveaways ago, to get Server 16. I already had VPS 27 that I was more than happy with, but since I had hands on experience with a HostUS VPS and knew how great it was, I just couldn't not compete for Server 16.

I haven't regretted the additional VPS, as its performance is better than my cheap HostUS.us VPS, obviously because of the greater specs.  Only con for me is that it doesn't come with a control panel, but I haven't had need to change the OS or to put in a support request, so the absence of a Panel hasn't presented a hardship to me so far.  

When I checked FreeVPS.us, I found that xfix did a review of the VPS 16 in 2015 soon after he became one of the first owners - so for those who are interested you can also check his review below:

By way of a short history of VPS 16.  HostUS became a sponsor at FreeVPS in April of 2015, during which two VPS 16s were provided:

VPS 16 Specifications

Disk Size: 75 GB
Monthly Traffic: 2 TB
Memory: 2 GB & 2GB vSwap

IP Addresses: Up to 3 IPv4 & IPv6 (on request)
Virtualization: OpenVZ
Location: Dallas, Texas, LA, Atlanta (I chose Dallas best speed for me)
Control Panel: None (Contact administrators for changes)
Connection: 1 Gbit/s
Provided by: https://hostus.us/index.html

The only drawback for this VPS is the fact that there is no control panel.  Not sure why that is, especially for a large VPS like this, however so far it hasn't been a problem for me.  Reason being that I've never had reason to change anything.  Operation is perfect. The virtualization may be OpenVZ, but the other specs more than compensate for it not being KVM.  I find Hostus.us very efficient in being able to figure out with their looking glass exactly which location is the best one to choose.  Dallas turned out the best location relative to my ISP in the Middle East.

System Information

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

Processor:  Intel Xeon E312xx (Sandy Bridge)
CPU Cores:  4
Frequency:  3500.004 MHz
Total Amount of RAM:  2048 MB
Total Amount of SWAP:  2048 MB

Uptime:   41 days, 5Happywide7

OS: CentOS Release 6.8 (Final)
Architecture:  x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel: 2.6.32-042stab116.1
Hostname: dhwebs.net

Network, Performance & Reliability

I've installed a Vesta Control Panel on VPS 16 and created two WordPress sites so far.  I'd say I've given the VPS enough of a workout to appreciate its great speed.  VPS 27 with its KVM virtualization and closer proximity in Germany is faster, however the HostUS specs are so huge, and well configured and organized, that my experience to date has been more than positive.  Up time has been 100% so far. 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

Download speed from Cachefly: 75.7MB/s

America - United States:
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta, GA: 14.2MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 97.5MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 17.3MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 28.0MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 47.4MB/s

Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, Japan: 7.69MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 8.06MB/s

Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, Netherlands: 3.21MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, Netherlands: 92.8MB/s

Disks and Storage

Although OpenVZ is slower than KVM the VPS operation is fast because of its huge specs - not faster than my VPS 27 though, but still very fast - to put it in the A+ range in the US.

Drive Speed
I/O (1st run): 898 MB/s
I/O (2nd run):  1.3 GB/s
I/O (3rd run):  1.0 GB/s
Average I/O: 300.1 MB/s

Control Panel

As previously mentioned, VPS 16 doesn't come with a Control Panel - regrettably.  I haven't suffered any hardship from this though as I haven't had any need for changing my OS or resetting anything.  HostUS.us are experts at putting together above average VPSs, like they know what they are doing, so I think with its excellent configuration, 100% up time (in 41 days) and huge specs, the lack of a Control Panel is not a problem.  In case of changing anything it would be easy to put in a request with the Admin staff.  Hopefully I won't need to do that.  


I'm currently using my VPS for WordPress projects.  This was my third installation of a VestaCP and this time VestaCP surprised me again, as previously phpmyadmin was a huge challenge to sort out, but this time round everything went smoothly.  Only challenge was at the point where I had to upload a WordPress site with FileZilla.  I had to find a different way to install WordPress which I did through the command line instead.  

Things to Improve

Apart from the lack of a Control Panel, I can't find anything to improve.  I expected something good from HostUS.us, because of my cheap VPS I already had, and got excellent.  I'm very happy with my VPS.  I note from xfix's review he was happy too.  His speed was much better than mine probably because of his ISP and closer proximity to the hub.

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I'm more than happy with my VPS 16.  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 want to extend a special note of appreciation to HostUS.us for contributing this great VPS to FreeVPS and for making 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 16 a special thanks to Hidden Refuge for his patience, 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 it possible for me to own two excellent VPSs!
Thats a well detailed server review. All sounds amazing but lack of control panel is a buzzkiller. I guess we have to talk to staff everytime we need to reinstall the sever ?

How do you monitor resources usage without a vps control panel ?
This was a nice and detailed review and was a pleasure to read it.

I have a VPS12 also without a control panel. I use vnstat to monitor bandwidth usage and glances to monitor CPU, RAM and IO usage.
(2016-11-28, 2:47:58 pm)Turbo Wrote:  Thats a well detailed server review. All sounds amazing but lack of control panel is a buzzkiller. I guess we have to talk to staff everytime we need to reinstall the sever ?

How do you monitor resources usage without a vps control panel ?

I've had no reason to ask staff to reinstall the server yet.  First of all HR is a magician with setting up a system, so combined with a really high quality VPS from HostUS with great uptime, it's not a hardship.  I've had the exact same experience with my paid cheap VPS from HostUS.  I've got a panel from HostUS for the cheap VPS, but I hardly ever use it.  Like just to check my bills.  I've had up time with my cheap VPS since July when I first got it. 

I monitor the resources with my VestaCP panel.  There are a number of free panels that one can use to monitor the resources.  One could probably do it from the command line as well, although I haven't done that yet.  

Thanks!   :happy:
I want a vps for learning more about Linux and free web hosting control panels. So i guess I would have to reinstall operating system quite often, at least once a week. But if you use it as production level web server or for something like that then you wouldn't have to do that. Smile

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