myhosting.com provides Linux VPS hosting for cheap. I recently had the opportunity for an in-depth test drive and so here is the scottlinux review!
myhosting.com Linux VPS offerings runs on Virtuozzo Containers, the commercial version of OpenVZ offered by Parallels. Wikipedia has some general details on how this works and also some of the limitations. It is a pretty hip technology.
$15.95 / month as a base gets the following:
- 20GB disk
- 512 ram
- 300GB Bandwidth
- 1 ip
- 1 Ghz dual core Xeon (pay for more CPU Ghz if needed)
- root ssh access
- 24/7 support
- Debian or CentOS Linux (64bit)
- Pick your data center: USA (NY) or Canada (ON)
- Managed VPS – myhosting.com takes care of updates
- Automated backups ~$10 extra
- Fantastico and other related services available for extra
- Ready in 1 hour for bare bones VPS, more time required for more elaborate configurations
Other tidits to consider:
- No ipv6 at the moment
- There is no indication on myhosting.com of what versions of Debian or CentOS are actually offered. Ex: I chose ‘Debian’ on the order page and the VPS is Debian Lenny (5.0) the older version of Debian which will be EOL in February 2012. It is unknown if CentOS offered is 5 or 6 based on the myhosting.com VPS ordering page. (I did contact technical support to ask and Debian 5 is currently the only offered version of Debian.)
- There does not appear to be a way to restrict access to the Parallels web control panel (more on that later). For the uber security geek, users may want to restrict access to this by ip, a second apache auth, or other means.
- root logins are used to access the Parallels control panel from the web over https. Typically in good practice Linux users are icky about ever logging in as root though most Linux web-based control panels all just use the root account as is done here.
I decided to give the bare bones Debian VPS a spin!
Once inside your myhosting.com account, the VPS section has a link to the Parallels Virtual Automation control panel which is an https link over port 4643.
The Parallels control panel has a variety of sysadmin-type options. For Linux servers, most of us would do this sort of thing via the command line. But for persons new to Linux, or persons wanting a completely web-based interface to manage their Linux VPS, this implementation is quite good.
Options include things such as package management, firewall configurations, resource monitoring, and a java applet ssh window. The only downside is no user or group management nor service management.
So how is the performance?
CPU is two Xeon E5620 cores, though depending on your plan the Ghz is set or capped. I am trying out a 1Ghz capped plan, so performance is what you would expect for 1Ghz. This is more than enough CPU for your typical LAMP development box or general web server.
Geekbench: 1430 (Note that CPU is capped to 1Ghz for this particular VPS plan I am testing)
$ cat /proc/cpuinfo processor : 0 vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 6 model : 44 model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5620 @ 2.40GHz stepping : 2 cpu MHz : 502.660 cache size : 12288 KB physical id : 1 siblings : 8 core id : 0 cpu cores : 4 apicid : 32 fpu : yes fpu_exception : yes cpuid level : 11 wp : yes flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc arat pni monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm bogomips : 4788.13 clflush size : 64 cache_alignment : 64 address sizes : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual power management:  processor : 1 vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 6 model : 44 model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5620 @ 2.40GHz stepping : 2 cpu MHz : 502.660 cache size : 12288 KB physical id : 0 siblings : 8 core id : 0 cpu cores : 4 apicid : 0 fpu : yes fpu_exception : yes cpuid level : 11 wp : yes flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc ida nonstop_tsc arat pni monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm bogomips : 4788.11 clflush size : 64 cache_alignment : 64 address sizes : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual power management: 
Debian is wonderful for sipping ram. Only using 23MB of ram:
$ free -m total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 512 23 488 0 0 0 -/+ buffers/cache: 23 488 Swap: 0 0 0
Entry level plans start with 20GB of disk space, which is actually pretty good compared to other VPS providers.
$ df -m Filesystem 1M-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/vzfs 20480 50 20431 1% / tmpfs 256 0 256 0% /lib/init/rw tmpfs 256 0 256 0% /dev/shm
Inbound 573MB iso from Fremont DC to myhosting.com NY DC:
Peaked at 3.78M/s
vps-1076606-6335:~# wget http://xxxxxxxxxxxx/test.iso --2011-12-08 13:11:17-- http://xxxxxxxxxxxx/test.iso Connecting to xxxxxxxxxxxx:80... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK Length: 600834048 (573M) [application/x-iso9660-image] Saving to: `test.iso' 100%[=========================================>] 600,834,048 2.79M/s in 4m 25s 2011-12-08 13:15:42 (2.16 MB/s) - `test.iso' saved [600834048/600834048]
Outbound 573MB iso from NY myhosting.com DC to Fremont DC:
Peaked at 7.08M/s
$ wget http://188.8.131.52/test.iso --2011-12-08 10:26:33-- http://184.108.40.206/test.iso Connecting to 220.127.116.11:80... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK Length: 600834048 (573M) [application/x-iso9660-image] Saving to: `test.iso' 100%[=========================================>] 600,834,048 7.00M/s in 2m 15s 2011-12-08 10:28:48 (4.24 MB/s) - `test.iso' saved [600834048/600834048]
$ cat /etc/network/interfaces # This configuration file is auto-generated. # WARNING: Do not edit this file, otherwise your changes will be lost. # Please edit template /etc/network/interfaces.template instead. auto lo iface lo inet loopback address 127.0.0.1 netmask 255.0.0.0 broadcast 127.255.255.255 up ip route replace 127.0.0.0/8 dev lo # Auto generated venet0 interfaces auto venet0 iface venet0 inet static address 127.0.0.1 netmask 255.255.255.255 broadcast 0.0.0.0 up route add default dev venet0 iface venet0 inet6 static address ::1 netmask 128 up ip -6 r a default dev venet0 auto venet0:0 iface venet0:0 inet static address 18.104.22.168 netmask 255.255.255.255
(Note: ifconfig looks odd, but is typical of OpenVZ containers)
$ ifconfig lo Link encap:Local Loopback inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0 inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1 RX packets:10018 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:10018 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 RX bytes:963362 (940.7 KiB) TX bytes:963362 (940.7 KiB) venet0 Link encap:UNSPEC HWaddr 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00 inet addr:127.0.0.1 P-t-P:127.0.0.1 Bcast:0.0.0.0 Mask:255.255.255.255 inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host UP BROADCAST POINTOPOINT RUNNING NOARP MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:45406 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:21088 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 RX bytes:59283838 (56.5 MiB) TX bytes:2155281 (2.0 MiB) venet0:0 Link encap:UNSPEC HWaddr 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00 inet addr:22.214.171.124 P-t-P:126.96.36.199 Bcast:0.0.0.0 Mask:255.255.255.255 UP BROADCAST POINTOPOINT RUNNING NOARP MTU:1500 Metric:1
Default ports open from initial install. I then disabled the bind service to prevent port 53 from being open serving DNS:
$ sudo nmap 188.8.131.52 -Pn Starting Nmap 5.51 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2011-12-07 20:09 EST Nmap scan report for vps-1076606-6335.manage.myhosting.com (184.108.40.206) Host is up (0.095s latency). Not shown: 950 filtered ports, 46 closed ports PORT STATE SERVICE 22/tcp open ssh 53/tcp open domain 80/tcp open http 8443/tcp open https-alt Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 9.83 seconds
$ cat /etc/resolv.conf nameserver 220.127.116.11
$ cat /etc/hosts 127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost # Auto-generated hostname. Please do not remove this comment. 18.104.22.168 vps-1076606-6335.manage.myhosting.com vps-1076606-6335
I am unable to run hdparm as expected when using OpenVZ:
# hdparm -t /dev/vzfs /dev/vzfs: Permission denied
There is always bonnie:
$ bonnie++ Using uid:0, gid:0. Writing with putc()...done Writing intelligently...done Rewriting...done Reading with getc()...done Reading intelligently...done start 'em...done...done...done... Create files in sequential order...done. Stat files in sequential order...done. Delete files in sequential order...done. Create files in random order...done. Stat files in random order...done. Delete files in random order...done. Version 1.03d ------Sequential Output------ --Sequential Input- --Random- -Per Chr- --Block-- -Rewrite- -Per Chr- --Block-- --Seeks-- Machine Size K/sec %CP K/sec %CP K/sec %CP K/sec %CP K/sec %CP /sec %CP vps-1076606-6335 1G 22612 42 157628 40 169664 30 25806 42 1448951 42 +++++ +++ ------Sequential Create------ --------Random Create-------- -Create-- --Read--- -Delete-- -Create-- --Read--- -Delete-- files /sec %CP /sec %CP /sec %CP /sec %CP /sec %CP /sec %CP 16 32643 78 +++++ +++ 28439 42 23222 41 +++++ +++ 30738 42 vps-1076606-6335.manage.myhosting.com,1G,22612,42,157628,40,169664,30,25806,42,1448951,42,+++++,+++,16,32643,78,+++++,+++,28439,42,23222,41,+++++,+++,30738,42
sql-bench results, using the following test:
vps-1076606-6335:/usr/share/mysql/sql-bench# ./run-all-tests --server=mysql --user=root --password=mypassword --log
Apache benchmark against static empty html page from a Fremont, CA DC:
$ ab -n 1000 -c 100 http://22.214.171.124/ This is ApacheBench, Version 2.3 <$Revision: 655654 $> Copyright 1996 Adam Twiss, Zeus Technology Ltd, http://www.zeustech.net/ Licensed to The Apache Software Foundation, http://www.apache.org/ Benchmarking 126.96.36.199 (be patient) Completed 100 requests Completed 200 requests Completed 300 requests Completed 400 requests Completed 500 requests Completed 600 requests Completed 700 requests Completed 800 requests Completed 900 requests Completed 1000 requests Finished 1000 requests Server Software: Apache/2.2.9 Server Hostname: 188.8.131.52 Server Port: 80 Document Path: / Document Length: 45 bytes Concurrency Level: 100 Time taken for tests: 5.206 seconds Complete requests: 1000 Failed requests: 0 Write errors: 0 Total transferred: 349000 bytes HTML transferred: 45000 bytes Requests per second: 192.10 [#/sec] (mean) Time per request: 520.568 [ms] (mean) Time per request: 5.206 [ms] (mean, across all concurrent requests) Transfer rate: 65.47 [Kbytes/sec] received Connection Times (ms) min mean[+/-sd] median max Connect: 74 75 0.8 75 79 Processing: 75 436 285.0 299 1198 Waiting: 75 436 285.0 299 1198 Total: 150 511 285.2 375 1277 Percentage of the requests served within a certain time (ms) 50% 375 66% 600 75% 709 80% 824 90% 974 95% 1057 98% 1133 99% 1147 100% 1277 (longest request)
myhosting.com Linux VPS is an excellent choice for users looking for a good step up from shared hosting or those looking for a managed OpenVZ/Virtuozzo provider. It is possible to run and admin the entire Linux VPS completely from the web Parallels Virtual Automation portal which can be a sweet feature for those looking for an easy to use a VPS without having to have to crack open a terminal. The offering prices are very competitive to other VPS providers, especially when taking in consideration having fully managed patches.
Go check it out! (myhosting.com)