Since I’m using virtualized system across two hosters on the net I wanted to share a little of my experience with them.
I’ll be also throwing in some experience with two more hosters used in my current employment, while a third hoster we use there is also one I’m using for myself, so that overlaps nonetheless.
The first part is about 1&1.
1&1: VPS - Dual Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processor 2352 cores 0-6 omitted processor : 7 vendor_id : AuthenticAMD cpu family : 16 model : 2 model name : Quad-Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 2352 stepping : 3 cpu MHz : 527.444 cache size : 512 KB physical id : 1 siblings : 4 core id : 3 cpu cores : 4 fpu : yes fpu_exception : yes cpuid level : 5 wp : yes flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt pdpe1gb rdtscp lm 3dnowext 3dnow pni monitor cx16 popcnt lahf_lm cmp_legacy svm extapic cr8_legacy altmovcr8 abm sse4a misalignsse 3dnowprefetch osvw bogomips : 4218.80 TLB size : 1104 4K pages clflush size : 64 cache_alignment : 64 address sizes : 48 bits physical, 48 bits virtual power management: ts ttp tm stc 100mhzsteps hwpstate
At 1&1 I’m using a VPS for my own purposes. This website and others are hosted on that machine e.g. Also I’m using it as a postfix and dovecot mailserver, configured to use with mysql. Speed so far is usually fine, it can handle all things I’ve required until now, but then again my sites aren’t high traffic sites where I’d need a CDN for my media files and more system resources. The VPS comes with 512 MB RAM, burstable to 2GB where needed, and 20GB HDD. A `cat /proc/cpustats` shows the cpu details you see above, with all 8 cores. The virtualization used is a Virtuozzo container.From time to time, though not too often, maybe once every three months or so, the server’s not responsible and seems down. Once it’s reachable again, an uptime shows indeed it has been down, unannounced, and usually there’s no mail afterwards either if it was an error, a hardware fault or anything else, which is annoying. Currently however the machine’s running for 110 days.
The admin panel is what you’ve come to expect from 1&1, packed full of stuff and initially throwing you off and getting you lost across the menus. Once you get the hang out of it, it’s fairly usable though. But even then, I wish I could just simply deactivate a few menu items etc. which I won’t need to simply get a better overview of my used items. No 1&1, I’m not interested in annoying 1&1 marketing material on my website, so please stop displaying these links in the admin menu, thank you.
So far I’ve used their customer service around three or four times, responses are fairly decent timed, up to 3 hours. Since it was nothing urgent, it’s alright. My last contact was a few months ago, enquiring when 1&1 will update their available OS versions for their VPS, since the current ones available are partially quite old and also don’t offer much variation. These are:
– CentOS 5 with Plesk 9 (64 bit)
– CentOS 5 with Plesk 8.x (64 bit)
– openSUSE 10.3 with Plesk 9 (64 bit)
– openSuse 10.3 minimal system (64 bit)
– CentOS 5 minimal system (64 bit)
– Debian 4.0 (etch) minimal system (32-bit)
– Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (64 bit)
Now what if I wanted Debian 5.0 64 bit, or Ubuntu 10.04 LTS? No chance. Upon asking their CS when it’ll be available, they do not know anything yet regarding further options. A simple OS update can’t be done myself either, since their virtualization doesn’t allow a kernel update. This is one of the major reasons why I’m considering moving to another hoster sooner or later, but a move is unavoidable. While I don’t use 1&1 cloud servers, I reckon it won’t be much different there either, since they also only offer the above OS for their cloud servers.
If however you’re fine with Debian 4.0 for example, 1&1 should be fine for you.
Their datacenter is in Germany however, so if you need for whatever reason a British IP (or wherever you are), 1&1 can’t help you there.
I ran an openssl speed test during a quiet time, the result which is below. It’s of course not likely 100% correct for all time, it provides an insight into its capability.
OpenSSL 0.9.8g 19 Oct 2007 built on: Wed Nov 17 18:48:57 UTC 2010 options:bn(64,64) md2(int) rc4(ptr,char) des(idx,cisc,16,int) aes(partial) blowfish(ptr2) compiler: gcc -fPIC -DOPENSSL_PIC -DZLIB -DOPENSSL_THREADS -D_REENTRANT -DDSO_DLFCN -DHAVE_DLFCN_H -m64 -DL_ENDIAN -DTERMIO -O3 -Wa,--noexecstack -g -Wall -DMD32_REG_T=int -DMD5_ASM available timing options: TIMES TIMEB HZ=100 [sysconf value] timing function used: times The 'numbers' are in 1000s of bytes per second processed. type 16 bytes 64 bytes 256 bytes 1024 bytes 8192 bytes md2 1989.45k 4125.97k 5590.70k 6199.64k 6376.11k mdc2 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 md4 35101.02k 112446.83k 296845.31k 499495.21k 628389.21k md5 26450.97k 83783.45k 207084.35k 333685.86k 400594.24k hmac(md5) 28835.51k 91782.76k 217838.17k 337404.59k 401812.14k sha1 26254.76k 72624.28k 156869.12k 219339.78k 248651.78k rmd160 20114.78k 51374.70k 101736.54k 133196.03k 146590.38k rc4 133519.72k 143168.79k 144606.12k 145490.60k 147838.29k des cbc 39161.99k 40682.84k 40944.21k 41152.17k 41145.07k des ede3 15322.82k 15489.98k 15652.95k 15706.45k 15709.53k idea cbc 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 seed cbc 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 rc2 cbc 26898.93k 27903.45k 28291.60k 28130.99k 28308.82k rc5-32/12 cbc 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 blowfish cbc 74748.22k 79489.43k 80575.40k 80995.68k 81232.31k cast cbc 57417.51k 60034.69k 60490.92k 60833.79k 60659.03k aes-128 cbc 90647.31k 94798.21k 96972.97k 96438.95k 97446.57k aes-192 cbc 79501.12k 82332.84k 84791.38k 84951.38k 84921.92k aes-256 cbc 70912.83k 74501.67k 75442.52k 75679.40k 75915.26k camellia-128 cbc 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 camellia-192 cbc 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 camellia-256 cbc 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 sha256 17398.81k 39804.37k 70127.45k 87554.39k 94535.68k sha512 11995.42k 47636.63k 80090.28k 116851.03k 136131.93k aes-128 ige 92059.70k 97478.87k 97646.34k 98255.87k 100237.31k aes-192 ige 78219.81k 82415.71k 84138.84k 86212.61k 87484.53k aes-256 ige 72613.44k 75602.43k 77223.34k 78083.94k 77187.15k sign verify sign/s verify/s rsa 512 bits 0.000274s 0.000017s 3648.8 58344.3 rsa 1024 bits 0.000929s 0.000044s 1076.8 22965.3 rsa 2048 bits 0.004630s 0.000125s 216.0 7993.9 rsa 4096 bits 0.027397s 0.000386s 36.5 2588.3 sign verify sign/s verify/s dsa 512 bits 0.000171s 0.000178s 5851.7 5604.8 dsa 1024 bits 0.000400s 0.000468s 2500.5 2137.2 dsa 2048 bits 0.001134s 0.001361s 881.6 734.8