Secure Dragon OpenVZ 128 MB (New York)

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  1. wlanboy

    wlanboy Content Contributer

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    Provider: Secure Dragon
    Plan: OpenVZ 128mb VPS
    Price: 17.99$ per year
    Location: Weehawken, NJ

    Purchased: 03/2013

    This is one of my private vps that I am using for my mail server.
    I migrated this vps from their Tampa location to their new location in NY.

    You can find the old review of the Tampa vps

    Hardware information:

    • cat /proc/cpuinfo

      processor : 0
      vendor_id : GenuineIntel
      cpu family : 6
      model : 23
      model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5410 @ 2.33GHz
      stepping : 6
      cpu MHz : 2327.540
      cache size : 6144 KB
      physical id : 0
      siblings : 4
      core id : 0
      cpu cores : 4
      apicid : 0
      initial apicid : 0
      fpu : yes
      fpu_exception : yes
      cpuid level : 10
      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 pbe syscall nx lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm dca sse4_1 lahf_lm dts tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority
      bogomips : 4655.08
      clflush size : 64
      cache_alignment : 64
      address sizes : 38 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
      power management:

    • cat /proc/meminfo
      Code:
      MemTotal:         131072 kB
      MemFree:           36588 kB
      Cached:            28784 kB
      Buffers:               0 kB
      Active:            27976 kB
      Inactive:          60428 kB
      Active(anon):       4164 kB
      Inactive(anon):    55456 kB
      Active(file):      23812 kB
      Inactive(file):     4972 kB
      Unevictable:           0 kB
      Mlocked:               0 kB
      SwapTotal:        131072 kB
      SwapFree:         118988 kB
      Dirty:                 0 kB
      Writeback:             0 kB
      AnonPages:         59620 kB
      Shmem:              3568 kB
      Slab:               6072 kB
      SReclaimable:       2496 kB
      SUnreclaim:         3576 kB
      
    • dd
      Code:
      dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=16k count=8k conv=fdatasync && rm -rf test
      8192+0 records in
      8192+0 records out
      134217728 bytes (134 MB) copied, 0.327991 s, 409 MB/s
      
    • wget
      Code:
      wget cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test -O /dev/null
      --2014-04-27 13:57:18--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
      Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)... 205.234.175.175
      Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)|205.234.175.175|:80... connected.
      HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
      Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
      Saving to: `/dev/null'
      
      100%[================================================================================================================================>] 104,857,600 7.35M/s   in 14s
      
      2014-04-27 13:57:32 (7.36 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]
      
    Network:

    traceroute dvhn.nl


    2 xe-4-3-0.mpr1.ewr191.us.above.net (208.185.240.41) 0.277 ms 0.267 ms 0.248 ms
    3 xe-3-1-0.cr2.lga5.us.above.net (64.125.27.110) 0.565 ms 0.568 ms 0.550 ms
    4 * * *
    5 xe-7-3-0.nyc30.ip4.tinet.net (213.200.66.205) 0.453 ms 0.435 ms 0.411 ms
    6 xe-0-0-1.lon10.ip4.tinet.net (89.149.186.210) 75.732 ms 75.768 ms xe-11-0-1.lon10.ip4.tinet.net (89.149.184.130) 75.512 ms
    7 bit-gw.ip4.tinet.net (77.67.75.70) 75.949 ms 75.694 ms 75.998 ms
    8 806.xe-0-0-0.jun1.bit-2a.network.bit.nl (213.136.1.109) 84.900 ms 805.xe-0-0-0.jun1.bit-1.network.bit.nl (213.136.1.105) 84.820 ms 806.xe-0-0-0.jun1.bit-2a.network.bit.nl (213.136.1.109) 85.160 ms

    traceroute theguardian.co.uk


    2 xe-4-3-0.mpr1.ewr191.us.above.net (208.185.240.41) 0.263 ms 0.248 ms 0.226 ms
    3 xe-3-1-0.cr2.lga5.us.above.net (64.125.27.110) 0.557 ms 0.541 ms 0.532 ms
    4 ae3.er4.lga5.us.above.net (64.125.31.246) 0.376 ms 0.417 ms 0.402 ms
    5 L3-Zayo.lga5.us.above.net (64.125.13.30) 0.389 ms 0.398 ms 0.414 ms
    6 vlan80.csw3.NewYork1.Level3.net (4.69.155.190) 74.821 ms vlan70.csw2.NewYork1.Level3.net (4.69.155.126) 74.785 ms vlan60.csw1.NewYork1.Level3.net (4.69.155.62) 74.725 ms
    7 ae-81-81.ebr1.NewYork1.Level3.net (4.69.134.73) 74.771 ms 74.700 ms ae-61-61.ebr1.NewYork1.Level3.net (4.69.134.65) 74.779 ms
    8 ae-44-44.ebr2.London1.Level3.net (4.69.137.77) 74.725 ms ae-42-42.ebr2.London1.Level3.net (4.69.137.69) 74.680 ms ae-43-43.ebr2.London1.Level3.net (4.69.137.73) 74.766 ms
    9 ae-58-223.csw2.London1.Level3.net (4.69.153.138) 74.807 ms ae-59-224.csw2.London1.Level3.net (4.69.153.142) 74.665 ms ae-57-222.csw2.London1.Level3.net (4.69.153.134) 74.804 ms
    10 ae-21-52.car1.London1.Level3.net (4.69.139.98) 74.963 ms 75.018 ms 75.085 ms
    11 GUARDIAN-UN.car1.London1.Level3.net (212.113.8.30) 75.262 ms 75.336 ms 84.824 ms

    traceroute washingtonpost.com


    2 xe-4-3-0.mpr1.ewr191.us.above.net (208.185.240.41) 0.266 ms 0.241 ms 0.220 ms
    3 xe-3-1-0.cr2.lga5.us.above.net (64.125.27.110) 0.512 ms 0.501 ms 0.517 ms
    4 ae4.cr2.dca2.us.above.net (64.125.26.105) 4.814 ms 4.804 ms 4.787 ms
    5 ae0.cr1.dca2.us.above.net (64.125.28.241) 6.073 ms 6.214 ms 6.045 ms
    6 xe-1-1-0.mpr3.iad1.us.above.net (64.125.31.113) 4.977 ms 5.013 ms 5.000 ms
    7 64.124.201.150.allocated.above.net (64.124.201.150) 5.221 ms 5.227 ms 5.254 ms
    8 208.185.109.100 (208.185.109.100) 5.146 ms 5.199 ms 5.172 ms

    What services are running?

    • dovecot
    • postfix
    • spamassassin
    • clamav
    • proxy
    Support:

    No tickets needed.

    Overall experience:

    I am enjoying my vps.

    Instant deployment, fast CPU and I/O.

    The migration of my vps was without any issue.

    They asked me for a suitable time and managed to migrate my vps within minutes.

    The usable bandwith is not as high as in Chicago but way beyond their Tampa location.

    So I am not regretting the migration at all.

    This is one of my main mail servers (I do have two), something you won't run on a hoster you do not trust.

    They keep their ip ranges clean and I am running this mail server without any issue.

    Uptime:

    securenj1.jpg

    So a total of 9 hours and 16 minutes.

    I want to add that his was due to a datacenter migration:

    There was some back chatter about how well [email protected] communicated the move to new customers.

    For me as one of the first customers that were migrated to NY it was a rough start, but Secure Dragon managed to keep there customers updated and pulished a detailed RFO.

    Even after 8 hours of downtime I did not open a ticket for that, right because I was informed.
     
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  2. KuJoe

    KuJoe Well-Known Member Verified Provider

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    Just to clarify, all of our [email protected] locations (LA, IL, NJ, GA, and AZ) were all limited to 100Mbps ports already. The locations that had 1Gbps ports were FL, CO, OR, and TX.
     
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  3. HalfEatenPie

    HalfEatenPie The Irrational One Retired Staff

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    A VM in SecureDragon's Tampa location is one of my more important VMs I have there and is definitely one of the most reliable one in the bunch. Basically, agree with you every step of the way @wlanboy!
     
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  4. wlanboy

    wlanboy Content Contributer

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    Time for an update:

    securenj2.jpg

    CPU and I/O are great.

    Same for the network.

    2 hours and 21 minutes of downtime due to a host restart - restarted my vps by hand and everything was fine again.

    Routing the EU is great (except one):

    69.632 ms to England (Above.net and afterwards Tinet).

    121.547 ms to Sweden (Above.net and afterwards Level3 through AMS/DUS??).

    82.283 ms to Germany (Above.net and afterwards Level3)

    104.510 ms to Swizz (Above.net and afterwards Privatelayer)
     
  5. HalfEatenPie

    HalfEatenPie The Irrational One Retired Staff

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    Thread has been split here: 
     
  6. wlanboy

    wlanboy Content Contributer

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    Time for an update:

    securenj3.jpg

    24 minutes of network downtime since the last update.

    Uptime of the vps is 18 days.

    CPU and I/O are great.

    Network is great:

    Code:
    wget cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test -O /dev/null
    --2014-08-10 16:50:50--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)... 205.234.175.175
    Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)|205.234.175.175|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: `/dev/null'
    
    100%[===========================================================================================>] 104,857,600 11.4M/s   in 8.7s
    
    2014-08-10 16:50:59 (11.5 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]
    
     
  7. wlanboy

    wlanboy Content Contributer

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    Time for an update:

    securenj4.jpg

    1 hours and 28 minutes of network downtime since the last update.

    Uptime of the vps is 90 days.

    CPU and I/O are great.

    Network is great.
     
  8. KuJoe

    KuJoe Well-Known Member Verified Provider

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    That is strange, I am only seeing 2 minutes and 30 seconds of downtime since August for our New Jersey node. How are you measuring the uptime?

    nj1ovz01_nodeping_10_21_14.png
     
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  9. mikho

    mikho Not to be taken seriously, ever!

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    Statuscake as mentioned in another review thread.
     
  10. wlanboy

    wlanboy Content Contributer

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    Looks like statuscake does have some problems with their own network connectivity.

    I will move away from statuscake...
     
  11. HalfEatenPie

    HalfEatenPie The Irrational One Retired Staff

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    Maybe a self-hosted network/group of smokeping? 
     
  12. fixidixi

    fixidixi Active Member

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    [off]

    I've just got this from statuscake:1) "From next Monday 17th November (Statuscake) we’ll stop offering the Basic plan to new users. Anyone signing up for a Basic plan before then however will have their account automatically grandfathered and they will enjoy all the benefits of a Basic plan, at the same price, for life."

    2) wlanboy: What solution do you use now?

    I'm about to build a status app with nodejs that receives updates (webhooks) from the different monitors and "takes action" accordingly :)

    The whole project is about to learn about message queues and using modules:

    the webApp, api and workers..

    [/off]
     
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  13. marrco

    marrco New Member

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    Time for an update from me too. I'm proud to be one of the KuJoe's users since june 2011, and i just paid for an additional year till the end of 2015. I used their Xen and OpenVZ VPS. Joe is one of the most honest, upfront guy i met in this industry. He's always been open and frank when issues happened, with no fear to admit problems, even his own faults. So no surprise the service got better and better, and right now is my host of choice in the east coast. Regarding the wlanboy problem i guess i'm on the same node, and i did not experience particular problems or downtime, so i guess that was just a statuscake issue
     
  14. comXyz

    comXyz New Member

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    Can it run ClamAV smoothly?

    Each time ClamAv start running, my 1.99$ dedi from Online.net always has 100% system load.
     
  15. wlanboy

    wlanboy Content Contributer

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    Time for an update:

    securenj5.jpg

    1 hours and 55 minutes of network downtime since the last update.

    Uptime of the vps is 2 days.

    CPU and I/O are great.

    Network is ok:

    Code:
     wget cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test -O /dev/null
    --2014-12-20 17:34:13--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)... 205.234.175.175
    Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)|205.234.175.175|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: `/dev/null'
    
    100%[===================================================================================>] 104,857,600 7.61M/s   in 13s
    
    2014-12-20 17:34:26 (7.58 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]
    
     
  16. wlanboy

    wlanboy Content Contributer

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    Time for an update:

    securenj6.jpg

    3 hours and 55 minutes of network downtime since the last update. Last spike was caused by the datacenter.

    Uptime of the vps is 4 days.

    CPU and I/O are great.

    Network is ok but is getting better over the last weeks:

    Code:
    wget cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test -O /dev/null
    --2015-01-26 18:25:27--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)... 205.234.175.175
    Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)|205.234.175.175|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: '/dev/null'
    
    100%[======================>] 104,857,600 28.3MB/s   in 4.5s
    
    2015-01-26 18:25:32 (22.2 MB/s) - '/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]
    
     
  17. Nyr

    Nyr New Member

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    Just passing by to say thanks for your really helpful reviews and making a point about service quality and uptime and not just some shitty benchmark.

    Keep up the great work :)
     
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  18. KuJoe

    KuJoe Well-Known Member Verified Provider

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    Our NJ location has been lacking lately. We're still waiting for our data center to provide us an RFO for the recent outage and to get somebody on-site to fix our DRAC for us. Hopefully the uptime will get better.
     
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  19. wlanboy

    wlanboy Content Contributer

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    Time for an update:

    securenj7.jpg

    0 minutes of network downtime since the last update.

    Looks like the datacenter recovered from the network issues.

    Uptime of the vps is 32 days.

    CPU and I/O are great.

    Network is great again:

    Code:
    wget cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test -O /dev/null
    --2015-02-23 12:02:08--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)... 205.234.175.175
    Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)|205.234.175.175|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: '/dev/null'
    
    100%[========================================================>] 104,857,600 83.1MB/s   in 1.2s
    
    2015-02-23 12:02:09 (83.1 MB/s) - '/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600]
    
     
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  20. KuJoe

    KuJoe Well-Known Member Verified Provider

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    Our SSD node that we shipped a few weeks ago was lost/stolen by UPS so we'll be shipping a new one out this week that was originally destined for LA. Glad to see the network has stabilized since the last outage. :)
     
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