ExtraVM Review

Hello LET!

I haven't seen any recent reviews here for them, so I thought I'd toss in some of my thoughts. I'm glad that I'm with ExtraVM. The VPS (KVM) I have is really snappy, and is way overkill for a personal VPN. For the past four months, @MikeA has been helpful, responding to my support messages nearly instantly, while providing support to fix my server even though it barely costs anything. He truly cares about his customers, and I was astonished by the level of quality that he strives for.


nench.sh benchmark
2017-05-11 20:02:40 UTC

Processor: Common KVM processor
CPU cores: 2
Frequency: 3099.998 MHz
RAM: 3.7G
Kernel: Linux 3.10.0-514.10.2.el7.x86_64 x86_64

vda 500G HDD

CPU: SHA256-hashing 500 MB
3.331 seconds
CPU: bzip2-compressing 500 MB
7.607 seconds
CPU: AES-encrypting 500 MB
3.882 seconds

ioping: seek rate
min/avg/max/mdev = 104.6 us / 5.43 ms / 72.4 ms / 8.31 ms
ioping: sequential speed
generated 987 requests in 5.00 s, 246.8 MiB, 197 iops, 49.3 MiB/s

dd test
1st run: 834 MB/s
2nd run: 871 MB/s
3rd run: 871 MB/s
average: 858 MB/s

IPv4 speedtests
your IPv4: 144.217.xxx.xxxx

Cachefly CDN: 91.54 MiB/s
Leaseweb (NL): 24.20 MiB/s
Softlayer DAL (US): 23.12 MiB/s
Online.net (FR): 12.12 MiB/s
OVH BHS (CA): 82.38 MiB/s

IPv6 speedtests
your IPv6: 2001:04xx:xxxx:xxxx

Leaseweb (NL): 5.44 MiB/s
Softlayer DAL (US): 2.40 MiB/s
Online.net (FR): 8.95 MiB/s
OVH BHS (CA): 3.51 MiB/s

The speed is really great; the disk speed was a bit unreasonable though (I'll get into that in a bit). Nothing I'd really want to complain about: it is packed with more resources than Pritunl/OpenVPN will ever use. With 500GB of space.... I can't complain. I've only used around 8GB.

IOPS are quite reasonable for a HDD, and has no signs of being overloaded or anything.

The network is decen (OVH), and most of us already know how good/bad (depending on your experience) it is. IPv6 speeds are (albeit) something to not be desired, but it's understandable that there aren't nearly as many IPv6 peers as there are IPv4.

Meanwhile, here is an excerpt of the hdparm test I did:

hdparm -Tt /dev/vda

Timing cached reads: 7888 MB in 2.00 seconds = 3948.87 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 210 MB in 3.01 seconds = 69.66 MB/sec

Hmm, interesting. The cached reads are really fast, which suggests some kind of wizardry. (or another inaccurate test)

The buffered speed is what we're looking at though. This is pretty reasonable, and normal for a hard drive.

Getting on to the CPU: it is faster than I'll ever need it to be for my use. Considering the price and the resources I'm getting (~4GB of RAM, 500GB of space), I'm an extremely happy camper.

Overall, it's been a great time at ExtraVM. +1 to @MikeA , as he is friendly, and is always willing to help. From my experience, he ran the extra mile, and is why I'm another happy customer. Stellar support and snappy servers are everything I'd ever want from a provider. Thanks! :)


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