AlphaVPS Review

Howdy all,

This is my first formal review of a provider here on LET. This review is of a VPS that I have with AlphaVPS ( @AlexBarakov ). I haven't really seen any reviews for AlphaVPS, so thought I'd provide a somewhat in-depth review.

AlphaVPS Review



Presale

Back in February, I posted a request for a yearly VPS on the East Coast of the US with DDoS protection. Within a few minutes Alex had simultaneously posted an offer that met these specs and sent me a PM. After some discussion with him regarding IPv6 and their DDoS protection, I considered all the offers and ultimately decided to go with them due to their low price point and decent specs.



VPS Information

For 12€/year I was able to secure the following VPS, which is still available:

1 GB Dedicated RAM
2 vCPU Cores
15 GB SSD
1 Gbps Port Speed
1 TB B/W
1 IPv4 + 10 IPv6
OpenVZ
NJ/NYC
20 Gbps DDoS Protection


The VPS is located at Choopa's NJ/NYC DC and has great peering to most of the world (see speedtests below). I've had no issues with the node itself, as it isn't massively oversold and I haven't noticed any noisy neighbors. Alex is doing a great job at monitoring for abuse.

My use for the server is a somewhat large TeamSpeak server and Node.js site/forums for a gaming community (hence the need for DDoS protection) along with a few other personal static sites for myself and friends/family.



Issues & Support

Even the best providers can have issues arise from time to time, but it's how they deal with the problems that set them apart from others. Initially when I ordered the VPS, as I'm sure most of us do, I ran a quick bench.sh of the server. Immediately I noticed that the port speed was limited to 100 Mbps. I shot off a ticket to Alex and he alerted me that other users had recently reported the same and the problem was with a recent replacement of a DC switch that wasn't negotiating the correct port speeds. He quickly offered a refund, if I wished, since the VPS did not match the exact specs of what was advertised. I was willing to wait until the problem was resolved. Within two days, I received a reply from Alex that the issue was fixed and sure enough it was.

I also had reached out to get IPv6 addresses assigned via a ticket. Within 10 minutes it was done. 10 minutes! Overall, Alex provides great and professional support for his products and serves as a great example of how providers should keep customers informed and provide stellar support.



Control Panel

The control panel is your standard WHMCS CP. You're able to monitor your server (see B/W, Mem, & Disk stats) as well as power cycle and launch a serial console (not tested) from the site. The usage graphs don't load for me, but that's a minor worry.





Conclusion

I am thoroughly satisfied with the services provided by Alex at AlphaVPS. The VPS is top notch, as is the support provided. I wouldn't hesitate to order another server from him should the need arise.



Speed & I/O Tests

As with every review, here is the obligatory Speed and I/O test, using the ServerBench script:

-------------------------System Information-------------------------
CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1270 v3 @ 3.50GHz
Number of cores : 4
CPU frequency : 3492.021 MHz
Total amount of ram : 1024 MB
Total amount of swap : 0 MB
System uptime : 69days, 2:5:20
Load average : 0.11, 0.15, 0.06
OS : Debian GNU/Linux 7
Arch : i686 (32 Bit)
Kernel : 2.6.32-042stab120.19
--------------------------IPv4 Speed Tests--------------------------
Node Name IPv4 address Download Speed
CacheFly 205.234.175.175 101MB/s
Vultr, Tokyo, JP 108.61.201.151 9.87MB/s
Linode, Tokyo, JP 106.187.96.148 12.0MB/s
DO, Bangalore, IN 139.59.44.249 6.12MB/s
Softlayer, Chennai, IN 169.38.65.84 5.58MB/s
Vultr, Singapore, SG 45.32.100.168 4.75MB/s
DO, Singapore, SG 128.199.210.182 5.89MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG 139.162.23.4 4.95MB/s
Softlayer, Singapore, SG 119.81.28.170 8.49MB/s
Leaseweb, Singapore, SG 103.254.153.18 6.74MB/s
Softlayer, HongKong, CN 119.81.130.170 9.90MB/s
Leaseweb, HongKong, CN 43.249.36.49 6.13MB/s
Vultr, Sydney, AUS 108.61.212.117 5.54MB/s
Softlayer, Sydney, AUS 168.1.1.212 5.32MB/s
Softlayer, Melbourne, AUS 168.1.65.244 7.64MB/s
Tele2, Gothenberg, SE 90.130.74.151 10.2MB/s
Tele2, Kista, SE 90.130.74.149 12.3MB/s
Softlayer, Milan, IT 159.122.128.84 13.0MB/s
Prometeus, Milan, IT 37.247.53.10 22.6MB/s
Tele2, Riga, LV 90.130.74.113 12.7MB/s
Tele2, Vilnius, LT 90.130.74.117 9.35MB/s
Server.LU, Luxembourg, LU 94.242.192.2 24.5MB/s
Tele2, Frankfurt, DE 90.130.74.155 11.9MB/s
Vultr, Frankfurt, DE 108.61.210.117 15.4MB/s
Linode, Frankfurt, DE 139.162.130.8 14.5MB/s
Softlayer, Frankfurt, DE 159.122.69.4 15.6MB/s
Leaseweb, Frankfurt, DE 37.58.58.140 14.4MB/s
DO, Frankfurt, DE 46.101.201.140 12.4MB/s
Vultr, Paris, FR 108.61.209.127 2.02MB/s
OVH, Gravelines, FR 5.196.90.200 9.26MB/s
OVH, Strasbourg, FR 5.135.128.81 8.02MB/s
OVH, Roubaix, FR 188.165.12.106 9.39MB/s
Online.Net, Paris, FR 62.210.18.40 21.7MB/s
Tele2, Amsterdam, NL 90.130.74.153 15.4MB/s
Vultr, Amsterdam, NL 108.61.198.102 15.6MB/s
DO 2, Amsterdam, NL 146.185.152.145 22.2MB/s
DO 3, Amsterdam, NL 178.62.219.145 20.5MB/s
Leaseweb, Amsterdam, NL 5.79.108.33 13.4MB/s
i3d, Amsterdam, NL 213.163.76.200 15.5MB/s
Vultr, London, UK 108.61.196.101 16.7MB/s
DO, London, UK 188.166.152.227 18.3MB/s
Linode, London, UK 176.58.107.39 17.7MB/s
Softlayer, London, UK 5.10.97.132 31.5MB/s
Softlayer, Mexico, MX 169.57.4.116 32.7MB/s
Softlayer, Brazil, BR 169.57.128.148 12.1MB/s
DO 1, NYC, USA 67.205.188.39 84.8MB/s
DO 2, NYC, USA 162.243.9.77 94.9MB/s
DO 3, NYC, USA 138.197.20.252 96.6MB/s
Vultr, New Jersey, USA 108.61.149.182 52.5MB/s
Linode, Newark, USA 50.116.57.237 102MB/s
Vultr, Illinois, USA 107.191.51.12 33.8MB/s
Vultr, Atlanta, USA 108.61.193.166 33.0MB/s
Linode, Atlanta, USA 50.116.39.117 67.7MB/s
Vultr, Miami, USA 104.156.244.232 38.4MB/s
Vultr, Washington, USA 108.61.194.105 23.3MB/s
Softlayer, Seattle, USA 67.228.112.250 34.5MB/s
Leaseweb, Washington, USA 207.244.94.80 86.3MB/s
Vultr, Dallas, USA 108.61.224.175 31.9MB/s
Linode, Dallas, USA 50.116.25.154 30.9MB/s
Softlayer, Dallas, USA 173.192.68.18 49.5MB/s
Leaseweb, Dallas, USA 209.58.153.1 27.8MB/s
Vultr, Los Angeles, USA 108.61.219.200 23.0MB/s
DO, San Francisco, USA 138.68.237.46 14.2MB/s
DO, San Francisco, USA 192.241.209.37 22.1MB/s
Linode, Fremont, USA 50.116.14.9 4.47MB/s
Leaseweb, San Francisco, USA 209.58.135.187 16.8MB/s
DO, Toronto, CA 138.197.135.163 34.5MB/s
OVH, Beauharnois, CA 192.99.19.165 55.0MB/s
EastLink, Canada, CA 24.222.0.194 30.6MB/s
Softlayer, Montreal, CA 169.54.124.180 80.0MB/s
--------------------------IPv6 Speed Tests--------------------------
Node Name IPv6 address Download Speed
Linode, Atlanta, GA 2600:3c02::4b 37.6MB/s
Linode, Dallas, TX 2600:3c00::4b 22.8MB/s
Linode, Newark, NJ 2600:3c03::4b 102MB/s
Linode, Singapore, SG 2400:8901::4b 5.16MB/s
Linode, Tokyo, JP 2400:8900::4b 12.3MB/s
Softlayer, Paris, FR 2a03:8180:1301:8::4 29.3MB/s
Softlayer, Tokyo, JP 2401:c900:1001:16::4 8.01MB/s
-----------------------------I/O Test-------------------------------
I/O speed(1st run) : 344 MB/s
I/O speed(2nd run) : 406 MB/s
I/O speed(3rd run) : 411 MB/s
Average I/O speed : 387 MB/s

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