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$3.99 BudgetVM Review VPS

budgetvm-cheap-openvz-vps-hosting-300x155BudgetVM is a very attractive priced, virtual private server provider who runs their own network in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Miami, Florida plus in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

This is very impressive.

I signed up for their 512mb OpenVZ plan about 3 weeks ago and this is my review of BudgetVM. BudgetVM is owned by Enzu, Inc. who sells Xen powered cloud servers and Xen VPS servers with RapidXen.

BudgetVM’s pricing is very, very attractive.

Their 512mb OpenVZ is $3.99 per month and you receive 1024mb of burst RAM, 40gb of disk space, 2 Intel Xeon E5-2620 CPUs and 2TB of bandwidth with IP addresses with your choice of Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Miami.

I chose Chicago, since it’s a great central US location and honestly there’s no difference between Chicago and Dallas. I think Dallas has modern infrastructure since the Dallas heavily investing in infrasture in the early 2000s which has paid off with companies like Samsung investing in manufacturing in the area.

512MB VPS

  • 512mb RAM
  • 1024mb burstable RAM
  • 2 E5-2620 CPUs
  • 2TB of bandwidth
  • 2 IPv4 addresses, 16 IPv6 addresses
  • Chicago, Illinois data center

$3.99 per month

As stated, BudgetVM through their parent company Enzu, Inc. runs their own network.

So far, the VPS has had perfect uptime since I ordered it:

# uptime
00:03:44 up 20 days, 12:34,  1 user,  load average: 0.08, 0.03, 0.01

BudgetVM Hardware:

 cat /proc/cpuinfo 
processor	: 0
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 45
model name	: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 0 @ 2.00GHz
stepping	: 7
cpu MHz		: 2000.144
cache size	: 15360 KB
physical id	: 0
siblings	: 12
core id		: 0
cpu cores	: 6
apicid		: 0
initial apicid	: 0
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 13
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm dca sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt aes xsave avx lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dts tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid
bogomips	: 4000.28
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 46 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:
processor	: 1
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 45
model name	: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 0 @ 2.00GHz
stepping	: 7
cpu MHz		: 2000.144
cache size	: 15360 KB
physical id	: 0
siblings	: 12
core id		: 1
cpu cores	: 6
apicid		: 2
initial apicid	: 2
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 13
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm dca sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt aes xsave avx lahf_lm ida arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dts tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid
bogomips	: 4000.28
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 46 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

BudgetVM UnixBench:

========================================================================
BYTE UNIX Benchmarks (Version 5.1.3)
System: cdn: GNU/Linux
OS: GNU/Linux -- 2.6.32-042stab059.7 -- #1 SMP Tue Jul 24 19:12:01 MSK 2012
Machine: x86_64 (x86_64)
Language: en_US.utf8 (charmap="UTF-8", collate="UTF-8")
CPU 0: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 0 @ 2.00GHz (4000.3 bogomips)
Hyper-Threading, x86-64, MMX, Physical Address Ext, SYSCALL/SYSRET, Intel virtualization
CPU 1: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 0 @ 2.00GHz (4000.3 bogomips)
Hyper-Threading, x86-64, MMX, Physical Address Ext, SYSCALL/SYSRET, Intel virtualization
00:13:53 up 20 days, 12:44,  1 user,  load average: 0.62, 0.31, 0.12; runlevel 2
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Benchmark Run: Wed Apr 17 2013 00:13:53 - 00:41:54
2 CPUs in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests
Dhrystone 2 using register variables       20049128.5 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                     2457.3 MWIPS (9.9 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               1651.7 lps   (29.9 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks        227463.0 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks           77942.2 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks        375964.7 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                              805522.0 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                  92747.8 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                               4060.4 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                   2168.5 lpm   (60.1 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                    669.6 lpm   (60.1 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                        1132615.0 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   20049128.5   1718.0
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0       2457.3    446.8
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       1651.7    384.1
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0     227463.0    574.4
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0      77942.2    470.9
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0     375964.7    648.2
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0     805522.0    647.5
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0      92747.8    231.9
Process Creation                                126.0       4060.4    322.3
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4       2168.5    511.4
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0        669.6   1116.0
System Call Overhead                          15000.0    1132615.0    755.1
========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                         565.9
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Benchmark Run: Wed Apr 17 2013 00:41:54 - 01:09:57
2 CPUs in system; running 2 parallel copies of tests
Dhrystone 2 using register variables       39305611.4 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                     4883.3 MWIPS (9.9 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               3141.8 lps   (29.8 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks        179678.3 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks           80286.1 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks        673088.6 KBps  (30.1 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                             1521830.4 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                 162735.2 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                               6640.4 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                   2851.2 lpm   (60.1 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                    514.1 lpm   (60.1 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                        1664153.7 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   39305611.4   3368.1
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0       4883.3    887.9
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       3141.8    730.6
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0     179678.3    453.7
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0      80286.1    485.1
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0     673088.6   1160.5
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    1521830.4   1223.3
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0     162735.2    406.8
Process Creation                                126.0       6640.4    527.0
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4       2851.2    672.4
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0        514.1    856.9
System Call Overhead                          15000.0    1664153.7   1109.4
========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                         820.9

Conclusion:

I think for the price and the uptime that BudgetVM is a great deal.

The $3.99/mo price I am paying, which I can pay $1 more per month and get 1024MB RAM, is absolutely amazing for pricing compared to a lot of hosting provders. For $19.99 per month, you can get 4096MB RAM and over 6TB of transfer at any of their US locations.


2 comments

  1. Thinkbroad says:

    I have used BudgetVM. Their service is as cheap as their pricing. I started with their OpenVZ VPS. One day they suspended my VPS all of a sudden – saying it has exceeded the 2% CPU limit. “2%!!!”. I thought they were kidding – because some shared hosting provider even allow the customers 10% of the CPU usage and BudgetVM gives only 2% to it VPS customer!! Later I switched to XEN VPS – because their support said it will have some dedicated CPU. Only after a week they suspended my account – saying one of my domains were sending spam.
    Well it is acceptable to some extent – but how on earth I can modify/delete those accounts with my VPS suspended. I sent support tickets to them – and they didn’t bother to reply in 24 hours… I had around 20 sites hosted on that VPS and all were down for more than 24 hours. After around 26/27 hours they unsuspended my VPS. I requested them to notify me before suspending again. The same happened again. After 1 hard month – I switched to BurstNet. They are far better than budgetvm. STAY AWAY FROM BudgetVM.

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