RamNode is one of the newer budget VPS providers who have stormed the scene by offering quality equipment at rock-bottom prices. They have three locations you can choose from: Netherlands, Seattle and Atlanta.
The reason I was interested in RamNode is because they offer pure SSD and SSD cached hard drives which are supposed to be faster than conventional hard drives.
According to a study conducted by Wired Tree, pure SSD disks perform 33% faster than conventional hard disks.
Anyway, when RamNode offered a heavy discount (35%) in WHT, I decided it was time to bite.
I took a 1GB Ram VPS in Netherlands with the following specifications:
• RAM: 1024MB
• VSwap: 1024MB
• Cores: 4 @ 3.3GHz+
• 30GB RAID10 SSD Space
• 1 IPv4 Address (+1 FREE)
• 16 IPv6 Addresses
• 3000GB Bandwidth
The price: $9.75 per month.
As advertised, the set-up of the VPS was instant. As soon as I paid with paypal, I received an email with information about my VPS.
The Control Panel is based on Solus VM but has a refreshing new design.
DNS Option: RamNode offers the option of hosting your DNS. For this you have to go to your domain registrar (e.g. Namecheap, ENOM etc) and point the domain to RamNode’s name servers. However, there is no point in this because you can as well set up virtual hosts on the VPS (see Guide) and directly point the domain to your I. P. address.
Performance: Here’s what the performance of the VPS is:
Checking the processor used for the VPS
root@vps:~# cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 58
model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1230 V2 @ 3.30GHz
stepping : 9
cpu MHz : 3300.161
cache size : 8192 KB
cpu cores : 4
As you can see, the CPU is a 3.30Ghz with 4 cores.
Checking the I/O (Input Output ratio) of the VPS
root@vps:~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
16384+0 records in
16384+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 1.14471 s, 938 MB/s
As you can see, the Input Output ratio is very high nearly touching 1GB/sec.
Checking the download speed of the VPS using wget:
root@vps:~# wget cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
--2013-09-28 10:43:18-- http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)... 220.127.116.11
Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)|18.104.22.168|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: '100mb.test.3'
100%[======================================>] 104,857,600 24.3MB/s in 4.2s
2013-09-28 10:43:22 (24.0 MB/s) - '100mb.test.3' saved [104857600/104857600]
The speed is good at 24.3 MB/sec
Checking the Upload & Download Speeds using the python tool:
root@vps:~# python speedtest-cli
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration...
Retrieving speedtest.net server list...
Testing from RouteLabel V.O.F. (22.214.171.124)...
Selecting best server based on ping...
Hosted by Elite Game Servers (Dronten) [4.33 km]: 11.047 ms
Testing download speed........................................
Download: 209.27 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed..................................................
Upload: 130.86 Mbit/s
The upload and download speeds are very high.
Support: I noticed that as per the offer I was entitled to an additional I. P. address which wasn’t allotted to me. So I shot off a support ticket marked “Medium” and received a response 5 hours later from “Nick” allotting the I. P. address. Apparently, you have to choose it while paying for the VPS which makes it automatic.
I shot off another ticket about an upgrade option and this was responded instantly.
It would be fair to say that one should expect the response to be slow and sluggish. If you do run into problems and don’t know how to resolve it, it could take several hours before you get help. However, this is mostly true of all budget hosts and so should not be held against RamNode.
Conclusion: All in all, if you look at the speed of the SSD disks and the upload and download speeds and compare it with the price you are getting a great deal. Highly recommended.