SolarVPS vs EuroVPS - 1 month review
SolarVPS and EuroVPS Ė 1 month review
I signup for a VPS plan with SolarVPS and EuroVPS after I decided to move my sites from USA to Europe.
I have used dedicated servers over three years now, but I have tried different VPS solutions several times, but I always have gone back to a dedicated server, since Iím have not been happy with the VPS solutions.
This time, I changed my needs, so I did not need a very powerful VPS solution. This time I was out after price and location. My primary goal was to get a VPS in Europe. The secondary goal was to get a price who was around 50% lower then what I paid for my dedicated server.
One drawback with a VPS solution is the disk space. My personal photoalbum takes around 4 GB, and my websites takes around 6 GB total.
So no less then 10 GB was a demand.
After searching WHT I found only two VPS providers who I was willing to spend my money on; SolarVPS with their UK VPS plans, and EuroVPS.
I have used EuroVPS for a short time, around two years ago. So I was little unsure if I wanted to try them out. And their Windows VPS plans are expensive. But they had a good offer here on WHT, and I gave them a new change.
So here is my review of both of the VPS providers over:
From I signup and pressed pay, to my VPS was ready to use it took only 6 minutes.
I got a total of 6 mails with all the information I needed, and information when my VPS was started etc.
Had no problem accessing my VPS, and could start to create domains and use FTP etc.
With a WHT offer I got a VPS 250P plan, with 384 MB guaranteed RAM, 15 GB disk space, and 300 GB of monthly bandwidth. I also got 2 dedicated IPís and a Plesk unlimited pack. For this I pay around $50 per month (month to month pay)
Using the VPS:
This is a Linux based VPS plan, so I only use Plesk to manage my VPS. I have not seen any problems in Plesk, and all my domains started to work right away. Have not seen any problems with my FTP or network connection, and I have transferred around 6 GB of data to their server.
I have had only one ďproblemĒ since I signup, and that was not a real problem. I took a VZPP backup of my VPS right before I took a plesk backup (to my remote backup site). So when I checked the stats I saw that my VPS used around 12 GB of space.
I was not aware of Plesk storing the backup file on the local drive, to all of the backup was transferred. So I was contacted support, since I was sure of there was a problem with my VZPP backup and it using my main storage.
I got a reply after 2.42 hours. After that I have had no problems at all.
The server has a 100% uptime since I signup.
I was surprised when I got a phone call from Vasili at EuroVPS some days after signup. He did call since he remembered from last time, and that I had cancelled my server (almost two years ago). He asked if I was happy with their service up till now, and if there was something he could do for me.
I told him that all was good, and that I did not have any problems at all.
A nice little thing thatís give the hosting a personal touch.
Little long reply time on support ticket. But it was not a high priority issue. I do prefer Windows, so little less point there.
Very fast setup time. Very good uptime. Good personal touch from support/sale. Good price, not the best, but one of the better in Europe.
It took around 3 hours from I paid to my VPS was ready. But I got a problem, since the server was not ready when I got the mail after 3 hours.
I could not login to the server thru VZPP, http or Remote Desktop. I had to contact support, and they worked on the problem for 24 hours before I could use my VPS again.
So it was not a problem free signup/activation
I got a WHT offer who gave me a Venus windows plan with Plesk 30 domains, 15 GB of disk space, 384 MB of guaranteed RAM, 300 GB bandwidth, and three dedicated IPís.
I pay around $52/mo for this (month to month payment)
Using the VPS
Since the VPS is a Windows 2003 server, I can manage more than on a Linux server. I can also use FTP clients etc, who make my day much better.
I had no problems transferring all my data to the server, but SolarVPS have slower connection then EuroVPS (from my server at LT)
After the main problem, I discovered that I had got a default Plesk license, but they fixed that problem within minutes.
After that, no big problems using the VPS
I have had some problems with my VPS. I have sent a total of 10 requests to support. 4 of the tickets are about high CPU load on the server. I have been told that at least two of the tickets were users who abused the server, and the users have been cancelled. On time there was an antivirus program on the server who uses all of the CPU. The last time, I did not get any info about what was using the CPU.
One good thing with SolarVPS: They do always reply back very fast on support tickets. On medium or high priority ticket most of the replies take 1-5 minutes.:agree: The longest are 14 minutes. And I have tried support on the weekend also, still the same fast reply. And thatís not all, they solve the problems fast also, so they donít give you a fast reply, but no solution on the problem, they give you both. So very good support
The uptime is only 99.482% so not very good compared with Eurovps. But they have had some offsite network problems (a fibercable was cut) so itís not all their fault. But the server have been taken down for reboot several times (because other vps have problems) My VPS has been down for a total of 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Good and fast reply on support tickets. High priority ticket is replied on within minutes.
I will try both the VPS for at least one, maybe two month before I decide on one of them Up till now, I think Windows VPS still have more issues then a Linux based VPS, but Iím a windows man, and will always be a windows man. So I hope I can get the Windows VPS to work 100%.
I can update this thread with a two month mini review, if there are any changes.