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  1. #1
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    Feb 2005
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    Thumbs up 4 month review of Ramnode

    The first time I used Ramnode is around 1.5 years ago (July 2012). They was a new company then, only around 2 months old. But still, they had really good servers with really good disk speeds, and a high Benchmark result. But back in 2012 I did not continue with their service, because they only had US servers then.


    4 months ago, I did signup for two Netherlands servers with Ramnode, and have used them since that. Read the complete review here (with images)



    Product/hardware/price




    Since they started back in 2012, Ramnode.com has always used really good hardware. When they started with their SSD-cached nodes, and then their pure SSD nodes, almost no other companies could compete on IO speeds.


    Ramnode offer OpenVZ and KVM servers, both plans comes with pure SSD and SSD-cached options. Ramnode offer so many different plans on three locations, as you can see on the screenshot below, their prices starts so low as $2/mo. On top of that they often have coupons out there (just now they have a 25% off coupon) so you can get the price even lower.


    Iím using a OpenVZ SSD-Cached VPS (CVZ-E5) Ė Netherlands Ė 512MB CVZ-E5 server with a Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 0 @ 2.30GHz CPU, 512 MB RAM, 120 GB SSD-cached disk, 2 TB BW and Iím paying $4.87/mo for this after a LEB special.


    Iím using my Ramnode server to store Virtualmin backup files, that I also have used several times to restore sites on test servers around EU/US, and their servers works really good.


    Service/Support




    I have not used their support yet, or they contacted me because of really high CPU load on one of my servers. I got an e-mail telling me that the VPS was suspended since it used a mining script. They gave me the option to start the server, and find out what the issue was. I quickly found out that one of my sites (using Status2k) was hacked, and someone had uploaded a bitcoin mining script and started it.


    The day after the first ďattackĒ my CPU load on my other Ramnode server was going into the roof, and I found out that I had only deleted the script, but not removed it from RAM, so it still could be started and used. They shutdown the server, and notified me. Also this time with details the script that was abusing my CPU.


    They also advised me to maybe rebuild me servers, since they had been compromised. And that started the process there I got rid of almost all my old servers, changed hosts, and got a completely new setup for both my main servers and my backup servers.


    Under the whole situation Nick was very professional and I never got accused for abusing their service on purpose. And of course, it was my fault that my servers got hacked, and the best advice was to rebuild my servers to be 100% sure.


    Benchmark


    Se the results with images here...


    Since my plan just comes with 2 cores, my UnixBench score is 1256.8. Have not used UnixBench on small VPS plan before, so donít know if the result is over or under the average for a such plan.


    Good/decent network speeds from most locations. Of course, best results from the other NL locations.


    I just using a really cheap OpenVZ SSD-cached node, but still I get decent disk speeds with a avrage of 468 MB/s.


    Network/uptime



    My monitoring services tells me that I have a 99.942% uptime the last 4 months with 1 minute monitors. Ramnode has a 99.9% uptime guarantee so no problem there.


    Conclusion




    Ramnode is not a just 4 month old company that I first used back in 2012. They have become one of the most liked companies on both WHT and LET/LEB. they have won the Q3 2013 and Q4 2013 poll of the Top Providers on LEB.


    They have really good hardware, good network, really good disk setup, good offers, good prices, three locations (EU/US) etc etc.


    And @Nick A use lots of time both on WHT and LET to satisfy his customers. They are a unmanaged host, but you still get the feeling they are something more then that.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
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    I have a 512MB VPS with Ramnode and I'm very happy with them too I have only had it for around 2 months but I have been using it to learn on and I think I will be buying a 1GB VPS + cPanel license from Ramnode soon and maybe moving over one of my hosting accounts to them because I'm just so impressed with their services!

  3. #3
    Thanks for taking the time to review us myhken! Thanks for your kind words nleibert.
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