Virtual Private Servers are always a trade-off as you're never getting access to the raw metal.
For the benchmarks below, I'm testing on the vServer VQ 7 which features:
The benchmarks below are to give you a general idea of the performance of the VPS. Noisy neighbors can have a significant impact on performance and these tests do not run long enough to show their possible impact.
Activation all occurred fairly quickly and cleanly, especially when you factor in the difference in time between Sydney, Australia and Nuremberg, Germany (-8 hours). Strangely though, they did request a passport scan at the start of the sign-up process. If you're a maniacal super-villain you'd best have your fake passport handy.
The bandwidth test from cachefly indicates it can essentially max out the 100Mbit/s network card (10.9M/s → 87 megabits/s).
smerity@Ubuntu-1110-oneiric-64-minimal:~$ wget http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test --2012-04-12 15:56:29-- http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net... 22.214.171.124 Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net|126.96.36.199|:80... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream] Saving to: `100mb.test' 100%[================================================>] 104,857,600 10.8M/s in 9.4s 2012-04-12 15:56:38 (10.9 MB/s) - `100mb.test' saved [104857600/104857600]
When viewing these benchmarks, note that the Hetzner VPS only has a single CPU. Whilst Redis only takes advantage of a single core, it needs to share that with the Redis benchmarking program as well, which will likely severly impede the benchmark results.
smerity@Ubuntu-1110-oneiric-64-minimal:~/redis-2.4.10/src$ ./redis-benchmark -q -n 100000 PING_INLINE: 52056.22 requests per second PING_BULK: 51948.05 requests per second SET: 61462.82 requests per second GET: 57903.88 requests per second INCR: 64102.57 requests per second LPUSH: 66050.20 requests per second LPOP: 60532.69 requests per second SADD: 60204.70 requests per second SPOP: 49091.80 requests per second LPUSH (needed to benchmark LRANGE): 59453.03 requests per second LRANGE_100 (first 100 elements): 18433.18 requests per second LRANGE_300 (first 300 elements): 9101.67 requests per second LRANGE_500 (first 450 elements): 8402.66 requests per second LRANGE_600 (first 600 elements): 6651.59 requests per second MSET (10 keys): 37907.50 requests per second
smerity@Ubuntu-1110-oneiric-64-minimal:~$ 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, 12.6352 s, 85.0 MB/s
smerity@Ubuntu-1110-oneiric-64-minimal:~/redis-2.4.10/src$ sudo hdparm -tT /dev/sda /dev/sda: Timing cached reads: 17996 MB in 2.00 seconds = 9007.04 MB/sec Timing buffered disk reads: 514 MB in 3.02 seconds = 170.12 MB/sec
I'm happy with the VPS as it currently stands. The price is low enough to be an "impulse buy" and as long as you can live with a slightly hindered CPU it will do everything you need of it. Hetzner is especially tempting if you can use RAM to achieve reasonable performance (Linode's 512MB VPS is around the same price as Hetzner's 2GB VPS) but it really depends on your machine's workload.
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