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HostHatch Review : SSD VPS OpenVZ Plans

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HostHatch is probably one of the vps providers who provide very affordable prices for their vps services. HostHatch is a registered incorporation based in Tampa, Florida, US and already known as a good vps provider with ssd vps (both OpenVZ and KVM based), 10 gbps vps, and colocation specialties. In this post, I will give a short review about their SSD VPS OpenVZ plan, based on 30 days impressions.

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HostHatch Review : SSD VPS OpenVZ Plans

All SSD VPS plans provided by HostHatch hosted on their own networks and equipments at Serverius Datacenter- one of the best datacenter in Netherland. Its has good connectivity and reachable all around the globe by utilising BGP4+ networks. Each VPS nodes powered by Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs and RAID 10 SATA3 SSDs to gain best performances.

You may take a peek to their own equipments on this page.

SSD VPS OpenVZ plans are offered in affordable price, starting at 2 USD per month (SSD OpenVZ 1 Plan) with this specification :

  • 1x 3.7GHz Core
  • 128 MB DDR3 ECC RAM
  • 128 MB vSwap
  • 7 GB SSD RAID10 Storage
  • 1 Gbps connection (10Gbps to the node)
  • 500 GB bandwidth
  • TUN/TAP, PPP and FUSE support

Other SSD OpenVZ plans also available if you need more power and more resources.

At this review, I am using HostHatch OpenVZ SSD VPS v1 – NL – Package 1 – 256MB (ordered on mid November 2013).

  • 1x 3.5GHz Core
  • 256 MB DDR3 ECC RAM
  • 256 MB vSwap
  • 10 GB SSD RAID10 Storage
  • 1 Gbps connection (10 Gbps to the node)
  • 2 TB bandwidth
  • TUN/TAP, PPP and FUSE support

Its a kinda different from what they offer for current OpenVZ SSD VPS – NL VZ 2 – 256MB plan – especially on bandwidth limit and storage space, since they made some adjustment for their SSD VPS plans at the early of December 2013. What I am using now has more bandwidth (2 TB) but has lesser storage space (10 Gb) and lower CPU clock.

HostHatch Review : SSD VPS OpenVZ Benchmark and Performance

This benchmark has made in my VPS that is running fazar.net with 30 days uptime, which is running on LEMP [Linux (Debian 6 32b-bit), nginx (engine-x), MariaDB, PHP] stacks.

htop

fazar-htop

HostHatch Review : SSD VPS OpenVZ Plans

Disk performance

# 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, 1.31844 s, 814 MB/s

# dd if=/dev/zero of=test2 bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
16384+0 records in
16384+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 1.02365 s, 1.0 GB/s

ioping

ioping showing good results, since HostHatch’s vps nodes powered by SSD.

# ioping / -c 10
4.0 kb from / (simfs /vz/private/2667): request=1 time=67 us
4.0 kb from / (simfs /vz/private/2667): request=2 time=76 us
4.0 kb from / (simfs /vz/private/2667): request=3 time=74 us
4.0 kb from / (simfs /vz/private/2667): request=4 time=81 us
4.0 kb from / (simfs /vz/private/2667): request=5 time=72 us
4.0 kb from / (simfs /vz/private/2667): request=6 time=76 us
4.0 kb from / (simfs /vz/private/2667): request=7 time=88 us
4.0 kb from / (simfs /vz/private/2667): request=8 time=75 us
4.0 kb from / (simfs /vz/private/2667): request=9 time=91 us
4.0 kb from / (simfs /vz/private/2667): request=10 time=77 us

# ioping -R /

--- / (simfs /vz/private/2667) ioping statistics ---
60.0 k requests completed in 3.0 s, 20.7 k iops, 80.7 mb/s
min/avg/max/mdev = 1 us / 48 us / 3.2 ms / 51 us

# ioping -RL /

--- / (simfs /vz/private/2667) ioping statistics ---
16.8 k requests completed in 3.0 s, 6.1 k iops, 38.0 mb/s
min/avg/max/mdev = 135 us / 162 us / 2.5 ms / 82 us

Freevps benchmark

This one was taken using the famous freevps.us benchmark script. It shows good I/O and nice connections.

# wget freevps.us/downloads/bench.sh -O - -o /dev/nul | bash
CPU model :  Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1270 v3 @ 3.50GHz
Number of cores : 1
CPU frequency :  3491.991 MHz
Total amount of ram : 256 MB
Total amount of swap : 256 MB
System uptime :   30 days, 9:02,
Download speed from CacheFly: 2.18MB/s
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 19.3MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 18.6MB/s
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 8.44MB/s
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, NL: 106MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 94.8MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 6.99MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 14.2MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 15.0MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 27.0MB/s
I/O speed :  1.1 GB/s

Some people also like to test download and upload speed using speedtest.net, so here it comes…

# ./speedtest-cli --share --simple
Ping: 8.345 ms
Download: 876.49 Mbit/s
Upload: 537.45 Mbit/s
Share results: http://www.speedtest.net/result/3192299248.png

Speedtest result :

HostHatch Review : SSD VPS OpenVZ Plans

The result as just like they advertised on their website, nearly 1 gbps download and half gbps upload.

HostHatch Review : SSD VPS OpenVZ Uptime

Once my VPS online, I am also fired up uptime monitoring using Pingdom, and you can see its public uptime results here. Please note that I set Pingdom to do query on port 80 at my VPS IP address, once a minute (its expected able to detects HTTP service downtime even for a single minute). There is some minors downtime happens during December 2013 but it seems caused by network / nodes connectivity issues since no downtime happens on node side.

HostHatch Review : Customers Support

Support is available via online web chat (available if their support/billing staffs is online) and tickets – currently, no phone support available.

I have opened some tickets and getting vary response time from HostHatch’s staff – sometimes its answered instantly, and sometimes it take some hours. Their staffs (I got response from some names – Abdullah, Adam, and Kelvin) is friendly and helpful.

HostHatch Review : Price / Value for Money

HostHatch’s VPS plans bundled with affordable prices and good specifications. HostHatch has been featured for a couple times on Lowendbox community. They offering flexible payments and unrestricted cancellation policy.

Conclusions

I am happy hosted by Hosthatch – their VPS nodes performances is outstanding, friendly supports, acceptable uptime – all you can get with an affordable price. If you a budget-limited VPS user – or looking for mid-low budget VPS services, I would like recommended you to take a shot on HostHatch VPS plans.

FYI, fazar.net has been hosted by HostHatch since 8 months ago using their shared hosting plan, and this blog has been upgraded to use HostHatch’s SSD VPS (OpenVZ) plan since HostHatch has discontinued their shared hosting service.

Thank you for reading my HostHatch review! :)


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  1. Kl ane pake yg 512 kvm-ssd cukup puas.
    BTW, blog ini pake HH 10Gbps yg mana Mas? ngacir banget :)
    Thanks

    • ane pake yg murah meriah aja, openVZ 256 Mb 1 gbps. openVZ yg 10 gbps pengen coba sih, tapi mahal banget :D
      setup blognya yg ane optimize biar lebih ngacir (webserver nginx, database mariadb, cache APC, wpsc, cdn gratisan pake cloudflare, minify + async).
      salam kenal, dan thanks buat mas yg udah mampir + ngasih comment. :)

  2. Salam kenal jg Mas. 
    Wah fantez, ane mesti ubek2 blognya kl gitu, cari referensi buat optimasinya. 
    Ane pake nginx+mysql+fpm+APC doang mas, tunning di nginx sama fpmnya doang.
    Running brp blog di box ini mas? Thx, salam ngacir Mas :)

    • running 1 blog aja mas. kadang juga dibikin test running web klien, tapi secepatnya ane migrasi kalo udah punya “rumah” dan domain sendiri.
      ngacirnya jangan kenceng-kenceng mas, ntar kena tilang polisi. :D

  3. sips… optimasi kernel/tcp tdk Mas?
    sy dah liat artikel http://www.fazar.net/review-oprek-vps-gratis-lemp-stack-ipv4/
    tp msh kurang contekannya, global config nginx, pool fpm, etc :D

    • nggak ada optimasi untuk kernel/tcp, karena sepengetahuan ane semua aspek yg berhubungan dengan kernel di openvz tergantung dengan hostnya (cmiiw). untuk contekan, nggak ada modifikasi yg berarti di global config nginx, fpm, dsb.. (setting nya mirip sama yg ditutor vps.me itu). dari beberapa eksperimen – terutama modifikasi di fpm dan apc – malah bikin blog nya jadi lemot.. :(

      paling banter di config nginx aja yg ane tambahin cache control

      location ~*\.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif|ico)$ {
      expires max;
      log_not_found off;
      add_header Pragma public;
      add_header Cache-Control "public, must-revalidate, proxy-revalidate";
      }

      location ~*\.(js|css)$ {
      expires 7d;
      log_not_found off;
      add_header Pragma public;
      add_header Cache-Control "public, must-revalidate, proxy-revalidate";
      }

      ini membantu banget terutama akselerasi di browser modern semacam chrome/firefox. untuk urusan minify ane pake autoptimize dan caching pake wp-supercache.

      urusan koneksi asynchronous untuk file js, css, dsb.. dan penyampaian konten statik ane serahkan sepenuhnya ke cloudflare.

  4. IC.. Manstap, terimakasih banyak Mas advicenya, semoga makin ngacir :)

  5. HostHatch SCAM Warning Report!

    SCAM from HostHatch! They STEAL MY MONEY after pre-payment for 6 months!

    I deposited in Advance to my HostHatch account a 6 month pre-payment, incl. the cPanel option, so that when the invoice arrives, my websites and service won’t be interrupted.
    HostHatch, by mistake, suspended my account because no invoice was generated.
    I contacted them, they apologised and re-activate my account, BUT now all my websites were not working, my DNS was not resolving as it was before.
    I asked them politely either fix or refund me because I don’t know how to fix deal with it.
    They said I should pay another company that they recommend to fix it for me, because for this price they only provide hardware, not support.
    Since it’s been less than 7 days from my payment/billing cycle, I asked them for a refund. On top of that they never wish to help, like most other hosting providers do. I pay 30$ per month for a VPS including a cPanel (a 6 month pre-payment), I believe at least I should get some support, especially when the problem started after they, by mistake, suspended my account after which all my sites don’t work!
    I Canceled my service for which I prepaid through my Control Panel, so they know that I am not using it since I am asking for a refund in which they replied: “Submitting a cancellation request is not the channel to request for a refund, this is your choice to cancel your service immediately (early) or at the end of the billing period (the end).”
    So now I prepaid for 6 months then canceled after few days and they keep all my money. Do you guys believe is right to treat your customers this way? Any Recommendation guys you can give me or to them regarding this situation?

    • Abdullah from HostHatch already giving explanation for your case @ Lowendtalk http://goo.gl/rNBQ1A – they are unmanaged hosting provider, you can’t force them to manage your VPS, since their responsibility only to keep your VM up and running smoothly.

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