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Iceland VPS Review : 1984 – Icelandic Web Hosting

1984 – Iceland VPS Servers & Hosting


Iceland is quickly becoming a popular data-haven for bloggers and journalists alike. Understandable due to their new data / media initiative laws that protect data centers with numerous free speech laws. The only problem was finding a proper data center anywhere who offered a VPS. Until now. 1984Hosting offers an array of ultra fast VPS plans, on incredibly fast servers. And I happen to know the owners have personally been working with the government on bandwidth costs, so they can get more BGP peers in Iceland.

The guys (Mordur and Siggy) at 1984 go beyond personalized hosting. Regardless of where this host was based, the support and help is unmatched. Mordur personally re-imaged my CentOS KVM from a raw img to a LVM based file system to speed up the disk I/O speed. These guys know and breathe Linux. Plus the backbones & speeds are always getting faster.

Network : 1984 ehf – (their own Simafelagid [SimNet] Uplink) which brings you:

1984's / SIMNet Iceland's BGP Routes - TINet, Cogent, HE.net, ReTN.net

Plan Chosen from 1984 [ Iceland Web Hosting ] :

 

I chose the not shown '3x' plan hidden in between 2x and 4x. 4x Xeon Cores, 768MB true memory, 24 GB HDD space & 300 GB BW/month. All in the midst of Iceland.

 

Unix / Linux Benchmark by BYTE Version 5.1.2 – Proper full KVM virtualization as seen by the QEMU vCPU’s :

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 BYTE UNIX Benchmarks (Version 5.1.2)

 System: node2.cpq.is: GNU/Linux
 OS: GNU/Linux --  Machine: x86_64 (x86_64)
 Language: en_US.utf8 (charmap="UTF-8", collate="UTF-8")
 CPU 0: QEMU Virtual CPU version 0.12.5 (5333.3 bogomips)
 x86-64, MMX, Physical Address Ext, SYSENTER/SYSEXIT, SYSCALL/SYSRET
 CPU 1: QEMU Virtual CPU version 0.12.5 (5358.3 bogomips)
 x86-64, MMX, Physical Address Ext, SYSENTER/SYSEXIT, SYSCALL/SYSRET
 CPU 2: QEMU Virtual CPU version 0.12.5 (5505.8 bogomips)
 x86-64, MMX, Physical Address Ext, SYSENTER/SYSEXIT, SYSCALL/SYSRET
 CPU 3: QEMU Virtual CPU version 0.12.5 (5112.3 bogomips)
 x86-64, MMX, Physical Address Ext, SYSENTER/SYSEXIT, SYSCALL/SYSRET
 02:10:18 up 6 days, 10:01,  1 user,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00; runlevel 3

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Benchmark Run: Mon Jul 04 2011 02:10:18 - 02:38:39
4 CPUs in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       15080104.5 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                     3003.7 MWIPS (9.8 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               2171.0 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks        484932.8 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          134096.5 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       1086214.9 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                              972286.2 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                  54508.2 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                               9291.3 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                   5789.1 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   1987.6 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                         951959.7 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   15080104.5   1292.2
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0       3003.7    546.1
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       2171.0    504.9
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0     484932.8   1224.6
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     134096.5    810.3
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    1086214.9   1872.8
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0     972286.2    781.6
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0      54508.2    136.3
Process Creation                                126.0       9291.3    737.4
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4       5789.1   1365.4
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       1987.6   3312.6
System Call Overhead                          15000.0     951959.7    634.6
 ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                           853.4

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Benchmark Run: Mon Jul 04 2011 02:38:39 - 03:06:58
4 CPUs in system; running 4 parallel copies of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       59527709.8 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                    11994.8 MWIPS (9.9 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                              10916.1 lps   (29.6 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks        172408.5 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks           45688.5 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks        401182.3 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                             3798909.0 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                1003694.3 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                              36765.9 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  16377.1 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   2302.3 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                        3054137.6 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   59527709.8   5100.9
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0      11994.8   2180.9
Execl Throughput                                 43.0      10916.1   2538.6
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0     172408.5    435.4
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0      45688.5    276.1
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0     401182.3    691.7
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    3798909.0   3053.8
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0    1003694.3   2509.2
Process Creation                                126.0      36765.9   2917.9
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      16377.1   3862.5
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       2302.3   3837.1
System Call Overhead                          15000.0    3054137.6   2036.1
 ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                        1847.8

1984 Hosting Iceland – CPU Info (Unix Bench doesn’t give an accurate reading of KVM based QEMU CPU’s power)

root@node2 [~/unixbench-5.1.2]# cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor    : 0
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 2
model name    : QEMU Virtual CPU version 0.12.5
stepping    : 3
cpu MHz        : 2666.654
cache size    : 4096 KB
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 4
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat 
pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 syscall nx lm pni cx16 popcnt lahf_lm
bogomips    : 5333.30
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor    : 1
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 2
model name    : QEMU Virtual CPU version 0.12.5
stepping    : 3
cpu MHz        : 2666.654
cache size    : 4096 KB
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 4
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat
 pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 syscall nx lm pni cx16 popcnt lahf_lm
bogomips    : 5358.34
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor    : 2
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 2
model name    : QEMU Virtual CPU version 0.12.5
stepping    : 3
cpu MHz        : 2666.654
cache size    : 4096 KB
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 4
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat 
pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 syscall nx lm pni cx16 popcnt lahf_lm
bogomips    : 5505.80
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor    : 3
vendor_id    : GenuineIntel
cpu family    : 6
model        : 2
model name    : QEMU Virtual CPU version 0.12.5
stepping    : 3
cpu MHz        : 2666.654
cache size    : 4096 KB
fpu        : yes
fpu_exception    : yes
cpuid level    : 4
wp        : yes
flags        : fpu de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat
 pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 syscall nx lm pni cx16 popcnt lahf_lm
bogomips    : 5112.29
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment    : 64
address sizes    : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management

Cachefly Test – True 100MBPS, in Iceland mind you… Not an easy feat mind you.

root@node2 [~/unixbench-5.1.2]# wget cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test -O /dev/null
--2011-07-04 03:13:18--  http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net... 205.234.175.175
Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net|205.234.175.175|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `/dev/null'

100%[=========================================>] 104,857,600 11.4M/s   in 11s     

2011-07-04 03:13:29 (9.43 MB/s) - `/dev/null' saved [104857600/104857600

HDD Speed for my Iceland VPS – Fast, and steady. Highly recommended server and company. :

root@node2 [~]# 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, 19.8799 seconds, 54.0 MB/s

root@node2 [~]# hdparm -tT /dev/vda1
/dev/vda1:
 Timing cached reads:   22684 MB in  2.00 seconds = 11364.13 MB/sec
 Timing buffered disk reads:  100 MB in  0.99 seconds = 101.17 MB/sec

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