Review of LittleVZ Virtual Private Servers by Gullos Hosting

In this post, you will find my review of LittleVZ from Gullo’s hosting, an OVZ based service. This no frills service is available in 3 locations (USA, UK and Singapore). LittleVZ is hosted on OVH data centers in Singapore.

Pricing and specifications for LittleVZ VPS from Gullo's Hosting.
Pricing and specifications for LittleVZ by Gullo’s

Black Friday 2020 offers for VPS

During Black Friday 2020 sale for web hosting on LowEndTalk, Gullo’s had multiple offers for LittleVZ in multiple locations. Of these, I ended up getting two of these machines, one each in Singapore and London. I opted for the 512 MB Plan for each location. Each VPS comes with an independent ipv4 address, and a /80 ipv6 address (to calculate the number of ip addresses for this sub net, click here).

I signed up for the VPS in Singapore, followed by the one in London. Total cost for these two servers would be about 15 US dollars per year. In other words, I was able to get a cheap VPS in London and Singapore for a price which is way below the typical charges for these servers.

Side note: If you do not wish to click on the link that tells you the number of ipv6 addresses, the answer is: a LittleVZ VPS comes with 281,474,976,710,656 unique addresses! 

First Things First

Like any budget or now frills web hosting provider, this LittleVZ Vps from Gullo’s does not offer backup as a part of the basic plan. Therefore you will have to get a separate backup or storage plan. In spite of being limited in feature, LittleVZ does offer SolusVM control panel for managing the basic tasks such as reinstalling the Operating System, changing host name (or domain name if you prefer).

Under the hood: Benchmark of LittleVZ Servers

I will do a quick review of both of these servers. Signing up for the plan in Singapore was a no- brainer. During the Black Friday sale, I later learnt that the 256 Mb plan was available on a special discount for four US dollars per year. One way of looking at the offer is that you get one IPv4 address for four US dollars a year, and the VPS comes for free.

Those who are knowledgeable about networking may use a VPS like this for a VPN or a relay or some of the other tricks of the trade. For my needs, it was logical to get a VPS with a minimum of 512 megabytes of RAM. That way, I could use a system like this for a PHP based content management system of my choice.

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I ran Yet Another Benchmark Script (YABS), as well as bench.monster for testing network speeds in Asia. Since the VPS is in Singapore, I was particularly interested in these speeds that come to Bangalore and Mumbai. With limited quality web hosting options in Asia Pacific, a quality service in this region at an affordable price is always welcome.

YABS or Yet Another Benchmarking Script

LittleVZ, Singapore

Fri Nov 27 12:22:53 GMT 2020

Basic System Information:
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Processor  : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1270 v6 @ 3.80GHz
CPU cores  : 1 @ 799.938 MHz
AES-NI     : ✔ Enabled
VM-x/AMD-V : ✔ Enabled
RAM        : 512.0 MiB
Swap       : 0.0 KiB
Disk       : 9.7 GiB

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):
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Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 835.00 KB/s    (208) | 12.39 MB/s     (193)
Write      | 875.00 KB/s    (218) | 12.95 MB/s     (202)
Total      | 1.71 MB/s      (426) | 25.34 MB/s     (395)
           |                      |                     
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 24.21 MB/s      (47) | 25.55 MB/s      (24)
Write      | 25.56 MB/s      (49) | 27.68 MB/s      (27)
Total      | 49.77 MB/s      (96) | 53.23 MB/s      (51)

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):
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Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed     
                |                           |                 |                
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 373 Mbits/sec   | 838 Mbits/sec  
Online.net      | Paris, FR (10G)           | 409 Mbits/sec   | 841 Mbits/sec  
WorldStream     | The Netherlands (10G)     | 359 Mbits/sec   | 838 Mbits/sec  
Biznet          | Jakarta, Indonesia (1G)   | 493 Mbits/sec   | 923 Mbits/sec  
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 374 Mbits/sec   | 267 Mbits/sec  
Velocity Online | Tallahassee, FL, US (10G) | 10.4 Mbits/sec  | 80.4 Mbits/sec 
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | 351 Mbits/sec   | 300 Mbits/sec  

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv6):
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Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed     
                |                           |                 |                
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 423 Mbits/sec   | 834 Mbits/sec  
Online.net      | Paris, FR (10G)           | 437 Mbits/sec   | 828 Mbits/sec  
WorldStream     | The Netherlands (10G)     | 422 Mbits/sec   | busy           
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 390 Mbits/sec   | busy           
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | busy            | 382 Mbits/sec  

>Geekbench releases can only be downloaded over IPv4. FTP the Geekbench files and run manually.
Disk Space
[email protected]:~# df -h
Filesystem         Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/ploop61225p1  9.8G  538M  8.7G   6% /
none               256M     0  256M   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
none               256M     0  256M   0% /dev
tmpfs              256M     0  256M   0% /dev/shm
tmpfs              256M  3.3M  253M   2% /run
tmpfs              5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
none               256M     0  256M   0% /run/shm

Webinoly on LittleVZ, Singapore

I installed Debian 10 on the LittleVZ at Singapore, then ran the script for Webinoly. I created a test site initially with WordPress, later I replaced it with ClassicPress. This was done as a part of my series of posts on How to host your WordPress Site on a Budget. You can also try LiteSpeed server using the Open LiteSpeed installer.

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LittleVZ VPS in London

My plan with this LittleVZ was to use it as a backup to the Inception Hosting’s KVM server in London. It took me a lot of efforts to configure the Inception Hosting machine, with several trials to install SSL certificate, and multiple failures whilst installing Webinoly. Finally, WordOps installation worked. 

In case something goes wrong with the Inception Hosting server, the LittleVZ could create a nice backup. For the London based LittleVZ VPS, however, I may set up static HTML website with a content management system like Chyrp

Benchmark: YABS

Q. What are the results from YABS for this server?
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You can find the results for Yet Another Benchmarking Script (YABS) above.

Q. What are the network speeds for this VPS?
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I ran bench.monster for Asia, you can find the results by clicking on the above image.

My services with Gullo’s

As of January 2021, I have the following from Gullo’s Hosting: 

-1 DirectAdmin based Shared hosting each in Finland and Australia

-1 NAT each in Finland and Bulgaria

-1 LittleVZ OVZ VPS each in Singapore and London

Gullo’s also offers storage plans, but the price is higher compared to other providers. In a nutshell, across two successive Black Friday sale events, my total spend for Gullo’s Hosting was 25 US dollars a year. I am hoping to use all of these services in the coming month.

Wrapping it up: Final thoughts on Gullo’s VPS

This low cost, no frills service does have its limitations.LittleVZ VPS uses HDD, which is definitely slower that SSD in terms of disk speeds and also have a higher failure rates. By signing up for LittleVZ, you may not enjoy the benefits of SSD hosting. But you can host several websites on this VPS. Webinoly and WordOps (as is the case with other installers) allow you to set up multiple static and PHP based websites, including WordPress. Hosting WordPress sites for under 5 US Dollars a year is one of the advantages of LittleVZ you can enjoy.

Over the past year and a half I have been quite happy with services offered by Gullo’s hosting and might leave them a positive review on Trustpilot. Till then, quite happy running some test sites on the multiple hosting plans I have acquired from them.

This review is a part of the Black Friday 2020 vps offers. You can find similar posts from Index page where my other reviews are catalogued.

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