Brett Cravaliat waffling on about VPS machines

Well here’s my review of the setup process and initial impressions of setting up a VPS at First up I’m not affiliated with them, I don’t even have an affiliate link to their site. I’ve only been using them for a couple days, but the reviews I’ve read of them rate them well for their ongoing uptime. 

This is my first commercial VPS and that’ll be apparent as you read my commentary. On the flipside I’ve been an IT nerd for a while I’m comfortable with most of the concepts. Mostly I host and own all the hardware in my jobs so I know what to expect with them. 

Brett Cravaliat

This is not my VPS it’s a picture from the internets of a server — Brett Cravaliat

Here’s a rundown of the steps I took and how easy it was. 

1) Found the type/price VPS I wanted (cheapest one I could find for testing with)
2) Went through setting up my account – as easy as setting up a forum account. 
3) The Paypal button wouldn’t send me anywhere. So I couldn’t pay for the VPS. 
4) Went into my account and added some credit to my account, the Paypal link there worked. 
5) Came back and hit up my unpaid bill section – it asked if I wanted to apply my credit which was real handy as I didn’t have to work out how to do that. 
6) Went to the manage panel, worked out how to start up the VPS. Hit the “boot” button. Very technical. 
I took this chance to read through the connection guide I should have read first which is pretty simple and lots of pictures for newbies. 
Immediate impression – through the java web console it’s surprisingly quick I thought it was going to suuuuuck. 1Gb machine running in the US and I’m in Aus but it feels like some of the machines I have on wan links inside Aus for work. 

Following the quick guide step by step and I can login directly to the machine via RDP. All good. 

From ordering to seeing the console took me (including figuring my way around the website and the paypal issue) about ten minutes. From no account on the site to installing my testing software on the VPS was about a hour and a bit – but I was eating lunch and working on other projects at the same time too so that slowed me down. 

My tests and software aren’t massively intensive, but the VPS has 1gb of RAM and a 2.something ghz cpu.  I was testing locally on a 2Gb Ram virtualbox on my 3.5ghz desktop PC and honestly the performance feels about the same I think the disk IO for the VPS is a little more efficient which helps.