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Central.so VPS Review and Benchmark

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Central.so is considered a new provider in the LET community.

However, they received good recognition amongst members.

Then, how good is their service?

I managed to grab one of their VPS plans.

It’s a giveaway, but I think it can reflect how their servers perform to a certain extent.

First, let’s see the benchmark result.

I made use of YABS benchmarking script to see the hardware specs, disk I/O speed, networking speed, and of course, the Geekbench score.

The test VPS is a KVM Silver plan with 2GB RAM, 2 Core CPU, and 40 GB SSD.

Hardware Specs

The specs according to YABS are as following:

  • CPU: Intel Xeon E5-2680 v2 @ 2.8 GHz
  • CPU Cores & Clock Speed: 2 @ 2793.240 MHz
  • RAM 2GB
  • Swap 512MB
  • Disk: 40GB

I installed Debian 11 (bullseye) on the server.

Disk Speed Test

According to its official sales page, the server should have SSD storage.

YABS result shows:

A little bit slower for an average SSD, I think.

Network Speed Test

The server location is at New York City with node’s code US-NYC-KVM-01.

Here’s the result:

The iperf3 test shows good connectivity to all States in the US, decent connection to Europe as well.

Geekbench 5 Benchmark Test

Lastly, how fast is the E5?

Getting 624 mark for Single Core and 1247 for Multi Core are not so bad.

In fact, it’s quite fast for an E5!

Support

The first time I got the server was not a nice or smooth experience.

The server was barely barely usable, I mean, I couldn’t even use the server for anything but just login to it over ssh.

The first time it got delivered was not usable so I had to reinstall the OS.

Once done, I could login but I couldn’t do anything.

The df -h command showed 100% usage. It was not 40GB as mentioned on the sales page.

Reinstalled it again and still.

So I created a ticket but the answer was simple, they asked me to reboot the server.

Rebooted it but the problem persists.

I checked the log and noticed “QEMU : Resize FS error” message.

Their support department seems did not pay attention to this.

Few days later I stumbled upon LET forum and read about Central.so issues on their NYC node related to disk.

A week or two, without any notification emails regarding the status of the issues, I tried to reinstall it again.

This time it works, no more disk issue. I got 40GB.

But tried to do an apt update task and saw something weird.

My vps did not have IPv4 connection.

YABS couldn’t run and even apt install curl couldn’t run as well.

Submitted another ticket and a simple response arrived: Are you able to send a TraceRoute?

A normal question.

But how could I run traceroute if I couldn’t install traceroute?

Choice of OS

Their VPS management panel is pretty awesome! The UI design is just perfect.

However, the lack of OS choices is one thing.

At the time of writing, the available OSes are:

  • Ubuntu 18.04 and 20.04
  • Debian 10 and 11
  • CentOS 7.9
  • Almalinux 8.3 and 9.0
  • Rocky Linux 8.4
  • Oracle Linux 8.6
  • Windows 2019 and 2022

Bottom Line

Putting a side their support team, their servers have pretty much good hardware and price per specs ratio.

However, the disk speed seems below average for SSD drives.

Have any thoughts? Comment down below.

A blogger by hobby. He is an ordinary worker at day, a hybrid sys-admin at night. Sharing knowledge through blogs is his passion. He likes ice cream BTW.

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