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First Impressions: AMD Epyc KVM by NaranjaTech in Netherlands

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Summary: In this post, you will find my first impressions of a 2 core, 4 GB RAM VPS by NarjaTech. Read about their offers for Black Friday through New Years, and my buying experience.with Naranjatech.

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Update December 2021

I have discontinued this service as a part of consolidating services. You can read my other reviews for VPS on this page. Introduction:

Table of contents

Background

I was not planning to get any more VPS subscriptions in 2021, but the offer from Naranjatech was rather tempting, given the specifications and the price. Find my first impressions from running benchmarks, on their AMD epyc based VPS. They have been around in the low end market for a while, which they call as their hobby project.

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Black Friday/Christmas Flash Offers

Naranja Teach had several offers on LowEndTalk, LowEndSpirit, and other places; for Black Friday Cyber Monday, 2020, so also Christmas and New Year. These KVM based VPS plans had NVMe disks and AMD Epyc Processors, starting from 9 Euros a year VPS all the way to a 4 vcpu/8 GB RAM system at 48 Euros a year. I thought of getting one of their plans several times, but resisted. The smaller plans I did not need, the bigger ones were an over spend.

Jan 2021 New Year Offer

Naranja Tech repeated their 48 Euro offer in January 2021. At 48 Euros, still a tempting buy, but again for my needs, an over spend. I was glad to keep pushing back (to my temptation). But a user on LowEndSpirit worked out a custom deal with user ‘gleert’ from Naranjatech, and the specifications were

2vcpu, 4 GB RAM, 80 GB NVMe for 22 Euros or a little over 2 US Dollars a month.

This combination was very good, and pricing, network and processor was better than what I am paying for the hosting for this website. Even for this offer, many times I had even gone ahead and put those items in shopping cart, but  decided not to get them. Simply because of a problem of plenty. And I did not want one more VPS which would lie idle, and not really deliver any return for the financial and time investment I would making them.

Account Creation and Ordering

The purchase purchasing process was a little different. Since this was a custom order, I had to create an account and raise a ticket requesting this particular configuration. I received a response to that ticket and an invoice. Upon making the payment, I was able to get the VPS provisioned. So far so good. The VPS came with CentOS. The first order of business after logging in was to change the operating system, which I promptly did. Next, I ran the standard benchmark tests, which include Yet Another Benchmarking Script, and then speed test, (bench.monster). The results of the benchmark test or as below.

Benchmarks

The system look solid, with good disk speed. Latency has been one of the lowest that I have seen to Netherlands at about 130 ms, which is what I would typically get fora UK location. In contrast, I get about 150 ms for Hostslick, which is also in the same country, though, a different data centre. With that, let me talk about the virtual private servers in Netherlands location. At this time, I have one more service providers with servers in that country which is a NAT VPS from Inception Hosting.

$curl -sL yabs.sh | bash -s -- -r9
Mon 11 Jan 2021 10:22:46 AM EST

Basic System Information:
---------------------------------
Processor  : AMD EPYC 7302 16-Core Processor
CPU cores  : 2 @ 2999.998 MHz
AES-NI     : ✔ Enabled
VM-x/AMD-V : ❌ Disabled
RAM        : 3.9 GiB
Swap       : 1023.0 MiB
Disk       : 77.7 GiB

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):
---------------------------------
Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 209.25 MB/s  (52.3k) | 818.96 MB/s  (12.7k)
Write      | 209.80 MB/s  (52.4k) | 823.27 MB/s  (12.8k)
Total      | 419.05 MB/s (104.7k) | 1.64 GB/s    (25.6k)
           |                      |                     
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 1.13 GB/s     (2.2k) | 1.17 GB/s     (1.1k)
Write      | 1.19 GB/s     (2.3k) | 1.25 GB/s     (1.2k)
Total      | 2.32 GB/s     (4.5k) | 2.43 GB/s     (2.3k)

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):
---------------------------------
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed      |                
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | busy            | busy           |
Online.net      | Paris, FR (10G)           | 927 Mbits/sec   | 807 Mbits/sec  |
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 463 Mbits/sec   | 229 Mbits/sec  |

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv6):
---------------------------------
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed     
                |                           |                 |                
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | busy            | busy           
Online.net      | Paris, FR (10G)           | 912 Mbits/sec   | 890 Mbits/sec  
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 817 Mbits/sec   | 358 Mbits/sec  

Geekbench 4 Benchmark Test:
---------------------------------
Test            | Value                         
                |                               
Single Core     | 4111                          
Multi Core      | 7152                          
Full Test       | https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/15986831

Geekbench 5 Benchmark Test:
---------------------------------
Test            | Value                         
                |                               
Single Core     | 918                           
Multi Core      | 1723                          
Full Test       | https://browser.geekbench.com/v5/cpu/5829826

Speedtest

Asia Speedtest.net
 Location                         Upload           Download         Ping   
----------------------------------------------------------------
 Nearby                           380.53 Mbit/s    301.53 Mbit/s    33.54 ms
----------------------------------------------------------------
India, New Delhi (GIGATEL)       117.94 Mbit/s    246.05 Mbit/s   158.775 ms
 India, Mumbai (SevenStar)        166.46 Mbit/s    88.38 Mbit/s    125.907 ms
 India, Bengaluru (I-ON)          112.85 Mbit/s    72.03 Mbit/s    135.179 ms
 Sri Lanka, Colombo (Telecom PLC) 125.54 Mbit/s    89.44 Mbit/s    165.254 ms
 Pakistan, Islamabad (Telenor)    20.15 Mbit/s     31.50 Mbit/s    199.810 ms
 Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar (Mobicom)  110.76 Mbit/s    63.00 Mbit/s    109.013 ms
 Bangladesh, Dhaka (Skytel)       57.07 Mbit/s     133.11 Mbit/s   233.746 ms
 Bhutan, Thimphu (Bhutan Telecom) 9.98 Mbit/s      32.16 Mbit/s    236.576 ms
 Myanmar, Mandalay (Ooredoo)      70.72 Mbit/s     167.09 Mbit/s   208.106 ms
 Laos, Vientaine (Mangkone)       66.15 Mbit/s     59.00 Mbit/s    225.241 ms
 Thailand, Bangkok (CAT Telecom)  106.26 Mbit/s    13.30 Mbit/s    178.370 ms
 Cambodia, Phnom Penh (Smart)     74.00 Mbit/s     97.35 Mbit/s    189.502 ms
 Vietnam, Hanoi (Viettel)         97.84 Mbit/s     22.58 Mbit/s    195.035 ms
 Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (Extreme) 123.00 Mbit/s    224.26 Mbit/s   166.820 ms
 Singapore (PT FirstMedia)        68.31 Mbit/s     59.39 Mbit/s    168.858 ms
 Indonesia, Jakarta (Desnet)      32.21 Mbit/s     21.01 Mbit/s    179.598 ms
 Philippines, Manila (Globe Tel)  37.29 Mbit/s     44.13 Mbit/s    200.806 ms
 Hong Kong (fdcservers)           25.00 Mbit/s     109.40 Mbit/s   254.308 ms
 Taiwan, Taipei (TAIFO)           22.30 Mbit/s     37.39 Mbit/s    248.690 ms
 Japan, Tsukuba (SoftEther)       97.76 Mbit/s     50.37 Mbit/s    179.341 ms
----------------------------------------------------------------

 Finished in : 11 min 46 sec
 Timestamp   : 2021-01-11 15:57:18 GMT
 Saved in    : /root/speedtest.log

 Share results:
 - Geekbench 4 results
 - https://clbin.com/d96V7

VPS providers in Netherlands

While writing this post, I thought of doing something different, that is, I compiled a short list of providers who have VPS services in the Netherlands. This is not a definitive, authoritative or a comprehensive list, but it gives you a fair idea.

- Liteserver
- IntoVPS
- Hostslick
- Alwayzon
- Vultr
- Webhorizon
- Inception Hosting (NAT)
- Ramnode
- Hostsailor
- MaxKVM
- Virtono
- GreencloudVPS
- Nexusbytes (Economy packages)
- Virmach
Serverhunter site has a wider list of providers from the Netherlands.

From the above providers, I have tried Hostslick quite a bit, and heard great reviews about Liteserver. IntoVPS I had tested in Romania, cannot speak for their Netherlands network. Update February 2022: I have services from Nexusbytes,Naranjatech, Hostslick, , and NAT from Inception Hosting.. all in the Netherlands. It has become quite a collection in the little country.

Parting Thoughts

The Naranjatech VPS looks like a good purchase so far, and I am looking forward to using it. At a future time, I might post a longer review. For now, my plan is to connect it to Server Avatar VPS management panel and host a couple of sites. Update February 2022: This VPS service was discontinued in December 2022 as a part of consolidation of web hosting services. I did however retain a smaller spec’d VPS from this provider. Before the send-off, I ran the benchmarks one more time. You can find the results below.

Benchmarks for NaranjaTech VPS, Netherlands- November 2021
Sat Nov 27 04:34:50 PST 2021

Basic System Information:
---------------------------------
Processor  : AMD EPYC 7302 16-Core Processor
CPU cores  : 2 @ 2999.998 MHz
AES-NI     : ✔ Enabled
VM-x/AMD-V : ❌ Disabled
RAM        : 3.9 GiB
Swap       : 1023.0 MiB
Disk       : 77.8 GiB

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):
---------------------------------
Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 76.75 MB/s   (19.1k) | 380.09 MB/s   (5.9k)
Write      | 76.95 MB/s   (19.2k) | 382.09 MB/s   (5.9k)
Total      | 153.71 MB/s  (38.4k) | 762.18 MB/s  (11.9k)
           |                      |                     
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 560.46 MB/s   (1.0k) | 557.72 MB/s    (544)
Write      | 590.23 MB/s   (1.1k) | 594.87 MB/s    (580)
Total      | 1.15 GB/s     (2.2k) | 1.15 GB/s     (1.1k)

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):
---------------------------------
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed     
                |                           |                 |                
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 912 Mbits/sec   | 836 Mbits/sec  
Online.net      | Paris, FR (10G)           | 920 Mbits/sec   | 511 Mbits/sec  
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 852 Mbits/sec   | 162 Mbits/sec  

Geekbench 4 Benchmark Test:
---------------------------------
Test            | Value                         
                |                               
Single Core     | 4103                          
Multi Core      | 7195                          
Full Test       | https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/16423977

Geekbench 5 Benchmark Test:
---------------------------------
Test            | Value                         
                |                               
Single Core     | 883                           
Multi Core      | 1768                          
Full Test       | https://browser.geekbench.com/v5/cpu/11262696
====== Bench.monster
curl -LsO bench.monster/speedtest.sh; bash speedtest.sh -in
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Region: India  https://bench.monster v.1.5.7 2021-10-06 
 Usage : curl -LsO bench.monster/speedtest.sh; bash speedtest.sh -India

---------------------------------------------------------------------------
 OS           : Ubuntu 18.04.6 LTS (64 Bit)
 Virt/Kernel  : KVM / 4.15.0-22-generic
 CPU Model    : AMD EPYC 7302 16-Core Processor
 CPU Cores    : 2 @ 2999.998 MHz x86_64 512 KB Cache
 CPU Flags    : AES-NI Enabled & VM-x/AMD-V Disabled
 Load Average : 0.14, 0.12, 0.18
 Total Space  : 78G (2.1G ~3% used)
 Total RAM    : 3944 MB (74 MB + 1686 MB Buff in use)
 Total SWAP   : 1022 MB (0 MB in use)
 Uptime       : 0 days 0:51
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
 ASN & ISP    : AS41608, NextGenWebs
 Organization : 
 Location     : Dronten, Netherlands / NL
 Region       : Flevoland
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

 ## Geekbench v4 CPU Benchmark:

  Single Core : 4067  (VERY GOOD)
   Multi Core : 6878

 ## IO Test

 CPU Speed:
    bzip2     :  98.2 MB/s
   sha256     :  98.7 MB/s
   md5sum     : 531 MB/s

 RAM Speed:
   Avg. write : 2764.8 MB/s
   Avg. read  : 6280.5 MB/s

 Disk Speed:
   1st run    : 513 MB/s
   2nd run    : 519 MB/s
   3rd run    : 552 MB/s
   -----------------------
   Average    : 528.0 MB/s

 ## India Speedtest.net

 Location                        Upload           Download         Ping   
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Nearby                          798.06 Mbit/s    902.79 Mbit/s   * 252.294 ms
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
 India, New Delhi (Weebo)        130.48 Mbit/s    42.54 Mbit/s    134.644 ms
 India, Mumbai (SevenStar)       109.84 Mbit/s    102.44 Mbit/s   118.735 ms
 India, Bengaluru (I-ON)         111.03 Mbit/s    71.72 Mbit/s    137.343 ms
 India, Nagpur (optbb)           29.42 Mbit/s     201.63 Mbit/s   131.782 ms
 India, Patna (Airtel)           29.22 Mbit/s     163.23 Mbit/s   160.181 ms
 India, Kolkata (Vodafone)       46.60 Mbit/s     77.37 Mbit/s    ping error!
 India, Visakhapatnam (Alliance) 72.41 Mbit/s     122.23 Mbit/s   158.990 ms
 India, Hyderabad (I-ON)         73.02 Mbit/s     63.50 Mbit/s    133.026 ms
 India, Madurai (Niss Broadband) 77.26 Mbit/s     24.49 Mbit/s    151.965 ms
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Finished in : 8 min 18 sec
 Timestamp   : 2021-11-27 12:59:34 GMT
 Saved in    : /root/speedtest.log

 Share results:
 - https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/16423993
 - https://clbin.com/mvoSA