WootHosting New Year Special BOGO 2048MB VPS Review

A review for the "WootHosting – BOGO 2GB OpenVZ VPS for $36/yr" deal posted on LowEndBox.

Advertised Specs:

Host Node Specifications: - Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.30 GHz - 32GB DDR3 RAM - 4x 2TB HDDs - Hardware RAID10 - Full Duplex 1Gbps uplink

VPS Specifications: - 2048MB RAM - 2048MB Swap - 2x vCPU - 30GB HDD space - 2TB transfer - 1Gbps uplink - 1x IPv4 - 30x IPv6 - OpenVZ/SolusVM - No Coupon Needed - $36/year

Benchmarks

I used the hostbench.io benchmark script located here. Portions of their site and functionality are broken, but the benchmark seems to run fine regardless. It builds sysbench-1.0 (for CPUscore), fio (for IO testing), and aria2 (for bandwidth tests) from scratch for its benchmarks.

Benchmark 1 (VPS #1)

Distro: "Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS"
DiskSize: 30 GB
RAMSize: 2048 MB
Checking CPU specs...
CPU(s): 2
model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1230 V2 @ 3.30GHz
cpu MHz         : 3299.935
cache size      : 8192 KB
Virtualization: openvz

Benchmarking CPU...
CPUScore: 4165.0 points

Benchmarking RAM bandwith...
RAMBandwith: 1660.33 MB/s

Benchmarking Write Speed  and IOPS of 4K blocks...
Write4K:4068.8 KB/s
WIOPS:1017 IOPS

Benchmarking Write Speed of 64K blocks...
Write64K: 77.9619 MB/s

Benchmarking Write Speed of 512K blocks...
Write512K: 161.707 MB/s

Benchmarking Read Speed and IOPS of 4K blocks...
Read4K:562953B/s KB/s
RIOPS:137 IOPS

Benchmarking Read Speed of 64K blocks...
Read64K: 7.5791 MB/s

Benchmarking Read Speed of 512K blocks...
Read512K: 33.6338 MB/s

Benchmarking maximum throughput between server and single user in different location...
(Keep in mind that this is not equivalent to maximum download speed of the server.)

[ 1/ 20] Testing download speed from Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Ping: 144.515 ms)
17MiB/s

[ 2/ 20] Testing download speed from Chennai, India (Ping: 224.798 ms)
98KiB/s

[ 3/ 20] Testing download speed from Dallas, USA (Ping: 31.046 ms)
4.5MiB/s

[ 4/ 20] Testing download speed from Frankfurt, Germany (Ping: 153.032 ms)
2.3MiB/s

[ 5/ 20] Testing download speed from Hong Kong, China (Ping: 177.122 ms)
1.9MiB/s

[ 6/ 20] Testing download speed from London, England (Ping: 138.144 ms)
1.6MiB/s

[ 7/ 20] Testing download speed from Melbourne, Australia (Ping: 484.615 ms)
1.4MiB/s

[ 8/ 20] Testing download speed from Milan, Italy (Ping: 156.671 ms)

1.7MiB/s

[ 9/ 20] Testing download speed from Montreal, Canada (Ping: 74.511 ms)
1.9MiB/s

[ 10/ 20] Testing download speed from Paris, France (Ping: 154.995 ms)
2.0MiB/s

[ 11/ 20] Testing download speed from Queretaro, Mexico (Ping: 52.898 ms)
3.8MiB/s

[ 12/ 20] Testing download speed from San Jose, USA (Ping: 17.049 ms)
7.3MiB/s

[ 13/ 20] Testing download speed from Sao Paulo, Brazil (Ping: 176.847 ms)
2.0MiB/s

[ 14/ 20] Testing download speed from Seattle, USA (Ping: 33.984 ms)
5.7MiB/s

[ 15/ 20] Testing download speed from Singapore, Singapore (Ping: 187.762 ms)
1.7MiB/s

[ 16/ 20] Testing download speed from Sydney, Australia (Ping: 480.201 ms)
1.3MiB/s

[ 17/ 20] Testing download speed from Seoul, Korea (Ping: 379.171 ms)
1.4MiB/s

[ 18/ 20] Testing download speed from Tokyo, Japan (Ping: 344.920 ms)
1.4MiB/s

[ 19/ 20] Testing download speed from Toronto, Canada (Ping: 60.677 ms)
3.4MiB/s

[ 20/ 20] Testing download speed from Washington, D.C., USA (Ping: 154.974 ms)
1.8MiB/s

Benchmark 2 (VPS #2)

Distro: "Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS"
DiskSize: 30 GB
RAMSize: 2048 MB
Checking CPU specs...
CPU(s): 2
model name      : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1230 V2 @ 3.30GHz
cpu MHz         : 3299.935
cache size      : 8192 KB
Virtualization: openvz

Benchmarking CPU...
CPUScore: 4328.2 points

Benchmarking RAM bandwith...
RAMBandwith: 1856.57 MB/s

Benchmarking Write Speed  and IOPS of 4K blocks...
Write4K:78069 KB/s
WIOPS:19517 IOPS

Benchmarking Write Speed of 64K blocks...
Write64K: 76.7412 MB/s

Benchmarking Write Speed of 512K blocks...
Write512K: 249.169 MB/s

Benchmarking Read Speed and IOPS of 4K blocks...
Read4K:539987B/s KB/s
RIOPS:131 IOPS

Benchmarking Read Speed of 64K blocks...
Read64K: 7.74023 MB/s

Benchmarking Read Speed of 512K blocks...
Read512K: 39.5264 MB/s

Benchmarking maximum throughput between server and single user in different location...
(Keep in mind that this is not equivalent to maximum download speed of the server.)

[ 1/ 20] Testing download speed from Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Ping: 182.864 ms)
376KiB/s

[ 2/ 20] Testing download speed from Chennai, India (Ping: 225.385 ms)
122KiB/s

[ 3/ 20] Testing download speed from Dallas, USA (Ping: 31.047 ms)
12MiB/s

[ 4/ 20] Testing download speed from Frankfurt, Germany (Ping: 156.531 ms)
14MiB/s

[ 5/ 20] Testing download speed from Hong Kong, China (Ping: 171.326 ms)
15MiB/s

[ 6/ 20] Testing download speed from London, England (Ping: 138.544 ms)
16MiB/s

[ 7/ 20] Testing download speed from Melbourne, Australia (Ping: 484.381 ms)
11MiB/s

[ 8/ 20] Testing download speed from Milan, Italy (Ping: 163.571 ms)
11MiB/s

[ 9/ 20] Testing download speed from Montreal, Canada (Ping: 74.714 ms)
22MiB/s

[ 10/ 20] Testing download speed from Paris, France (Ping: 141.693 ms)
9.3MiB/s

[ 11/ 20] Testing download speed from Queretaro, Mexico (Ping: 53.306 ms)
18MiB/s

[ 12/ 20] Testing download speed from San Jose, USA (Ping: 16.980 ms)
28MiB/s

[ 13/ 20] Testing download speed from Sao Paulo, Brazil (Ping: 179.068 ms)
7.9MiB/s

[ 14/ 20] Testing download speed from Seattle, USA (Ping: 34.043 ms)
23MiB/s

[ 15/ 20] Testing download speed from Singapore, Singapore (Ping: 181.727 ms)
12MiB/s

[ 16/ 20] Testing download speed from Sydney, Australia (Ping: 470.650 ms)
6.5MiB/s

[ 17/ 20] Testing download speed from Seoul, Korea (Ping: 420.372 ms)
5.7MiB/s

[ 18/ 20] Testing download speed from Tokyo, Japan (Ping: 341.126 ms)
8.4MiB/s

[ 19/ 20] Testing download speed from Toronto, Canada (Ping: 60.127 ms)
21MiB/s

[ 20/ 20] Testing download speed from Washington, D.C., USA (Ping: 167.651 ms)
6.4MiB/s

Results

Oddly, the two machines benchmarked at very different download speeds. I contacted support to verify both were on a 1Gbps line, so still awaiting their reply on that. Will repost benchmarks if any change is noticed.

Other Concerns

This host sends usernames and passwords through plaintext via e-mail, but that seems par for the course for most providers. Still terrible practice.

More worrying is that the panel to reinstall your OS (https://manage.woothosting.com/) has no valid cert. It is a self-signed cert by "PHX1-2008", which I am assume is PhoenixNAP's internal certificate. It has no connection to any certificate chain though, so you cannot verify its validity to prevent a man-in-the-middle attack which could be used to trivially hijack your server and/or account. In addition, even if the cert had a valid certificate chain, its signature uses a SHA1 hash which is trivial to brute force and imitate for many black hats today. No good.

You can avoid the above issues by never accessing the manage.woothosting.com panel, asking customer support to perform the reinstall if needed, and change all passwords immediately after your account is opened.

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