Exoscale Bulgaria Sofia Standard Instance VPS Hosting Test and Review

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Exoscale Bulgaria Sofia Standard Instance VPS Hosting Test and Review

We’re reviewing the Exoscale Bulgaria Sofia Standard Virtual Private Server (VPS). It runs on an Intel Xeon Processor, with a setup that includes a dual-core processor, 4 GB of memory (RAM), 50 GB of solid-state drive (SSD) storage, a super-fast 10 Gbps internet connection, and comes with 2 TB of data transfer allowance, along with one IPv4 address.

Here’s our rundown of the different tests we used:

  • Basic tests: We looked at simple speed and hardware efficiency through common benchmarking tools.
  • Network test: We assessed the server’s network reach and speed by testing how it connects to different locations globally and how quickly it responds to pings (think of it as measuring the server’s reaction time to requests worldwide).
  • Media Access tests: We checked if the server can access media content that might be restricted in certain regions to see how well it performs for users in different locations.
  • Connection quality test: We used CloudFlare’s tools to see the quality and reliability of the server’s internet connection.
  • Website performance: We analyzed how fast websites would run on this server using tools like PageSpeed Insights and GTmetrix Performance, which tell us how well a website will likely perform for users.

In short, we’ve put the server through a series of trials to measure its speed, power, and reliability for all sorts of tasks you might throw at it.

About Exoscale

Exoscale is a European cloud hosting company that provides various services to help teams develop cloud-native applications. It’s a trademark of Akenes SA, a private company founded in 2011 and headquartered in Switzerland.

Exoscale offers high-performance SSD cloud servers and self-sustained zones for resilient deployments. They also provide snapshots and custom templates, instance pools to manage groups of machines, and anti-affinity groups.

Exoscale provides a fully managed database service, including managed PostgreSQL, MySQL, Apache Kafka, OpenSearch, and Redis databases. They also offer managed Grafana.

Their object storage is highly available with multi-redundancy. It offers low latency, high-bandwidth, public or private secure HTTP(s) access and an S3-compatible API for simple tooling integration.

Their networking features include dual 25 Gbps secure private networking, security groups to manage firewall rules, network load balancers, elastic IP addresses, and IPv6. They also offer a private virtual cloud with private networking, dedicated hypervisors, and private connections.

Exoscale has an Anycast DNS network for low latency resolution and geo-replicated redundancy for optimal uptime. They also offer a simple-to-use content delivery network for all your assets.

Exoscale has data centers in Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, and Switzerland. They are known for their focus on privacy and compliance, with certifications for ISO27001, Cloud Security Alliance, and ISO27018.

Exoscale offers a 99.95% SLA, trustworthy support, and access to resources via web application, CLI, and API. They also offer a marketplace with a curated collection of solution templates, services, and components.

Official Website: https://www.Exoscale.com

BasicBench: Server Profile, I/O Speed, Upload and Download Speed

 CPU Model          : Intel Xeon Processor (Skylake)
 CPU Cores          : 2 @ 2200.000 MHz
 CPU Cache          : 16384 KB
 AES-NI             : ✓ Enabled
 VM-x/AMD-V         : ✓ Enabled
 Total Disk         : 49.2 GB (845.5 MB Used)
 Total Mem          : 3.8 GB (63.6 MB Used)
 System uptime      : 0 days, 0 hour 12 min
 Load average       : 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
 OS                 : Debian GNU/Linux 11
 Arch               : x86_64 (64 Bit)
 Kernel             : 5.10.0-26-cloud-amd64
 TCP CC             : bbr
 Virtualization     : KVM
 IPv4/IPv6          : ✓ Online / ✗ Offline
 Organization       : AS61098 Akenes SA
 Location           : Sofia / BG
 Region             : Sofia-Capital
----------------------------------------------------------------------
 I/O Speed(1st run) : 425 MB/s
 I/O Speed(2nd run) : 937 MB/s
 I/O Speed(3rd run) : 939 MB/s
 I/O Speed(average) : 767.0 MB/s
----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Node Name        Upload Speed      Download Speed      Latency     
 Speedtest.net    6685.44 Mbps      8692.59 Mbps        0.26 ms     
 Los Angeles, US  483.11 Mbps       2152.06 Mbps        167.59 ms   
 Dallas, US       550.34 Mbps       2928.15 Mbps        145.52 ms   
 Montreal, CA     585.38 Mbps       900.25 Mbps         111.32 ms   
 Paris, FR        2264.44 Mbps      7102.98 Mbps        36.75 ms    
 Amsterdam, NL    2095.85 Mbps      9287.09 Mbps        31.53 ms    
 Shanghai, CN     290.78 Mbps       2933.19 Mbps        275.33 ms   
 Mumbai, IN       279.90 Mbps       3006.89 Mbps        234.21 ms   
 Singapore, SG    216.96 Mbps       2136.72 Mbps        344.35 ms   
 Tokyo, JP        214.07 Mbps       3428.01 Mbps        221.97 ms   
----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Finished in        : 5 min 19 sec
 Timestamp          : 2023-11-27 08:25:53 UTC

YabsBench: Disk Speed, iperf3 Network Speed, Geekbench 6 Benchmark

Basic System Information:
---------------------------------
Uptime     : 0 days, 0 hours, 22 minutes
Processor  : Intel Xeon Processor (Skylake)
CPU cores  : 2 @ 2200.000 MHz
AES-NI     : ✔ Enabled
VM-x/AMD-V : ✔ Enabled
RAM        : 3.8 GiB
Swap       : 0.0 KiB
Disk       : 49.2 GiB
Distro     : Debian GNU/Linux 11 (bullseye)
Kernel     : 5.10.0-26-cloud-amd64
VM Type    : KVM
IPv4/IPv6  : ✔ Online / ❌ Offline

IPv4 Network Information:
---------------------------------
ISP        : Akenes SA
ASN        : AS61098 Akenes SA
Host       : Akenes SA
Location   : Sofia, Sofia (23)
Country    : Bulgaria

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50) (Partition /dev/vda1):
---------------------------------
Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 353.24 MB/s  (88.3k) | 3.07 GB/s    (47.9k)
Write      | 354.17 MB/s  (88.5k) | 3.08 GB/s    (48.2k)
Total      | 707.42 MB/s (176.8k) | 6.15 GB/s    (96.2k)
           |                      |                     
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 3.58 GB/s     (7.0k) | 3.69 GB/s     (3.6k)
Write      | 3.77 GB/s     (7.3k) | 3.93 GB/s     (3.8k)
Total      | 7.35 GB/s    (14.3k) | 7.62 GB/s     (7.4k)

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):
---------------------------------
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed      | Ping           
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 4.93 Gbits/sec  | 4.45 Gbits/sec  | --             
Scaleway        | Paris, FR (10G)           | busy            | busy            | --             
NovoServe       | North Holland, NL (40G)   | 5.32 Gbits/sec  | 3.39 Gbits/sec  | --             
Uztelecom       | Tashkent, UZ (10G)        | busy            | busy            | --             
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 1.53 Gbits/sec  | 1.27 Gbits/sec  | --             
Clouvider       | Dallas, TX, US (10G)      | busy            | 391 Mbits/sec   | --             
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | 970 Mbits/sec   | 732 Mbits/sec   | --             

Geekbench 6 Benchmark Test:
---------------------------------
Test            | Value                         
                |                               
Single Core     | 1439                          
Multi Core      | 2612                          
Full Test       | https://browser.geekbench.com/v6/cpu/3740955

YABS completed in 12 min 25 sec

UnixBench: CPU Performance, A score higher is better

Benchmark Run: Mon Nov 27 2023 08:48:55 - 09:16:56
2 CPUs in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       43574048.3 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                     6294.0 MWIPS (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               4395.4 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks        482533.3 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          125277.8 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       1665664.5 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                              605925.5 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                  81058.7 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                               8704.6 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  11879.5 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   2235.9 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                         299185.5 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   43574048.3   3733.9
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0       6294.0   1144.4
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       4395.4   1022.2
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0     482533.3   1218.5
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     125277.8    757.0
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    1665664.5   2871.8
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0     605925.5    487.1
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0      81058.7    202.6
Process Creation                                126.0       8704.6    690.8
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      11879.5   2801.8
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       2235.9   3726.6
System Call Overhead                          15000.0     299185.5    199.5
                                                                   ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                        1042.2

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Benchmark Run: Mon Nov 27 2023 09:16:56 - 09:44:58
2 CPUs in system; running 2 parallel copies of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       86400422.1 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                    12590.3 MWIPS (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               8015.8 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks        814343.1 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          209174.7 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       2873545.7 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                             1215295.6 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                 295382.1 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                              20017.8 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  17309.2 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   2332.0 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                         577337.3 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   86400422.1   7403.6
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0      12590.3   2289.1
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       8015.8   1864.1
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0     814343.1   2056.4
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     209174.7   1263.9
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    2873545.7   4954.4
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    1215295.6    976.9
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0     295382.1    738.5
Process Creation                                126.0      20017.8   1588.7
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      17309.2   4082.4
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       2332.0   3886.6
System Call Overhead                          15000.0     577337.3    384.9
                                                                   ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                        1940.3

======= Script description and score comparison completed! ======= 

Looking Glass

Located in the A1 Lift data center, our BG-SOF-1 zone offers GDPR-compliant servers to help regional Startups, SMBs, and enterprise projects meet European legal requirements regarding data privacy standards.

Global Node Test

 ## CDN Speedtest

 CacheFly : 208.33 MiB/s | 1666.67 Mbps  | ping error!
 Gdrive   :       0 B/s |      N/A       | ping error!


 ## North America Speedtest

 Softlayer, Washington, USA :   1.38 MiB/s |   11.03 Mbps  | ping error!
 SoftLayer, San Jose, USA   :   2.18 MiB/s |   17.41 Mbps  | ping error!
 SoftLayer, Dallas, USA     :       0 B/s |      N/A       | ping error!
 Vultr, New Jersey, USA     : 527.08 KiB/s |    4.12 Mbps  | ping error!
 Vultr, Seattle, USA        :  10.30 MiB/s |   82.37 Mbps  | ping error!
 Vultr, Dallas, USA         :  13.49 MiB/s |  107.91 Mbps  | ping error!
 Vultr, Los Angeles, USA    :  10.00 MiB/s |   79.99 Mbps  | ping error!
 Ramnode, New York, USA     :  19.82 MiB/s |  158.55 Mbps  | ping error!
 Ramnode, Atlanta, USA      :  17.49 MiB/s |  139.93 Mbps  | ping error!


 ## Europe Speedtest

 Vultr, London, UK            :  59.70 MiB/s |  477.61 Mbps  | ping error!
 LeaseWeb, Frankfurt, Germany :  54.63 KiB/s |    0.43 Mbps  | ping error!
 Hetzner, Germany             :     772 B/s |      N/A       | ping error!
 Ramnode, Alblasserdam, NL    :  63.28 MiB/s |  506.26 Mbps  | ping error!
 Vultr, Amsterdam, NL         :  59.92 MiB/s |  479.33 Mbps  | ping error!
 EDIS, Stockholm, Sweden      :     793 B/s |      N/A       | ping error!
 OVH, Roubaix, France         :   1.16 KiB/s |    0.01 Mbps  | ping error!
 Online, France               :  67.25 MiB/s |  538.04 Mbps  | ping error!
 Prometeus, Milan, Italy      :   1.20 KiB/s |    0.01 Mbps  | ping error!


 ## Exotic Speedtest

 Sydney, Australia     :   2.20 MiB/s |   17.63 Mbps  | ping error!
 Lagoon, New Caledonia :     116 B/s |      N/A       | ping error!
 Hosteasy, Moldova     :  80.71 MiB/s |  645.68 Mbps  | ping error!
 Prima, Argentina      :  99.04 KiB/s |    0.77 Mbps  | ping error!


 ## Asia Speedtest

 SoftLayer, Singapore :   1.40 MiB/s |   11.20 Mbps  | ping error!
 Linode, Tokyo, Japan :   4.52 MiB/s |   36.19 Mbps  | ping error!
 Linode, Singapore    :   8.65 MiB/s |   69.19 Mbps  | ping error!
 Vultr, Tokyo, Japan  :   2.62 MiB/s |   20.93 Mbps  | ping error!


 Benchmark finished in 109 seconds

Global Latency Test

Exoscale Bulgaria Sofia Standard Instance VPS Hosting Test and Review Exoscale Bulgaria Sofia Standard Instance VPS Hosting Test and Review

Query: ping 194.182.178.13, interval: 5s, dense mode: no

Probing 194.182.178.13 – RIPENCC /22 AS61098 EXOSCALE – Bulgaria, Sofia

Media Unlock Test

 ** Test Starts At: Mon Nov 27 08:46:34 UTC 2023

 ** Checking Results Under IPv4 
--------------------------------
 ** Your Network Provider: Akenes (194.182.*.*) 

============[ Multination ]============
 Dazn:                                  Yes (Region: BG)
 HotStar:                               No
 Disney+:                               Yes (Region: BG)
 Netflix:                               Yes (Region: BG)
 YouTube Premium:                       Yes (Region: CH)
 Amazon Prime Video:                    Yes (Region: BG)
 TVBAnywhere+:                          Yes
 iQyi Oversea Region:                   INTL
 Viu.com:                               No
 YouTube CDN:                           MOBILTEL in Sofia 
 Netflix Preferred CDN:                 Associated with [A1 Bulgaria] in [Sofia ]
 Spotify Registration:                  No
 Steam Currency:                        EUR
 ChatGPT:                               Yes
 Bing Region:                           WW
=======================================
No IPv6 Connectivity Found, Abort IPv6 Testing...

Testing Done! 

CloudFlare Internet Test

Exoscale Bulgaria Sofia Standard Instance VPS Hosting Test and Review

PageSpeed Insights

Exoscale Bulgaria Sofia Standard Instance VPS Hosting Test and Review

GTmetrix Performance

Exoscale Bulgaria Sofia Standard Instance VPS Hosting Test and Review

Admin Control Panel

Exoscale Bulgaria Sofia Standard Instance VPS Hosting Test and Review

Exoscale’s admin console is a user-friendly interface that allows you to manage your cloud infrastructure. It provides a simple and intuitive way to interact with Exoscale’s services.

One of the key features of the admin console is the Exoscale command-line interface (CLI), known as Exo. This tool allows you to manage your infrastructure from the command line, offering all the benefits of a scriptable interface. The CLI is available for operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Apple macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

The admin console also supports advanced features like anti-affinity groups, which ensure your machines are created on different hypervisors for increased resilience. It also provides user data functionality, allowing you to provision your instance with additional software or settings automatically.

Server Pricing

Exoscale Bulgaria Sofia Standard Instance VPS Hosting Test and Review

Official Website: https://www.Exoscale.com

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Payments

Exoscale offers several payment methods to cater to the needs of its customers. They accept major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. In addition to credit cards, they also accept PayPal, but only for pre-paid billing.

Exoscale provides two billing modes: pre-paid and post-paid. In the pre-paid mode, you add funds to your organization before consuming resources. When your organization’s balance reaches zero, the organization is suspended. It’s important to keep the credit in your account topped up to avoid suspension.

In the post-paid mode, you can register one or more credit cards and consume resources freely. They automatically charge your default credit card for the amount you consume every month. Established companies with a proven line of credit can request access to post-paid billing with wire transfers after a manual vetting process.

If you are in pre-paid billing mode, you can move to post-paid by credit card mode by registering a credit card. For post-paid by wire transfer, you need to open a support ticket. If you are in any post-paid billing mode (card or wire transfer), you can move to any other mode by contacting their support team.

Exoscale supports CHF, EUR, or USD currencies. All prices exclude any applicable tax.

Customer Support

Exoscale offers a variety of support plans to ensure the success of their customers. They provide hands-on, direct contact with the engineers powering their cloud platform.

  • Built-In Support: This is for all customers and is perfect for testers, developers, and non-critical applications. It offers the best-effort response time during office hours. You can open and track tickets within the portal.
  • Starter Support: This is for startups and SMEs running production infrastructures. It includes everything from Built-In, a four-hour guaranteed response time, additional authentication options, and detailed usage reporting.
  • Pro Support: This plan will be available soon. It offers a one-hour response time out-of-the-box service to detect and track events on the platform.
  • Enterprise Support: This plan will also be available soon. It offers a response time of 30 minutes (24/7), support via ticket, phone, or chat, and a dedicated Customer Success Manager.

To contact the Exoscale support team, there are two main options for non-customers: email and phone. If you’re a customer, your best bet is to log in to your client portal and send a support ticket. You can also contact them through their website.

Conclusion

The server demonstrated impressive I/O speeds, with an average of 767 MB/s, which indicates swift read/write operations—this is crucial for data-intensive tasks. Network performance tests revealed high download and upload speeds, particularly noticeable within European locations such as Paris and Amsterdam. Conversely, Asian regions like Singapore and Tokyo presented higher latency, which can be typical due to greater geographical distances.

Systematic benchmarks, including YABS, UnixBench, and Geekbench, revealed the server’s raw computational power. Both single and multi-core tests showed excellent performance, with high scores in process creation, context switching, and system call overhead—indicating that the server can efficiently handle various demanding workloads without bottlenecking. The performance decreased, as expected, during full load but maintained robust results.

Regarding global accessibility and media services, the server passed most of the Media Unlock Tests, indicating good regional accessibility. It allows access to various streaming services, evidencing its capability to handle geo-restricted content effectively.

In conclusion, the Exoscale Bulgaria Sofia Standard VPS emerges as a strong performer. From rapid I/O to solid computational power and good international accessibility, it’s well-suited to handle various web hosting needs. Given its excellent performance in most tests, we recommend this server for businesses and individuals looking for reliable and efficient hosting solutions.

Official Website: https://www.Exoscale.com

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