MikroVPS KVM VPS Review

MikroVPS is a no DMCA web hosting provider located in Hungary and they provide a wide range of services including KVM VPSes, LXC VPSes, Storage VPSes, dedicated servers, shared web hosting, email hosting, domains, and even server admin services. I’m always seeing people ask for “No DMCA” or “DMCA Ignored” web hosting providers on various forums and reddit so I figured I would let people know about MikroVPS and give a review of their Cloud KVM VPS product.

Note: While MikroVPS is a DMCA ignored web host, they abide by the laws of Hungary and they do not allow some things (such as no minecraft, no cryptocurrency mining, etc) which you can view in their terms of service.

MikroVPS - DMCA Ignored web hosting in Hungary
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MikroVPS’ allows you to fully customize and build your KVM VPS before ordering (and it’s also easy to upgrade afterwards) and their base/default plan starts at $7.65/month which gives you a KVM VPS in Hungary with the following specifications:

1 CPU Core
1 GB RAM
10 GB CEPH Disk
5 TB of Bandwidth @ 1Gbps port
1 IP address and 1 IPv6 address

MikroVPS Cloud KVM VPS
MikroVPS Cloud KVM
MikroVPS Cloud KVM VPS order screen
MikroVPS Cloud KVM VPS order screen where you can customize your VPS before ordering

After placing the order for my new VPS and paying for it with Paypal, my VPS service was activated instantly and I received an e-mail letting me know that the VPS was currently building and would take between 5 to 15 minutes to fully be ready for use. It took 9 minutes for my VPS to finish building and I was then able to use MikroVPS’ control panel which looks like the following

MikroVPS control panel screenshot 1
MikroVPS control panel – Screenshot 1
MikroVPS control panel screenshot 2
MikroVPS control panel screenshot 2
MikroVPS control panel screenshot 3

To perform the initial OS install, you can select the ISO you would like mounted, reboot, and use the provided noVNC console in the MikroVPS control panel to complete the OS install.

Here’s the current list of available ISOs as of this review:

  • CentOS 6
  • CentOS 7
  • Debian 8
  • Debian 9
  • SystemRescueCD
  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Ubuntu 18.04
  • Ubuntu 18.10
  • Virtio Win
  • Windows 10 English
  • Windows 10 Hungarian
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2019

I decided to install Debian 9 Stretch on my new MikroVPS Cloud KVM VPS and the install was fast and I had my new VPS up and running in no time!

After I finished installing the OS and getting my VPS running I noticed that MikroVPS gives you the ability to take Snapshots of your VPS which is really cool, here’s what the Snapshot screen looks like (it took less then a minute for my test snapshot to complete):

MikroVPS control panel showing the snapshots tab

So far I’ve been really happy with my MikroVPS Cloud KVM VPS. I have used MikroVPS in the past (back when they used to offer XEN VPSes and before they moved to their new panel/backend) so I know that their network and uptime is good. This was my first time trying out their new KVM offerings and I would certainly recommend them to someone looking for either a DMCA ignored web host or someone who would like a VPS in Hungary. Their support is friendly and they do offer English support. I really love that you can build a VPS with the specs you want and I love the snapshot option. The CPU cores come with cpu pass-through enabled so you get features like “AES-NI” and “VMX” and it’s pretty cheap to add more cores for extra power if you need it.

This is a Geekbench4 benchmark I took of the VPS:
https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/13310758

Benchmark started on Tue May 28 09:04:20 EDT 2019
Full benchmark log: /home/nick/bench.log

System Info
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Processor : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X5650 @ 2.67GHz
CPU Cores : 1
Frequency : 2666.760 MHz
Memory : 987 MB
Swap : MB
Uptime : 14 min,

OS : Debian GNU/Linux 9
Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel : 4.19.0-0.bpo.5-amd64
Hostname : mikrovps-review


Speedtest (IPv4 only)
---------------------
Your public IPv4 is x.x.x.x

Location Provider Speed
CDN Cachefly 59.3MB/s

Atlanta, GA, US Coloat 13.7MB/s
Dallas, TX, US Softlayer 14.3MB/s
Seattle, WA, US Softlayer 4.39MB/s
San Jose, CA, US Softlayer 11.6MB/s
Washington, DC, US Softlayer 18.6MB/s

Tokyo, Japan Linode 5.30MB/s
Singapore Softlayer 7.34MB/s

Rotterdam, Netherlands id3.net 76.0MB/s
Haarlem, Netherlands Leaseweb 60.4MB/s


Disk Speed
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I/O (1st run) : 209 MB/s
I/O (2nd run) : 333 MB/s
I/O (3rd run) : 403 MB/s
Average I/O : 315 MB/s

The CPU information (an Intel Xeon X5650 @ 2.67GHz):

nick@mikrovps-review:~$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 44
model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X5650 @ 2.67GHz
stepping : 2
microcode : 0x1
cpu MHz : 2666.760
cache size : 16384 KB
physical id : 0
siblings : 1
core id : 0
cpu cores : 1
apicid : 0
initial apicid : 0
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 11
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon rep_good nopl xtopology cpuid tsc_known_freq pni pclmulqdq vmx ssse3 cx16 pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes hypervisor lahf_lm cpuid_fault pti ssbd ibrs ibpb tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid tsc_adjust arat
bugs : cpu_meltdown spectre_v1 spectre_v2 spec_store_bypass l1tf mds
bogomips : 5333.52
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

Here’s downloading a 100mb test file from Cachefly and a 1Gb test file from Think Broadband:

nick@mikrovps-review:~$ wget -4 -O /dev/null http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
--2019-05-28 10:53:33-- http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)... 205.234.175.175
Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)|205.234.175.175|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: ‘/dev/null’

/dev/null 100%[====================================================>] 100.00M 119MB/s in 0.8s

2019-05-28 10:53:34 (119 MB/s) - ‘/dev/null’ saved [104857600/104857600]
nick@mikrovps-review:/var/www/html$ sudo wget http://ipv4.download.thinkbroadband.com/1GB.zip
--2019-05-28 18:35:22-- http://ipv4.download.thinkbroadband.com/1GB.zip
Resolving ipv4.download.thinkbroadband.com (ipv4.download.thinkbroadband.com)... 80.249.99.148
Connecting to ipv4.download.thinkbroadband.com (ipv4.download.thinkbroadband.com)|80.249.99.148|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 1073741824 (1.0G) [application/zip]
Saving to: ‘1GB.zip’

1GB.zip 100%[====================================================>] 1.00G 70.7MB/s in 21s

2019-05-28 18:35:43 (48.0 MB/s) - ‘1GB.zip’ saved [1073741824/1073741824]

Running speedtest-cli to test download/upload speed in Hungary:

nick@mikrovps-review:~$ speedtest-cli
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration...
Testing from MikroVPS Kft. (x.x.x.x)...
Retrieving speedtest.net server list...
Selecting best server based on ping...
Hosted by ATW Internet Kft. (Budapest) [2.20 km]: 1.921 ms
Testing download speed.............................................
Download: 1924.16 Mbit/s
Testing upload speed...............................................
Upload: 743.90 Mbit/s

I have a Verizon 100Mbps internet connection and I was able to max my connection downloading a test file over Nginx on my MikroVPS VPS (and I’m located on the East Coast in the United States).

Testing the download speed of my Mikrovps VPS with my Verizon internet connection

HDParm and various IOPing tests on the CEPH Disk (note: Ceph is triple redundancy):

nick@mikrovps-review:~$ sudo hdparm -Tt /dev/sda1

/dev/sda1:
Timing cached reads: 10570 MB in 1.99 seconds = 5301.60 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 218 MB in 3.10 seconds = 70.37 MB/sec
nick@mikrovps-review:~$ ioping . -c 10
4 KiB <<< . (ext4 /dev/sda1): request=1 time=1.25 ms (warmup)
4 KiB <<< . (ext4 /dev/sda1): request=2 time=2.11 ms
4 KiB <<< . (ext4 /dev/sda1): request=3 time=1.59 ms
4 KiB <<< . (ext4 /dev/sda1): request=4 time=1.48 ms
4 KiB <<< . (ext4 /dev/sda1): request=5 time=1.46 ms
4 KiB <<< . (ext4 /dev/sda1): request=6 time=1.62 ms
4 KiB <<< . (ext4 /dev/sda1): request=7 time=1.65 ms
4 KiB <<< . (ext4 /dev/sda1): request=8 time=1.63 ms
4 KiB <<< . (ext4 /dev/sda1): request=9 time=1.60 ms
4 KiB <<< . (ext4 /dev/sda1): request=10 time=1.55 ms

--- . (ext4 /dev/sda1) ioping statistics ---
9 requests completed in 14.7 ms, 36 KiB read, 613 iops, 2.40 MiB/s
generated 10 requests in 9.00 s, 40 KiB, 1 iops, 4.44 KiB/s
min/avg/max/mdev = 1.46 ms / 1.63 ms / 2.11 ms / 179.3 us
nick@mikrovps-review:~$ sudo ioping -RL /dev/sda

--- /dev/sda (block device 10 GiB) ioping statistics ---
699 requests completed in 3.00 s, 174.8 MiB read, 232 iops, 58.2 MiB/s
generated 700 requests in 3.01 s, 175 MiB, 232 iops, 58.1 MiB/s
min/avg/max/mdev = 254.4 us / 4.29 ms / 97.1 ms / 11.2 ms
nick@mikrovps-review:~$ sudo ioping -R /dev/sda

--- /dev/sda (block device 10 GiB) ioping statistics ---
322 requests completed in 2.98 s, 1.26 MiB read, 108 iops, 432.1 KiB/s
generated 323 requests in 3.00 s, 1.26 MiB, 107 iops, 430.0 KiB/s
min/avg/max/mdev = 139.5 us / 9.26 ms / 49.9 ms / 11.2 ms

Thank you for checking out my review of the DMCA ignored web host in Hungary, MikroVPS! I hope some of the information I provided was helpful to you.

Image Credit: The photograph used for the featured image on this blog post is by RENE RAUSCHENBERGER.

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