Review: Database by Design LLC Servers

11 Jan

Database by Design LLC is a new provider I’ve decided to give a try. They have a fantastic promotional auction going on over at WebHosting Talk that will get you this configuration much cheaper than you normally would get it for.

Config and Benchmark

System Info
Processor       : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31270 @ 3.40GHz
CPU Cores       : 8
Frequency       : 1599.859 MHz
Memory          : 16075 MB
Swap            : 32745 MB
Uptime          : 1 day, 11:55,

OS              : Debian GNU/Linux 8
Arch            : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel          : 3.16.0-4-amd64
Hostname        : phi

Speedtest (IPv4 only)
Location                Provider        Speed
CDN                     Cachefly        42.9MB/s

Atlanta, GA, US         Coloat          67.2MB/s
Dallas, TX, US          Softlayer       37.5MB/s
Seattle, WA, US         Softlayer       21.1MB/s
San Jose, CA, US        Softlayer       11.8MB/s
Washington, DC, US      Softlayer       87.8MB/s

Tokyo, Japan            Linode          5.93MB/s
Singapore               Softlayer       6.62MB/s

Rotterdam, Netherlands         8.07MB/s
Haarlem, Netherlands    Leaseweb        12.4MB/s

Disk Speed
I/O (1st run)   : 81.1 MB/s
I/O (2nd run)   : 81.1 MB/s
I/O (3rd run)   : 81.3 MB/s
Average I/O     : 81.1667 MB/s

Customer Service

I have to admit that usually with budget servers, the customer service is the first thing you loose. Database by Design LLC had my server up and running in under 24 hours from placing my order.

When I received the server it came with CentOS as a default and I wanted Debian installed and since the server had IPMI I was able to do this myself. When I tried to load up the ISO, the IPMI interface was locked out from virtual media. I emailed their support and within 2 minutes I received a response and got sorted out. (Thanks Ryan!)

Did I mention this issue was at 4AM EST?!?! It was incredible to get this fast of a response at 4AM on a Saturday morning!


This server is an absolute steal for the price! The support is fantastic, the network is quick, and the config is great for my needs and the needs of many others.

If you’re in the market for an east coast server with a great network and low latency in Canada, you should give them a try! Hit the WebHosting Talk thread and get it while you can!