Review: Hudson Valley Host E3-1240 Dedicated Server

5 Jan
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Hudson Valley Host is a Dedicated server provider that offers services in several data centers across the United States at a fraction of the price of some of the bigger competitors around. The owner Ernie is a fantastic person to do business with and is always willing to work out a deal. Enough with the pleasantries, on with the review!

Config and Benchmark


This server is located in the Dupont Fabros Facility in Toronto. The network is rock solid and blazingly fast as demonstrated by the benchmark above.

Pricing and Availability

The configuration of this server is as follows:

  • Xeon E3-1240 @ 3.3 GHz
  • 16GB of RAM
  • 1TB HDD
  • 10TB of Bandwidth
  • 13 IP addresses (/28 Subnet)

The price of the above configuration is $75 USD per month and is worth every penny as far as I’m concerned.

Generally availability of these machines in the Chicago facility is rare, because the network is rock solid and people very seldom cancel services in this particular data center. So if Hudson Valley Host tells you they have one available, you better snatch it up.

Customer Service

This is where Hudson Valley Host leaves everyone in the dust. Their staff are incredible, friendly, and are always willing to help. They are led by owner Ernie who is a terrific salesman and is always willing to work out a deal. I seldom have had to wait any longer than an hour for a support response and have had zero downtime in over a year of working with Hudson Valley Host.

Overall Experience

My experiences with Hudson Valley Host have always been positive and I am glad to have found a provider who has bent over backwards to help myself and my business out of certain situations that have come up in the last year. They’ve handled my account professionally and expediently any time I’ve had a need.

Hudson Valley Host offers tremendous value for the money you spend with them, and you’d be unwise to not give them a try.

Check out their services here, and do leave a comment if you have any questions or specific requests in terms of benchmarks.

Review: QuadIX Dedicated Servers

31 Dec

Many of you may have noticed that my blog has been offline for the last 24 hours or so. This was due to a backup and move that I was doing for 2016.

I tend to keep my own personal server for a couple of different things.

One being my blog, and another for a personal instance of Owncloud that I use for backing up photos and other miscellaneous documents and media. Next year I am hedging my blog and my backups on a company known as QuadIX.

QuadIX is a subsidiary company of VolumeDrive that offers budget dedicated servers at incredible pricing and offers pretty fantastic customer support.

I’ve been laying in wait for one of their E3 1230 systems to come available so that I could migrate everything over and a couple of days ago one came free.

First let me give you an idea of the config I purchased:

Config and Benchmark

This configuration of a server normally costs between $49 and $149 depending on the provider. QuadIX charges $27.95 for this configuration. I made a couple of small changes opting for an SSD as the main drive and a 3TB HDD to house any data I may want to store. The server is snappy and responsive, and is currently not only hosting this blog but a few other VPSes as well.

In order to have this config changed around it was a simple as a couple of emails to their support techs and a phone call to their 877 number. I spoke to Josh and Dominick and both were more than helpful and accommodating to any requests I made.

For the price, you cannot beat this deal. Visit QuadIX and configure one for yourself!

Review: Hudson Valley Host Servers

25 Jul

The Server

The dedicated server I purchased from Hudson Valley Host has the following specs:

The specs were great and the price cannot be beat.

The Support

I’ve opened several tickets both for sales questions as well as technical questions and all of them are generally answered within the hour. If I can get a hold of @Ernie on skype, they get answered instantly.

I’ve always been happy with their support.

The Network

My server was provisioned with 10TB on a gigabit port. Here’s the normal freevps benchmark:

I know Colo Crossings network gets a bad reputation but this server is in the Choopa data centre which has always seemed to do well for me and latency to Canada is ideal.

The Hardware

My only gripe would be the speed of the 1TB drive in this machine. The IO tops out at 71.2 MB/s or so but still totally useable.


Super happy with my budget dedicated server, and actually purchased another about 60 days into having the first. Always happy to wok with @Ernie and he’s always willing to work out deals if you just have a chat with him.

In conclusion I’m a happy camper.

OVH Canada Benchmarks

2 May


I ended up cancelling this machine, as the network began to suffer shortly after adding this benchmark.

The network is good but not great, the support often takes a while to get back to you, and the cost per additional IP address is extortion at $3/Month/IP.

CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1225 V2 @ 3.20GHz

Number of cores : 4 CPU

frequency : 1696.000 MHz

Total amount of ram : 32189 MB

Total amount of swap : 1021 MB

System uptime : 1 day, 7:02,

Download speed from CacheFly: 22.5MB/s

Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 31.2MB/s

Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 40.9MB/s

Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 10.1MB/s

Download speed from, Rotterdam, NL: 7.97MB/s

Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 21.0MB/s

Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 7.60MB/s

Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 20.6MB/s

Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 23.1MB/s

Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 35.8MB/s

I/O speed : 146 MB/s