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Unboxing Atlantic.net Cloud Server

I really am very curious about Atlantic.net cloud server but I never had chance to try it until recently Marty (founder and CEO) offers me free credit to give their cloud service a try. So this is my first / initial review of cloud hosting service from Atlantic.net and the result as below:

Cloud Server Specification

I use their L Server plan which has following specs:

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2 vCPU (processor)
  • 100GB SSD storage
  • 5TB bandwidth (transfer)
  • node: New York City (East Coast)
  • and I run CentOS 6.5 x86_64 on it.

FreeVPS.us Test Script

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The result shows it has 2099.998 MHz processing power while download speed from several US, EU and Asia locations is fairly fast.

vHWINFO Test

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The test shows clear basic information about the server I use including its OS, Kernel version, Virtualization, number of CPUs and its speed, also the amount of RAM, Disk and 10MB speedtest from CacheFly.

Simple DD Test

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The result is 339 MB/s which I can say it is commonly fast.

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I performed two times test of SpeedTest to find out how fast its connectivity and the result is – I can say – very fast.

speedtest atlantic.net result

Short Conclusion

From very basic (and common) test above I can say the result is GREAT but not yet excellent. Why? Firstly because I/O speed around 150* – 300 MB/s is pretty much fast but there are several providers offering SSD can achieve 400 – 1 GB/s even if I can say most SSD VPS I use are having average I/O speed of 500 MB/s. However if you plan to use the cloud server to host websites, I believe you and your user may not feel the difference so this is not a big problem. The I/O speed at that rate is more then needed to run a webserver either Nginx, Apache, Lighttpd, Hiawatha, Open LiteSpeed or any web server you want.

* I got 153 MB/s at their US East 1 (Orlando, FL)

Uptime and Response Time

That is the part I can not answer right now because it needs time to gather some data about how reliable their cloud server is in term of uptime and response time. Since it is my initial review so I will update this post or may be post another review after X months later. And to test that, I will move this blog to their cloud server soon.

About Atlantic.net

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Atlantic.net is privately held company having headquarter at 440 West Kennedy Blvd Orlando, Florida 32810 United States. The company was founded in 1994 and said being a market-leading hosting solutions provider renowned for providing exceptional infrastructure as a service, simplifying complex technologies, and building a trusted brand.

They’ve improved a lot and as what Marty (founder & CEO) said to me that Atlantic.net strives to improve more and more to be #1 market leader in cloud server industry. Their web page has also changed since last time I visited which now more intuitive, eye-catching, user-friendly, easy to use, simple and responsive.

Key Features

  1. Some key features about Atlantic.net cloud server are :
  2. Deploy a cloud server in only 30 seconds
  3. Per second billing (while competitors use hourly)
  4. 100% pure SSDs in RAID setup
  5. 24/7 technical support (Live Chat available)
  6. Windows and Linux supported
  7. Free Unlimited inbound and up to 7TB of outbound traffic (bandwidth)
  8. Multiple locations available (San Fransisco, Orlando, Dallas, New York, and Toronto while London and Singapore are coming soon)
  9. Daily backup (available as an addon)
  10. Guaranteed CPU cycles + ability to burst
  11. API available
  12. Various Linux Distros are available
  13. Ready to use deployable apps image including LEMP, LAMP, WordPress, and even Docker.

Pros

  1. They are not a fly-by-night company (has been in business since 1994)
  2. Competitive pricing
  3. They own and operate SSAE 16 TYPE II certified data center
  4. 24/7/365 live support.
  5. Support ticket response time is also fast (I tried)
  6. Per-second basis billing
  7. Windows OS template is also available
  8. 30 seconds cloud server deploy time
  9. Easy to use web interface (custom control panel)

Cons

  1. They don’t accept Paypal yet (soon will be available)
  2. Doesn’t have IPv6 yet
  3. Password Reset needs to open ticket via email
  4. In some Distros: wget needs to be installed manually (not included) and hostname need resetup.

I already like their simple distraction-free control panel where users can manage their cloud servers easily. But the Founder said they will soon release new redesigned new “add server” page plus some new plans and templates. Wow,.. that will add another awesomeness. Curious enough? Go check all available cloud server plans here.

Useful Links:

  • Contact and Support [link]
  • Speed Test [link]
  • Network Status [link]
  • Service Policies [link]
  • FAQ [link]

Have experience using their service before? Do not hesitate to share your opinion with us via comment section below.

p.s: So sorry if the tittle is misleading because there is no real unboxing activity. It is just for the eye-catching tittle and to show readers that I just have a new cloud server at new provider (I mean it’s new for me).

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