Recently Liquid Web have started offering Windows 2008 R2 based Smart VPS Servers. I thought I would give one of these Smart VPS Servers a try to see how things worked as I may move to one of these in the future.
This is a general review of my first impressions using the system for a short period of time. I currently have a shared hosting plan with Liquid Web and have done so for two years now. This performs perfectly well for my needs at the moment. I should also point out that Liquid Web has very good support when you need it.
I configured a 2GB Ram single CPU Server with 150GB Disk Space. I selected Windows Server 2008 R2 as my Operating System but you can also choose Linux which is quite a bit cheaper overall. I elected for the Plesk Control Panel as well and the cost was around $115 per month or roughly £77 in my money. You can choose up to 8GB Ram with four CPU’s and 600GB Disk Space if you have larger more demanding requirements.
The Initial Server Setup
Once I had selected the options I required, the Smart VPS server went ahead and built itself. I did not need to do anything except wait for the build process to complete. When the build process completed I received an e-mail with information on how to connect the newly created server. This took about 25 minutes in all.
Usage and Performance
The first thing I did was to make a Remote Desktop connection to the server. I had a look around at the system and the performance from this point of view was good. Moving files around was fine as was the screen updates in the Remote Desktop session. I am in the UK and Liquid Web are in the US so that’s pretty good straight away.
Plesk had been installed and was waiting for me to use it. I entered in the details it asked me for and proceeded to add a Domain name. I completed this task and was up and running in no time. The Plesk installation included the ability to install applications such as WordPress which was useful to me. There were other applications available ranging from forum software to other content management systems. Each of these offered a quick and easy installation onto the chosen website.
Windows task manager reported a connected network speed of 1Gb per second. The Windows task manager also displayed two separate CPU graphs despite me selecting a single CPU configuration.
Overall the system performance was very good and was very comfortable handling all my requests.
The system worked very well and the complete process from start to finish worked seamlessly. I can imagine using one of these Smart VPS servers in an emergency, or if you are moving from another web host and possibly when you need to deploy a more demanding Website quickly. I suppose this service could also make a good disaster recovery backup server separate from your existing Webhost that is available quickly.
The flexibility of cancelling when you need to is also a very good prospect should you decide that the service is not for you, or you only require the service for a short amount of time. I can see that the service will be useful for a number of different scenarios. I will update this post should I move to this service in the future.