VDS Plans (Xen HVM)
Virtual Dedicated Servers

Xen Hardware-assisted Virtualization (HVM) offers the closest experience to a dedicated server. With full hardwar emulation, assisted by externsions in modern processors, you can run any operating system from a ISO.

If there is an ISO you need which is not in our collection, let us know and we will add it for you.

Every VDS includes:

Instant Setup (Subject to passing our automated fraud screening)
7 Day money back guarantee
99.9% Network Uptime Guarantee

Dedicated RAM
Monthly Cost
£4.99 GBP
£8.99 GBP
£16.99 GBP
£31.99 GBP
£46.99 GBP
£61.99 GBP
£74.99 GBP
£87.99 GBP
£112.99 GBP


Auto-Installers   Standard ISO Images

Unttended installations, for a quick and easy way to reload your VPS.

(AutoInstall) CentOS 4.8 32bit
(AutoInstall) CentOS 4.8 64bit
(AutoInstall) CentOS 5.4 32bit
(AutoInstall) CentOS 5.4 32bit With cPanel/WHM
(AutoInstall) CentOS 5.4 32bit With cPanel DNS Only
(AutoInstall) CentOS 5.4 32bit With SolusVM Master (No Virt)
(AutoInstall) CentOS 5.4 32bit With SolusVM Master + OpenVZ
(AutoInstall) Fedora 11 32bit
(AutoInstall) Fedora 11 64bit
(AutoInstall) Fedora 12 32bit
(AutoInstall) Fedora 12 64bit
(AutoInstall) Debian 5.0 32bit
(AutoInstall) Debian 5.0 64bit

We have in excess of 100 ISO images in our library, and can say in confidence we will do our absolute best to support any OS.

When you order, you will only see a small selection of options due to limitations in our billing system. If, in the rare case that there is an OS you need which is not in the list inside SolusVM, let us know and we will add it for you.


Commercial Control Panels

£15.00/Month with Fantastico

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

1) Do you provide custom reverse dns records?
Yes. You can set custom PTR records at any time from within our SolusVM control panel.

2) What support is included with my VPS?
We provide support for hardware issues, network issues and anything relating to the host machine. As an unmanaged provider, this means the rest (The software inside your VPS) is down to you. That said, if you get really stuck I'm sure we will be happy to help, we would never leave you stranded!

If you would like a Managed VPS where we take care of managing your server or fixing it when things break, please contact us for a custom quote.

3) Do you allow IRC/Bittorrent/Warez Linking?
Warez linking and Bittorrents (Including Legal) are not allowed. IRC is permitted if you contact us first, and confirm youa re not connecting to Efnet and/or Undernet. Any user found to be using their VPS for IRC, Bittorrents, Warez Linking or any other illegal activity will be terminated.

4) How is CPU allocated?

Good question, we're quite a bit diffrent from most providers.

Part One: Cores
Our Xen host machines may have 4..8..16 or even more CPU cores, and one or two of these cores is completely dedicated for processes on the host machine. The remaining cores are allocated to VCPUs or "Virtual CPUs" which are then allocated to Virtual Servers. Each Virtual Server has 4 VCPUs, and you will therefore see 4 CPU's inside your Virtual Server. This method of allocating CPU cores has a number of distinct advantages over a typical default Xen setup. The main advantage being that the host machine is completely unaffected from the CPU activity of Virtual Machines, so if a VM decides to max out it's CPU the host machine would still schedule resources without any interruption to other VM's.

Part Two: CPU Time Prioritization (What's this equal share nonsense?)
The majority of VPS providers out there give little information on how they manage CPU time and you will often see the term "Equal Share". Xen uses a credit based round-robin scheduling system for CPU time, where each VM has a certain number of credits. In an equal share setup all VMs have the same number of credits, so a small VM with say 128MB RAM has the same priority to CPU as a 4GB RAM VM. This isn't good. If they allocate larger VMs more VCPUs but don't change the number of credits, then you have higher burstable CPU power but no more CPU time than anyone else!

At xenSmart we issue CPU credits to VM's based on their size, and it's proportional with each plan. Infact, it effectivley doubles. A 256MB RAM VM has twice as much priority to CPU as a 128MB VM. That seems like a more logical approach.

5) Do I get Burst RAM?
Each Xen VPS has Dedicated RAM and Swap, just like a dedicted server. We do not provide burstable memory. While the concept of burstable memory is good, it often causes instability as it's only available temporarily, and some applications will try to permanently use Burstable memory, which just causes problems.

We accept payments via PayPal, Google Checkout and Credit/Debit cards.

Please ensure you read our "Terms of Service" in full before purchasing. If you have any questions about our services, would like a custom solution, or would like to resell our services, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

6) What hardware do you use

We have a mix of hardware in use, how many VM's are placed on each machine is detemined by it's specification and current workload. Newer servers are based around more powerful hardware, and therefore contain more VM's. In any case we strive to provide simular, consistent performance across all host machines.

For specific hardware details please see our Datacentre page.