VPS Plans (Xen PV)
Virtual Private Servers

Xen Paravirtualization (PV) offers the closest to native performance on bare-hardware. Each VPS is based on a direct allocation of real, physical hardware; and is fully isolated from all other VPS on the host machine.

Every VPS includes:

Instant Setup (Subject to stock and 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

Optional Extras

Backup - Contact us for a quote
We can mount a second disk inside your VPS, equal to your main HDD. This will be based on a drive seperate from the main RAID array on your host machine (Where possible), and is ideal for storing incremental backups of your files. Please note this is intended for backup purposes only, and continuous high I/O is not permitted. We can also replicate this offsite at additional cost depending on the amount of storage you require.

Monitoring - £1.99/Month
We will add your VPS into our monitoring system and in the event that your VPS is down, our support desk will be notified and we will investigate it / reboot your VPS if necesarry. We can monitor ping, HTTP, POP3, SMTP, IMAP.

Management - From £4.99/Month
We can provide one-time and recurring management services whether you need a basic "reactive" service, or a fully managed end to end solution for your business. Please contact us with your requirements.

Operating Systems

We currently support the below operating systems on Xen PV:

  • CentOS 5.11, 6.9, 7.3
  • Scientific 6.9, 7.3
  • Debian 7.11, 8.7
  • Ubuntu 14.04.05 LTS, 16.04.02 LTS

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.

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.