A2 Hosting VPS Review

A2Hosting

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A2 Hosting was founded in 2001.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers Shared, Wordpress, VPS and Dedicated hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • United States

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A2 Hosting VPS Features

Features not included in the VPS price are marked as missing below.

Feature Value Comment
Hourly Billing  No
DDOS Protection  No

Available from Cloudflare for $16/month.

Backups  No

A2 Hosting only provides instructions to create your own backup to your own backup server.
https://www.a2hosting.com/kb/getting-started-guide/backing-up-your-data/backups-on-dedicated-servers-and-vps

Control Panel  Builtin + SolusVM
SSH Keys Setup  No
Total Number of Datacenters  4
Number of Datacenter Continents  3
Monitoring Charts  Yes

Network traffic, Load and Memory usage.

Admin REST API  No
Upgrade VPS from admin console  No
Mobile Friendly UI  No
Reverse DNS  No

Theoretically possible from Solus but "Reverse DNS is disabled for this ipaddress. Please contact support"

Accepted Forms of Payment  Credit cards
Hidden CPU Model  No
Affiliate Program  Yes
Firewall  No
Shelving  No
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Pros and Cons

Weaknesses

  • Predatory pricing (requires very long term contracts to get advertised prices)

A2 Hosting Extra Services

In addition to features included in VPS plans, A2 Hosting also offers the following services (possibly for a fee):

Backups   Block storage Object storage Load balancer Floating IP addresses
Team Management Managed databases Serverless DDoS protection Kubernetes
GPU instances Private network

VPS Instance Provisioning Time

For each A2 Hosting VPS trial, we measured how long it took to provision the server from the moment it was ordered to the moment it accepted SSH connections.

See also VPS provisioning times for all providers.

Average Provisioning Time Min Provisioning Time Max Provisioning Time Number of VPS Samples
10800s 10800s 10800s 1

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A2 Hosting Plans


Plan Specifications

URL https://www.a2hosting.com/vps-hosting/unmanaged
Price per month $10.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 20
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 1.0
Hourly Billing No
Virtualization OpenVZ
Data Transfer GB 1000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU No

Performance Test Results

We conducted 1 different types of tests during the latest trial for A2 Hosting - MID 2 cores. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the MID 2 cores plan

This plan was tested 2 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the MID 2 cores plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Aug 06 2017 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v3 @ 2.40GHz Michigan D
Apr 09 2016 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2609 0 @ 2.40GHz Michigan

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.a2hosting.com/vps-hosting/unmanaged
Price per month $10.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 30
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 1.0
Hourly Billing No
Virtualization OpenVZ
Data Transfer GB 2000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU No

Plan Specifications

URL https://www.a2hosting.com/vps-hosting/unmanaged
Price per month $12.99
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
Discount
Discounted monthly price: $11.99
Minimum continuous use for discount: 365 days
Disk GB 250
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 2.0
Hourly Billing No
Virtualization Parallels
Data Transfer GB 3000
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU No

Plan Grades

Screen A2 Hosting VPS Plans

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 43

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
C D C E C
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Note: A low grade on a low price VPS does not necessarily mean the VPS is underperforming, the server may still perform better than other servers at the same price. Use the Price Weighted Grades or the Best VPS 2021 rankings to find the best VPS in each price range.


Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for A2 Hosting - Runway 2. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
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Performance trials run on the Runway 2 plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the Runway 2 plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Jan 17 2021 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v4 @ 2.10GHz Michigan, USA D

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