COMSATS Starts Offering VPS Hosting in Pakistan

image001COMSATS Internet Services (CIS) has announced the launch of its VPS (virtual private server). CIS claims to be the first ISP to offer VPS with local hosting in Pakistan unlike other VPS service providers who offer foreign hosting.

With VPS, a customer uses a dedicated server on a rental basis hence saving on the costs of purchasing a full-fledged server. CIS has created multiple VPS instances for customers on its Intel-based modular server using virtualization software. Both Windows and Linux platforms are offered.

VPS packages range from 1 GB to 8 GB memory and 40 GB to 500 GB for storage. Bandwidth offered ranges from 1 Mbps to 4 Mbps. Customized packages are available also. More details are available here: http://comsats.net.pk/vps/

Pakistan based hosting is best suitable to companies/webmasters who have local audience to their websites.

Check below tariff for VPS hosting offered by CIS

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CIS says it has also installed a new Juniper SRX® series firewall in its data center to provide network level protection and security. The firewall provides a complete set of Unified Threat Management (UTM) security features including IDPS (intrusion detection and prevention system), IPSec VPN, Kaspersky® anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing, Symantec® anti-spam, and Websense® web-filtering.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive Officer CIS, Asim Shahryar Husain, said that “Keeping its tradition of being the pioneer, CIS is pleased to announce the launch of its secure VPS service for its customers with local hosting. Now, customers can rent virtual servers from us on a monthly basis instead of having to invest in a full-fledged server. Also, these servers are hosted locally instead of abroad which reduces bandwidth cost and improves security for customers.”

COMSATS Internet Services (CIS) is the pioneer ISP of Pakistan when it launched Internet services in 1996. Today, CIS is a very diversified ISP offering multiple services including Freedom™ (Wi-Fi DSL), Tornado™ (Wireless P2P), Hurricane™ (On-demand broadband), Hawaii™ (Hosting & VPS), Viacon™ (Video conferencing), Prism™ (Website development), and Comtrain™ (IT Training).


  • You can get a mid-level dedicated server at the price of entry level VPS from Comsats. Too much high prices.

    Thanks and best regards
    Faraz Ahmed.

    • Sherdil

      HI,

      I have a dedicated & VPS ( Both Windows & Linux) is available.with no setup fee & 50% less prices from the above mentioned prices.with atleast 30 to 400Mbps Internet speed on server Cheapest Price in pakistan. Contact me , [email protected] OR 0332 2278144

  • Kashif

    oh my god, I got dedicated server in 110$ per month with 2 TB space + 100MB link and that machine is awesome, how they can even think that they gonna get customer with these packages

  • Junaid

    1-4mbps bandwidth. I sure as hell am not on coke. Wake up it’s not 1912 anymore.

  • zubair

    Way much expensive

  • Xahid

    huh!
    it’s not the first VPS providers, there’s already one company I know, Magsnet (magsnet.net), and one more thing, how come they offer “Red Hat” as free ?
    are they offering Pirated software ? :O
    Red hat is not free OS, the vibrant is Cent OS.

    • SteelBrain Co CEO

      Sorry Man, but RedHat was free and is free. You only pay for the support.

  • Lazarus

    At that prize I can buy a Liquid web dedicated with SLA.

    • True that, I have a Quad Core 9505 series with 2TB hard, 8GB memory, 15TB bandwidth @ 100mbps for just $75/mo

      This is too much for a slice of the server. Pathetic!!

  • Lazarus

    I saw again and saw the speed its a joke or what? 0.5mbps ? even a cheapest VPS of $5 per month have at-least a 10mbps port

  • Anonymous

    i have 450 gb space , 1 gbps internet connection vps for 30 dollar per month.

    JAGO comsats, do some market research first !!!!

    • Anonymous

      and that with windows server 2008

  • TA

    hahaha
    i cant stop me laughing, 0.5 Mbps.
    Even longest route with 10 Mbps can serve better then this.

    Rs. 8900 for entry level VPS, Bu||$hit, One can easily buy dedicated server in this amount.

    EVEN my shared hosting will be better then their VPS, i BET.

  • Faheem Mumtaz

    What is the advantage of hosting inside Pakistan if we have a Pakistan based website ?

    • admin

      It will reduce the route, and will give you better pings, access. As an example, chaltatv.com is hosted in Pakistan (with magsnet.com) – try pinging chaltatv.com and compare it with any other website hosted abroad, such as ProPakistani.PK.

      Hosting a website in Pakistan is expensive for obvious reasons. But i would definitely prefer hosting a website within Pakistan, if it has major audience within Pakistan.

      This was specifically good when we had just SEMEWE3, coz if you remember a cable cut in those days used to leave the whole country internet-less. I remember this internet outage once lasted for 15 days. A website hosted with-in Pakistan could survive even when cross-country links were down.

      • Shahid Saleem

        — A website hosted with-in Pakistan could survive even when cross-country links were down.

        Yeah, but without DNS, who can reach it?

        • admin

          I suppose, DNS for known URLs is replicated on local ISPs

          • But thats only possible when your request can reach to DNS server (which will be outside Pakistan) and when your request can’t reach DNS server only local ISPs can redirect site in that case but again its not legal to redirect user’s websites

        • if DNS server is in US how is it possible for a website to survive during internet outage :) only sites with IP can be view-able in that case.

          • Ahsan

            True, as far as I knew PTCL also has remote DNS server.

            • Shahid Saleem

              remote DNS servers are unreachable when the net link is down or maxed out.

      • Saeed

        Who told you chaltatv.com is hosted here?

        For your information the website is hosted in USA.

  • Adnan Akhtar

    Well these are much expensive.

  • Brain

    It is too expensive, but maybe as competition grows, we will see prices come down. There is no real advantange of hosting in Pakistan, unless you are outsourcing your Data Center.

    Their pricing structure suggests either they are not familiar with Software Licensing (which would be a shame) or they are using Pirated Software. As one reader suggested earlier, RedHad is not free. Even the companies that offer it as a free option, incur the cost of Redhat, which is then recovered from monthly Charges. Also, Windows 2003 Vs. 2008 price difference of Rs. 8000/- suggests they are probably using a Volume License CD for Windows 2003 installations, and since it does not work for Windows 2008, they are charging the actual software price for Windows 2008.

    • Shahid Saleem

      — There is no real advantange of hosting in Pakistan, unless you are outsourcing your Data Center.

      For Pakistanis, on many web sites, the pages take less than 0.1 (100ms) to render on the server, and then take 0.3 or 0.4 seconds to show up on your computer. All because of the distance from Pakistan to the server (usually in Europe or US).

      Instead imagine where the site takes 0.1 seconds to render and 0.05 seconds more to show up on your desktop. Would you not call it a positive thing?

      I have done so much optimisation on my web site to precache pages, to precalculate data and display it to users without hitting the database or server hard drive AT ALL and I can now get entire page (for example) to render is 0.04 seconds or less. And you know what? EFFORT 100% WASTED because no Pakistani user will load the page in under 0.4 seconds. If it was hosted in Lahore or Islamabad, I bet many users could get to it in 0.04 seconds.

      Think about it. A page has 10 images. The browser connects to the server, the server generates the page (0.04 seconds) and returns it to the browser (so far 0.08 seconds). Then, the browser loads the images. Suppose it opens two connections and loads 5 images in each connection, and it takes 0.005 seconds for the server to send each image to the browser (since they are static files). That is 5 * 0.005 to load the images + 0.04 seconds to connect to the server = 0.065. two connections = 0.13. So the page + images are loaded in 0.13 + 0.08 = 0.21 seconds.

      Now imagine it takes 0.3 seconds to connect to the server. Now, 0.34 seconds to get the page, and 2 * (5 * 0.005 + 0.3) = 0.65. 0.99 seconds. FIVE TIMES SLOWER.

      • > Think about it. A page has 10 images. The browser connects to the server, the server generates the page (0.04 seconds) and returns it to the browser (so far 0.08 seconds). Then, the browser loads the images. Suppose it opens two connections and loads 5 images in each connection, and it takes 0.005 seconds for the server to send each image to the browser (since they are static files). That is 5 * 0.005 to load the images + 0.04 seconds to connect to the server = 0.065. two connections = 0.13. So the page + images are loaded in 0.13 + 0.08 = 0.21 seconds.

        Thats why we have “sprint images” :)

        Secondly, money to value for hosting in Pakistan is insane. I contacted PTCL to get my hardware hosted in its datacenter and I was given an insane price of $399/month for 100GB @ 10mbits cap

        If the government and institutions really want to promote hosting within Pakistan in Pakistani datacenters, perhaps they should consider charging in PKR at-least

        Pathetic!!

        • Shahid Saleem

          — Thats why we have “sprint images” :)

          I think you are refering to “css sprite images”. And that is not what I am talking about. Look at the front page of propakistani.pk. Every story has an image next to it. It is not a large image (8-10 kbyte). But you cannot create a spritesheet for that.

          Really, open the front page of the site with the network tab of chrome open and watch. For example, right now, it took 1.39 seconds to load the HTML for the page (and 0.755 seconds was spent connecting + waiting for data). Everything that was cached (css, js) took 0.03s and loaded in parallel (as quickly as chrome could load from disk). After that, all the other stuff that was not cached and cannot be cached (like stats counter js, like boxes, facebook buttons etc) took a few seconds. But in every case, each uncached item took 200-400ms of just connecting or waiting for the server to respond. Actually getting the data took under 100ms in every case.

          Now imagine if the site was hosted locally. All those 200-400ms times go down to 20ms or lower.

          • Shahid Saleem

            Sorry I got one number wrong. Cached js and css files loaded in 0.003 seconds, not 0.03 seconds.

          • Thanks for corrections, but like I said above, I can get a fleet of dedicated servers rather then hosting my OWN hardware in PTCL datacenter or CIS datacenter.

            ITS JUST NOT WORTH IT!!

      • Brain

        I was referring to VPS hosting, not Website hosting. These are two completely seperate things.

        I am going off topic here, but assuming one would like to host Website on one of these VPS machines, you really think that 512kbps starting speed and maximum speed of 2.5mbps will work for any website with images?

        And secondly in Pakistan, the load time when looking at it miliseconds is more dependant on end users hardware and local link than the location of the server.

        • Shahid Saleem

          — you really think that 512kbps starting speed and maximum speed of 2.5mbps will work for any website with images?

          YES, IT WILL. If you’re smart and know your stuff.

          1. images that are seen frequently but do not change — set Expires or Cache-control headers. That reduces the time it takes to load and display the images for second time visitors from .2 or .3s to just 0.03s. 10X improvement. If ISPs or companies use caching proxies, they will also cache them.

          2. images that you cannot avoid and don’t want to host — use Amazon S3 or some CDN. How much is S3? $1 for 1 MILLION requests for an image. And if you combine that with cache-control or expires, then frequent visitors will use their cache. Storage costs $12.50 for 100 GB of space. So if you serve 100 GB of images to 1 million requests in a month you spend less than Rs 1,300. Even 1 million per day is $30 + $12.50 storage costs = Rs 3,900. Better deal than any VPS listed by Comsats! A CDN is cheaper because they only charge for cost of requests + bandwidth transfered, not storage.

          3. I work with a few sites that have 700-1,600 visitors/day, some images (not large) but a lot of page data. Most of the pages change on a daily basis and the size is 10-140 kbyte/page (mostly closer to 60 kbyte/page). With that many visitors, I can manage to handle all that traffic using just 384 Kbit link. Like I said I did a LOT of optimisation.

          It is just very frustrating to see from the charts that it takes users 0.25 seconds or more to connect to the server and just 0.05 seconds to generate the data (dynamically) and return it to them. Most of that 0.25 seconds is WASTED.

          — And secondly in Pakistan, the load time when looking at it miliseconds is more dependant on end users hardware and local link than the location of the server.

          Hardly the case for most broadband users. Unless you are using overloaded Mobilink or other 2.5G provider, your problem is the distance to the server. Measure it yourself. For me, it is no less than 250ms to UK. Around 350ms to get to sites in California, like Twitter. 350ms! 1/3rd of a second! The actual page generation time for twitter (like for example the 404 page) is just 11ms — 0.011 seconds.

          • Shahid Saleem

            Also here I got the cached number wrong. It is 0.003 seconds for me, not 0.03 seconds. so close to 100X improvement if the browser can cache files.

    • Windows 2003 Datacenter edition, if installed on a host-node (which renders it unstable, yeah, we all know that) gives unlimited free licenses of Windows 2003 Standard edition on the VPS’es hosted on top of it.

      Likewise, a host running Linux cannot run Windows 2003 because Win2003 is solely (free) for Win2003-DC edition.

  • Mustafa

    This is very odd , do they take us people idiots or something ?

    Limited OS , i bet their panel + its management is also bad.

    you can get a dedicated from ovh.com/ovh.co.uk in less price than this also not to mention the insane bandwidth cost.

  • This post is a laughing stock for those who actually know how much it costs to rent out hardware abroad.

    Hosting in Pakistan is not worth it, what good is an application that you have developed, which, majority of the local community does not know how to use and the international community just cannot access because our routes are mostly via cogentco which gets broken from EUR these days.

  • Also note that there are many Virtualization types, some are loose type virtualizations. These loose type VMs can be rendered useless if one of the VM start abusing the host node resources.

    Likewise, a good virtualization such as XEN-PV or XEN-HVM cannot be oversold (except for the bandwidth part) and a bad neighbour in XEN-PV or XEN-HVM does not effect your VPS’s performance.

    I really cannot see in this post or the webpage at CIS about the virtualization type this is.

    Also, there is no mention of what hardware protection they are offering. They do not mention the disk drive types, e.g. rotating plates (7200rpm, 10rpm raptor, 15K rpm) or Solid State Drives … I bet its the old 5400 rpm 80GB drives in software raid formation.

    Lastly, the CPU indicates that they are using at least 2-3 generations old processors in their rack servers, a rack server (used) with XEON 3.0 Ghz dual core processors can be easily purchased from the market at around 25K PKR.

    I have been playing with VMs and Servers since 7-8 years now and I know how important it is to know what virtualization type you are going to buy. Look around and search for “Low End Box” and see how cheap the VPSes are (and stable/quality at the same time).

  • blogger

    The free OS that they are offering are Centos and Fedora, not Redhat. Also, package cost includes bandwidth which alone can cost rs. 9K-10K per Mbps. Nexus is offering 0.5 GB RAM VPS package for $100 or 9100/month. In that sense, Comsats VPS is cheaper than Nexus.

    • admin

      Earlier they had mentioned Redhat as free, which was later updated. We had to update the tariff above accordingly.

  • Muneeb

    Can I laugh like a mad ? 30k PKR and network speed just 2.5mbps If we can get full speed for 30days every second it will equals to 617GB bandwidth. if we include upload and other factors the total bandwidth on this network speed will be 100-200GB because with this network speed it’s impossible to handle 10-50 users at a time.

    Sent from my HTC ONE X :)

  • AoA, Guys, keeping all the pros and cons of hosting in Pakistan, what target price do you suggest for these packages? before making any blogger comment, please bear in mind that the cost of Bandwidth, Electricity and other utilities is much lower in US/Canada than in Pakistan and we can only reduce the load on international links by keeping our content local. So we have to be ready for a little sacrifice in terms of cost of services.

    Contegris – is all about ICT Consultancy, System Integration, Research, Innovative Open Source solutions in Pakistan.

  • Shahji

    i will soon start vps hosting and will provide propakistani members at cheap rates Insha Allah

  • erfanilyas

    For all of you complaining about high prices, They are expensive because they are hosted in Pakistan (if that’s true)

    For example you cannot host a gaming server on cheap VPS located in USA.
    To play a lag free game, server host should be as near as possible.

    Same applies for Video streaming, VOIP and other services.

    Companies using their servers usually use them to build CDN networks.
    Imagine youtube (Banned) hosting videos on their server to deliver lag free video streaming.

    I don’t speak for COMSATS and i have not researched if any other local company providing servers located hosted in Pakistan. But it make sense on higher prices.

    Think you have to host a gaming server 24/7, You have a DSL line, with 1/4 of your upload speed if you are on copper with Annex M mode or 1Mbps upload if you are onu (fiber), You have to take care of the load shedding with all those UPS and if light goes off for 8 hours you need to run Generator… you can use your imaginations i believe lol. Not to mention Static IP, Backup Internet and DNS round robin if primary link fails.

  • Guest

    For all of you complaining about high prices, They are expensive because they are hosted in Pakistan (if that’s true)

    For example you cannot host a gaming server on cheap VPS located in USA.
    To play a lag free game, server host should be as near as possible.

    Same applies for Video streaming, VOIP and other services.

    Companies using their servers usually use them to build CDN networks.
    Imagine youtube (Banned) hosting videos on their server to deliver lag free video streaming.

    I don’t speak for COMSATS and i have not researched if any other
    local company providing servers located hosted in Pakistan. But it make
    sense on higher prices.

    Think you have to host a gaming server 24/7, You have a DSL line,
    with 1/4 of your upload speed if you are on copper with Annex M mode or
    1Mbps upload if you are onu (fiber), You have to take care of the load
    shedding with all those UPS and if light goes off for 8 hours you need
    to run Generator… you can use your imaginations i believe lol. Not to
    mention Static IP, Backup Internet and DNS round robin if primary link
    fails.

  • Sherdil

    HI,

    I have a dedicated & VPS ( Both Windows & Linux) is available.with no setup fee & 50% less prices from the above mentioned prices.with atleast 30 to 400Mbps Internet speed on server Cheapest Price in pakistan. Contact me , [email protected] OR 0332 2278144

  • Sherdil

    HI,

    I have a dedicated & VPS ( Both Windows & Linux) is available.with no setup fee & 50% less prices from the above mentioned prices.with atleast 30 to 400Mbps Internet speed on server Cheapest Price in pakistan. Contact me , [email protected] OR 0332 2278144