The issue here is a conflict between the old/new upstart for Debian on OpenVZ pl
atforms, the VPS was hanging on the init phase, causing the main initialization
scripts not to run which includes the network and sshd for SSH access. I had to
manually create a pty (pseudo terminal) through the node, enter your VPS and edi
t "/etc/init/rc-sysinit.conf" to include "start on startup"
instead of what was previously set (which is now commented out with #, one line
above the modification I made).