Wednesday, November 05


Yeah, Uh, Well, I Guess That Will Do

Signed up for a $5/month virtual server to test a new provider.

Ran a disk speed test.
[root@chiriri install]# hdparm -t /dev/vda1
Timing buffered disk reads: 4994 MB in 3.00 seconds = 1664.55 MB/sec
1.6GB per second on a budget virtual server.  Yes, I think I can find a use for this.

Update: Caching disk controller.  Tried it again, and I got ~200MB/s on the first run, but it ramped up quickly to nearly 1.8GB/s on subsequent runs.

CPU performance seems good too; a little slower than my VPS at Vultr, but about in line with our physical servers (which are slightly older, E3 Xeon V1/V2 chips).  RAM is a very healthy 4GB.

The reason it's so cheap is that there's no SLA or redundancy; it's a virtual server on a single physical server, and if it goes down, it goes down.  Also, it "only" comes with 1TB of bandwidth.  An equivalent VM on their redundant hardware is $18/month, but that comes with 5TB of bandwidth - and they charge $10/TB, so if you need the bandwidth, it's still a bargain.

Same provider does Amazon S3-compatible file storage at 2.1¢ per GB per month for storage plus 1¢ per GB for bandwidth.  That's 30% cheaper than Amazon on the storage side, and 90% cheaper on bandwidth.

They also offer a 176-core IBM Power 8 server, but that's a little on the expensive side.  I did run up a 6-core Intel-based VM with 24GB RAM and 240GB SSD for half an hour of testing, and that worked just fine.

So far my testing has cost me 7¢.  Except that they gave me a $5 credit for signing up, so it hasn't cost me anything at all.

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Any news on getting Blather Review back up and running? It's been quite a while.  Let me know if this is good-bye.


Posted by: Tuning Spork at Tuesday, November 11 2014 03:43 PM (U0GOG)

2 I was just thinking about you, Spork, after I fixed the comments over at Ace's on the weekend, you're now top of the list.  The last few months (ever since the crash) have been nuts.

Look for your site to return this week.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, November 11 2014 04:48 PM (2yngH)

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