Thursday, March 26


New Servers!

I got a new server for today.  Say hello, Chiriri!
Chiriri is hosted at Mosso, a division of Rackspace.  Rackspace is well-regarded in the industry as far as support and reliability goes; less well regarded as far as pricing goes.  To say they are expensive is to say that durians can be a bit whiffy.  So how much have you cost me so far, Chiriri?
'Bout ten cents.
Chiriri is a virtual server, with 256MB of memory and 10GB of disk space.  That's not much at all by today's standards, and if you tried to run Apache on there you'd be in for a world of hurt, but Minx uses Pound and CherryPy.  Where an Apache process on Midori uses 10 to 20MB of memory (after some ferocious tuning to reduce memory consumption), the Minx processes on Aoi use about 40MB each - to provide 25 threads.  So Minx uses about one tenth the memory of even a well-tuned Apache/PHP application, which means that it can actually run fairly well on a 256MB machine.

Which costs me 1.5¢ per hour.  (Plus bandwidth charges.)

So if I want to, say, try out a different database, or test a replication or clustering strategy, and need four small servers for a couple of days, I can do that for the cost of a Sausage and Egg McMuffin.  If I needed 512MB per server, it would run me as much as a KFC Works Burger (not the meal, just the burger).

Very very convenient.

The bandwidth charges are a bit high - 22¢ per GB where SoftLayer provide 2TB with a standard server and charge 10¢ per GB excess.  But for a small site that has a moderate volume, but that requires a custom configuration - say, separate database and application servers - very handy indeed. 

Right, Chiriri?

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 08:09 PM | Comments (7) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Sausage and Egg McMuffin and KFC Works Burger are bad for you anyway!

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at Friday, March 27 2009 07:14 AM (R7LgM)

2 Hey, between them they provide all seven of the basic food groups!

(Bread, sausage, bacon, eggs, fried chicken, dairy, and fruitsnvegetables.)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, March 27 2009 11:25 AM (PiXy!)

3 Will Chiriri serve with a cute lisp like that, too?

Posted by: Wonderduck at Friday, March 27 2009 12:55 PM (eXdIs)

4 I thought the basic food groups were salt, grease, carbos, and alcohol. (In other words, potato chips and beer.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, March 27 2009 02:56 PM (+rSRq)

5 You left out caffeine.

Posted by: Old Grouch at Saturday, March 28 2009 02:56 AM (hHl/M)

6 Caffeine is a vitamin, not a basic food group.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Saturday, March 28 2009 03:20 AM (+rSRq)

Posted by: Old Grouch at Sunday, March 29 2009 04:44 AM (t3osk)

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