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Combo test drive

SSD disks are fast, but expensive; «usual» drives (SAS, SATA) are less expensive, but slower.

Which to prefer?

Note that I asked you an incorrect question. No one says there can't be two types of storage available at the same time. Just as in case of 64u.com earlier, Openvirtuals offers two types of storage: SSD and SATA at the same time. After having etsted that, I admit this is a good offer: fast I/O isn't that important for all the tasks; in my case, rarely used data are often stored elsewhere, and frequently used ones (database files, for example) are on faster media.

That's simple.

However, I liked Openvirtuals, since I happened to notice how do they handle conflicts with their customers. And I liked the way they did that.

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AWS uptime: measured in years

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Five minutes to year

When I started composing this post, the uptime count of one of my Amazon EC2 instances, the one I keep my private repository on, was 364 days, 23 hours and 55 minutes.

So, cheers to the longest VPS uptime I have at the moment. No, that's not an idle VPS. There is a very busy repository running there. There are very CPU-intensive tasks running there from time to time. Development occurs, as well. However, that didn't prevented the instance from running for a year without becoming inaccessible for even 5 minutes.

To those interested, I have ordered another reserved instance (subscription, to make hourly costs lower). Let's calculate: $100 for three years, $0.005 hourly. Given there are 365.25 days in a year, it makes an average of $6.43 a month (traffic not counted; the VPS is low-traffic anyway).

None of VPS/cloud hosting providers I tried were able to provide that high stability and close cost-performance ratio. That's very strange to me. I read about redundancy, high availability blah-blah-blah, but not even 2 months of uptime, in most cases. With Burst.net I had sometimes up to 4 months. And that's all.

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GridVirt.com: in quest of cost-performance

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Solid state of things

Solid state drives (SSD) are changing the entire hosting industry, swiftly and thoroughly. Less than a year ago you could hardly find many hosting providers offering SSD-based hosting solutions. Now there are dozens and hundreds of those.

I will not try to describe the story of SSD technology or unveil myths (there are many). However, higher prices of SSDs is a fact, and thus the task was to find the provider with the best cost-performance and I/O speed, simultaneously. I will mention the whole list of providers I tested in one of the following posts. Atthe moment, though, looks like GridVirt.com is at the moment the leader in cost-performance.

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MediaTemple: a calm and friendly air envelops you...

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(mt) greets you with a friendly nod

A calm and friendly air envelops you, as you proceed beyond the temple's door. «May I help you?», asks a smiling monk, clad in bright robes, stepping forward towards you.

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GridVirt: switch to hyperspeed

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SSD-based VPS providers are appearing in quantities the last few months. When I started to compose SSD VPS performance chart, I was just looking for a good inexpensive (in terms of cost-performance) VPS suitable for my sites with their greedy CMS, using DB intensely.

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HostHatch: three weeks' impressions

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Three weeks has passed after I've started to use HostHatch' VPS. Normally, I consider three months a good amount of time to make conclusions; however, three weeks of using a VPS are valid to make first impressions.

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CloudSigma: build ye cloud

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Remain in control

There are many cloud providers nowadays. Depending on what you expect, you can choose from a variety of hosts. Some are standardized, as those using OnApp, others are using proprietary interfaces and APIs. I have already tested a number of providers, to name a few: Amazon EC2, RackSpace Cloud, Elastic Hosts, HP Cloud, GoDaddy Cloud Servers, GreenQloud, OpSource, VPS Farm, GigeNet Cloud.

As a developer, I often need ability to build/clone VPS/cloud server with predefined parameters. To run it and to stop it at will. To pay only for what I need, to use whatever OS I need, to have my servers persistent — i.e., even when stopped, they should retain all the configuration.

To sum up, talking of IaaS-type of providers (infrastructure as a service), at the moment I found CloudSigma matches my demands, even if it's not the least expensive provider on the Net. The price becomes not that important, due to a number of advantages, to name a few:

  • when using pay-as-you-go billing, I only get billed every 5 minutes (typical minimal billing period in the cloud industry is 1 hour)
  • advanced APi allows me to run/stop/etc my servers whenever I wish to, fully unattended
  • I can switch my servers off when they aren't really used; thus I will only pay low price for the storage the server uses

And so on. Friendly and capable support is also what I receive at CloudSigma, as my own experience confirms. Below I provide a brief introduction to what you will see when you begin using CloudSigma resources.

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Benchmarks and reviews

In Web hosting, as well as in other aspects of life, a good advice is worth really much. Real-life experience can't replace an arbitrary number of ads and technical information.

The Book refers to benchmarks and reviews; from now on I will create as detailed and informative notes of my personal experience with hosting providers as possible.

If you wish submit a review, you are very welcome, just contact me.

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