Virtual private server hosting
It’s been quite a while since I last tried to post. This is due to several reasons. A military training deployment took some of my time away. My master’s degree continues to steal chunks of free time from me. My server has been crashing a lot. WordPress runs on PHP and it is notorious for causing strange server behavior. I had been hosting my servers with Midphase.net and was happier with their support than I had been with my previous hosting company, Bluehost. However, I was on a plan that had been phased out and the server my virtual machine was located on had fairly frequent crashes. My load averages were extremely wacky although I was paying for my own private virtual machine with decent RAM and CPU cycles.
VPS.net's node management window
I finally bit the bullet and decided to switch to Midphase’s new venture they call VPS.net. VPS.net is an experiment in cloud computing. It lets you scale your resources up and down in about 15 minutes. If your site(s) suddenly start getting a lot of traffic you can scale things around quickly in a dashboard environment. My server loads had been averaging 1 to 2 with Midphase’s non-cloud VPS. Since I’ve switched to the new cloud environment with 3 nodes my load averages are sitting a lot lower as evidenced below.
top – 19:57:17 up 8:23, 2 users, load average: 0.04, 0.06, 0.07
Mem: 786432k total, 739084k used, 47348k free, 54416k buffers
Swap: 1048568k total, 91872k used, 956696k free, 197320k cached
If this keeps up I’ll be pretty happy at VPS.net. One caveat is that VPS.net doesn’t offer phone based tech support – they have an online ticketing system and usually respond within a few minutes to a ticket being initiated. Pricing for a VPS node starts at $20 per month.