For those of you who don't know, my servers are hosted by CloudSigma. Not only my personal one and the "<a href="http://blog.woralelandia.com/servidor-de-la-comunidad/" title="Servidor de la Comunidad">Servidor de la Comunidad</a>" one; but, also, I have a sponsored one to <a href="http://blog.woralelandia.com/2012/11/26/fedora-packagers-quieres-convertirte-en-un-empaquetador-de-fedora/" title="Fedora Packagers: Quieres convertirte en un empaquetador de Fedora?">promote Fedora Packaging</a> in spanish.
Ok, so, the CloudSigma crew sent me an email telling me I'm one of the lucky customers to get a migration to their new cloud + a 20% discount for 6 months or something. I totally accept. Why?
Well, first off, they have this all-SSD setup which is awesome. Don't believe me?
<code>[renich@web1 ~]# dd if=/dev/zero of=file.img bs=128k count=8k
8192+0 records in
8192+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 1.09462 s, 981 MB/s</code>
On Fedora, with oflag=direct, it gave me around 230 MB/s but who uses directIO anyway?
The network speed is really something
Resolving mirrors.kernel.org (mirrors.kernel.org)... 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206
Connecting to mirrors.kernel.org (mirrors.kernel.org)|220.127.116.11|:21... connected.
Logging in as anonymous ... Logged in!
==> SYST ... done. ==> PWD ... done.
==> TYPE I ... done. ==> CWD (1) /fedora-enchilada/linux/releases/18/Fedora/x86_64/iso ... done.
==> SIZE Fedora-18-x86_64-netinst.iso ... 308281344
==> PASV ... done. ==> RETR Fedora-18-x86_64-netinst.iso ... done.
Length: 308281344 (294M) (unauthoritative)
100%[======================================================>] 308,281,344 37.0MB/s in 9.0s
I've seen speeds of up to 80 MB/s but have no proof of that right now.
Also, their new infrastructure is really good. They have 10Gbit interconnections and 1Gbit Internet access; new hardware, new switches, new everything! Man it's nice to be on new; top of the line equipment.
Besides that, they offer to interconnect VLANs without needing VPNs and stuff. And, as they say in their email:
<ul> <li>cool private patching that extends your cloud VLANs into your own infrastructure without needing VPNs <li>run up to eight private networks per server <li>additional advanced CPU options such as NUMA topology boosting CPU performance especially for Windows environments
I also know some other things, like:
<ul> <li>they support qcow and qed right now (not sure about qed though). <li>you can download/upload your Fedora-made images via FTP to your account. Nothing to it (not like AMIs; which are a mega-pain to build). <li>if you have special needs, just let them know. They're flexible! <li>you can talk in bitcoin to them; if you contact them and this is not official AFAIK. <li>the guys that work there rock. I've been in contact with them and I know this.
The prices are incredible. Not only they offer SSD at the price of magnetic drives. Here's a little discount table I got from them:
Subscription disscounts (valid until march 1st):
6 months: 30%
1 year: 45%
2 years: 55%
3 years: 65%
Or, you can always pay-as-you-go; just pay for the resources you use.
Another reason is that the UI is really cool... not that the old one wasn't ;)
Now, this email would seem like if they paid me to publish. It is not but you're free to think what you want.
I just know their service is the best I've came across so far + their commitment to FOSS is obvious. They use KVM/Qemu and Fedora and Ubuntu internally (AFAIK). They sponsor a few FOSS projects and have announced to my LUG that they would host any FOSS project that benefits Virtualization in any way.
I just felt like publishing this in my own words. I like the idea of supporting companies that are Community-Friendly and give it their best.
Give CloudSigma a try. You will be very pleased to have done so... No, you don't need to thank me. ;)