For those of you who don’t know, my servers are hosted by CloudSigma. Not only my personal one and the “Servidor de la Comunidad” one; but, also, I have a sponsored one to promote Fedora Packaging 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?
[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
On Fedora, with oflag=direct, it gave me around 230 MB/s but who uses directIO anyway?
The network speed is really something
[renich@web1 ~]# wget ftp://mirrors.kernel.org/fedora-enchilada/linux/releases/18/Fedora/x86_64/iso/Fedora-18-x86_64-netinst.iso
--2013-02-11 14:09:52-- ftp://mirrors.kernel.org/fedora-enchilada/linux/releases/18/Fedora/x86_64/iso/Fedora-18-x86_64-netinst.iso
Resolving mirrors.kernel.org (mirrors.kernel.org)... 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11
Connecting to mirrors.kernel.org (mirrors.kernel.org)|18.104.22.168|: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:
- cool private patching that extends your cloud VLANs into your own infrastructure without needing VPNs
- run up to eight private networks per server
- additional advanced CPU options such as NUMA topology boosting CPU performance especially for Windows environments
I also know some other things, like:
- they support qcow and qed right now (not sure about qed though).
- 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).
- if you have special needs, just let them know. They’re flexible!
- you can talk in bitcoin to them; if you contact them and this is not official AFAIK.
- 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.