Enjoying the all new CloudSigma 2.0

For those of you who don't know, my servers are hosted by CloudSigma. Not only my personal one and the "<a href="" title="Servidor de la Comunidad">Servidor de la Comunidad</a>" one; but, also, I have a sponsored one to <a href="" 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?

[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

[renich@web1 ~]# wget
--2013-02-11 14:09:52--
       => &lsquo;Fedora-18-x86_64-netinst.iso&rsquo;

Resolving (,
Connecting to (||: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. ;)

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