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There's one more and one much bigger: we need to scale our database horizontally and it's bastard cousin, we need the cloud to scale. Truth is, most applications are fine with a single box (OK, two because of HA but the second is just a hot spare). Remember https://twitter.com/garybernhardt/status/600783770925420546

> Consulting service: you bring your big data problems to me, I say "your data set fits in RAM", you pay me $10,000 for saving you $500,000.

Today it costs less than $600 a month to rent a 256GB dedicated box w/ 2x450GB NVMe disks and a 10 gbit private connection. And, of course, there are ways to go higher but it's very likely it'll be a bit more expensive per terabyte RAM but you'd be surprised (or not) at just how many problems actually fit in a quarter terabyte of RAM.

My manager told us $200/month was too expensive, so we micromanaged those $10 VPSs. We've reached the limits of that in some way. Instead of testing my original suggestion, my manager wanted to contract a company to move us to AWS. Our first AWS bill, for effectively zero usage and just a dev environment, includes $500/month for "NAT Gateway Hours".

You mean, like Hackernews?

Well at least some time ago this site ran on a single box.

My company has a Magento webshop. The amount of money thrown at it to keep it 'fast' is amazing. Wish they trew it at me to build a fast webshop. Unfortunately they think Magento is the standard.

No, I mean only the database. You might or might not get away with the app also running there but most of the time some load balanced 2-3 small frontends will give you much better buck for your money.

> Today it costs less than $600 a month to rent a 256GB dedicated box w/ 2x450GB NVMe disks and a 10 gbit private connection.

Any recommendations on how you'd go about that? I'm currently paying Digital Ocean that much for a way crappier instance...

OVH for instance has good options here: https://www.ovh.com/us/dedicated-servers/hg/160bhg1.xml

Yes, I was thinking of OVH, specifically https://www.ovh.com/us/dedicated-servers/infrastructure/170e... this one. Hetzner has one much, much cheaper https://www.hetzner.de/ot/hosting/produkte_rootserver/px121s... . But if you want to get feature parity, you'll need to factor in the additional 10 gbit card cost for 45.38 EUR arriving to a 174 USD monthly cost and the once off cost of a 12 port 10 gbit switch for 839.50 EUR. In five months the Hetzner server will be cheaper and keep going and also adding web frontends is cheaper there as well, the old but totally servicable Intel Xeon E3-1245 V2 16GB servers are below 35EUR.. But, I didn't want to get into that much detail.

Sincerely, this is compelling but not satisfying

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