Should I select collocated or in house? The former seems closest but unsure... :). We're happy though!
We've definitely been very pleasantly surprised, for sure. The ability to add capacity at very low recurring cost is unbeatable. The communities & OSS that exist now also help to go a pretty solid distance these days -- and we've yet to have any kind of notable issues or catastrophes, though we do have aggressive & tested backup/restore plans in place.
Fingers do remain crossed slightly more-so than they used to when we didn't own the hardware, though. ;-)
/DevOps Engineer who manages both AWS and colo'd infrastructure
My guess would be things are mostly the same aside from DigitalOcean taking some of Linode/Slicehost's least affluent customers. My production stuff for Improvely & W3Counter remain on servers rented from SoftLayer, while my personal sites continue to be hosted on a Linode VPS.
Anyway, I think I found it:
I'm surprised how many co locate their servers. I'm assuming you are reasonably close to the datacenter? In my case the closest data center is a good hour drive. Typically when renting most hosts can swap any part immediately with an identical. I'm curious if people keep an identical parts machine or similar?
For personal and test projects, I use DigitalOcean – the lower price being the main reason.
Linode resizing seems a bit better, too – so for a big project which (hopefully) will need scaling, that's a plus. But I ran a Linode for two months before switching to DO, and tried to resize the disk image, and the whole thing went unresponsive, had to start from scratch (thankfully, no data was lost, I was just playing at that moment).
You know PiCloud is shutting down, and mostly replaced with http://www.multyvac.com/ although they were supposed to launch I think 3 months ago and still haven't. I wish them all the best, but do be wary of basing a product on it.
I currently use Rackspace for anything critical. My experiences have been extremely positive with them. In a few years of using them I've only had one issue where I wasn't happy with them, but in the hosting world that's pretty good.
The only reason i'm looking to migrate things is because Rackspace is far more expensive.
If not Linode, which service do you prefer?
I'm still considering Rackspace as an alternative.
Do you mean after it came back up? Resizing a Linode requires shutting down the instance, then you have to boot it again.
I've heard the structure is becoming more stable now?
I have a VPS with them but it's purely for a USA VPN to watch Netflix through so it doesn't always need to be up
The provider is transparent though and the issue hasn't happened previously or since.
The 16GB RAM package at £100 a month is just amazing if it really is that stable.
Do you do any type of redundancy between DCs / networks? How did you find their redundancy tools if you did?
We had 3 months where we had 20 minutes of downtime. The edge router was ~15 minutes and there was a denial of service on a machine in the same portion of the network which took a few minutes to isolate.
That is the only downtime we received in our 12 month initial contract which started Feb 2013 and ended Feb 2014 (we are on a rolling contract now).
So (20 / 12) = 1.6 minutes a month averaged. For arguments sake it puts us around the four 9s in availability a month.
What's your traffic like on it?
I've not used node before but it is a language / tech that interests me
I'd done a similar thing on AWS before on their free platform but you only got 100GB a month transfer. This is eaten up quickly on streaming videos.
I'm mainly a .net dev on Windows boxes but I would like to expand my knowledge a little further nginx etc. Most of the open source technologies run best on Linux so I like to dabble in the prompts a little for experience.
I setup an old computer in my home recently and installed Ubuntu as a home media server. The setup ended up costing me £8 in a new RAM stick and about a week of messing to get it working how I wanted. I could have purchased a NAS with it all installed for £200 but I just enjoy the challenge. It's a welcome break from programming sometimes, it's a kind of downtime.
Also, VPN packages start at $9.99 a month if you pay month to month (the savings are the longer term contracts) so the way I see it I am halving that cost and learning at the same time.
Fast personal support, reliable service and good prices.
When they announced the European region a year ago they said "Safe Harbor Compliance is Coming Soon" , but there has been no news about it since (as far as I know, at least).
We're taking advantage of the $150 and staying within it, but once we go live we'll need to expand. We will definitely investigate that.
So if person A signs up for BizSpark, then can then invite x amount of people to their companies BizSpark account and the $150/month and MSDN etc. benefits are also given to those other people. So Person A, B, C, D, etc. will each have their own Bizspark/outlook/azure account and each gets $150 a month in credits, and each has their own ultimate msdn subscription for 3 years.
Also, they will have only HVM Linux VMs, and last I checked paravirt Xen (what most AWS runs, probably also Linode, maybe DO) tends to be faster than HVM.
If your data is that sensitive you don't want to rent the thing, you want to own it and you want it to be in a cage that is just yours (or a rack with a lock on it that only you have the key to).