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Re: [ruby-81] vps hosting

From: Bala P.
Sent on: Sunday, July 1, 2007 10:05 AM
I have been thinking about using Amazon Simple Queue Service where the
jobs are queued and using EC2 to process the jobs. The jobs do not
require any data to be persisted. So, it is used to exploit strengths
of EC2 and avoiding its weakness.

However I am relying on the queue for tracking which jobs have been
completed successfully. Any thoughts on this?

On 7/1/07, Aaron Tavistock <[address removed]> wrote:
> This is certainly interesting.
>
> The problem with EC2 is persistent mutable data (e.g. anything you might write to a disk).  There is none.
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> The system Paul Dowman is talking about works because he's running the database entirely in memory and doing snapshots of the in-memory database every 10 minutes to S3 for persistence.  This would probably work for some smaller apps, but not work for others.  As the datasets get bigger and transactional data gets important, this system breaks down.
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> Also, unfortunately for smaller apps EC2 gets fairly expensive, since their CPU time is expensive.  So running a pretty small webapp could easily run a $100 per month.
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> So this is a very interesting approach, but probably not a practical one.
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> I read this today and found it interesting.
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> Ben
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> On 6/21/07 , Aaron Tavistock < [address removed] > wrote:
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> I use openhosting ( http://www.openho...­ ) for a few things ruby and non-ruby. They offer pretty much what you would expect from a VPS provider - static IP address, root access on something that looks like a linux box, etc.
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> I've not done to much research into alternatives, but I really like the openhosting pricing model. Basically you pay for the resources you use, rather than a fix monthly cost with hard line caps. Given they still have some canned commit levels so you are not going to get hosting for $0.02, but I like the idea of paying for my CPU ticks and bandwidth on a metered rate rather than keeping my fingers crossed that I don't exceed my threshold. It certainly seems to handle load spikes a lot better.
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