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How SSD Storage Makes Your VPS Faster

Samsung 840 PRO SSD on OpenVZ Servers

There has been a lot of buzz in the industry lately about SSD storage, the benefits to I/O speed that it brings relative to it’s cost is something that makes it an attractive investment for both business and personal use.

This post should clarify the common questions you’re faced with when deciding if the added cost of using SSD based storage is really something they should invest in.

The image below is a very simple (and standard) benchmark test used to see what the sequential write speed of your filesystem is. Typically speaking anything above 80-120 MB/s on this test is an indication of a filesystem powered by something more powerful than the typical 4 SATA drive RAID10 setup. In this case, the test below was the result of a two drive RAID1 setup with Samsung 840 PRO SSD drives. The theoretical maximum write on these drives is about 450 MB/s.

IO Test on Samsung 840 PRO

So what does this do for you? Well, knowing the read and write performance of your underlying file system can help solve problems and plan for future growth of your website, applications and or database performance. I/O is often the most commonly over looked parameter when sizing up a server to run in a production envoronment. The typical CPU, Memory & Disk Space are the common 3 factors that are used to determine a comparison in price point amongst hosting companies. Unfortunately, not many will post the I/O performance of the disk space that is sold.

Common Questions to Ask

  1. Are you running a web application that requires the use of a Database?
  2. Do you require a lot of storage space?
  3. Does your application or task do more reading or writing to disk?

Generally speaking, if you don’t need hundreds of gigabytes of storage space and you are using some type of database, SSD based storage will make a noticeable difference immediately. Most times, if you are on older hardware with SSD real world performance can actually greater than state of the art hardware that is experiencing an I/O bottleneck.

At OpenVZ.ca, SSD storage can be added to any existing or new plan at an additional cost of $5 /month. It will require a migration to another physical node setup with SSD storage, but this migration is seamless and results in no downtime.

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New POP in Montreal Online

March 4, 2013 — We have gone live with our new 100% Juniper network in a new state of the art data center in the Montreal Stock Exchange building. The network is currently in the testing phases as we await cross connects to be completed. Over the coming month, we will be deploying new Intel E5 based VPS nodes for Large and Extra Large VPS accounts. Current customers will be migrated seamlessly once they are available.

We will also be increasing resources on the Small and Medium plans as we have added more bandwidth capacity.

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New Order Form

Slider order form for all OpenVZ services

New Order Form

We’ve been getting some feedback lately with regards to simplifying the checkout process.

The result: A new simplified jQuery enabled checkout form that puts all of the information on a single page, and allows you to checkout by “Sliding” a bar to compare different plans.

You will see this new order form starting today.

Thanks for the continued feedback!

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Godaddy CEO Kills Elephant! Transfer your domains for only $5, Coupon Code Here

As you may already know. Godaddy CEO Bob Parsons was recently filmed shooting an Elephant in Africa. We at OpenVZ.ca and Media-Hosts.com do not support this cowboy-like mentality. As a result of his actions we are offering current Godaddy.com domain customers transfers for .com .net .org and .biz to openvz.ca for only $5.00.

Use Coupon Code GoDaddySucks at checkout for the discounts (Expires April 30 2011).

Click Here to Transfer As Many Domains As you Like

We are also offering free migration services for anyone who would like to switch to our cPanel web hosting plans with an additional 1 year of hosting added on for free (1 year and 2 year terms only). To get this promotion, place your order normally and open a ticket with us attaching your most recent Godaddy Invoice. We will then add 1 year of hosting to your account for free.

You can see the full video of Bob shooting the Elephant here:

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Netflix.ca: My Experiences and Unbiased Review

My Experiences and Unbiased Review

My Experiences and Unbiased Review

A huge buzz on Forums, Blogs, Newspapers and Television in Canada has started. The topic, Netflix.  Even though this is a new service in Canada (just launched last week) We’ve been dealing with this for a while. The Reason? We’ve had hundreds of questions as to whether or not we can provide American IP addresses so that Canadians can use our service as a VPN to access American content.

But now it’s in Canada! So why the blog post about it? It seems as though this move to Canada hasn’t been very well planned… Just the other day I went to Future Shop and purchased a Seagate Freeagent GoFlex Tv box. A very simple device, has a huge Netflix logo on the box and even allows you to install a hard drive and store conent on it!

I signed up for my free trial on Netflix.ca and said to myself “Lets go.” After about 30 minutes of fiddling with the box to set it up to my network  (I noticed WiFi was an optional item, so I had to run a network cable to my Home Theatre…) I finally hooked it up to my tv surround sound.

The first thing I did was go to the Netflix page on the screen to try an watch my first movie. Instead of being able to watch this movie it got a wonderful message that said: “Netflix is not authorized for use in your region.”

What? How is Netflix not available in my region? It’s Netflix.ca now, not just Netflix.com… So I started googling my experiences (which I probably should have done first) and found that NO devices other than Wii, PS3, iPhone and iPad will work with Netflix in Canada.

Knowing that many of these devices were running some type of embedded Linux OS I decided to take an extra 1U supermicro chassis that I was using for Vyatta testing and re-imaged it with Ubuntu Desktop.

The size was about the same as my BluRay player and it sat in my stand very nicely. I opened up Firefox and went to Netflix.ca with the intentions of streaming my first movie. The second setback… “You are using an unsupported browser/operating system.” Apparantly Netflix only runs on Windows and Mac!

I said to myself, there must be a work around. I installed the “Change UserAgent” addon for firefox and installed Moonlight (Silverlight equivalent for Linux). I then changed my UserAgent to make it seem like I was an OSX Safari browser and got passed the “You are using an unsupported browser/operating system.” screen.

I saw the video begin to load when setback #3 happened, this time, an error from the Moonlight Plugin. It seems that Netflix requires the end-user have a version of silverlight that supports DRM (Digital Rights Management) to ensure that the feed isn’t being copied illegally.

At this point I stepped back and said to myself… “Why the hassle?” I’m definitely not going to watch movies on my iMac, and I’m definitely not going to buy a Wii or PS3 just for Netflix. So I decided to look through the content and see if it’s even worth it to go any further.

About 20 minutes later, after looking throug the content selection, my decision was made. As soon as I saw Terminator 2 in the “New Action” category it seemed my previous 2 hours of effort was all down the drain.

Why bother releasing a service that is Sub-Par to the American equivalent, doesn’t work on any platform that is common (at least in my household) and charge the same price for it? It doesn’t paint a bright picture for the Netflix brand in Canada, and we all know how important first impressions are.

Conclusion

Feel free to sign up for the free trial, but I would not recommend Netflix as a replacement for buying the movie channels or extra theme packages from the TV companies just yet. Even if there was a simple way of getting it on your TV, the subscription is still lacking some solid content.

In order to win me over, Netflix will have to provide a service where I want to watch something on it rather than forcing myself to watch things so that my $7.99 is justified.

Hopefully the new AppleTV will be able to work in Canada right out of the box. Until then I’ll be hooking up my OSX86 hackintosh to my home theatre whenever I want to watch something.

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