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SSD Storage Is Here

I know it’s been a while since our last post. However, we have been taking the time to upgrade infrastructure. As of this post (August 24, 2014) we only have 2 X3400 INTEL nodes left with traditional storage. The rest of our VPS nodes are now upgraded to Intel E3 CPU bases and over 50% of those have SSD storage.

To give an example for what you will expect in disk I/O compared to the traditional storage:

~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync

16384+0 records in

16384+0 records out

1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 2.78268 s, 386 MB/s

Typical sequential writes on RAID 10 SATA is around 80-100 MB/s. So most of our customers are already experiencing a 3x improvement on disk speeds.

We hope to eventually get our nodes up to exclusively SSD storage by the end of 2014 and early 2015. When that happens, we will be waiving the extra fee to be on an SSD node.

When you buy a new VPS with us, there is currently a 70/30 chance that you will be placed on an SSD node at no additional cost, however, until we are fully on SSD storage we cannot guarantee you will be placed on an SSD node unless the $2.50 /m addon is checked when you place your order.

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ownCloud One-Click Install from SolusVM on OpenVZ VPS Accounts

ownCloud One Click InstallDue to popular demand, we have created an OpenVZ OS template based on Centos6 x86_64 that has ownCloud v 4.5 installed with a default version of Apache, PHP5 and SQLite.

Current, or new users can select this template from SolusVM under the “Re-Install” tab. Once completed, all you need to do is login via ssh, start Apache with “service httpd start” command and point your browser to the IP address of your VPS.

Some of the benefits of hosting your own cloud for files (like ownCloud) include:

  • Full control of your files
  • Secure server which you have root access to
  • Privacy
  • Eliminate DropBox
  • More professional
  • Keep your digital rights to photos

What does ownCloud allow me to do?

For starters, you can use it as a secure replacement for DropBox, and you can even password protect the URL’s you send to other users in-case the file is sensitive in nature.

You can upload any kind of file (up to 512MB per file) and access it from the web, through WebDAV, the ownCloud iPhone App, and the Mac OS X/Windows Desktop App.

It is a music player and video streamer (with supported addon enabled).

Bottom Line

You can have full control of your files, share them with your friends or collaborate with your clients if you are a small/medium business owner in a very simple tool.

The benefit of using it on an OpenVZ.ca based VPS, is that you can scale resources as you grow. Start out with the Small VPS package and go beyond the storage of ExtraLarge as you need it.

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