three months on the new VPS

Just got my quarterly renewal notice for the linux Virtual Private Server so it’s time for a review. You may remember I was coming from one larger (512MB RAM) American VPS, one smaller (128MB RAM) European VPS, and a share of a database server. For the same money I got one larger (1GB RAM) European VPS.

This has worked out very well for simplicity and manageability. The 1GB of RAM is larger than the other two together, though I have somewhat processing power (half of one core). I use that core share fully maybe a half-hour a day for re-encoding media; the rest of the time it’s loafing:

output from the ‘htop’ utility

Here we see the RAM is about 1/3rd of max, and overall load is rather low. Uptime is only 10 days because I updated the kernel and rebooted recently. Disk allotment is 30GB and I’m using about 1/3rd of that (including the Debian linux OS). I’m using about 25% of the 1TB bandwidth allotment.

In loafing mode it’s generally:

  • serving up the occasional RVwiki page or image file
  • running multiple tmux sessions, each with a few shells in them
  • running a ziproxy compression proxy
  • running a dropbox client
  • tracking podcast feeds with newsbeuter
  • etc
Architecture:          x86_64
CPU op-mode(s):        32-bit, 64-bit
Byte Order:            Little Endian
CPU(s):                1
On-line CPU(s) list:   0
Thread(s) per core:    1
Core(s) per socket:    1
Socket(s):             1
NUMA node(s):          1
Vendor ID:             GenuineIntel
CPU family:            6
Model:                 45
Model name:            Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2670 0 @ 2.60GHz
Stepping:              7
CPU MHz:               2599.998
BogoMIPS:              5199.99
Hypervisor vendor:     KVM
Virtualization type:   full
L1d cache:             32K
L1i cache:             32K
L2 cache:              256K
L3 cache:              20480K
NUMA node0 CPU(s):     0
Flags:                 fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon rep_good nopl xtopology pni pclmulqdq ssse3 cx16 pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx hypervisor lahf_lm ssbd ibrs ibpb stibp kaiser tsc_adjust xsaveopt arat md_clear