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
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