On 30 November 2012 03:46, Dan Fisher <danfisher261(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Thanks, I'm looking into Linode. I've been
recommended that once before on
this list. Does it handle traffic spikes well? Or would that trigger a CPU
alert? I've gotten those alerts before from my present hosting company and
it stresses me out. That's how I was kicked out - too many CPU alerts. My
setup at that time had no speed/cache optimization. Maybe the new Linode
setup would be so fast that traffic spikes would not be a problem.
I just don't want any kind of resource usage alerts and yes, I know once I
get more traffic like you do, I'll have to upgrade. I can even get the 1GB
lives on some Linodes - a 4GB main server (Apache,
Lucene, MySQL) and a coupla Squids in front, 1GB and 512MB - though
arguably we could get by with just the 512MB. CPU and bandwidth are
fine - the constraint for us is *memory*. I need to (per Tim
Starling's recommendation ) set up the main instance as fcgid
rather than libphp5, for better memory control. Though it's been
ticking away mostly nicely for a while. Occasionally it gets flooded
with complicated requests, the memory fills and the box falls over.
tl;dr Linode ain't cheap but they're pretty good, and memory is going
to be your real worry but that can be coped with.