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Aldryic C'boas

The Pony
Hey folks!

Some exciting news this weekend.  First off, if you haven't heard yet, our DDoS-Filtering is now live in our Buffalo deployment!  DDoS-Filtered IPs can be ordered with any new/existing service just like the Las Vegas services.  Cost is 4,00$ per month per IP, and the mitigation is being done upstream by our friends at Staminus.

 

Next up.. we will (very Soon™) be allowing folks with 128MB OpenVZ plans in our Las Vegas deployment to upgrade those VMs to a 256MB or higher plan if desired!  All that's required is opening a support ticket, and we'll handle the rest.  You will be able to either remain on the annual billing cycle native to the 128s, or move to another billing cycle if necessary.  Please note that this is only available in Las Vegas at this time, and we ask that you wait until October 1st or later to request an upgrade.  Again, this is Las Vegas only - the Buffalo location is not eligible at this time (but will be at a later date).

 

Also coming up in Vegas - All 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB OpenVZ plans will be transitioning to SSD nodes!  There is no change in cost or resources, nor will there be any downtime.  We already have a schedule (which won't be publicly released as a security precaution, sorry!) of when specific nodes will be migrated to SSD - so please do not request priority on being migrated to an SSD node or open tickets asking when your specific VPS/node will be moved.  All non-128MB OpenVZ plans will be fully moved over to the new SSD nodes by the end of the year.  Please remember, this is also a Las Vegas-only upgrade!  We will not be performing any upgrades to our Buffalo location until after we've moved to a new datacentre (more details on that to be announced at a later date).

 

We're also increasing the resources for the OpenVZ 1GB and 2GB plans!  Once migrated to the SSD nodes, the 1GB plans will have 90GB of SSD space, and 5TB (per month) of transit.  The 2GB plans will be increased to 120GB of SSD space, and 10TB of monthly transit.  These upgrades will not increase plan costs, and will be available on each VPS as they are migrated to the SSD nodes.  Please remember that we already have a schedule planned, and we will not be allowing folks to 'cut in line' or get priority on their migrations, so please don't ask!

 

KVM is not being ignored!  Although we will not be upgrading the Las Vegas KVM nodes to SSD until an undetermined time next year (we're still planning out the details, and want to get OpenVZ done before we get started), we have decided to move away from the E3 processors to dual hex-core L5639s.  This wasn't an easy call to make, but the E3s were simply too limiting on core counts to really meet our standards.  All KVM nodes, including the Storage nodes, will be receiving this upgrade.  We will also be increasing the core count on KVM plans to fall in line with our OpenVZ lineup.  The changes will be as follows:

  • 256MB KVM:       1 Core -> 2 Cores
  • 1024MB KVM:     2 Cores -> 4 Cores
  • 2048MB KVM:     2 Cores -> 4 Cores
  • 250GB Storage:   1 Core -> 2 Cores
  • 500GB Storage:   1 Core -> 2 Cores
  • 1TB Storage:       2 Cores -> 4 Cores
These upgrades will be taking place at the end of October - individual announcements will be made for each node in advance of the maintenance.  Like before, this also only applies to the Las Vegas location.  The New York deployment will be brought up to matching spec after we've located a new datacentre (again, more details to follow at a later date).

 

Getting away from hardware talk for a moment:  as those of you using the gateway have likely aleady heard, Google Checkout will no longer be a payment option come the end of November.  While I haven't yet made a final decision on what will take it's place for accepting Debit/Credit card payments (currently testing and favouring Amazon SimplePay), rest assured that we will have a Debit/Credit replacement deployed and ready before Checkout expires.

 

That's all we have for now - as always, it's our pleasure to have such awesome clients, and we look forward to improving on the services we can offer you.  If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please feel free to Contact Us or open a Support Ticket, and we'll be happy to elaborate more for you.

 

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Ruchirablog

New Member
we have decided to move away from the E3 processors to dual hex-core L5639s.  This wasn't an easy call to make, but the E3s were simply too limiting on core counts to really meet our standards.  All KVM nodes, including the Storage nodes, will be receiving this upgrade.  
How can you call this an upgrade?  :mellow:  L5639's are too old with slow cores. If you want to upgrade why not at least use newer E5's ? E3 processor per core performance is amazing and this is a one reason I got a KVM VPS from you guys. 

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+L5639+%40+2.13GHz&id=1983&cpuCount=2

- BuyVM KVM and OpenVZ customer
 

Francisco

Company Lube
Verified Provider
How can you call this an upgrade?  :mellow:  L5639's are too old with slow cores. If you want to upgrade why not at least use newer E5's ? E3 processor per core performance is amazing and this is a one reason I got a KVM VPS from you guys. 

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+L5639+%40+2.13GHz&id=1983&cpuCount=2

- BuyVM KVM and OpenVZ customer
The E3's are nice but there simply isn't enough cores to make it worth it to us.

The L5639's are slower Mhz wise but you'll likely get a far more consistent speed since there's no contention.

I could go to E5's but if you check geekbench you'll see that the difference is maybe 10 - 15%.

Francisco
 

drmike

100% Tier-1 Gogent
Holy freaking update bomb!

"We will not be performing any upgrades to our Buffalo location until after we've moved to a new datacentre (more details on that to be announced at a later date)."

Oh yeah, call that official.
 

concerto49

New Member
Verified Provider
How can you call this an upgrade?  :mellow:  L5639's are too old with slow cores. If you want to upgrade why not at least use newer E5's ? E3 processor per core performance is amazing and this is a one reason I got a KVM VPS from you guys. 

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+L5639+%40+2.13GHz&id=1983&cpuCount=2

- BuyVM KVM and OpenVZ customer
The L5s are more economical compared to E5 I guess. It makes more sense finance wise.

All the best with the upgrades!
 
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Francisco

Company Lube
Verified Provider
...is Fran going to be carrying out any of this work? :eek:
All of it :p I'll be in Vegas sometime next month to handle it with one of our techs, Matt.

If we needed 384GB+ RAM or things like that in the nodes? Then E5's would be the way to go; but we don't.

We're keeping the nodes at more or less the same load out of VM's which means everyone potentially gains access to 3x more cores.

It also means we'll be able to properly support KVM upgrades since we'll have a lot more breathing room.

The E3's are nice but that's only when they aren't getting dogged. A few stuck VM's at BIOS screens, Windows install screens, etc, will rip through a lot of cores very quickly. Sure, 3Ghz CPU's are great and fast and all that, but it doesn't help at all if you get some stuck clients.

I can assure you, you'll enjoy the breathing room when you're doing compiles and things like that. We have users that use gentoo and they can feel when something is a miss with a node.

Our own monitoring tells us when there's stuck users but we spend too much time busting skulls because someone is spiking.

Francisco
 
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bauhaus

Member
The E3's are nice but that's only when they aren't getting dogged. A few stuck VM's at BIOS screens, Windows install screens, etc, will rip through a lot of cores very quickly. Sure, 3Ghz CPU's are great and fast and all that, but it doesn't help at all if you get some stuck clients.
More cores means more love for everybody. I believe is the right call. Even linode use older ones, charges you more money, and people don't complain.
 

raindog308

vpsBoard Premium Member
Moderator
Are you going to increase transfer for KVMs the way you're doing OvZ?  Just curious.

Good news all around!  I guess Canadians celebrate Christmas in September.
 
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