vps recommendations

Jim Tarvid tarvid at ls.net
Thu Oct 22 16:49:21 UTC 2009

Thanks to all for the sage advice. I had a sinking feeling when I looked at
$6.95 per month VPSs. Still I have a few clients that want to be on "our"
servers or "network" and I really want to cover my @$$ while remaining

On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 12:03 PM, Jean-Michel Dault <
jmdault at revolutionlinux.com> wrote:

> On Thu, 2009-10-22 at 11:23 -0400, Jim Tarvid wrote:
> > Looking for recommendations for the software platform to host virtual
> > private servers.
> > Some of my clients would like shell accounts. I am not enthusiastic
> > about giving those out on shared servers.
> > People are selling VPSs for less than $10 per month.
> > How is that possible?
> Most hosting companies use Virtuozzo (commercial) or OpenVZ
> (open-source) to create VPSs. It gives each customer their own isolated
> environment, CPU quota, Disk quota, without the overhead of full
> virtualization solutions like VMWare.
> At Revolution Linux, we use OpenVZ, both for development and
> production.
> You can run OpenVZ on any machine, from low-end desktops (one of our
> techs has 15 VPSs on an old Celeron) up to the high-end servers. No need
> for VT extensions or anything special.
> For production, our typical server looks like this:
> - Standard Off-the-shelf rackmountable Dual Xeon, 8 gigs RAM, with
> plenty of hard drive space in RAID.
> - Standard Hardy 8.04.3 LTS, with the linux-image-openvz (in Universe)
> - A hundred or so VPSs per server
> To the end user, it's just as if they had their own dedicated server.
> Each VPS has complete root access, but can't touch the hardware (no
> fdisk, reboot, etc), or even see that there are other people or
> processes on the machine.
> Provisioning is easy: you can build a template, then simply extract the
> template in the VZ directory, create a configuration file, assign IP
> address and start the VPS. It can be scripted easily. At the office, we
> asked our (non-technie) Human Resources director to create a VPS and she
> managed to do it without help. ;-)
> More info:
> http://revolutionlinux.com/Virtualization?lang=en
> http://wiki.openvz.org/Main_Page
> --
> Jean-Michel Dault
> Technology Architect
> jmd at rlnx.com
> Révolution Linux inc
> http://www.revolutionlinux.com

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