Dedicated Servers

I recently bought a Kimsufi-2G Dedicated Server from OVH (well, Kimsufi…). I’m using it to host project websites, where non-php programs might need to be run. Infact – I moved this blog over to the new server, so if you’re reading this, then all is well.

I’ve always wanted a dedicated server. VPS’s are good, but the thought of having a physical machine in a datacenter somewhere is, for some reason, very appealing to me. The server is costing me £16.80 a month, which isn’t too bad. I have  5TB of Bandwidth, 1TB hard disk, 2GB RAM and 1.2GHz Celeron. At first, I thought that the processor would be horrifically under-powered for my needs – but it’s coping very well. Infact, it’s doing better than another server I had, with a 2.66GHz Celeron Processor. The 1.2GHz Celeron is considerably newer than the 2.66GHz Celeron, and has 512KB L2 cache rather than 256KB – I put the different in speed down to that.

I opted to install Virtualmin, so that if any of my friends needed some hosting, I could quickly create them account. It uses a bit of RAM.. at the moment, with a couple of dynamic sites (including this one), memory usage is at 384MB. If this where a low end VPS, i would be slightly concerened – but given that I have 2GB RAM, it’s not a big issue for me.

I have set up the dedicated server to be my primary nameserver, with my $3.50/m BuyVM VPS being my secondary. This should provide a decent amount of redundancy, as the two servers are physically very far apart.

It is very tempting to get a Kimsufi 16G, which would have (as the name suggests) 16GB RAM, along with a quad core I5 (or better), a 2TB Hard Drive and 10TB Bandwidth for £43/m. However, I can’t really justify that price… especially since my £16.80 Server is treating me just fine.

7 thoughts on “Dedicated Servers

  1. I just signed up for a Kimsufi 2G last week through the OVH.IE site. Pretty sweet little server. I lucked out and ended up with an Athlon X2 processor running at 1900. I’m using it primarily for video streaming my home videos. In general, it keeps up pretty well considering the server is in France and I’m in the US. Thanks for the posting, I was looking for someone to give feedback that had been using their server for awhile. Their prices seemed too good to be true.

    1. Cool! Do you have to pay VAT if you’re US-based, or is it not added? You’re pretty lucky to have a dual core! Thanks for the comment.

    1. You should be fine – it is possible to change the kernel from the one they provide by default without TOO much difficulty.

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