Budget VPS Benchmark Comparison

VPS-HostingI do my fair bit of ranting about sub-par VPS providers here *cough* cloudatcost *cough* so I figured I’d run the vpsbench.sh script across all of the servers I rent.

I currently rent servers with RamNode (love!), WeLoveServers, CloudAtCost, and BlueVM.  I had a server with ChicagoVPS but cancelled it due to performance issues.

Some people might find this information useful in choosing a budget VPS provider.  I’ve included the provider and datacenter location.  Please note that this will only give you an idea of how fast their network is.  I may do an actual machine benchmark at a later date if people are interested.

The test results are after the jump

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Musicbrainz Mirror Still Down Because CloudAtCost is Terrible

MusicbrainzlogoThe Musicbrainz mirror remains offline after 24 hours because CloudAtCost is a very bad VPS provider.   If I had a nickel for every time the VPS went offline I’d build myself a datacenter out of nickels.

Yeah, they’re cheap.  That’s about all they have going for them.  Their network is lossy, their machines are oversold, and their uptime is laughable.

Since the mirror is free, I don’t really have any option but to stick with them so we’ll have to ride out the downtime.

05/21/2014 08:15AM Edit: We’re past the 48 hour mark of downtime.  CloudAtCost is seriously the worst VPS host, please stay away from them.

05/21/2014 02:51PM Edit: According to CloudAtCost, my server “should be fixed tonight”… it’s really comforting to know they’re so confident in their abilities to get things fixed in a timely manner (or at all).  55+ hours offline at this point.  

MusicBrainz Mirror Fixed…?

MusicbrainzlogoOkay folks, I think we’re back up and running.  I personally don’t even use the mirror so I’ll rely on you guys to let me know if it’s working or not 🙂

I did some sample queries and it looked like it was properly returning results.

(Also, the replication fell out of sync… it’s catching up now but has ~3 days of data to process)

Use musicbrainz.tranquilbase.org

MusicbrainzlogoJust a heads up — I’ll be stopping forwarding on tranquilbase.org:5000 to the musicbrainz server.  Please use the musicbrainz.tranquilbase.org address (port 80 or 5000 if your software requires one).

For the curious: I moved the musicbrainz server to a new (more better) host a while back.  I’m currently forwarding all port 5000 requests from the old host to the new host, which is a bit inefficient and adds another layer to the request (and if the forwarding server goes offline, it’ll reject requests even if the musicbrainz server is still up).

So, change your software to use musicbrainz.tranquilbase.org.  The tranquilbase.org:5000 forwarder will stop functioning later this week and all your musicy goodness will stop working if you don’t.

Calibre Content Server Bootstrap 3 Template

calibre-logoI had some time to resume working on the Calibre Bootstrap template.  Since my initial release, Bootstrap3 was released so I wanted to integrate that, plus I added Font-Awesome icons because they’re pretty much the best.

I setup a github repository so you can grab it from there:  https://github.com/sudiphed/CalibreBootstrap

The demo has been updated to reflect the new template: http://tranquilbase.org:9111/

(I stole the idea for using Readmore from Tim Hobbes over at his blog)


How To Setup Your Own MusicBrainz Mirror (Ubuntu 12.04-12.10)

MusicbrainzlogoSince I’ve been rebuilding my server a bit recently, I figured I’d put the steps into a document.  There are a few good guides out there, but I always seemed to run into weird issues which weren’t covered.

This is more-or-less a “how to” guide (with information borrowed from a couple sources), albeit slightly tailored to how I have my servers setup.  I based it off a fresh Ubuntu 12.10 install, but it also worked on a fresh 12.04 install.  If you’re going to use an existing server, there may be parts of this that don’t apply (such as network configuration).

If you do end up trying, let me know how it goes and if I missed anything.

MusicBrainz Mirror Installation Guide (Ubuntu 12.04 – 12.10)