OVH BHS Canada Beta Servers

So about two weeks ago I signed up with for one of their beta servers, OVH have built a huge new data centre on the border of the USA and Canada (probably because Canada is french speaking). This datacenter is HUGE, housing around 360K servers. Anyways, OVH assign around 90 beta servers every weekday for testing. You can get your own by following #OVH on twitter and checking their tweets at around 6AM GMT+1. Here are the stats of the dedi I received today, I hope to put it to good use (suggestions in the comments if you have any)!

  • 16 gb RAM
  • 1tb hdd
  • 100mbps connection
  • Quad Core Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2130 CPU @ 3.40GHz
  • Running Debian Squeeze by default (6.0)
  • 1 IPv4 Address
  • /64 subnet of IPv6 addresses (standard with every OVH server)
  • Free to test till Mid August!

So where does OVH stand in relation to other online retailers/hosts?

Google: 1 million+ servers
Microsoft: 500k servers
OVH: 100,000 servers + 360,000 servers
HP: around 300k servers
SoftLayer: 100,000 servers
Akamai Technologies: 95,000 servers
Amazon: undisclosed, certainly > 70k servers
Rackspace: 78,717 servers
Intel: 75,000 servers
1&1 Internet: 70,000 servers
Facebook: 60,000 servers
LeaseWeb: 36,000 servers
Intergenia: (PlusServer/Server4You), 30,000 servers
SBC Communications: 29,193 servers
Verizon: 25,788 servers

Here we go!

Well, the other day Apple announced their new MacBook lineup for 2012, and I must say it was a little bland, no radical new design for the unibody MBPs for over 5 years now. But they did introduce their thinner Macbook Pros with a super high resolution screen at 2880 x 1800 pixels large. The new Ivy Bridge processors should also aid power consumption and give the notebooks a 20-30% performance increase. I’m pretty amazed at how they fit that much into such a small (0.71 inches thin) and light (just over 2KG) notebook for it’s power. But what’s my real opinion then? Well for starters I think it was a bad move to solder the RAM and Flash memory to the motherboard, leaving us consumers fucked if we want to ever upgrade such components, seeing as apple’s RAM and Drive prices are extortionate already, I would have personally liked to see apple leave these components the way they should be. Alas, the notebook is extremely thin so I do wonder if it would even be possible, what with the larger battery pack to power that gorgeous display.

So, despite its two downsides, I’m going to be getting one. Why? I’ve promised my little sister my current laptop. What specifications will I be getting and how will I justify these specifications?

  • 2.6 Ghz i7 Well, i’m off to a bad start, because I cannot justify a 2.6Ghz processor over a 2.3. However, I /have/ to go with this to allow for more flash memory.
  • You guessed it, more flash memory, 512GB, why over 256? Because I do not own a Thunderbolt OR USB Hard drive, and never plan on doing so, I use network attached storage for backups and music/video streaming, that’s all really, so I’ll want enough storage space for all my documents and projects without having to plugin in a shitty external storage device. My NAS will do just fine for other media.
  • 16GB RAM. Why? Because I have 16GB on my desktop, and no, I haven’t used it all yet, but I’m getting ever closer with the more work I do. I also sit on IRC a lot and have huge scroll backs on my terminal windows. I also plan on running at least one BSD virtual machine whilst on the move.
  • Why go for the latest generation? Because of it’s weight, the reason I don’t have a macbook pro now is because they are bulky and heavy, I travel every day and have had a 15″ notebook before, not good on the back.

So my nearest Apple shop has em in stock today, I aim to pick one up on Friday, based on real world performance I see in the store.

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Yes, Hello!

Well, I’ve finally gotten up off of my arse and done it. I’m going to start a blog.

What do I want to achieve from this? I don’t really know, perhaps it will help me document my progress in life etc.. I would like to point out that I will be expressing my somewhat keen opinions on perhaps touchy subjects. Although I have not set this up to directly offend people, if you do take offence to my posts, get in touch.

So, the web server is all set up, IPv6 configured, CloudFlare enabled (pretty sweet service so far), Amazon S3 CDN for media set up and my previously half-arsed php-fastcgi configuration is now reworked. First page load time is averaging 3 seconds and second load is under 1 second, I’m ok with this.

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