If you noticed general slowness and or occasional outages in the last few hours I apologize. I was busy eating a late lunch at work, which included a salad that contained lethal dose of garlic. Seriously, I could totally slay a vampire with my breath right now. That is if we are talking about a universe in which vampires are vulnerable to garlic. So White Wolf’s World of Darkness is definitely out. Were vamps in Buffy affected by garlic? I don’t remember. Anyway, assuming that vampires hurt by garlic, my blood would probably be lethal to them. The salad, despite being a tad too garlicky was not that bad.
So while I was doing that, the server started acting all kinds of wonky. When ssh’d over and ran top, I noticed that the average server load was waaay over 200. Now, depending on your number of CPU’s and cores per CPU maximum acceptable server load may vary. But on modest hardware with 1 or 2 CPU’s you really don’t want to see that number being above 10. If your server load is a two digit number, it usually means you are having a bad day.
Server load over 200 means that this machine was pretty much dead (and possibly on fire). It went down few seconds later. Since the reboot, the load dropped down to much more acceptable 20. Two digit system load seems to be a norm around here. :(
I guess you get what you pay for. Thanks Dreamhost! I really appreciate that you are overselling the shit out of your resources.
Anyway, if you guys have suggestions for good hosting companies please post them in the comments. I need:
- LAMP – cause fuck windows, and fuck IIS and fuck ASP
- Full shell access (cause I’m not gonna fuck around with web panels)
- Cron jobs, and similar goodies.
- Decent amount of space, and no silly database quotas
- Not too expensive
And I do realize that decent hosts who do not oversell won’t give me the as much space and bandwidth as dreamhost. I’m just looking for something roughly comparable. I’m actually thinking about trying virtual hosting so that I can reboot my own machine and have root access. Anyone has a good host who offers this kind of services?
[tags]site outage, site issues, problem, slowness, dreamhost sucks, server load[/tags]