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Debian hosting and bandwidth

On September 12, 2021 4:00:08 AM UTC, Jeffrey Walton <noloader@gmail.com> wrote:

>I'm not sure how IONOS compares to DreamHost for network bandwidth,
>however. We have not (yet?) encountered a problem with throttling.

ah.  mythic-beasts.com very kindly explained this one to me.

the majority of ultra-cheap hosting VM providers oversubscribe CPU, RAM, and bandwidth, often to a massive degree.

in the case of CPU and RAM that is done through VM Ballooning, and it means that if the main host happens to have someone else consuming vast resources, *you* get punished.

likewise during heavy overall network usage, you get punished for *other people's* excessive bandwidth.

mythic-beasts make a point of *NOT* doing that.

when they say you get 1 gigabit per second service, you GET 1 gigabit per second service, AT ALL TIMES.
likewise for RAM and CPU, you get what you pay for, 100% of the time.

for hosting something like debian packages it therefore does not make a lot of sense to use sub-standard hosting with ballooning and shared oversubscribed bandwidth because it's going to be a massive sustained load.

ISPs are often happy to sponsor the debian project to provide bandwidth and hosting, they get kudos for doing so plus they're probably using it for their own infrastructure.


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