I’ve been hosting this site on a Xen host in the UK for the past year – it was cheaper than running the server in-house, and the uplink bandwidth is certainly more than the 1 Mbit/s that my home ADSL is capable of.  However, in the past 6 months or so, I’ve noticed a distinct degredation of service, evidenced by the fact that I’ve raised support tickets on

  • June 21st
  • June 29th
  • September 8th
  • September 9th
  • September 18th
  • September 19th
  • October 17th
  • October 27th
  • October 29th

Pretty much every one of those tickets has been ‘My Xen instance is unreachable’.  At least two of them are from disk issues on the underlying server, several have been file-system write errors in the Xen instance.

On the other hand, another Xen instance I take care of lives on a US Xen hosting facility.  It’s been running since May, and I’ve not had to raise a single ticket about it.

So, goodbye CheapVPS, hello Slicehost (and here’s hoping the Rackspace buyout doesn’t affect them negatively).

There were only a few hiccups with the migration too – primarily with maildrop.  Forgot to install the courier-authlib-devel package before compiling maildrop, so it insisted on reading /etc/passwd instead of the database that everything else refers to for e-mail.

Changing hosting providers
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