floor9 Hits the Big Time

SRSLY.  If you’re reading this, you’ve found the new server.  As of this post, floor9.com and friends are running on a VPS in the Los Angeles datacenter of Steadcom.  Right off the bat, I’m seeing MAJOR speed improvements over BlueHost even on simple things like WordPress administration (and my editor no longer takes 8 seconds to open up!).  There’s actually been a LOT of work going on behind the scenes over the past few weeks to pull this off, not the least of which was massive stress-testing and a major security lockdown.  Plus, I’ve been doing a lot of testing of various software packages to use with some of the Neat Tricks ™ I have up my sleeve for the coming weeks.  And last but not least, I managed to get Contemporary Ruins off the ground and running smoothly.  I’m still in the process of seeding the wiki, so don’t expect any great finds just yet, but it’s kept me busy.

I wouldn’t have had all this time to put into software-bashing, template-hacking, and other joys if it weren’t for the colossally amazing support from the guys at Steadcom.  To say that they have bent over backwards would be a dramatic understatement.  They’ve helped me overcome a DNS hiccup at my registrar, they’ve responded to every support ticket within minutes, and they’ve provided solid, competent answers to any question I manage to throw at them.  In fact, when I first opened my account, I immediately rebuilt the OS into Gentoo (one of the neat tricks that having a VPS affords).  Without even opening a ticket, I received an email from their CEO saying that they had noticed my rebuild, and wanted to know if there was anything they could help out with.  That’s pretty impressive, considering I was on their lowest possible rate ($20) — I’m far from being a profit center for these guys, yet they treat me as if I’m their only customer.

Let me say that again:  Every single interaction I’ve had with Steadcom has been dealt with urgently and thoroughly.  They act as if failing to resolve my concerns would drive them out of business.  And as pleasant as that is now, it makes me absolutely certain that these are the guys I want to work with if (let’s be honest; when) I encounter major problems down the road.   If you’re looking for a new host, be it shared, VPS, or dedicated, I can’t recommend these guys enough.

And, while I’m at it, for bragging purposes:

  • Quad-core Intel Xeon E5310 @ 1.60gHz (shared with only EIGHT other hosts, compared to a few thousand on a shared hosting provider)
  • 1gb memory (512mb guaranteed)
  • 40 gb disk space
  • 1300 gb monthly bandwidth
  • 4 IP addresses
  • Full management, 24×7
  • Choice of CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Gentoo, or Debian, changeable on-demand
  • Choice of cPanel, DirectAdmin, or Webmin, all completely SSL’d up
  • Price?  Let’s just say I was an early adopter.  🙂

The best part has to be the management.  I can send off a ticket to the effect of, “Hey guys, can you set up TLS on Courier for me, harden /tmp, and find out why the MySQL server is sucking down 180 megs of RAM” and bam, a few minutes later my system rocks.  Truly awesome on 27 different levels.

More news on the new frills coming soon.  Right now I’m off to start moving blogHarisburg over.  Joy …