New VPS Provider

Side Note:

So if you’re a regular here, checking things out to see if I update this once every 6 months…you’re in luck! Today is the day I make a post since my last one in November 2017.

If you check the site here you may have noticed a few “hiccups” we’ve had over the past week or so. This is because I’ve moved away from AWS in favor of This was no light or quick decision, I did my research before switching and I have to say I’m very happy with the service thus far.

While looking for a new VPS provider you want to treat it like look for a home. You’re going to be there for awhile, needs to have enough room, payments can’t be too high, needs to have the things you want and need. There were a bunch of contenders I had on the table while looking, all of them were fairly big names except for SSDNodes. I’ve never heard of them before so research was definitely needed. While looking for a new host I was interested in OVH, DigitalOcean, Vultr, Linode and AWS LightSail.

While all of those big names offer fairly small servers for a reasonable price ~$5/month, I knew that I would want room to grow and didn’t want to end up spending more that $300/year on servers for the many playgrounds and sites that I host. Sure I could get a small DO droplet with 512MB of RAM, 1 core and like 20GB disk for $5 but is that really enough? I wanted more in a cloud server and that’s where SSDNodes came in.

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Syncing Between Two Servers


We all need redundancy, we all want redundancy but we all don’t have it…except this guy!

So recently I spun up a NextCloud server and just started dumping a bunch of stuff into it. I’ve found quite a bit of cool stuff located in /r/opendirectories and I needed a place to dump it, hence NextCloud!

After just dumping a bunch of random stuff into it I decided to actually use it to store data and wanted some sort of redundancy. Thankfully I have a second location which has two VMWare hosts there so what comes to mind? Spin up a new VM to back the data up to! I went with rclone to sync the data over to the new server.

I have two servers, my NextCloud server which holds all the data and then another server that contains a copy of all the data there. So I installed rclone on my NextCloud server and created an SFTP repository to the other server which is located offsite. Running the initial sync took HOURS, literally, it took about 7 hours to do the first initial sync. Afterwards it’s not so bad.

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