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  1. tdubs

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    Hello,

    I am potentially planning on switching VPS providers as I cannot expand my hard drive space with OVH unless I purchase an additional disk. I am on their highest VPS SSD plan and only paying $13.49 a month. I can definitely say I've never ever experienced any issues with them for the amount of time I've been hosting with them. My forum is based around the virtual online gaming community therefore I get DDoS attempts here and there and OVH always seems to vacuum out the bad traffic and have my website back up in under 30 seconds from when it "goes down." I'm not cheap or anything, I just don't see any use in getting a dedicated server for my forum when it's not necessary.

    However, I'm at the point of slowly running out of disk space especially when my backup script accidentally backs up my database and forum to the server locally. I cannot have this keep happening but I am leery about switching for the simple fact that I've spent a lot of time configuring my server and whatnot to work seamlessly with Centmin Mod. So essentially, if I do switch - I will need to find someone who can migrate my stuff to the new one so I don't have to start from scratch again.

    Nonetheless, I need personal opinions here. I don't want anyone suggesting shared hosting as there's a lot of server-sided work I do for my server. I have been looking at various places but need some ideas of something comparable to the current package I have now (storage, DDoS protection and possibly RAM wise).

    Location preferences: US (West Coast), France, Canada.

    Let me know!
     
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    Maybe check out BuyVM.net's new KVM Slice plans in Las Vegas (US West Coast) and for $3/month more add DDOS protected IP BuyVM.net - BuyVM.net New KVM Plans on Intel Xeon E3-1270v3 Host Nodes! | Centmin Mod Community

    OVH SSD VPS VPS SSD: The most affordable high performance VPS - OVH
    2 BuyVM.net KVM slice plans close would be
    • $15.00 - 1 CPU dedicated, 80GB SSD, 5TB transit, 4GB RAM
    • $30.00 - 2 CPU dedicated, 160GB SSD, 10TB transit, 8GB RAM
    You'd need to add $3/month extra for a DDOS protected IP and probably need to understand how to setup DDOS protected IP with help from BuyVM.net as you want to do so and updated DNS in a specific order so that you don't leak your real IP. You get 2 IPs - original not protected IP and DDOS protected IP assigned to server so you usually configure and leave not protected IP as default for main hostname and DDOS protected IP to serve your domains off of. So for Centmin Mod older than 123.08stable you manually need to set the listen IP for each nginx vhost you create to the DDOS protected IP.

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    listen 2ndipaddress:80;

    However, if you use Centmin Mod 123.09beta01 and higher have support for setting a 2nd IP for nginx vhost generation out of the box. Via SECOND_IP variable outlined at Beta Branch - update nginx vhost generator routines support second IP | Centmin Mod Community

    However, if you use this DDOS protected IP setup, you still need to ensure all emails sent outbound on your server i.e. postfix and forum/web app emails hide your server's IP address(es) i.e. Amazon SES hides smtp emails sent via forum smtp and you can setup to postfix relay from Amazon SES too for all server outbound postfix MTA sent emails.

    Or if you're happy with OVH, you could just upgrade to a dedicated server with them ?
     
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    Not a bad suggestion, honestly. I've had good experience with BuyVM in the past. I did notice the little sidebar you have here which listed BuyVM and I checked out their KVM Slice plans. In reality, I would be cutting RAM in half to gain double the storage space which isn't bad. But what are your views on "fair share" CPU cores vs dedicated CPU cores? Also, what is your best recommendation for migrating everything from my existing server to the new one?
     
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    BuyVM Slices are too new to know the implications of fair share cpu threads versus dedicated cpu threads. Probably close to how shared hosting has shared cpus via 'fair share'. Only way is to try and see :)

    Transferring data from one server to another is always the same. To backup data and transfer to new server. You can try some tips I posted and discussion at Restore from Backup Scenario - transfer to new server | Centmin Mod Community
     
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    FYI, US West Coast is on opposite side of France and Canada. For Europe you need US East Coast. US West is closer to Asia :)
     
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    Heard a lot about a provider called SSDNodes which are reasonable so I picked up an 8GB VPS located in Montreal.

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    Total Curl Installer YUM Time: 87.5333 seconds
    Total YUM Time: 32.338673679 seconds
    Total YUM + Source Download Time: 56.7926
    Total Nginx First Time Install Time: 88.5632
    Total PHP First Time Install Time: 232.2314
    Download Zip From Github Time: 1.8053
    Total Time Other eg. source compiles: 198.1370
    Total Centmin Mod Install Time: 575.7241
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    Total Install Time (curl yum + cm install + zip download): 665.0627 seconds
    
     
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    very nice ! ssdnode is on my shortlist to try too :)
     
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    Definitely glad to hear that and that I didn't just go pick some random host. I did a lot of research about them. :)
     
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