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Why is memory still so expensive?

Discussion in 'Dedicated server hosting' started by BamaStangGuy, Dec 22, 2016.

  1. BamaStangGuy

    BamaStangGuy Active Member

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    Why is it so expensive still to purchase large quantities of memory per month. Right now our largest server is using just over 100GB of its 128GB memory. We would like to move to a new server now (we have had this one about 2 years) and upgrade to 256GB but the prices are ridiculous per month for memory.

    We have looked at ReliableSite and OVH so far. What else is out there that has a good datacenter and good memory prices?

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    IIRC, ECC DDR3/DDR4 memory has doubled in cost price recently. It's why OVH plans on raise prices and probably other web hosts will too.

    read http://www.linuxatemyram.com/
     
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    Yea I understand how Linux does memory handling. We literally only have 21GB free out of 128GB and that is with us not dedicating as much as we want to MySQL and ES due to concerns of hitting the max :(

    Hope ram can get cheap in the future. ReliableSite wants $290 a month for 256GB of ram.
     
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    seems normal for that amount, web hosts can either provide cheap base server packages and make money on upgrades and/or offer up not as cheap server base packages but more reasonable upgrade prices.
     
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    You tank Elastic Search performance and memory usage if you give it more than 32gb of ram to use. Giving it >32gb of ram prevents compressed pointers being used, and you then actually need to allocate 48gb of ram to match the memory usage.

    Anyone who deals with Elastic Search will strongly recommend you move to clustering if you truly need >32gb of ram, even if you are just running multiple instances on the same machine.

    fyi, SpaceBattles uses a 3 node elastic search cluster* with a total of 1920mb of ram (640mb per node). Elastic Search loves SSDs.

    *The 3 nodes do other things, and Elastic Search runs on there to soak up the disk space. Which is 36gb over 3 nodes, and that includes 1 replica, for 28-30 million indexed items.
     
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    I've never given elastic search that much memory. At most I've given it 20GB. I am aware of the issue there.

    Our server has four 256GB ssds with raid 10.
     
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    Octave (founder of OVH) says it here
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  8. eva2000

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    Yeah that was one of tweets !
     
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    I recall someone posting ram was like gold ;)
     
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    yup it is ram is gold in IT world :D

    buy low, sell high :)