Media Temple has finally launched its grid server product, and I’ve migrated all my blogs and assorted services over to the new machines.
This is the latest cutting-edge hosting tech – as those who are familiar with grids probably recognize, it’s no longer tied to a specific machine. Instead, all my services now reside on a linked grid of servers that operate as effectively one massive resource pool – instantly scalable, instantly provisionable, fault tolerant, clustered, and otherwise buzzword compliant.
If you’re looking for hosting, I recommend Media Temple. For $20/month you get all those advantages that essentially take your site way beyond the limitations of either shared hosting (where most hosts stuff as many clients on one box as possible) or dedicated server hosting (where all your resources are yours, but if there’s a fault on the box, sayonara to your services).
Fairly healthy specs, too:
- 100 GBs of premium storage
- 1 TB of short-path bandwidth
- 100 unique sites / alternate domains
- 64MB Ruby/Mongrel container
- 1,000 GPUs
- 100 databases
- 1,000 email addresses
$20 for 100 GBs of storage? That’s unheard of. And a full terabyte of bandwidth is absolutely mind-blowingly fat. 100 databases will let me play with all kinds of services, and the dedicated RoR container is very nice for a sandboxed app with its own dedicated resources.
Plus, as mentioned, it’s all burstable on-the-fly, so if you hit any limits in disk or throughput, Media Temple will automatically allocate more resources. You’ll pay for them, I’m sure, but it’s a much preferable solution to the “this account has exceeded its transfer allocation” nonsense you see occasionally after a site hits the Digg home page or gets slashdotted.
So much space, so much bandwidth. I feel like a eaglet just learning to fly.
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Update: As I’m checking out all my blogs and services, I’m just blown away by the speed. Wow – I’m getting easily 3-4 times the speed that I had on Media Temple’s shared hosting service. Impressive.
Incidentally, check out where this goes: gridserver.com
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