[Haskell-cafe] Server hosting

Daniel Patterson lists.haskell at dbp.mm.st
Sat May 7 17:15:40 CEST 2011

I've had good experiences with prgmr VPSes; I currently have a 1024MB VPS that I'm paying $16 a month for (the month by month rate is $20, but I'm paying for it yearly). You can also grab a 256MB VPS for $8 month by  month or $6.40 yearly, if that'd be enough. In the last year I think there was one significant outage that lasted several hours - it was due to a problem of the data center where the servers were located, and they were good about communicating why that happened, and discounted the hosting as a result.

I don't think they are going to be as fast (disk access wise) as Linode (based on benchmarks I've seen, not personal experience), but are much cheaper for the same amount of RAM. At least when I was first doing haskell webdev, the amount of ram required for linking apps built with happstack was astounding, such that on my 256MB slicehost VPS, every recompile meant 20 minutes of swapping, and a completely inaccessible server. So while I didn't need the speed of a larger VPS, I did need the RAM. Since then, Linode has bumped up to 512MB ram, so the difference isn't as sharp as it used to be, but I've also had no problems with performance (I don't have any high traffic sites).

Anyhow, just my experience having used them for the past year and a half.

More info at prgmr.com

On May 6, 2011, at 2:07 PM, Andrew Coppin wrote:

> OK, so strictly this is unrelated to Haskell as such. However, there's enough people doing webby stuff with Haskell that some of you must have wanted to run your code on a real, Internet-accessible web server. So does anybody have any suggestions on which companies offer the most favourable tools / pricing?
> I currently have a website, but it supports only CGI *scripts* (i.e., Perl or PHP). It does not support arbitrary CGI *binaries*, which is what I'd want for Haskell. In fact, I don't have control over the web server at all; I just put content on there.
> The same provider can offer me a virtual server, but at 3x the price I'm currently paying. I simply cannot afford that kind of money just for silly toy projects.
> What does everybody else use?
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