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Hi Robby,

Exactly. Rails hosting shouldn’t fall into the same cheap php hosting
environment. Tons of storage isn’t going to solve your Rails deployment
problems. If you need more disk space, we can always customize a
package… but actually recommend that you find yourself a cheap host
(amazon s3 for example) for tons of disk space. If you need it for your
database… you shouldn’t be looking at shared hosting anyways.

Yup I agree!

Although I myself is one person that values space/bandwidth for $$
quite a lot as my DB is almost cramped up with just 2 GB and have 20
GB/month traffic… I always think that #1 on the list is customer
support. People would pay a lot for that. There’s no such thing that
compares to the satisfaction of having a problem, then a simple phone
call/IM chat/whatever and the people on the other end quickly solves
the problem and within assistance always, focused on our problem at
hand. But e-mail support that takes > 48 hours to reply? These guys
need to get a better job. (and maybe you’ve ever had “We’ve forwarded
your inquiry to our tech support department, please wai…”)

I haven’t used the other services, but I know that we have many
customers that have. Almost all of our employees are developing Rails
applications on a daily basis… so we think like developers. Most of
our customers… are developers. They want more control over their
deployment solution, so we give it to them… because it’s what we want.
as well. :wink:

Thank you, I’ve edited my list to include a bit details about your
service. I’m not that good writer though… :frowning:

We’re also huge PostgreSQL fans (I’ve been working with PostgreSQL for
several years before Rails was even around…) and we let you run your
own private instance of it. I don’t think most of the other rails
environments give you that flexibility (currently).

That gives me a wondering… is there something like Amazon S3 for
DBMS? I know some of people have been talking about this possibility.

In my mind, maybe it’s like:

  • managed database (of course). PostgreSQL & MySQL are musts I guess.
  • easily clone database, either for development, staging, test.
  • track database update changes. easily regenerate a schema of any
    version of DB in the past.
  • daily/hourly/whatever backups.
  • easily cluster databases.
  • easily set up master-slave replication.
  • scale the database, maybe automatically, when the need arrives. so
    developers can focus on their app, not pulling their hair out when
    they’ve got tons of DB requests per second and they’re not sure how to
    best setup Slony-I.
  • automated consistency tests. (test-driven database design?) :wink:

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On 2/9/07, Hendy I. [email protected] wrote:

That gives me a wondering… is there something like Amazon S3 for
DBMS? I know some of people have been talking about this possibility.

I guess the issue with a service like that is latency. If you have
your database on a different network to your application you’ll
probably notice a considerable slow-down, especially if you do lots of

But then, benchmarks speak much louder than words and my “hunch” might
be wrong. It’d also depend on your application, what caching you have
in place etc. etc.

If a web-host provided a service like you described so that you could
have that on the same network as your application you’d be cooking.

  • Ben

Amazon Simple Table Service.

I’m not sure it’d be responsive enough to use as a database store but
it’s definitely well-suited for database backups and such. I’ve been
watching the development of a couple S3-related OS X tools like S3
Backup ( ) and S3 Browser (
) for signs of what you’re talking about. I know that the S3 Backup
guys are looking at the possibility of using S3 in a similar fashion
as U3 ( ) – storing applications on S3 and running
them from there. I just don’t think it’ll be fast enough for that
sort of thing but it would certainly be cool.

An automated tool for database backups would rock. I’m sure something
like this is on the horizon – it’s too cool not to be.

Actually, there is!

A few weeks ago I submitted a patch to Nate M.'s backup gem to
provide S3 as a method for backups. A sample recipe (run on a cron
job every night) looks like this:

set :backup_path, “db_backups” # This is the name of the S3 bucket to
use (your AWS access key is appened to it for namespace)

set :aws_access, ‘xxx’ # These can also be set in ENV
set :aws_secret, ‘xxx’

action(:content) do
dump = c[:tmp_dir] + “/databases.sql”
sh “mysqldump -u root -pxxx --all-databases > #{dump}”

action :deliver, :method => :s3
action :rotate, :method => :via_s3

set :son_promoted_on, :fri
set :father_promoted_on, :last_fri_of_the_month

set :sons_to_keep, 7
set :fathers_to_keep, 5
set :grandfathers_to_keep, 12

This looks pretty darned cool.

I spent a good bit of the evening last night surveying the current
landscape of what’s possible with Amazon’s EC2 service which, of
course, relies upon the S3 service as its persistent storage. It’s
very interesting that they don’t charge for data transferred between
your EC2 instances and your S3 buckets. The drawback is that you have
to explicitly tell your instances to store to S3 because an instance’s
storage is only good for as long as the instance is up-and-running.
Of course, you could run at least two instances solely for the
database(s) to achieve replication but I just wouldn’t feel so great
about letting it all hang out. I feel that the EC2 service is still
in its infancy and, one of these days, it’ll be a great choice for us
Rails people…

For right now though, the patch you provided looks pretty cool …
will definitely have to check it out.