Mediatemple vs. nginx

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Hello, thought I’d share my experience with rails on the
mediatemple.com grid server. They offer a 64 MB mongrel container 1 TB
of bandwith and 1,000 grid processing units for $20 a month. In theory
I love it because they already have done all the load balancing work
for you. The DB is on another machine, you have access too 100s of
machines on “the grid” and just pay extra for going over 1,000 grid
processing units… but… in practice they are still working out
issues. They had a huge crash about a week ago, but even without that
crash my ruby sites were often slow. You can just tell I wasn’t
getting enough CPU cycles… not enough machines on the grid? In any
event I finally made the call that a P4 1 GIG RAM dedicated server from
godaddy for $107 a month was the better deal.

And in setting up the server I discovered nginx. Nginx is great! A
replacement for apache or lighttpd it communicates with X number of
mongrel containers (5 is a good number to run) and is super fast. So,
it’s $20+ a month vs $107 a month but totally worth it. Nginx is so
fast you can run lots of sites from the same box.

-andrewfromfly