[OT] Rails hosting question -- video centric


#1

This is OT in the sense that it’s yet another hosting question and not
strictly a problem I’m having with Rails. Basically, I trust and
appreciate the knowledge of the folks on this list so I’m hoping for
some insight.

I have a new project that I’ll be starting up soon. It’s basically
going to feed videos. The webapp piece is trivial. I’m pretty sure
I’ll be able to knock out the actual Ruby / Rails code in an evening
or two.

Where I’m lost is in choosing a hosting provider for such a thing.
When the site gets more traffic I have some good local choices for
dedicated servers / co location, but for now I’m looking for a virtual
host.

I already use a virtual host for other Rails and PHP applications, but
those are mostly database-centric apps. Now I need larger bandwidth
and storage space, but still the ability to log in as root, install
whatever I want, run Rails, etc.

If anyone has experience with this type of hosting, or even any tips
and pitfalls related to video hosting in general, I would be very
grateful to hear about them.

Thanks!
– James


#2

On May 25, 2006, at 9:31 AM, James L. wrote:

Where I’m lost is in choosing a hosting provider for such a thing.
and pitfalls related to video hosting in general, I would be very
grateful to hear about them.

Thanks!
– James


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Hey James-

You might want to take a look at http://layeredtech.com. They have

very good prices on dedicated boxes. You can get an AMD box with
512Mb ram and an 80gig HD with 1000Gb monthly bandwidth transfer for
$65/month. The prices range up from there for better processors more
memory, HD space. I guess the main thing for a video service like you
speak of is the monthly bandwidth. you don’t want to not have enough
bandwidth to serve all the videos.

I have a few boxes with them and have never had any down time or

problems yet. It’s totally unmanaged service so your on your own as
far as admining the server. But it sounds like thats what you are
looking for anyways.

Cheers-
-Ezra


#3

On May 25, 2006, at 12:44 PM, Ezra Z. wrote:

or two.
and storage space, but still the ability to log in as root, install
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I have a few boxes with them and have never had any down time or
problems yet. It’s totally unmanaged service so your on your own as
far as admining the server. But it sounds like thats what you are
looking for anyways.

I’ve have similarly positive experiences with my boxes at layered:
bare, cheap, quick service.

James, check out their unmetered packages:
http://layeredtech.com/layer1.php?g=17

Also try searching for ‘unmetered’ at webhostingtalk.com for the
latest (often very good) deals.

jeremy


#4

Not that i deald with their tech support a lot but layered tech is
stable, the hardware works and the traffic is plenty. Shopify runs
from layered tech as well.

On 5/25/06, James L. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

  I have a few boxes with them and have never had any down time or

bare, cheap, quick service.
– James


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#5

at layeredtech you can even have console access to your box via VNC
(for a
small rental fee), if you mess up something while setting it up.


#6
  I have a few boxes with them and have never had any down time or

problems yet. It’s totally unmanaged service so your on your own as
far as admining the server. But it sounds like thats what you are
looking for anyways.

That’s exactly what I was looking for. Plus, an endorsement from Ezra
definitely holds some weight with me. I’ll be sure to check these
guys out.

On 5/25/06, Jeremy K. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

I’ve have similarly positive experiences with my boxes at layered:
bare, cheap, quick service.

James, check out their unmetered packages:
http://layeredtech.com/layer1.php?g=17

Also try searching for ‘unmetered’ at webhostingtalk.com for the
latest (often very good) deals.

Again, Jeremy + Ezra, thank you very much for your suggestions. It’s
helped much.

– James