My current server infrastructure – or why I switched away from Dyn

I know, I know, it has been really quiet here. I’m working on a rather big free software project which is taking a lot of time. I’ll explain more once v0.1 is ready! 🙂

After what has happened to NoIP today I was shocked to see how a private business can simply take over a DNS server and direct it to wherever they want to. This did lead me to the decision to cancel my paid account at Dyn which I used to get a DynDns-hostname for my home server. It’s not like Dyn did anything wrong (I had no issues with them whatsoever), but after what’s happened I just don’t feel comfortable with relying on a service provider in the US.

This then lead me to giving you a quick overview of what servers I run, with which providers, and for what reason, since that’s a question I’ve been asked a few times.

(Disclaimer: These opinions are all my own ones, as always. I did not get paid for anything, and all links are regular links without any referrer)

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Kimsufi/OVH

OVH is a very big provider in France, and they have a spinoff called Kimsufi (“isenough”) where they provide very inexpensive dedicated servers.

My hardware there:

  • 1x Intel Core2 Quad Q6700 @ 2.66 GHz / 4 GB RAM / 1 TB HDD (28 EUR/Month)
    My personal server, used for this website, git hosting, music streaming via subsonic and a lot more. My primary workhorse basically.
  • 1x Intel Core i3-2130 @ 3.4 GHz / 8 GB RAM / 2TB HDD (36 EUR/Month)
    Used for torrenting shared with some friends 😛

I was really surprised when my server didn’t boot because of a Grub misconfiguration – a technician looked at the issue in under 15 minutes and fixed it, without me having to notify anyone, or pay anything.

EDIS

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EDIS is a provider based in Austria, but they seem to have quite a network of locations as well. I know them because of their Raspberry Pi hosting (which is awesome!)

I have the following hardware there:

  • A Raspberry Pi, hosted for free. Mainly used as a tunnel.
  • A small VPS in Switzerland (512 MB RAM, 10 GB HDD) for 2.50 EUR per month (with a discount code I got), to tunnel traffic from home, since my provider (UPC) has a really bad routing to OVH.

They have got my sympathy for the free Pi hosting, I haven’t had much experience with them so far otherwise. The support seems to be really nice though.

Proplay

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A small provider in Germany where I had my first server, and I’m still a happy customer. I have the following things hosted there:

  • 6 domains, totalling to about 5 EUR per month
  • A very small VPS (128 MB RAM, 4 GB HDD) for 1 EUR/month with an Icinga running to monitor the health of all machines.

They are insanely cheap for domains and low-end boxes, and you can talk to the admin in IRC easily, though it’s primarly focused on German-speaking customers.

Schokokeks

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A very geek-friendly provider in Germany, where I use the following services:

  • Mail – I didn’t want to host mail completely myself as it’s absolutely critical this works reliably. They do the hosting for you, but you get SSH access and can still configure procmail and other stuff to your liking.
  • DynDNS – Switched from Dyn.com today.

They also do regular DNS, Webhosting, Git and Jabber-hosting, but I do not use that, I host that myself. They are really friendly and provide excellent support via (GPG-)Mail and (OTR-)Jabber.

 

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