23 JanBurst.Net CentOS 5 64-bit VPS Specs

BurstnetSo I was poking around my VPS and I figured I mine as well tell everyone what type of server that I am getting from Burst.NET. So below are the specifications that I am getting from my Burst.NET CentOS 5 64-bit VPS.

Advertised: The VPS was advertised as having 512RAM, 1ghz processor, 2 IP addresses, 2000 GB/month, and hardware DDOS protection.  It is currently running on a vePortal and OpenVZ virtualization platform.  When installing my VPS, I decided to choose the CentOS 5 because i heard it is the best and lightest for websites.

My actual web specs:

Release information: cat /etc/*elease*
CentOS release 5.3 (Final)

Processor Information: cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 15
model name      : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU    Q6600  @ 2.40GHz
stepping        : 11
cpu MHz         : 2394.001
cache size      : 4096 KB
physical id     : 0
siblings        : 4
core id         : 0
cpu cores       : 4
apicid          : 0
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 10
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm syscall nx lm constant_tsc pni monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr lahf_lm
bogomips        : 4788.00
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor       : 0vendor_id       : GenuineIntelcpu family      : 6model           : 15model name      : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU    Q6600  @ 2.40GHzstepping        : 11cpu MHz         : 2394.001cache size      : 4096 KBphysical id     : 0siblings        : 4core id         : 0cpu cores       : 4apicid          : 0fpu             : yesfpu_exception   : yescpuid level     : 10wp              : yesflags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm syscall nx lm constant_tsc pni monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr lahf_lmbogomips        : 4788.00clflush size    : 64cache_alignment : 64address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtualpower management:

What is really interesting is that just yesterday I ran the same “cat /proc/cpuinfo” command and got a completely different CPU.  Yesterday it was running a Xeon 3050 processor with a 2.13Ghz clock speed.  So apparently it seems like my VPS was moved overnight to a different server.  I guess that can be either a good or bad thing.  Since the server is running on a Quad 6600, I most like assume that there is only 1 physical chip within the server.  Because of the vps setup, I only have access to 1 core as well.  Even though it is running a Quad core system, I am only guaranteed 1000mhz on 1 core which really isn’t that much.  Comparatively it is only like an only Pentium III system.

When I ran “top” on my VPS I did notice that there is no SWAP memory at all on my VPS. Below is the output of a top command on my VPS.  The server doesn’t currently have much load (mainly because I have no web page visitors.. figures..).  The only things I have installed on my system is Mysql, PHP and Apache.  It looks like it uses over half of my memory just running the basic webpage applications.  I wonder how this server will handle under load.

top – 08:08:17 up 1 day,  9:20,  2 users,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
Tasks:  23 total,   1 running,  22 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
Cpu(s):  0.1%us,  0.0%sy,  0.0%ni, 99.8%id,  0.1%wa,  0.0%hi,  0.0%si,  0.0%st
Mem:    524288k total,   228332k used,   295956k free,        0k buffers
Swap:        0k total,        0k used,        0k free,        0k cached

I also tested the bandwidth of my server by download and uploading a large file.  I first attempted to download the Ubuntu ISO from a mirror and the average transfer rate was about 5MB/s which was really good.  But I did notice that the speeds fluctuated a lot between 2MB/s and 7MB/s which seems like the internet connection wasn’t very stable or they heavily throttled the speeds.  Of course this could have also been the Ubuntu mirrors.   When I attempted to download the file back to my own computer, it downloaded at about 1.5MB/s (the max of my ISP Comcast).  So it seems like the speeds are really good just by looking at the rates I was getting.
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