Hosting on ArubaCloud


(Ben) #1

Hello, Community!

I would like to ask is it good to run a small Discourse instance on ArubaCloud’s Small VPS? Their features:

  • Linux
  • 1 Core Intel® Xeon® E5-2650L v4
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 20 GB SSD Storage
  • 2 TB/Month Data Transfer
  • Powered by VMware
  • Available in multiple data centers

Price is currently 1$/Month

Regards, Ben.


(Jay Pfaffman) #2

Looks good.

Try it and let us know!


(Ben) #3

Hello there, that pretty much means I should give a try?


(Jay Pfaffman) #4

That’s what I meant by “try it”. :wink:


(Ben) #5

Sure, but also I would like to ask, by following features I gave. Will Discourse run flawlessly (if small instance, 2-3 posts/day & ~100 users.). Thanks.


(Jay Pfaffman) #6

That’s what I meant by “Looks good.” It looks pretty close to the minimum recommended Digital Ocean droplet:

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(Ben) #7

So 10GB less won’t do too much difference, I hope.


(Jay Pfaffman) #8

It’s a little tight, but for a small forum shouldn’t be a problem. You may need to

cd /var/discourse
./launcher cleanup

more often, but it should be fine.


(Ben) #9

Ok, thanks for the help.
P.S: if not bothering what actually cleanup does? Deletes old topics? Or clears half of the community? Everything? Thanks.


(Jay Pfaffman) #10

https://meta.discourse.org/search?q=launcher%20cleanup


(Ben) #11

Ok thanks for the help, perfect!


#12

I’ve opened an account to test it. Any recommendation? Anything particular to test?
I’ve installed latest version of docker without any issue at the moment.


(Ben) #13

Hey, that’s awesome. Can you please give a link to your instance. And create like 2 topics with like 2 sentences on each topic. Thanks!


(ljpp) #14

Been running Aruba for some time and it works great, from technical perspective. Search for “aruba” here to find some details.

Note that they have swap partition by default.


(Ben) #15

That’s awesome! If not a problem, can you provide a link to your community?


(Stephen Chung) #16

I tried a small instance on Azure, similar CPU and RAM. Discourse’s setup didn’t like less than 2GB of RAM and went ahead to create a swap file. It didn’t happen when I tried the next size up which has 2CPU and 2GB.

I can say Discourse runs like a speed demon on 2 CPU and 2 GB RAM on my small, light forum similar to yours. The smaller size VM should not give you a problem except maybe during installation.

Also using 2 CPU when rebuilding Discourse just takes forever… Like 15-20min or more. So if you are just playing around and trying out plugins, I suggest you go with a fast CPU setup. More expensive yea, but you’re likely to use it only for a week or two to get the setup down.

Then just downsize it back to small. Remember, everytime you change plugins, it is a rebuild. The waiting can be frustrating.