Hi All. I’ve been with dreamhost since 2004 or so. I had shared hosted for a long time. Based on the metrics that I was receiving from Dreamhost, when their new VPS server came out some years ago, I jumped on the bandwagon. I am running a vb4 website/forum and have relatively low traffic I would say.
Again, based on the statistics data I was getting from dreamhost, allegedly my site was too much for shared hosting, and I was happy to upgrade to VPS. Thoughtout my time on VPS I went through several resource upgrades, and had two VPS machines. One for my web front end, and one for the mysql database. My total cost was about 40-50 dollars per month, plus the 120/yr shared hosting fees.
Recently Amazon and their AWS department launched cheap VPS machines. I could potentially cut my costs in half, if not moreso. So I packed my stuff and went to amazon. For 10 bucks a month. That gets me 1 vCPU and 1 GB of RAM, and 30 gb of SSD storage. Doesn’t seem like enough based on all the resources dreamhost was telling me I was using.
What is annoying is this. I built my ubuntu LAMP stack from the ground up, hardened it, combined mysql with my web front end, and I am taking a whopping 8 GB of disk space, and rarely breaking 10% CPU. I am regularly at about 50% RAM utilization.
I want to say my Mysql server ALONE had 700 MB RAM, and even just the other day while I was closing services from my dreamhost panel, my Mysql server was at 75% resource utilization! After all my sites had been moved and the servers werent doing anything! Of course I sent support a note, but I got a form letter answer…my question and discussion is this…should I go back and try and recoup some of my lost money!!! Clearly the figures were botched and made up from the DH side, and I never needed as much resources as they were telling me I did.
I’m likely just going to let it go, but I want it known that their stats are bogus.