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From: Vlad Mazek (vlad_at_mazek.com)
Date: Sun 21 Nov 2004 - 05:22:28 GMT

Justin Fielding wrote:

> Hi guys. I am posed with a rather strange and frustrating problem, I
> hope that somebody will be able to point me in the correct direction.
> I currently have a VPS (SW-SOFT VPS, not The amount of incoming spam
> alarms me. I have taken all measures I can to combat this. I run
> qmail-scanner with ClamAV protection and SpamAssassin 3.0.2. On
> average I must

 From what I know of swsoft, you can lock down the amount of ram that
the virtual server can use. Since you have both ClamAV and SpamAssassin
scanning each email that is the likely cause of your ram deficiency. In
Virtuozzo your server processes will grow and continue to use up more
ram until they hit the limit and die. While it is likely that they are
just fighting for resources with spamassassin, it might also be other
processes running in that context.

> So the point to this is.. Can anyone recommend a good vserver
> provider? I have seen some pretty expensive companies out there, they
> don't really offer value for money. Then again I'm sure there are
> some who do. I wouldn't want too much disk space (it would only be
> for email), I'm not sure what the recommended RAM would be for a small
> mail server. For OS I think RHE would be a stable choice. The
> current VPS we are on runs FC1 and I am not so sure of it's
> suitability as a production system.

Don't know of any "good vserver providers" -- at least by your
definition. There are hundreds of resellers that are basically trying to
split a $300 dedicated server into enough 32 meg vservers to hardly
break even. If you have high demands, don't look to vserver -- get a
cheap dedicated server instead, look at www.webhostingtalk.com and you
will find people giving away decent power systems for under $60/month
for up to 1000 GB and 10mb port. May not be 100% uptime but at least
you're guaranteed the resources.

-Vlad Mazek
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