[Pharo-users] Pharo and VPS

Mariano Martinez Peck marianopeck at gmail.com
Thu Oct 15 11:32:36 EDT 2015

On Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 12:17 PM, Jimmie Houchin <jlhouchin at gmail.com>

> Hello,
> I am exploring getting a VPS similar to the 1GB option.
> https://www.linode.com/pricing
> I have not selected a company or service at this time so this is simply an
> example and one of my options.
> I have not used such a service before.
I am using Linode and running Pharo and GemStone there (CentOS 7). So far
no problem and Linode seem very very cool.

> How suitable is Pharo currently for such an use case?
> Will Pharo and its polling and constant minimum cpu usage be a problem?

It's not in my case. Linode does invoice for cpu cycles, you simply has CPU
assigned and you do not care if it is 100% 24 hours a day or 10% used.
Other services like amazon etc do care about CPU cycles (the price is based
somehow on that I think), but not in Linode or other VPS-like.

> I am wanting to learn to use VPS/Cloud services. I am wanting to play with
> a web server, wiki, blog. I want control of my tools and not the standard
> LAMP setup that so commonly offered.

I am very happy with Linode. It supports many nice things like having
multiple virtual images, clone them, backups, etc.
For example, I have a Linode template VM that is "ready to run my app" and
then I can clone such VM for each site (app instance) we deploy.
We have a daily backup, weekly, monthly and one more free slot.

> Any wisdom on Pharo in such an environment, pros and cons, greatly
> appreciated.
I think it depends on the type of app. For my case, I do not want to host
myself anymore. So I would go for cloud based for sure. Then, you have the
VPS like or the amazon-like. Both allow you to grow. I guess you may choose
this depending on your type of app. In any case, you end up having a OS
where you simply install Pharo and that's it.

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