[erlang-questions] setting up a VPS for dedicated erlang server

Hugo Mills hugo@REDACTED
Wed Mar 1 12:41:19 CET 2017

On Wed, Mar 01, 2017 at 12:28:20PM +0100, Joe Armstrong wrote:
> Thanks for all your reply - I shall choose one of these and give it a try.
> It seems there is a lot of choice.
> Next problem.
> Given that I have decided on a VPS and payed the $$$ - what I now have
> is a raw machine and some kind of admin interface.
> The admin interface will (I guess) allow choice of an OS and set up a few
> basic things - at the end of which I assume I can do an SSH login and then
> I'm free to play.
> The next step is that I want to setup a whole load of things to make the machine
> minimally useful - install Erlang etc.
> All the installation commands and paths and environment variables and so
> will depend upon my choice of OS - it would be nice to just run a local
> script (on my machine at home) that automates as much as possible of this.
> But what I'd prefer to do is abstract away from the package manager and say
> Locally
>     $ remote_install <my VPS> erlang
> If my remote machine was a linux machine this might cause an 'apt get command'
> to be issued remotely - if the remote machine was windows it would do
> a chocolatey command - it it were a mac it would do a brew command
> Is there anything remotely like this???
> Has anybody any advice on the best way to proceed. Or do I have to write
> a long 'rsh' script :-(
> (And no I'm not looking for an expensive tool that does *everything* and has
> a 400 page manual - just something simple)

   If you intend having a small number of choices for the whole system
(i.e. only one Ubuntu configuration, only one Windows configuration,
only one Fedora configuration), and simply want to be able to deploy
that configuration repeatedly, then many VM providers will give you
the ability to build deployment images.

   If you want more flexibility (i.e. you might want an Ubuntu
configuration with Postgres installed one time, and one with RabbitMQ
installed a second time), then you're looking more into the area of
configuration management systems like Puppet or Chef or Ansible. I use
Puppet -- it's a pain in the arse, but that's more to do with (a) the
problem space: completely automating an installation and site-specific
configuration for a bunch of arbitrary packages takes time and effort,
and (b) the fact that I'm not really a practised sysadmin and don't
much enjoy it. For simple things (installing packages, or managing
basic configs of popular and well-known packages like Apache or
Postgres), Puppet is pretty straightforward, and you can get
_something_ working quickly. It's probably no more effort in the long
term than writing and maintaining a bunch of complicated shell
scripts, and ultimately more reliable.


> On Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 12:08 PM, Joe Armstrong <erlang@REDACTED> wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 11:35 AM, Hugo Mills <hugo@REDACTED> wrote:
> >> On Wed, Mar 01, 2017 at 10:24:39AM +0000, Igor Clark wrote:
> >>> Bit late to this party but I really like https://www.scaleway.com/ -
> >>> they're European (Paris/Amsterdam), and they provide cheap,
> >>> decent-spec VPSs, as well as their "Bare metal" range which is
> >>> own-design, custom-build, multi-tenant hardware. I use one with
> >>> 4-core/8GB/50GBSSD for €11.99/month. And you get unmetered bandwidth
> >>> at a decent fixed rate (300mbps on my package), so you don't get
> >>> out-of-control bandwidth charge horror stories. And no, I don't work
> >>> there, I just think they're really good :-)
> >>
> >>    I'll second Scaleway. It's Just Worked for me.
> >>
> >>    The other recommendation I've got is a small company called Bitfolk
> >> (http://bitfolk.com). More expensive than many of the larger
> >> operators, but the quality of the support is superb. (Disclaimer: I've
> >> known the owner of the company for many years; I own two Bitfolk VMs
> >> and manage a third).
> >>
> >>    Hugo.
> >>
> >>> On 28/02/2017 23:52, Nathaniel Waisbrot wrote:
> >>> >>In my experience cheap VPS services tend to be flaky. Amazon offers EC2 instance for free for one year. I doubt you can get a more reliable setup for the price.
> >>> >
> >>> >
> >>> >The free tier is nice if you're interested in getting into Amazon (it's a frequently requested resume item). But I used the "free" tier, thought I was being careful, and got slapped with $60 in charges from network traffic before I could shut things down. There is no way to tell Amazon "I would rather go offline than pay $x", so a misconfigured cron job or traffic spike (DDoS?) that happens while you're asleep is basically guaranteed to cost you.
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