I'm currently on a 256MB vDedicated server with InMotionHosting and they have notified me of overusage. My database is 150MB and average 30-40 members online at a time, 60-70 peak. They claim that I am unable to use the 256MB package because my forum is too large...
...btw, my forum is palmettostaterivals.com if it helps to see what we are running...
Is it a legit request that we upgrade now to a 512 server? The reason I ask is due to some responses when looking for other host they stated they can offer a shared package that typically can handle 100 simultaneous users. Now if they can offer that with a shared service agreement, why would a vDed package be obsolete for my forum?
System administration has been watching your account, palmettostaterivals.com, due to your resource usage pattern. Your site has consistently been using over the burstable limits. You may have been noticing poor or slow perfomance due to your site hitting the limits. In order to keep your site functioning properly and for the health of the overall machine, we have moved your site up to the next level of resource usage.
Please let us know if you will be working on your site to decrease the usage or if you prefer to stay at this package level.
We appreciate your assistance in this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact us with further concerns or questions.
does that mean charge you more money.... 256MB is very good for your site.... what is the BW you use a month? is sql on the same machine as your webserver/
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30-50 visitors could be a pain for a low-end server with many vDedicated, but it could be just fine with a high end server.
low end - single CPU, < 1GB RAM probably, etc.
high end - multiple CPU, > 1GB RAM
To answer your question, you have to find out the specs of their server plus the number of VPS on it. Since they advertised 256MB RAM, you should really find out you are exceeding over your memory usage or not. Does your VPS always operate at full load? If not, then they must be overselling and packing so many VPS on that server.
Honestly, I have a user with a forum averaging 30-50 visitors hosted on my dual opteron with 4GB RAM shared server and there isn't a problem.
If I were you, I would find out what my actual usage before spending $$ on this. And maybe optimize the scripts/db.
There are hosts cheating people by telling people to upgrade (when they do not really need to) just to get more $$
Not saying they are dishonest. The way they upgrade your VPS without charging you first makes me ->
That's my concern to a tee...
I've asked them to provide logs showing the overusage. Have yet to get a response. I've been extremely frustrated with InMotionHosting because they are quick to demand price increases but short on providing answers to my questions....
...in fact, they stated 256MB should be more than sufficient for my needs only to now demand even more...
HostFrog is right, that looks like a VPS account. The account you appear to be on seems to allow you up to 256MB of memory, possibly burstable to 512MB? Their wording isn't very clear.
Anyway, $50 should be able to get you another VPS from a reputable company, with guaranteed 256MB and burstable up to 1024MB. Maybe that will prove enough for your needs?
I've seen the term semidedicated sometimes used for VPSs, but a semidedicated as referenced by Jedito would be a large shared hosting account, that shares the server with only a couple of other (similarly large) accounts. It's shared hosting's bigger brother if you will.