I am currently running me web company (heavily MySQL driven web service for coin collectors) on a Rimuhosting VPS as following:
Memory 544 MB (Change)
Disk Size 12 GB (Change)
Data Transfer Allowance 40GB of Data Transfer
This setup costs me $54.95 / month
The load on the VPS constantly hovers around 2.5-3 with occasional spikes to 6-7. We have optimized some of the queries and fiddled a bit with some background services but load does not go down much so I figure it is time to upgrade.
My question is:
Shall I go for a 2 GB slice with slicehost for $140 (RAM: 2048MB / HDD:80GB / BW: 800GB)
Rimuhosting is a little more expensive than the average services provider in their industry, but if I were you I would definitely try to stick with them rather than leaving. I have been with Rimuhosting for a relatively long time (I believe since either 2005 or 2004). I left a few times to investigate a number of alternative services (hostgator, layeredtech, liquidweb, etc), but at the end of the day, I always seemed to get better all around service from rimuhosting. Their employees seem to actually enjoy what they do, which is always a good thing.
Now, I am a little curious though. Load times alone are not a good indicator of the servers load level. Does your site become slow or otherwise unresponsive during peak times? Are you running out of memory? Most vps offerings that I have seen suffer from slow disk access, so if you are swapping then I could see this resulting in some unresponsiveness. However, if your site is not unresponsive and the level of load is your principle concern then you should be fine on your current service - at least for a little while.
You probably deduced my conclusion from my first paragraph, but I'll state it again for clarity. If I was you, I would definitely upgrade to the VPS. I assume that this site is important to your livelihood and you are not currently suffering from bandwidth limitations? If that is the case then the 250 gb should be plenty and the peace of mind with Rimu should be an added benefit.
Spyro - Well - it's not the load number alone - at times the response is really sluggish and I am getting 502 Proxy errors quite regularly. I know what you mean - Rimuhosting has been a dream come true. I guess I will get in touch with them and see what they say.
Carlostabs - So from your experience the 2GB slicehost option is much better than the dedicated server I mentioned? How can that be?