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Contents

  1. Tech specs
    1. Servers
      1. London, UK
    2. Xen
      1. CPU
      2. IO
    3. Available Linux distributions
    4. Shared resources

Tech specs

We use quality server solutions from Supermicro, incorporating RAID-10 enterprise SSD storage.

Servers

London, UK

BitFolk's servers are located in Telehouse North, in London's Docklands area – one of the UK's premier datacentres and considered to be the country's main hub of the Internet. These are personally maintained on-site.

Our servers have gigabit connectivity provided by Jump Networks. Jump operates a redundant Cisco-based network with gigabit and ten gigabit connections, including private peering, public peering at LINX, and transit from NTT and Telia.

Native IPv6 connectivity is supplied by default.

Xen

Our virtual machines run under the Xen virtual machine monitor. Xen is a technology which lets an x86 machine run multiple other virtual x86 machines ("domains") with close-to-native performance. This effectively allows us to provision multiple complete x86 servers running from each real server.

CPU

Our servers are closely monitored to ensure they are not overloaded. We never knowingly oversell our services, and when changing load patterns result in short-term overloading, we rebalance as necessary. Check out the loading of some of our servers (click to get a bigger image) – with 16 threads of execution these figures are out of a maximum of 1600%:

elephant - Xen CPU
Usage Total

hen - Xen CPU
Usage Total

hobgoblin - Xen CPU
Usage Total

jack - Xen CPU
Usage Total

leffe - Xen CPU
Usage Total

macallan - Xen CPU
Usage Total

paradox - Xen CPU
Usage Total

snaps - Xen CPU
Usage Total

IO

Using only enterprise SSDs for storage means that IO performance is great too. Here's the average wait time for IO on our servers:


elephant -
await /dev/sda

hen -
await /dev/sda

hobgoblin -
await /dev/sda

jack -
await /dev/sda

leffe -
await /dev/sda

macallan -
await /dev/sda

paradox -
await /dev/sda

snaps -
await /dev/sda

Available Linux distributions

Currently available for use as VPS images:

Other distributions are possible, but require some effort on our part. If you are capable of providing your own Xen-compatible filesystem image, then this is also a possibility. Please contact support with your requirements.

Shared resources

There are certain shared resources available in order to help ease load on your own VPS:

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