One $10 server or two $5 servers?

  • Posted June 13, 2013

Hi everyone,

I was wondering what is the fastest setup for a typical LAMP (or LANMP) application on DO. I’m rather underwhelmed by the performance of my Drupal (Pressflow) site running on Nginx on DO. I suspect it might be because of poor DB performance. Would I gain anything by using two $5 servers instead of my current single $10 server? That way I could distribute Nginx + PHP on one VPS and MariaDB on the other one.

Thanks for your help!


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upgrade to two cpu’s

To monitor the I/O activity, you can install iotop ;-)

  1. Turn cache on <br>2. Inspect your slow-query.log and make proper indexing in DB <br> <br>If you don’t have proper indexing the HDD I/O slows down your site. If you migrate DB to another machine it will have minimal effect depending on how I/O heavy is your code, because the HDD is the same. <br> <br>How to check if I/O is the problem: <br>1. A lot of records in slow-query.log most of them SELECTs <br>2. Low CPU usage and High load averages (you can use for monitoring)