We have recently added a suite in Equinix AM3 as one of our main points of presence. We decided to add a second Equinix managed location to our growing network because of the positive experiences we have had with the company as a customer in Equinix AM2. Also important is that AM3 is the top datacenter in the Netherlands both in terms of sustainability and resilience.
Equinix is the largest datacenter group in the world with a focus on the quality of their service. They currently manage more than 100 datacenters in countries around the world.
It has been known for quite a while that the global pool of IPv4 addresses is quickly being exhausted. This was inevitable with only 4.3 billion IP addresses available and the ever increasing number of devices with a connection to the internet.
The 5 Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) received their last IP addresses in February of last year. RIPE NCC (Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre), the RIR for Europe, Russia and the Middle East has started to allocate IP from their last /8 range in September of this year. This final range contains 16.8 million IP addresses. Ripe will not allocate IP addresses according to the need of providers anymore, instead this they will allocate each of their members a /22 with 1024 IP addresses. This means that here at CloudVPS, we will have to start dipping into our reserves shortly.
Harddisk speed increasingly turns out to be a bottleneck in cloud performance. Processors are getting quicker and traffic, RAM memory and harddisk space have been dropping in price. The harddisk speed (harddisk IO) has not structurally improved over the last few years however. Quicker disks, like Solid State Disks (SSDs), remain relatively expensive at the moment. The marginal improvement in harddisk IO has become ever more obvious as other capacities like RAM and CPU became more abundantly available to cloud users. This effect was especially pronounced with virtual servers using a Linux OS because most heavy applications run on Linux.