Accelerated

At the beginning of this year I wrote a post titled Textdriven, about my moving this site from Dreamhost to my new lifetime TextDrive account. This account is still serving me well but in May they offered an upgrade I couldn’t refuse: a lifetime Accelerator plan.

Accelerators are Joyent’s answer to the Linux-based virtual servers that have been getting a lot of attention over the past year or two. Using Solaris Containers, Accelerators are Solaris-based virtual servers very similar to your standard VPS, only running OpenSolaris which arguably performs better under heavy loads (not that I’m likely to see this any time soon) and offers some features not present in Linux.

I bought one of these mainly because I wanted somewhere to keep a few things that are difficult to do well (or at all) on shared hosting, plus the opportunity to learn some Solaris. This Accelerator has been hosting my Subversion repositories for a few months now and as of today my web site is here. I don’t plan to move mail and DNS over to this server because the two of these can sometimes require more work than I’m willing to invest on my own time (hey, I do this stuff all day at work; I should get some time off, right?), but my web sites will all eventually be served from here. I’m still finding my way around a bit but I’m pretty happy with it so far.