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2019-Dec

gbf.wiki current server fees

eu front-end cache server

cost: €11.13/month

tier/provider: CX31 tier from Hetzner

purpose: frontend caching server for Europe, runs Varnish.

Asia/SEA front-end cache server

cost: $10/month

tier/provider: $10 tier from vultr

purpose: frontend caching server for Asia/SEA, runs Varnish.

NA/SA front-end cache server

cost: $10/month

tier/provider: $10 tier from vultr

purpose: frontend caching server for North America/South America

eu database server

cost: €11.13/month

tier/provider: CX31 tier from Hetzner

purpose: runs the database for the Wiki

main backend server

cost: €37.38/month

tier/provider: CX51 tier from Hetzner

purpose: the heart of the stack: MediaWiki, nginx, elasticsearch, memcached, jobrunner.

grafana/prometheus/status server

cost: €6.13/month

tier/provider: CX21 tier from Hetzner

purpose: to provide metrics for the whole stack, being able to pinpoint issues easier and faster.

route53 - dns

cost: $10~/month

tier/provider: Route53 from AWS

purpose: to be able to redirect users to the closest front-end server for the best latency, the cost is based on the number of queries so it fluctuates between $8 to $15.

Reasoning

Why run multiple front-end servers instead of just one? Why not just Cloudflare?

I was always unhappy with the experience that users outside Europe had, having a centralized server in France made the experience quite bad outside Europe.

I decided to improve the experience for everyone else in December in preparation for the roulette by adding additional front-end servers, one in Singapore and one in Los Angeles.

This improves the experience drastically for the users in those regions but also improves the flow and decreases the interruptions by splitting the traffic into 3 servers.

The reason why I opted out of Cloudflare is that the paid tiers up to Pro just don't simply cut it, for our usage cases we would need the Business tier which is already $200/month.

The Free and Pro tier limited our abilities to specifically cache certain pages which lead to way worse performance.


This page was updated 2019-12-22, fees/prices are from 2019-12-22.