admire the width of my band!

My web, mail, and DNS hosting is at Dreamhost. It’s a pretty good provider; certainly not enterprise-class and there’s been a couple of times I’ve had to have discussions with support about why something was their problem and not mine, but for personal or small-business shared hosting, it works out pretty well. Multiple shell users, web, mail, custom DNS, MySQL, mailing lists, the whole nine yards.

Anyhow, they’ve been slowly increasing disk quotas and monthly bandwidth allocations for a while now, both in lumps and with a sliding scale that gives you more the longer you’ve had an account. I’ve been there a little while so ours has been creeping up pretty regularly.

But today they increased diskspace fourfold and bandwidth eightfold, and will host an unlimited number of domains. I now have 64GB of disk space and 1.7TB of monthly transfer for $20/month. I can’t imagine what I would do to use 1.7TB of monthly transfer a month. And it’s going up by 16GB/mo every week. To top it all off, over the few years I’ve been there I’ve referred enough other people to cover a good chunk of that $20/month. (And to top that, I got the $32/mo package for $20/mo because of a sale that was on when I signed up. Account comparison here.)

That’s beyond generous and into bizarre. 1.7TB/mo? That’s 5.2 Mb/s sustained. That’s someone downloading my full 64GB of disk space every day and a half. Crazy.

9 responses to “admire the width of my band!”

  1. You’ve stolen my next post!

    I got that email a little while ago and have been basking in the ludicrous size and bandwidth I now command! I’m trying to figure out what I could possibly host that could even consume a measurable percentage of my limits…

    I guess there’s always porn…

  2. Can Dreamhost, say, support a JVM?

    (What I’m really looking for is a good host that will let me host J2EE web-apps and such, since that’s what I do.)

  3. Nope. I’ve never seen a shared-webhosting service that does, though. I think it might just be incompatible or at least inconvenient with shared multiuser hosting.

  4. yow, i didn’t even realize this! i know they base your extension on how long you’ve had an account; do they dole out for every week you’ve had an account?

    i think i might run a shoutcast stream!

  5. oh oh, i see now – it’s 1.6TB for everyone with Code Monster – and i did what you did and got the CM package at the Sweet Dreams price. damn!

    this really *does* start to border on bizarre..!

  6. It’s 1.6TB for everyone with Code Monster, but I’m at 1766 GB/mo because of some number of weeks of increments (the increment amount changes so it’s not linear). But a day ago I was at Check your bandwidth page in the status section of the panel, you’ll see how fast it grows.

    Dreamhost doesn’t support Shoutcast, just Quicktime streaming.

  7. Congratulations. For $20/month, you get more bandwidth than the entire South Pacific.[*]

    Just to put things in perspective: At the very best available commercial rates, that same level of service in Vanuatu would cost roughly USD 12,000 per day.

    Per Day.

    [*] Fiji not included. Some assembly required.