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Question about virtual private servers
« on: November 06, 2019, 07:43:26 PM »
I was just wondering, are the VPS that video games hosting services have on offer, the same VPS that regular hosters offer, or they have special characteristics?

I heard that bandwidth-wise are very similar, however I was more interested to learn about the other hardware differences between them (if any). There is not much info about this topic online, actually.
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Re: Question about virtual private servers
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2019, 11:09:25 PM »
I was just wondering, are the VPS that video games hosting services have on offer, the same VPS that regular hosters offer, or they have special characteristics?

I heard that bandwidth-wise are very similar, however I was more interested to learn about the other hardware differences between them (if any). There is not much info about this topic online, actually.

I am not a true game by any means, but here are couple of things one must take into account :

1st and foremost - Location. If your server is in USA, but your users are from India, that lag alone will ruin it for the most.

CPU/GPU - Graphics heavy games will require powerful, multiple core CPU for a better experience. the faster the clock speed, the snappier it will be.

Bandwidth Capacity: Don't just look at the volume. Port speed will have major impact on overall speed/snappy feeling. End of the day, everything is download and uploads :).

RAM : Yet another important factor. You need to leave room for cache and buffer. It is not going to make the biggest impact when you have it, but when you don't, you will definitely notice the difference.

And one last thing, from a hosts perspective,  toxic game/communities. You will always end up with that 1 sob user, who got banned for stupid things and now is ready to take the whole server down via different attack methods.
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Re: Question about virtual private servers
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2019, 10:35:30 AM »
I am not a true game by any means, but here are couple of things one must take into account :

1st and foremost - Location. If your server is in USA, but your users are from India, that lag alone will ruin it for the most.

CPU/GPU - Graphics heavy games will require powerful, multiple core CPU for a better experience. the faster the clock speed, the snappier it will be.

Bandwidth Capacity: Don't just look at the volume. Port speed will have major impact on overall speed/snappy feeling. End of the day, everything is download and uploads :).

RAM : Yet another important factor. You need to leave room for cache and buffer. It is not going to make the biggest impact when you have it, but when you don't, you will definitely notice the difference.

And one last thing, from a hosts perspective,  toxic game/communities. You will always end up with that 1 sob user, who got banned for stupid things and now is ready to take the whole server down via different attack methods.

This is right, what you explained very well, I know most of it. We have a rented VPS in Germany which is hosting our 9 game servers, here you can check the details: https://gameserver.gamed.de/en/vps.html

In our case, 10 vCores 16 GB Ram, 750 GB storage space, 2 Gbit connection maximum, 100 Mbit always guaranteed....no performance issues so far in several months, therefore no need to think of moving our community games to a dedicated server so far.

Because these games are mostly old ones, and are more CPU intensive than GPU/RAM intensive, using hardware resources. Each game of the 9 on average uses less than 512 mb RAM, and at peak times no more than 50% of CPU allocated, counting all games. You can almost say overkill.

We as gaming communities always try to rent servers on specialized gaming hosting companies, but are the reasons for doing so that obvious? Other companies not involved with the gaming world, also offer VPS and Dedicated at better prices...but maybe without GPUs or other kind of hardware, am I missing something?
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Re: Question about virtual private servers
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2019, 10:51:43 AM »
I forgot to mention, about banned users (actually just a few, 2 or 3..) that try to take down servers, I experienced the following nasty habits a lot more more: competing game server admins that try to take down your server at random hours, when it's becaming a bit too successful between players!  >:(
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Re: Question about virtual private servers
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2019, 08:58:57 PM »
I personally steered away from gamesever and certain other type of hosting. Don't get me wrong, I love the client base. Most of them are actually fun to work with. Knows what they want.

But the network abuse is inevitable. Too many young bloods with too much free time.
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