Reasonable Downtime


I run about 5 different hosted servers, through a variety of hosting providers. In the past two months, one of the servers I work on has been down twice. Both times were unexpected and fairly long (36 hours and 4 hours). The server in question is a VPS not a shared server. Given my experience with my other servers/providers (both VPS and shared) this seems like an unacceptable amount of downtime.

  • What do you think?
  • What do you consider a reasonable amount of downtime for your servers (planned and unplanned)?

Best Solution

You get what you pay for.

What's your SLA with your provider? Do you even have one? If there's any one factor that explains the difference in price, it's this. If you need guaranteed uptime (3 9s for example) then you'll have to pay for it. 5 9s uptime, for example, will cost you considerably more.

To answer your question: did you get an explanation as to the causes of this downtime? 36 hours is excessively long. 4 hours not necessarily (if its rare). Was it a hardware fault? If so, you can't do much about those. I once had a provider who would occasionally stuff up their config and mail would stop working until I told them to fix it. To me, that was unacceptable.

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