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total vps newbie, cpu usage, ram etc
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total vps newbie, cpu usage, ram etc


I need a box (currently using pc at home) to process csv, json and xml datafeeds up to 300MB in size. These contain anything up to 200,000 "rows" of product data.

I run these through a php script which will read each product, sanitize etc and then insert/update into a mysql table.

Currently these tables are up to 400MB in size.

I then do various things like output a csv to import to another server etc.

I do this many times through the day.

What spec VPS do I need as a minimum? is 256MB ram enough for mysql and tables this big? I dont know much about databases on a technical level.

Will I have problems running these tasks (via cron), in terms of CPU usage? What is typical procedure if you use too much CPU? a warning first, then suspension/termination?

Any help appreciated, very new to VPS's.


  • netomxnetomx Member, Moderator

    Well, check your ram usage in your box first. Then you can calculate the ram needed for that.

  • If will cpu heavy, maybe dedicated. or special arrangement if vps.

    just rough estimate, 512mb for mysql and 512mb for your php.

  • Well, peak usage for PHP is around 26MB.

    My box at home is windows based, in a virtual machine.

  • How long does it take to run? I usually tweak my MySQL for faster performance. Hence more RAM for that

  • jcalebjcaleb Member
    edited September 2013

    But to answer your question, I suggest at least 512mb ram. Tweak your MySQL so that it does not eat too much CPU, but instead take advantage of legroom in memory.

  • it takes between 5-10 minutes on 1 virtualized core of an i3 370M

  • jcalebjcaleb Member
    edited September 2013

    I guess that won't be a problem. I recommend you choose from the top LEB provider list from last poll.

    edit: maybe use SSD vps.

    Thanked by 1Adam1
  • jcalebjcaleb Member
    edited September 2013

    Another choice is go with provider with an offloaded MySQL. that might be a better choice. Get a 128mb box and then an offloaded one for additional $1 a month.

    BuyVM and prometeus have offloaded MySQL. Other host have too, but cant remember which one.

    Thanked by 1Adam1
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