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Dedicated Server for converting media

Dedicated Server for converting media

Hello!

I'm looking for a dedicated server that I will be using for converting media files. The disk does not need to be huge as I'll be moving the files after the converting has taken place - I guess just CPU and memory?

Location does not matter to me, although I'd prefer Europe (but US is OK) - max budget is £20-30 p/m.

Thanks!

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  • Spin an instance in some cloud, upload a file, convert it, download the file, destroy the instance?

    Could be a lot cheaper if you do not plan to convert files 24/7

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  • how much memory do you think you'll need? would you consider a KVM vps with dedicated cores?

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  • @rds100 said: Spin an instance in some cloud, upload a file, convert it, download the file, destroy the instance?

    Could be a lot cheaper if you do not plan to convert files 24/7

    Do most VPS providers allow converting media, as last I checked it hammers the CPU quite a bit?

    @Falzo said: how much memory do you think you'll need? would you consider a KVM vps with dedicated cores?

    I'm unsure to be honest.. never worked it out, it would only be a few conversions per day maximum. I would consider it though once I get a better idea on memory usage maybe..

  • iKeyZ said: Do most VPS providers allow converting media, as last I checked it hammers the CPU quite a bit?

    For instance Amazon has "compute optimized instances" where they don't mind you hammering the CPU as much as you want, in fact it is meant to be hammered. I think DO also doesn't make fuss about using your CPU (but might move you to a node with more CPU competitors)

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  • iKeyZiKeyZ Member
    edited August 2016

    @rds100 said:

    iKeyZ said: Do most VPS providers allow converting media, as last I checked it hammers the CPU quite a bit?

    For instance Amazon has "compute optimized instances" where they don't mind you hammering the CPU as much as you want, in fact it is meant to be hammered. I think DO also doesn't make fuss about using your CPU (but might move you to a node with more CPU competitors)

    Thanks, didn't really think about this - would something like this be acceptable ( @jarland ?)

    Never really looked at Amazon as an option, any idea on what cost it would be, I guess it's priced per hour?

  • Yes, Amazon is priced per hour, isn't that the main definition of "cloud" - hourly billing.
    But there are also bandwidth prices, those might be a killer. You have to make the calculations to avoid surprises.

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  • @rds100 said: Yes, Amazon is priced per hour, isn't that the main definition of "cloud" - hourly billing.
    But there are also bandwidth prices, those might be a killer. You have to make the calculations to avoid surprises.

    True..

    I'll have a little look into it this afternoon, thanks for the suggestion!

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  • telephonetelephone Member
    edited August 2016

    iKeyZ said: I guess just CPU and memory?

    It depends how quickly you're looking to encode, and which format (x264, x265, VP9, etc). In the past when I didn't care about time taken I just used a DO instance or two.

  • pbgbenpbgben Member, Provider
  • @pbgben said: Scaleway?

    The scaleway cpus aren't all that great. If op looks for something hourly maybe Leaseweb or others that offer hourly bare metal machines are worth a look.

    And there's always AWS or DO.

    For monthly I'd say look for a Hetzner box with a fairly capable i7 (3770 or better). That'll probably work pretty decently and should be within your budget.

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