With the advent of the Max250 series, it’s probably time to discuss about how each plan differs from each other! This can be confusing sometimes as we have so many different plans!
Max250 vs Super250
Max250 is the latest generation of 1Gbps/250Mbps of Seedboxes, the bread & butter of plans so to speak.
The difference to older Super250 series is that there is now access to bigger hard drives, cheaper bandwidth and these servers are maximally setup, and larger drives and certain configurations are relatively cheaper than what the Super250 was designed for more than 3 years ago.
Super250 came in a time where 3TB drives were rather rare and expensive for servers, about 4TB was the largest drives available. Today you can even get 10TB HDDs.
There is a upper limit in number of users per drive we can have with high performance. So utilizing 2-3 times larger drives today, does not mean we can put 2-3 times the user count on the server at all. Further, it does not make sense to buy 2TB drives for new servers today, and generally servers with 2TB drives are either over priced, or have very old drives, sometimes as old as 5 years! 2TB drive sizes are neither available on larger configurations. Power consumption, maximum number of disks etc. remains the same whether you use 2TB or 8TB drives.
Hence, Max250 was born to leverage the today’s server portfolio, which allows more disk space, more bandwidth relatively at lower cost, but the absolutely lower boundary of cost per service is actually increased.
Max250 in essence is the best value proposition of today, where as Super250 is not the best value proposition in terms of resources to cost today. On the other hand, Super250 offers lower entry cost, and higher performance per GiB of storage (better for smaller files).
These utilize SSD drives behind, which generally can cost 10 times as much per GiB than HDDs, in exchange for wildly increased I/O performance. Read More about SSD performance.
So these servers doesn’t bottleneck on the performance, and provides more upload slots. REALLY Good for those very small files, but not so good for Video content. Further, as SSD space is so expensive we have opted not to have redundant RAID level on these servers, but rather do hot backups to another server several times a day.
The ultimate in performance when it comes to HDDs. RAID10 utilized heavily (Some servers remain RAID5, we are converting these slowly to RAID10 servers) here to maximize per GiB performance, and offer redundancy in disk space. 1Gbps/1Gbps torrenting, with decent traffic caps. Priority in support. All of this comes at a price however, and this series is most suited for those who cares more about stability, reliability and always having good performance.
These adjust the slider from bandwidth & upload to the storage side of bits, with the potential drawback of performance. Excellent for those who needs tons of disk space, but not necessarily the top tier seeding speeds. Why pay for bandwidth you don’t need?
We can do this as this is used to offset the users per disk balance mentioned in the Super250/Max250 section above in this post.
VERY minimalistic seedboxes, at the utmost lowest cost possible. Sacrificing almost everything to get the bottom price. Things like Support and Transaction Fees (the minimum fee remains) still cost money, and to get to the lower price bracket resources and performance is sacrificed. Best for those who do not need much upload capacity, and not that much of disk space neither.
Turn key dedicated performance seedbox solution. Want the performance of a dedicated server BUT none the hassle of maintaining it? Need Plex but don’t want to manage a Dedicated server? This series is perfect for You. To keep prices down there is no SUDO/Root access neither, this aids in support (lower cost), and allows us to retain them in automation pool (again reducing cost, and instant delivery). Thus keeping it completely standard, every day run of the mill configuration with nothing special to it. We can maintain these with ease and at large scale, unlike the almost every configuration is unique dedicated servers which take a lot more of time to maintain.