I’m quite sure OrionVM of australia is currently the hosting company with the most powerful infrastructure on the planet. They don’t just throw thousands of el-cheapo servers at their VM customers, nor are they using lolcheap setups like “Raid5” made up of 3 sata disks or “Raid10” with software raid.
Instead they use QDR infiniband and a distributed FS, and have redundancy everywhere. So this means their systems just stomp everybody else’s. Gotta love that.
From what I know from chatting with one of them their setup is mine just on supernew hardware, with all quirks already dealt with and a good bunch of experience. I really like & look up to them.
Just now I found a blog post & video about their infrastructure. http://davidburela.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/community-report-melbourne-cloudcamp-2010-orionvm/
Won’t watch it today since it’s getting late, but I know their setup and can highly recommend watching this.
From a “competive perspective” the cool thing about their insane-o-powerful setup is that they’re so far ahead of the competition that there is no problem with showing it off at all. The trick was being good & inspired enough to build it, and that is the really rare ressources.
You guys rock!