Just as the title asks, where is lemmy.ca hosted?
I have flagfox installed on my firefox.
It tells me that lemmy.ca is hosted in Washington state. Link: https://iplookup.flagfox.net/?ip=22.214.171.124&host=lemmy.ca. I’d like to know if this is accurate.
Ideally I’d like to have the data be hosted in Canada and hence under Canadian law as opposed to US law.
I’d also be interested in hearing other opinions on this.
Canadian hosting would be ideal, unfortunately, it’s fairly limited and usually more costly than some of the VPS options from the multitude of suppliers from our neighbors to the south… or overseas, or something.
I get it, I don’t necessarily agree that we should be doing that. Seems a bit disingenuous, but it is what it is. I’m an IT person living in southern ontario, so I’ve seen a lot of this kind of thing as an extension of my job. I’m happy to help where I can, but hosting isn’t free, and I’m sure the proprietors of this node aren’t made of money; so unless we all start to donate or otherwise pay - as a collective group - for hosting, then getting the cheapest hosting possible is going to be significantly important.
Now, if we could get someone to buy in, who can get a steep discount on a colo or for a VPS in Canada, then it may be an option to move it to canadian soil; if we cannot find a way to get a steep discount on it, then we’re going to be stuck with whatever we can get.
I know of a way to host it with basically no cost if I can get the go-ahead from a specific group, but right now I don’t have a line of communication with that group. Part of that group is responsible for a colo, so as long as we can source some fairly cheap server hardware, it shouldn’t be a problem. though, IMO, getting their O.K. to do it will be the hardest part, even if I had an open dialog with them right now, I’m not very confident that they would give the go-ahead for something like this.
FYI, this is an old post, before I took over hosting lemmy.ca.
it is now currently hosted on a Canadian VPS.
Fair enough. I appreciate your work.
From one system administrator to another, thank you.
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It’s hosted on a dedicated server in Seattle.
Hosting items within Canada isn’t necessarily the panacea that our Canadian law might suggest. Ever watched traffic go cross-country? Somehow, at least Telus is getting away with shipping traffic through the states.
Thanks for the answer.
I wasn’t aware that Telus ships traffic through the states. I wonder if other ISPs do that as well. Could I have a source for this? It’d be interesting to read on. When I was trying to find something about this I only get links to Telus’s international website.
It looks like you’re using Hyper Expert (Link: https://www.hyperexpert.com/). How have they been? Is there a reason why you chose Hyper Expert?
I have a few websites myself so I’m always wondering if I could have gone with a different host. Though I guess Lemmy is different as it is a social media website.
I would love to post a traceroute but it appears that the traffic path that I know was routed through the states is no longer doing so, so it could take some work. Who knows, maybe they were told to fix things?
Hyper Expert is cheap, that’s all I can really say about it. They’ve done some pretty crazily unimpressive things, but I moved VPSes on to a dedicated server and I’ve hardly had to deal with them since.
If you need a little VPS I can say that Linode and Digital Ocean have been mostly fine.