Mythic Beats is the company offering hosting services for the Raspberry Pi website, and following Eben Upton proposal they decided to host the website on eighteen Raspberry Pi 4 boards, fourteen of which used as LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) servers, as well as two used as static servers with Apache, and the final two used as memory store using memcache.
Two days before Raspberry Pi 4 8GB RAM launch, they tested the implementation with “normal” traffic (e.g. around one million visitors a day), and the day of the launch, tens of millions visitors came to the website, and it failed, but not because of a failure of the Raspberry Pi cluster, but instead due to a Cloudflare glitch. This is all explained in Raspberry Pi blog.
This is all for internal use, but you could also get your own hosted Raspberry Pi 4 board, as Mythic Beast recently added Raspberry Pi 4 to their hosting service with pricing starting at 7.45 GBP per month (~$9.40 US) with one TB bandwidth and 10 GB (NFS) storage.
The boards run
Raspbian Raspberry Pi OS, and storage is expandable up to 250GB. Billing is also available quarterly or annually, as well as on-demand per second of usage. The company compared their Raspberry Pi 4 hosting service against Amazon Web Services (AWS) a1.large and m6g.medium Arm instances and found the Raspberry Pi 4 to perform considerably better as a fraction of the cost.
The test relies on a WordPress installation with the systems rendering 10,000 pages at a concurrency level of 50. The Raspberry Pi was about twice as fast while costing only a fraction. If you are interested you can subscribe to a plan on Mythic Beasts website. Note the service is still considered beta.
It’s not the first time, I write about hosting services for Arm SBC’s as I covered miniNodes and NanoXion’s NX-BOX offerings several years ago. The latter is gone, but Mininodes also offers Raspberry Pi 4 hosted services with pricing starting at $19.99 per month with a 2GB RAM board fitted with a 32GB MicroSD card. There’s no mention of monthly bandwidth, so maybe there’s no limitation (TBC), and the company also provides an AI plan with RPi 4 coupled with a Gyrfalcon AI accelerator for $29.99 per month. Note the service is also considered beta. Check out Mininodes website for details.