DigitalOcean Netherlands Amsterdam General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review

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DigitalOcean Netherlands Amsterdam General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review

In this review, we’ll evaluate the performance of DigitalOcean‘s General Purpose Dedicated VPS Server, specifically in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The server is powered by an Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8280 CPU that operates at 2.70GHz. Key specifications include 2 CPU cores, 8 GB of RAM, 25 GB of SSD storage, and a 1 Gbps internet port. There is also a bandwidth allowance of 4 TB per month, and the server is provisioned with one IPv4 address.

About DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean, established in 2012, is a cloud hosting platform reputed for delivering simple and cost-efficient services to developers and businesses alike. With its debut offering, the Droplet – an easily deployable virtual machine, DigitalOcean made a strong entry into the market. Since its inception, the company has evolved its portfolio to introduce a diverse collection of computing, storage, and networking services, all aimed at meeting the dynamic needs of modern developers and businesses.

Designed with simplicity and user-friendliness, DigitalOcean’s cloud hosting services boast a streamlined interface and transparent pricing. These unique aspects allow developers to devote their attention to building innovative applications without the added hassle of managing intricate infrastructure. The suite of computing products includes versatile offerings such as on-demand Linux virtual machines (Droplets), a proficient managed Kubernetes service, and a serverless computing solution (Functions).

In addition to its computing services, DigitalOcean brings forth a spectrum of storage solutions. This includes Spaces, an object storage solution, Volumes for block storage, and Spaces CDN, a content delivery network to enhance data accessibility and delivery speed.

On the networking front, the company provides products like Cloud Firewalls for top-notch security, Load Balancers for optimal distribution of workloads, and Virtual Private Cloud for exclusive, isolated cloud environments.

Broadening its capabilities, DigitalOcean recently acquired Paperspace, a front-runner in providing high-performance NVIDIA GPU computing in the cloud. This merger will equip DigitalOcean’s customers with the ability to efficiently train, build, and implement AI and ML projects leveraging NVIDIA GPUs.

Finally, through its managed hosting services – the App Platform and Cloudways- DigitalOcean streamlines the website and application deployment process. Offering 1-click apps for popular platforms like WordPress, its solutions allow customers to get their online presence up and running quickly.

Official website: https://www.digitalocean.com

BasicBench: Server Profile, I/O Speed, Upload and Download Speed

 CPU Model          : Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8280 CPU @ 2.70GHz
 CPU Cores          : 2 @ 2693.670 MHz
 CPU Cache          : 4096 KB
 AES-NI             : Enabled
 VM-x/AMD-V         : Enabled
 Total Disk         : 24.6 GB (1.1 GB Used)
 Total Mem          : 7.8 GB (88.3 MB Used)
 System uptime      : 0 days, 0 hour 4 min
 Load average       : 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
 OS                 : Debian GNU/Linux 11
 Arch               : x86_64 (64 Bit)
 Kernel             : 5.10.0-23-amd64
 TCP CC             : bbr
 Virtualization     : KVM
 IPv4/IPv6          : Online / Offline
 Organization       : AS14061 DigitalOcean, LLC
 Location           : Amsterdam / NL
 Region             : North Holland
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 I/O Speed(1st run) : 662 MB/s
 I/O Speed(2nd run) : 984 MB/s
 I/O Speed(3rd run) : 970 MB/s
 I/O Speed(average) : 872.0 MB/s
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 Node Name        Upload Speed      Download Speed      Latency     
 Speedtest.net    1994.46 Mbps      18325.48 Mbps       0.23 ms     
 Los Angeles, US  545.02 Mbps       3202.75 Mbps        136.58 ms   
 Dallas, US       703.14 Mbps       6801.53 Mbps        108.65 ms   
 Montreal, CA     602.09 Mbps       937.19 Mbps         79.46 ms    
 Paris, FR        1993.79 Mbps      8810.01 Mbps        19.25 ms    
 Amsterdam, NL    1999.21 Mbps      5410.16 Mbps        7.07 ms     
 Shanghai, CN     302.62 Mbps       2922.34 Mbps        257.40 ms   
 Nanjing, CN      208.42 Mbps       2246.85 Mbps        248.56 ms   
 Hongkong, CN     404.78 Mbps       4003.09 Mbps        194.79 ms   
 Singapore, SG    467.93 Mbps       4498.76 Mbps        166.96 ms   
 Tokyo, JP        315.08 Mbps       3308.71 Mbps        237.62 ms   
----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Finished in        : 5 min 30 sec
 Timestamp          : 2023-09-08 03:20:41 UTC

YabsBench: Disk Speed, iperf3 Network Speed, Geekbench 6 Benchmark

IPv4 Network Information:
---------------------------------
ISP        : DigitalOcean, LLC
ASN        : AS14061 DigitalOcean, LLC
Host       : DigitalOcean, LLC
Location   : Amsterdam, North Holland (NH)
Country    : Netherlands

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):
---------------------------------
Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 195.81 MB/s  (48.9k) | 1.27 GB/s    (19.9k)
Write      | 196.32 MB/s  (49.0k) | 1.28 GB/s    (20.0k)
Total      | 392.13 MB/s  (98.0k) | 2.56 GB/s    (40.0k)
           |                      |                     
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 1.45 GB/s     (2.8k) | 1.26 GB/s     (1.2k)
Write      | 1.52 GB/s     (2.9k) | 1.35 GB/s     (1.3k)
Total      | 2.98 GB/s     (5.8k) | 2.62 GB/s     (2.5k)

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):
---------------------------------
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed      | Ping           
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 509 Mbits/sec   | 949 Mbits/sec   | 9.14 ms        
Scaleway        | Paris, FR (10G)           | 1.99 Gbits/sec  | 5.99 Gbits/sec  | 9.77 ms        
NovoServe       | North Holland, NL (40G)   | busy            | busy            | 1.35 ms        
Uztelecom       | Tashkent, UZ (10G)        | 1.85 Gbits/sec  | busy            | 102 ms         
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 47.8 Mbits/sec  | 74.7 Mbits/sec  | 84.8 ms        
Clouvider       | Dallas, TX, US (10G)      | busy            | 92.6 Mbits/sec  | 121 ms         
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | 26.8 Mbits/sec  | busy            | 141 ms         

Geekbench 6 Benchmark Test:
---------------------------------
Test            | Value                         
                |                               
Single Core     | 1189                          
Multi Core      | 1421                          
Full Test       | https://browser.geekbench.com/v6/cpu/2531411

YABS completed in 12 min 18 sec

UnixBench: CPU Performance, A score higher is better

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Benchmark Run: Fri Sep 08 2023 03:52:32 - 04:20:37
2 CPUs in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       42390426.3 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                     6413.7 MWIPS (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               4656.3 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks       1042055.0 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          296821.0 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       2290291.8 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                             2314141.2 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                 118507.3 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                               7371.4 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  11289.5 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   1780.0 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                        2573469.0 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   42390426.3   3632.4
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0       6413.7   1166.1
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       4656.3   1082.9
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0    1042055.0   2631.5
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     296821.0   1793.5
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    2290291.8   3948.8
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    2314141.2   1860.2
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0     118507.3    296.3
Process Creation                                126.0       7371.4    585.0
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      11289.5   2662.6
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       1780.0   2966.7
System Call Overhead                          15000.0    2573469.0   1715.6
                                                                   ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                        1638.2

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Benchmark Run: Fri Sep 08 2023 04:20:37 - 04:48:41
2 CPUs in system; running 2 parallel copies of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       58106130.1 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                    11807.6 MWIPS (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               6464.3 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks       1342714.2 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          367306.7 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       3494724.2 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                             2896577.3 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                 322121.1 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                              16625.4 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  13449.4 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   1795.2 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                        3438534.4 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   58106130.1   4979.1
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0      11807.6   2146.8
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       6464.3   1503.3
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0    1342714.2   3390.7
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     367306.7   2219.4
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    3494724.2   6025.4
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    2896577.3   2328.4
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0     322121.1    805.3
Process Creation                                126.0      16625.4   1319.5
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      13449.4   3172.0
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       1795.2   2992.0
System Call Overhead                          15000.0    3438534.4   2292.4
                                                                   ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                        2414.3

======= Script description and score comparison completed! ======= 

Looking Glass

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Global Node Test

 ## CDN Speedtest

 CacheFly : 636.94 MiB/s | 5095.54 Mbps  | ping   1.099ms
 Gdrive   : 115.61 MiB/s |  924.86 Mbps  | ping   0.643ms


 ## North America Speedtest

 Softlayer, Washington, USA :   1.10 MiB/s |    8.78 Mbps  | ping  88.499ms
 SoftLayer, San Jose, USA   :   7.25 MiB/s |   57.98 Mbps  | ping 146.849ms
 SoftLayer, Dallas, USA     :       0 B/s |      N/A       | ping error!
 Vultr, New Jersey, USA     :  30.18 MiB/s |  241.47 Mbps  | ping  75.354ms
 Vultr, Seattle, USA        :  11.28 MiB/s |   90.24 Mbps  | ping 152.400ms
 Vultr, Dallas, USA         :  18.21 MiB/s |  145.66 Mbps  | ping 121.608ms
 Vultr, Los Angeles, USA    :  13.23 MiB/s |  105.81 Mbps  | ping 143.152ms
 Ramnode, New York, USA     :  30.24 MiB/s |  241.90 Mbps  | ping  81.036ms
 Ramnode, Atlanta, USA      :  24.38 MiB/s |  195.08 Mbps  | ping  94.418ms


 ## Europe Speedtest

 Vultr, London, UK            : 242.72 MiB/s | 1941.75 Mbps  | ping   8.693ms
 LeaseWeb, Frankfurt, Germany : 586.59 KiB/s |    4.58 Mbps  | ping   8.200ms
 Hetzner, Germany             :   5.78 MiB/s |   46.25 Mbps  | ping  15.412ms
 Ramnode, Alblasserdam, NL    : 108.50 MiB/s |  867.96 Mbps  | ping   3.593ms
 Vultr, Amsterdam, NL         : 952.38 MiB/s | 7619.05 Mbps  | ping   0.863ms
 EDIS, Stockholm, Sweden      :   2.50 KiB/s |    0.02 Mbps  | ping  23.029ms
 OVH, Roubaix, France         :   4.52 KiB/s |    0.04 Mbps  | ping   8.369ms
 Online, France               : 246.43 MiB/s | 1971.42 Mbps  | ping   9.203ms
 Prometeus, Milan, Italy      :      74 B/s |      N/A       | ping  15.796ms


 ## Exotic Speedtest

 Sydney, Australia     :   3.27 MiB/s |   26.13 Mbps  | ping 285.373ms
 Lagoon, New Caledonia :     193 B/s |      N/A       | ping 319.075ms
 Hosteasy, Moldova     :  37.04 MiB/s |  296.30 Mbps  | ping  46.907ms
 Prima, Argentina      : 170.72 KiB/s |    1.33 Mbps  | ping error!


 ## Asia Speedtest

 SoftLayer, Singapore :   3.74 MiB/s |   29.92 Mbps  | ping 167.339ms
 Linode, Tokyo, Japan :   5.35 MiB/s |   42.81 Mbps  | ping 253.681ms
 Linode, Singapore    :   5.26 MiB/s |   42.07 Mbps  | ping 246.334ms
 Vultr, Tokyo, Japan  :   6.00 MiB/s |   48.02 Mbps  | ping 231.991ms


 Benchmark finished in 86 seconds

Global Latency Test

DigitalOcean Netherlands Amsterdam General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review DigitalOcean Netherlands Amsterdam General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review

Query: ping 165.22.195.71, interval: 5s, dense mode: no

Probing 165.22.195.71 – ARIN /20 AS14061 DIGITALOCEAN – Netherlands, North Holland, Amsterdam

Media Unlock Test

 ** Test Starts At: Fri Sep  8 05:15:35 UTC 2023

 ** Checking Results Under IPv4 
--------------------------------
 ** Your Network Provider: Digital Ocean (165.22.*.*) 

============[ Multination ]============
 Dazn:                                  Yes (Region: NL)
 HotStar:                               No
 Disney+:                               No
 Netflix:                               Yes (Region: NL)
 YouTube Premium:                       Failed
 Amazon Prime Video:                    Yes (Region: NL)
 TVBAnywhere+:                          Yes
 iQyi Oversea Region:                   INTL
 Viu.com:                               No
 YouTube CDN:                           Amsterdam 
 Netflix Preferred CDN:                 Amsterdam  
 Spotify Registration:                  No
 Steam Currency:                        EUR
 ChatGPT:                               Yes
=======================================
No IPv6 Connectivity Found, Abort IPv6 Testing...

Testing Done! 

CloudFlare Internet Test

DigitalOcean Netherlands Amsterdam General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review

PageSpeed Insights

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GTmetrix Performance

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Get Started with DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean Netherlands Amsterdam General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review

Getting started with DigitalOcean is easy! Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Sign up: When creating a DigitalOcean account, you can sign up with an email address or Google or GitHub single sign-on (SSO). You can create a free DigitalOcean account here.
  2. Start building: Once you have created an account, you can build on DigitalOcean. You can fully control your infrastructure (with products like Droplets and reserved IPs) or let DigitalOcean handle your infrastructure (with products like App Platform, DigitalOcean Load Balancers, and managed databases).
  3. Expand your project: You can expand your project with more storage when needed, scale up or down as your workload changes, and collaborate with others in organized ways from within the DigitalOcean platform.

You can visit their official documentation page for more detailed information on getting started with DigitalOcean.

Marketplace Apps

DigitalOcean Netherlands Amsterdam General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review

The DigitalOcean Marketplace is a user-centric platform that enables developers to discover and swiftly launch services, components, and tools from their favored open-source projects and companies.

Pioneering a new degree of simplicity, DigitalOcean has meticulously collaborated with its partners to ensure a seamless user experience. This collaboration translates into a platform where developers can deploy completely tested app environments at just the click of a button.

Moreover, the DigitalOcean Marketplace is engineered to sidestep the difficulty often labeled “dependency hell.” This is achieved by meticulously integrating the vast user community with a network of dependable partners. The apps and tools provided on the Marketplace have been thoroughly reviewed and selected for easy integration and deployment.

Deploying an app from the DigitalOcean Marketplace can be done by following these easy steps:

  1. Select an App: Navigate through the DigitalOcean Marketplace and pick the app you wish to deploy.
  2. Create a Droplet or Kubernetes Cluster: Creating a Droplet or a Kubernetes cluster might be necessary based on your preferred app. This action is conveniently performed by clicking either the “Create Droplet” or “Launch App” button on the app’s Marketplace page.
  3. Configure the App: Follow the detailed instructions included with the app for the correct setup. This step could involve setting up environment variables, linking to external services, or uploading necessary files.
  4. Access the App: Post-deployment, the app can be accessed using the IP address of your Droplet or Kubernetes cluster.

Admin Control Panel

DigitalOcean Netherlands Amsterdam General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review

DigitalOcean’s Cloud Control Panel is an intuitive interface that allows users to manage their websites and applications. To access it, click the “Control Panel” link, readily visible on DigitalOcean’s home page. This control panel is conveniently segmented into two parts: “Servers” and “IaaS.”

Complementing the proprietary control panel, DigitalOcean also stands compatible with third-party control panels such as Cipi and CyberPanel. For example, Cipi is a Laravel-based cloud server control panel that supports not only DigitalOcean but also AWS, Linode, Azure, Vultr, and Google Cloud, among other VPS providers.

Integrated with a roster of tools and components, including Nginx, Mysql, multiple PHP-FPM versions, multi-users, Supervisor, Composer, npm, free Let’s Encrypt certificates, and Git deployment. Moreover, it includes fail2ban and Redis, plus an API, and operates via a refreshingly straightforward graphical interface that simplifies the management of Laravel, Codeigniter, Symfony, WordPress, and other PHP sites.

Feel free to log in to your account here to explore the versatile DigitalOcean Cloud Control Panel. Should you require further clarifications about DigitalOcean’s Cloud Control Panel or assistance concerning anything else, please feel free to ask! I’m here to help! 😊

Server Pricing

DigitalOcean Netherlands Amsterdam General Purpose Dedicated Server Test and Review

DigitalOcean’s pricing model is uniquely flexible and created with a clear focus on the extent of computing resources utilized. In essence, the more compute resources leveraged, the more the charges; conversely, the less resource usage, the less the cost. Here is a brief overview of their pricing:

  • Droplets Virtual Machines: The pricing begins at a modest $4/month, providing users with 1 vCPU core, 1GB of RAM, 25GB SSD storage, and 1TB of data transfer.
  • Kubernetes: Prices for this service begin from $12/month.
  • App Platform: This service kicks off at no charge. Users can build and deploy up to 3 static websites on the Starter tier free of charge.
  • Fully Managed Databases: Prices for this service commence from $15/month.
  • Spaces Object Storage: Its pricing structure starts from $5/month.
  • Volumes Block Storage: The charges for this service begin from $10/month.
  • Load Balancers: These essential services start at $12/month.
  • Container Registry: This service is initially offered free of charge.

Additionally, DigitalOcean implements a highly beneficial pay-as-you-go model, enabling users to use and pay for only as many computing resources as needed, precluding any necessity for fixed monthly fees. It’s important to note that the price increase can be up to 20% across various products. For more comprehensive details, please visit DigitalOcean’s official pricing page or use their helpful price estimation calculator.

Official website: https://www.digitalocean.com

Payments

DigitalOcean offers several payment options for its customers. You can manage your payment methods on the Billing page in the Payment Methods section. DigitalOcean accepts the following payment methods:

  • Credit and debit cards: You can set credit and debit cards as your primary payment method. DigitalOcean accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, UnionPay, Diners Club, and JCB credit cards. Credit and debit cards from India need to be enabled for international transactions.
  • Third-party providers: DigitalOcean accepts payments from third-party providers like PayPal, Google Pay, and Apple Pay. You can set PayPal as your primary payment method and make one-time payments with all third-party providers.
  • ACH direct debit: DigitalOcean accepts ACH direct debit for qualifying customers with U.S. bank accounts.

DigitalOcean does not accept virtual, electronic, or prepaid cards.

You can add a new payment method by clicking “Add a payment method” on the Billing page. You can then select the payment method you want to add (credit card, PayPal, Google Pay, or Apple Pay) and follow the instructions to add it to your account.

Coupon

Free trial with a $200 credit for 60 days

Your free trial will start when you sign up for DigitalOcean if you are eligible.

Customer Support

DigitalOcean provides many support plans designed to tackle challenges concerning your account or server. Their dedicated support team can be reached by visiting their ‘Contact Support’ page, where you can populate a form with your name, the email associated with your account, and a concise description of the assistance needed.

Their support plans encompass a spectrum of variants – Starter, Developer, Standard, and Premium – each offering differing support and response timings. As per a report on WebsiteBuilderInsider.com, it’s possible to email the DigitalOcean support team at [email protected] directly.

However, it’s paramount to highlight that DigitalOcean does not currently extend phone-based support. Therefore, for prompt and efficient help, users are advised to leverage the channels above of support.

Conclusion

Initial testing illustrated I/O speeds consistently above 600 MB/s, with the average speed reaching approximately 872.0 MB/s. Furthermore, the server showed impressive connection speeds when assessed with various nodes globally. Exceptionally high download and upload rates were observed, with Amsterdam showing a latency of just 7.07ms.

The disk speed tests exhibiting mixed R/W 50/50 showed high performance, with 4k IOPS read/write speeds hitting around 196 MB/s and 64k IOPS reading and writing at roughly 1.28 GB/s. Larger block sizes of 512k and 1m IOPS read and wrote at speeds upwards of 1.35 GB/s, demonstrating the potential of the server’s storage subsystem.

Geekbench 6 presented a Single Core score of 1189 and a Multi Core score of 1421, underscoring the impressive processor performance. Similarly, the UnixBench scores indicated remarkable system performance, reaching an index score of 1638.2 when running one parallel copy of tests and an even higher 2414.3 with two parallel copies.

In conclusion, DigitalOcean’s General Purpose Dedicated VPS Server in Amsterdam convincingly shows robust performance, displaying impressive read/write speeds, low latency, and compelling CPU performance. The results underline DigitalOcean’s commitment to delivering high-quality cloud infrastructure, making it a strong contender for businesses and individuals needing reliable and powerful VPS solutions.

Official website: https://www.digitalocean.com

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