New Server?

Jeremy White jwhite at
Fri Apr 25 12:14:03 CDT 2003


I'll let Jer tell you about the box he speced out that
we authorized him to buy.  It was very nice...

Yesterday I went to a local dealer and said:
I need a server, and I have to walk out of here with
it in 1 hour.  So what I got was the best of what they

Which was a dual Athlon MP/2000 system, with 
a 36Gig SCSI drive (they didn't have the 
hardware raid card, so it's not raided yet), and 2 Gig
of RAM.

Truthfully, our old box (dual Intel 800's) was 
plenty fast; it's never really had much trouble keeping up.
Linux is a remarkably efficient server OS <grin>.

We're going to add a nice Adaptec hardware raid card
and raid up the drives.

We're fortunate in that we colocate with our ISP
that has multiple OC-3s, and they mostly use the
downstream bandwidth...

The eventual plan is to replicate this box at another
colo and then have two boxes, DNS round robined,
and mirrored.

Jer also wants to put in dedicated mysql servers,
but truthfully, we're still figuring out what
the best practice is.  Anyone want to send us advice
(privately would be best; this isn't a sysadmin list),
we'll cheerfully listen.  I think we have enough
egg on our face that we'll humbly accept advice :-/



On Fri, 2003-04-25 at 08:50, Mike Hearn wrote:
> On Fri, 2003-04-25 at 14:28, Jeremy White wrote:
> > Actually, the old server had enough moxy to handle the load;
> > it had been through several Slashdottings.  We've got
> > both the hardware resources and the bandwidth to handle
> > this just fine.
> Just out of curiousity, what are the specs of the WineHQ box, and how
> much bandwidth do you guys have?
> I'm currently trying to convince IE5.0 to not suck, hence my frustration
> and boredom.... need something to gawp at before I go to sleep...
> -- 
> Mike Hearn <m.hearn at>
> QinetiQ - Malvern Technology Center

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