New ARRSE server

#1
For those who are interested, ARRSE currently runs on two servers:

1. A relatively fandango database server that we recently purchased.

2. A pretty old web server that fell over last week for reasons that remain unclear. This function is now being provided by a 'spare' server that our hosts (www.merula.net) are kindly providing.

After some debate we've decided that the web server was reaching the end of its usefulness. We've decided that the way forward is to get a new one and those kind chaps at Dell are going to be doing the honours. We're not sure when it will arrive (approx 2 weeks). We hope that it will significantly improve site speed though particularly during the day when it gets quite busy.

As always we'll keep you posted but there may be some minor disruption when we get round to switching over.
 
#2
Bad CO said:
After some debate we've decided that the web server was reaching the end of its usefulness. We've decided that the way forward is to get a new one and those kind chaps at Dell are going to be doing the honours.
No technical specifications like last time Bad CO?

Bad CO said:
We are in the process of going for a new MySQL server which will be a dual processor, carlos fango, totally bitching, muthafucka which should laugh at the amount of traffic we're giving it.
Still a top site though, keep it up :D :D :D
 
#5
The site is glacially slow tonight - any particular reason?
 
#6
hmmm could this be why i'm having so many problems tonight?

all night its either "page not found" or its taking anything up to a minute (possibly more) to load a page.
 
#7
Bad CO, just as a matter of interest what size server is it? I suspect your storage requirement is... well, large.
 
#8
Storage requirements are actually quite low and whatever size the hard disks are (I don't know off the top of my head), it is enormous in comparison with a thin Linux install and the site. The database for the site is about half a GB.

What the site needs is a lot of processor power and a respectable amount of memory - every page that's requested means a lot of activity for the database. One of the current servers is new and runs twin Xeon processors, the other is old with a single celeron, but will be replaced shortly (new one on order).
 

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