Speaking of servers ... we've been ordering and installing servers a lot lately without mentioning it. We're doing it ahead of time now so people don't notice because the site doesn't suck for a week.
Anyway, quick overview of new servers:
- mayor -- single P3 866 Mhz, 256 MB RAM. Purpose: bitch box. "staging server". SSH in here, run netsaint and other monitoring tools, edit files, update from cvs, push to other web slaves (well, broadcast to them that they should rsync from the bitch box ... "masterweb" CNAME internally, actually). right now kyle (a webslave) is our staging machine but it sucks when we hammer it temporarily.
- timmy, gobbles -- dual something, 2 GB RAM. Purpose: slave database servers.
And stuff that's been ordered but not yet here:
- jimbo, ned -- dual
P4P3 1.24 Ghz, 512 MB RAM. Purpose: more web slaves. Since these are the first 1.24 Ghz machines we'll have (the rest are 1.0 Ghz or 866 Mhz) we'll probably make these the paid user one(s).
- jesus -- dual (quad-capable) 2MB cache Xeon 700 Mhz, 12 GB RAM, IBM enclosure/ServRAID/drives ... 288 GB SCSI RAID array (hardly full at all ... can add tons of drives later). Purpose: new database server and NFS server for image gallery photos and file attachments to posts. And as soon as possible we're going to buy another one of all this and name it "santa" as a hot spare. We could've bought the spare this month but it would've been tight .... It's good to have some money in the bank at all times too. Ya know... business thing or something.