September 30, 2004


Well, it came down to a bigger, faster server at our existing hosting company, Liquid Web, or an also bigger and faster but not quite as bigger and faster server at another company, Server Matrix.

Liquid Web kindly helped me make my decision by hiking up their prices twice in the past month. The Liquid Web server ended up at $350 setup and $339 per month, compared to the Server Matrix server at $199 setup and $219 per month. The Liquid Web server was nicer in some ways, but not $120 a month worth of nicer.

So, stats of the new server:

Dual Xeon 2.4GHz with HyperThreading™
1GB ECC memory (ECC = extra crunchy)
2 x 200GB disks (mirrored)
1500GB bandwidth per month
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
CPanel & Fantastico
Urchin web analyser thingy
I'll be setting up MT 3.11 and EE 1.1 on the new server rather than on the existing one, because that way I can play around without having to worry about breaking anything.

Although they specify 2.4GHz processors, that's really a minimum, and if we're lucky we'll get 2.8's instead. Also, they have HyperThreading™ so it looks like a quad-processor machine instead of just a dual-processor machine. In reality, it's only 10% or 20% faster, but every bit counts.

Now I get to play with my new toy for a while before I start moving people across. :D

Oh, and I think I've solved the problem with future bandwidth growth: The secret is reverse proxies.

Update: The folks at Server Matrix just called. They're setting up our server now. :D

Posted by Pixy Misa at September 30, 2004 03:27 AM

Can't wait to try MT 3.11 and EE. The bloody choices!

Ever figure out a way to help us donate. I'm a poor college kid, but I'd like to help a little if I can.

Posted by Nick Queen at September 30, 2004 03:13 PM

If you need any volunteers to test out 3.1, I'm available... I get 10 or 20 real hits per day and my content if for shit, so if something happens no one will miss out...

Posted by Madfish Willie at September 30, 2004 04:43 PM

Oh and I'm already running EE1.1 if anyone needs template help...

Posted by Rob at September 30, 2004 11:28 PM

My kingdom for a paypal (or any other) button. Will you take a cheque?

Posted by Simon at October 2, 2004 04:11 PM


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