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New Servers

I'm planning on replacing/buying a few servers in the near future. My general plan is:

  • Replace the monthly content1 with a 24-month server (i.e., it is currently billed monthly, paying for 24-months up front gets us a better price)
  • Similarily replace squid1 with a 24-month server, upgrading bandwidth to 100Mbs and 3000GB/month (currently at 10Mbps, 1500GB/month)
  • Possibly purchase db2/backup2 for backup/redundancy purposes (a little overkill to have 2 db servers but mainly to make it easier and quicker to recover from failures)

The main reason for replacing content1/squid1 is to reduce the monthly server cost and eliminate excess bandwidth fees (over 1300$ alone in the past year). If we do this and purchase db2 we'll end up saving about 1000$ per year. See Site_Costs for more details.

If anyone has any other ideas or requests for server upgrades, either a new server or upgrading an existing one, just let me know. -- Daveh 19:54, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

Question: Instead of getting a new server for db2/backup2 why don't we just use util1/content3? I mean, weren't we running fine just having two content servers? Besides, the Summer is almost over, we're probably going to lose traffic due to people going back to school and such. Then again, according to site support, we've got enough money to get a little more redundancy. Of course, I'm not a server guy, so I don't really know. --Ratwar 20:46, 4 August 2009 (UTC)
We could, although my "grand plan" is to have content1/content2 solely handle the UESP Wiki content and leave content3 with serving everything else (forums mainly) as well as being the misc/utility server (e-mail for example). Whatever happens I'll be doing things one at a time anyways starting with replacing squid1 and then content1. If anything happens immediately with db2/backup2 it would be next month at the earliest.
Along the lines of your idea though...content3 could probably do everything (misc content, db backup, e-mail, etc...) as all of this is very low load compared to what the UESP Wiki uses. -- Daveh 21:20, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

What I'm going to do for now is purchase the squid1 replacement since that represents the greatest potential savings and is the easiest to setup (250$ for extra bandwidth in July alone). The content1 replacement will be in a few weeks depending on my schedule. There are a couple of options regarding db2 or upgrading db1 (hard drives, RAID, etc...) so whatever happens there will happen in a month or so. -- Daveh 21:40, 5 August 2009 (UTC)