AO3 servers: meet the machines!

Published: 2011-01-23 17:25:58 -0500

Translations:

Español
¡Conoce las máquinas!
Deutsch
Gestatten, die Server!

Thanks to the wonderful generosity of fandom, we've been able to buy a beautiful new set of servers! Meet the machines below!

The DB Server - aka "The Beast"

The Beast: cartoon style image of server

Our new database server is a serious badass. Built for us by open-source server specialists iXSystems, the DB server is an iX1204 powered by 2 latest-generation Intel 6-Core X5650 processors, and 48GB of RAM. This server will also have 2 Intel X25-M 80GB SSDs (solid-state drives, which have no moving parts) to make reads off the database crazy fast.

The Rails Twins

The Rails Twins: cartoon style image of servers

A set of identical twins, our speedy and strong new Rails servers will split the load of running the Archive app. These two are from the same family as the DB server: iX1204 models, each with 2x Intel Quad Core E5620 processors, 24GB of RAM, and 4x146GB 15k RPM hard drives.

The Originals

Front end server: cartoon style image of server

Slave: cartoon style image of server

Our trusty veterans! The original servers are another set of identical twins: Hewlett Packard ProLiant DL360 G5 models each powered by 2 Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5420 processors. They each also have 16GB RAM, and 4×72GB 15k RPM hard drives. For the last year, these two have had to carry the entire load all by themselves, but now they will both be moving into new roles:

  1. One of these machines will now serve as our friendly memcache server and it runs background and other odd jobs.

  2. The other one will become the DB's slave. *koff* (Of course the more vanilla-minded among us can think of it as being the DB's loyal sidekick!) It will also run our search engine.

The Storage Server

Storage server: cartoon style image of server

The QNAP TS-809U-RP is a 2U rackmount Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliance, intended for what the manufacturer describes as "massive data sharing" -- mmmhmm! We're loading this baby to capacity, with 16TB (8x2TB Hitachi Deskstar 7200RPM HDDs) in hot-swap bays to give us greatly increased data storage/backup capability.

The Switch

Switch: cartoon style image of switch

All of our fabulous servers will communicate with one another through an HP Procurve V1910 Gigabit Layer 2+ smart-managed network switch. The switch has 16 auto-negotiating 10/100/1000 ports and 4 true Gigabit SFP ports.