Inkbunny is growing fast, and it's time to upgrade our main server, which is now over two years old. The new server will give us twice the processing capacity, more bandwidth, and twice the storage – covering our growth for several more years.
On top of the upgrade, our quarterly hosting fees are due! We can't get a new server until we pay its setup costs and the next three months of operation expenses in full – around US$1200 in total – so we're desperately in need of cash. The more we can raise, the longer we can keep going.
Inkbunny is ad-free because it is supported by you. If you can spare a few dollars and donate to help us out, we'd greatly appreciate it. Remember, donors earn a shiny sponsor badge on their account.
Spreading the word to your friends in your journal and elsewhere would help a lot, too! You can also buy a T-shirt or hoodie to show your support.
As a special thank you, anyone who donates before the end of the month can choose to have their name added to a permanent list on our Wiki, telling everyone who was responsible for bringing our latest server to life. You'll have the people's ovation and fame forever! (We'll also add the faithful fans who donated in the last four weeks, if they want.)
For those interested, the new server specs are:
HP DL380eG8 Server 12 x Intel Xeon E5-2420 64-bit 1.9GHz CPU Cores (2 chips with 6 cores each) 32GB DDR3 RAM 2TB SATA2 (4 x 1TB in RAID10) for the web server and asset storage 64GB SSD (2 x 64GB in RAID1) for the database
Compared to our old server, these new CPUs have more on-board cache, can access main memory faster, and have AES instructions that will speed up SSL encryption, to name just a few benefits.
Moving to SATA2/RAID10 gives us more storage for less, and will be faster (due to parallel reads) than the SAS RAID5 disks we have now, for the operations the server most commonly performs.
Our old server will be shut off at the end of this month. The sooner we can provision the new one, the more time we have to move Inkbunny across and test everything before that deadline hits.
Our costs include our new main server hardware setup and rent, rack space, a 100Mbit unlimited pipe to the net, our externally-hosted email+wiki, our source code repository, and ancillary items.
Due to a few generous donors last quarter, our secondary backup server is covered until next year.
Considering how big and busy our site is, and the high-spec hardware and unmetered connection, our costs are amazingly low. But we still have to find a big lump of cash every three months.
Thanks very much for your help! We couldn't keep Inkbunny going without you!