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Our new server, thanks to the sponsors

Hi everyone

I'd like to say thank you to all our Sponsors (including the anonymous ones), as their generosity over the last few weeks has allowed us to upgrade the Inkbunny servers and pay for 3 months of hosting all at once. We received over $1000 in just the first week after we asked for the extra monies for the upgrade.

You all rock. I'm especially heartened by the fact we didn't have to beg the whole userbase for money. We just asked quietly (via my account and others reposting the journal) and the response was huge. It makes all the hard work worth it to see that kind of support. <3

We now have a new server "Fluttershy" running 8 x 2.33GHz Xeon cores, 16GB RAM and 15kRPM SAS drives (15kSAS is way faster than regular SATA).

The old specs were 4 x 2.13GHz Xeon cores, 4GB RAM and SATA2 drives. So this is a massive improvement.

We migrated today and things have gone smoothly so far. But please report any problems you notice.

With the extra speed and capacity, we now have heaps of room to grow! The site seems way more snappy too (or at least it maintains the same speed even at peak time or when backups are running). Plus it's nice to have a new toy to play with *geeks out*. :3

*hugs all*

S

Edit: Blame
bencoon
bencoon
for the server name. It was his suggestion. The fact I think that epic angry/crazy Fluttershy is the hottest thing since buttered toast is irrelevant.
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Added: 6 years, 7 months ago
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jurann
6 years, 7 months ago
Heh, impressive! =D I wish we could get even a fraction of that response for FurBuy. =) Grats on the new server and we'll hope to see IB around for years to come!
starling
6 years, 6 months ago
Thanks Mr J! <3
DraculJOSHI
6 years, 7 months ago
wow, I am jealous, I want such a server for my rendering and stuff ><... but at least this server goes to a good cause ;)
kkitty23
6 years, 7 months ago
Hooray! I'm so glad everything worked out :) And it's nice to know that even the "little bit" that was donated helped push toward a greater goal. Now it's time for a partay 8D
starling
6 years, 7 months ago
All the little donations add up to one big donation! So even a few bucks here and there is a big help. :3
SpaceCat
6 years, 7 months ago
glad to hear it ^^
Sho
Sho
6 years, 7 months ago
Holy crap! That's really awesome. Kudos to everyone who's ever donated. ^_^ You should all go turn on your donation medals so people can thank you for helping out. =3 The site certainly feels snappier. =D
zonck
6 years, 7 months ago
I love the way everything is so fast now. For now this is the only website I'm actually donating for. :3

Keep up the awesome work <3
Flygon
6 years, 7 months ago
Brilliant to see that taxpayers money is going towards non-taxable offshore hosting! :p
arkaid
6 years, 7 months ago
Fluttershy? .....really? Fluttershy?



really? X3
starling
6 years, 7 months ago
movingon
6 years, 7 months ago
I was thinking the same thing XD

I guess he just wanted pony badassness
FoxiePanda
6 years, 7 months ago
<3
TheTatteredKitty
6 years, 7 months ago
... Wheres Mai Leo!.... Err.... Means, Wheres Da Sujeshun Bwaks?
*Huggles*
starling
6 years, 7 months ago
LupineAssassin
6 years, 7 months ago
Great news! Good to hear. :)
sammm
6 years, 7 months ago
Working great. nice and speedy. :)
SenGrisane
6 years, 7 months ago
Yay :3
Sunkra
6 years, 7 months ago
Congratulations. :)
RealZero
6 years, 7 months ago
First off, congrats for reaching that goal so quickly, it's nice to see that IB, even despite it's comparably small userbase, achieves such a great thing in such a short time.

I am a little disappointed, though. The server change and website maintenance came totally out of a sudden, just when I wanted to continue writing a message. No announcement, neither on-site, e-mail, not even the otherwise quite up-to-date Twitter.
And contrary to sudden outages, hackers or similar reasons I'm sure the server change was already planned at least some days in advance, so, I would've really liked just a very small downtime announcement.

One thing that was said from so many people in so many comments on news entries was how great it is that Inkbunny is so open with communication with users, providing them with info, even if something comes all out of a sudden, so, yeah, this sudden disappearance was totally "not like you".

Don't get me wrong, I'm not utterly disappointed or seriously angry. The downtime was just some hours, everything seems to be working fine and it certainly was a nice occasion, but still this left a slightly sad feeling in me.

So, yeah, no use to cry over spilled milk so much I guess. I hope it'll be different the next time you switch servers or something else that's predictable, I won't stop supporting IB because of such a little thing, neither financial nor in general, but I felt like I have to voice my opinion on this, I hope you won't blame me for it.

No matter what, as I said in the beginning, congrats on the successful switch, everything seems fine so far.
Now it's time to get more and more users to make use of the additional power, eh?^^

Best wishes for the future, have a nice time.^^

Greetings,
RealZero
starling
6 years, 6 months ago
Yeah we need to add a message system that pops up notices before outages. One day soon!
RealZero
6 years, 6 months ago
Nya, as I said, it would be nice.
Still, I hope I didn't sound too bitchy here, you know I love you. *nudges* ^^
starling
6 years, 6 months ago
Nah it's fine. We need something better than the site suddenly going down without warning when it's something we know is going to happen (as opposed to sudden unexpected downtime of course).
RealZero
6 years, 6 months ago
And, erm...if that was meant sarcastic, I only meant at planned outages, of course, no sudden crashes or something.

*sobs*
IrritatedCharizard
6 years, 6 months ago
Dang that's a nice improvement. Wow, i never knew my rig was better than the old server. X3
starling
6 years, 6 months ago
Most desktop PCs are way more powerful than the average server! :3
IrritatedCharizard
6 years, 6 months ago
Ehhhh, I don't know most peoples computers I have seen are still single/dual core and 1gig of ram. But ya if someone were to just buy a new pc for $500-700 it would probably be better than the old server.
CLCoon
6 years, 6 months ago
congrats, glad to have helped, even though my contribution prolly didnt make much a difference. <=3
Issarlk
6 years, 6 months ago
I'm impressed a website like inkbunny worked on the old server.
Now  you just need a second loadballanced fluttershy for redundancy and maintenance and you'll be all set.
starling
6 years, 6 months ago
If we ever need two servers, a load balancer would help! Most maintenance involves DB upgrades etc that would take the whole site down anyway.

We push about 200 db queries per second at peak hour atm (with around 500 registered members online in any given hour and about 5,000 members online per day). The number of members online doesn't count Guest activity which is harder to get stats on (except via Google, which says we have 16,000+ unique visitors per day combining guests and members). That all caused 20% load on the old server and is now down to 3% even during peak hours which is much more comfortable. The db only eats about 1GB ram and Apache another 1GB under normal load, but the rest is useful for dealing with spikes and disk cache. Plus we have a heap more room to grow now!
GreenReaper
6 years, 6 months ago
Honestly most servers are ridiculously overpowered now for what they are called on to do. That's why you see a lot of virtual servers springing up - because it's got to the point where you don't need a full one for most applications.

Serving data to people scales really well. It shouldn't require 10x CPU/RAM to serve 10x more people - if it does, you're doing it wrong!
Hoya82
6 years, 6 months ago
Congratulations.
However, why choose 15kRPM SAS disks? SSD is better.
15kRPM consumes too much power, and extremly hot. SSD is not.

starling
6 years, 6 months ago
I don't think our host offers SSD. And can you get 1TB of SSD? o.O I thought it was for small drives only for now. Too expensive. :O
Inkdrop0987
6 years, 6 months ago
I heard that those servers are really high tech in fact my Co. is trying to get a few
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