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Midwest furs get local cache in Windy City

Furry fandom's second-busiest artist community now has a presence in the USA's Second City!

Host1Plus has provided a cloud server in Chicago for us to try over the next month. This regional cache targets the Midwest/Upland South USA (to Chattanooga, Oklahoma and Denver), plus Western Canada.

It's a brand new server: two Intel Xeon E5-2620v4 cores, 2GB DDR4 ECC RAM and 60GB of SSD-cached storage - already 40% full - with traffic currently peaking at 20Mbit. If all goes well, we expect a long-term presence in the region which hosts our community's second-largest convention, Midwest FurFest.

Update: Thanks to our participation in testing the cloud platform, we've secured a upgrade to 8GB RAM and 120GB + 240GB of storage, with free hosting for the next six months.

Our hosts are still tuning, so if you notice any problems, drop us a ticket!

Inkbunny staff manage ten caches across five continents, along with our main and secondary servers in the Netherlands. You can see which cache you're using in the site footer, or select a different one.
As always, many thanks to our donors and sponsors!
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NekoVeil
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Is it wrong to think this had something to do with MFF?
GreenReaper
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Let's just say the massive success of last year's Inkbunny dinner at MFF showed us we have a future in Chicago - I think I saw over a hundred fans at Hofbrauhaus! It's a nice central location, too, taking some of the load off our Arizona and Virginia caches… which increased after February's upgrades.
NekoVeil
10 months, 2 weeks ago
So it was indirectly related or maybe influenced. :)
I'm just excited about MFF this year because I might actually get to go! ^_^
GreenReaper
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Many IB staff are excited, too - including myself! :-D
It'll be my 11th MFF - last year I came home with the world in my paws.
bencoon
10 months, 2 weeks ago
*kazoo, confetti!*
KazuKohi
10 months, 2 weeks ago
You rang?
bencoon
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Hush you, back in your box. >:C
KazuKohi
10 months, 2 weeks ago
AM I BEING DETAINED
GreenReaper
10 months, 2 weeks ago
I think "restrained" or even "contained" is more accurate…
Just be glad it's not the bunny box!
FibS
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Oh nice. Chicago's much closer to me than what we had before.
GreenReaper
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Arizona may work better for you, but it can depend on traffic. Usually best to stay on 'Autodetect'!
FibS
10 months, 2 weeks ago
It is on autodetect - it switched to Chicago once you guys added it.

And Chicago is in California, while Arizona is in Arizona. [wise nod]
GreenReaper
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Perhaps it's doing a cultural comparison! Or maybe we needed to update our IP location database… any different now?
FibS
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Well it's Arizona now but I wasn't complaining...
GreenReaper
10 months, 2 weeks ago
That's good to hear, though; it's 35ms to you from Arizona, vs. 73ms from Chicago - twice as fast! We don't want things to slow down when we add a new server. :-)
FibS
10 months, 1 week ago
Y'know I only just now realized on checking the journal a second time Chicago is in Illinois not California?

I don't often do a two-handed facepalm but this was one scenario
GreenReaper
10 months, 1 week ago
Well, to be fair, there are many Chicagos in California, including the location of a famous disaster. This just wasn't any of them! :-)
Tycloud
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Yay! But how come we only get 2 gigs of ram? It's 2016 Mr!  :3
GreenReaper
10 months, 2 weeks ago
I know, right? RAM is usually the pinch-point for cloud services - it's easy enough to add more disks to a SAN, and CPU cores can be shared, but it's a lot harder to do that with RAM. Fortunately, 2GB is enough to cache the filesystem and the most frequently-accessed files and thumbnails.

As for the rest… well, that's why I was chatting with Host1Plus's CTO earlier today. We'll be checking back with them a little later, once they've finished tuning the storage platform. Animal testing!
yuu
yuu
10 months, 2 weeks ago
i might be wrong but i heard chicago isnt anymore the second biggest city its now L.A. .... after so many crisis .-.
GreenReaper
10 months, 2 weeks ago
That's true… but Chicago had that title for most of 20th century, and still likes to think of itself as such. And hey, the U.S. hasn't had a president from L.A. since Reagan - nor a fur-con since Antheria! :-)
HellDoradoLion
10 months ago
im not sure if its really about the SIZE of the city, but maybe more the LOCATION.... there are already IB servers on the east and west coasts, but none in the center of the country.... I'm sure this is what they are trying to change
GreenReaper
9 months, 2 weeks ago
Pretty much, yes. Quebec's OK, but the Midwest has the audience to justify its own cache.
HellDoradoLion
9 months, 2 weeks ago
awesome that helps for us illinois furs and others in the region!
DarkMacroMaster
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Can I donate RAM? :P

Anyway, I'm super excited to hear about the expansion! One day, Inkbunny will take over the world!!! Inkbunny will be the new reddit, twitter, and youtube. It will be the default homepage on most major PCs!
GreenReaper
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Goodness, I hope not. Think of the children! (We'd never be rid of them…)

Sadly, we can't accept RAM donations. Even if it's the right kind, we don't own the servers in question!
Owning servers has never made much sense for us - the economics tend towards leasing bits of them.
mdolphin418
10 months, 2 weeks ago
i see
HellDoradoLion
10 months ago
AWESOME!!!!! IL furs represent!!!!!  /)°0°(\
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