The RAID has been configured and running well for a while now, so we now
have one terabyte of useable storage and another 500GB of backup space.
All told, hort.net is using about two terabytes of disk space (although
Chris *is* storing his CD collection on there in MP3 format).
We've installed software and hardware to make remote access easier if
the site needs to be restarted as well. The email, file, and database
servers have proven to be much faster and more stable.
However, we did lose one of our major clients this year because they were
bought out by another nursery that wanted to consolidate their Web sites.
Any funds that are donated will be applied towards our monthly network
Most of the major upgrades are now complete, so I can start focusing on adding new features to hort.net. The email, file, and database servers have been upgraded further to provide much faster service, and the network connection is now twice as fast. The last remaining step involves configuring the RAID for the fileserver (which should be transparent to users) and to add a remote power switching device so that systems can be rebooted if I'm out of town.
Now I need to know what you want to see added to hort.net! Send me your ideas!
Things are going well! We are now committed to a new upstream Internet service provider, so our Internet connection will be twice as fast for less than we're currently paying (which is why we were able to do this earlier than planned). The Web and email servers are significantly faster, and we have everything that we need to set up a RAID for for our servers.
If the contributions continue, we'll be able to upgrade the other servers and start adding new services to hort.net.
Thank you so much for your support!
Thank you for your contributions to hort.net! We're well on our way to reaching our goal!
I've decided to take $500 out of every $2000 received and dedicate it towards hardware and infrastructure needs, so this will allow hort.net to continue growing in the interim. For example, so far we've purchased a 160GB hard drive, an 80GB hard drive, and are ordering an IDE RAID controller card. With this new equipment we're now almost totally protected against data loss. We're also purchasing another network card to set up a firewall between our network and the Internet, so our systems will be much more secure and we can limit individuals who use too much bandwidth (like the people who try downloading the whole picture gallery to their hard drive).
Once we reach our next stage ($4000) we'll be able to commit to a two-year contract with a different upstream Internet service provider. Doing so will double the speed of our Internet connection for less than we're currently paying.
Please, keep those contributions rolling in! We can make hort.net a much better place together!