Re: hort.net update
Keeping us all together? Priceless!
A Touch of the Tropics
----- Original Message -----
From: "Christopher P. Lindsey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 9:49 PM
Subject: [CHAT] hort.net update
> Hi everyone,
> Wow, it's hard to believe that it's been six months since I asked
> everyone for help with the hort.net fund drive. By now, you're
> probably wondering how it went!
> Well, the vacation in Tahiti was great, thanks! :)
> OK, that's probably not funny. Seriously, we've been working hard to
> make things better, and true to form it's taken longer than I expected.
> There have also been some growing pains along the way, but I appreciate
> your patience as we worked out the bugs.
> Here's what we've done so far:
> . The main Web server was upgraded to a much faster machine.
> I replaced the motherboard, processor, memory, and hard drive.
> The end result is that search functions and more complicated
> page displays are significantly faster than before.
> COST: $600
> . Using parts from the old Web server, I was able to upgrade the
> email server as well. I would ultimately like to upgrade the
> mail server to the same type of machine as the Web server, but
> the funds aren't there yet. Still, email should be faster, and
> now all incoming and outgoing email has the added benefit of
> virus scanning. The old mail server wasn't fast enough to do
> but this upgrade should prevent viruses from going out to any of
> the lists.
> COST: FREE
> . I purchased a new, large, rackmount case for the main file server.
> Right now we have what's known as a JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks)
> serving the data with a copy of everything made nightly to
> another large disk.
> We would like to switch to a RAID5 setup -- this writes data in
> a manner that allows for the loss of a hard drive without any
> data loss at all. This new case is large enough and beefy
> enough to handle up to ten hard drives (most of which we already
> have), so data security will be better with less downtime.
> In essence, if a drive fails now I can fix things manually and
> copy over the data to a new drive. With the new setup a drive
> failure won't impact the system at all and it can keep running
> without my intervention.
> COST: $250
> . I also purchased a backup power supply for the Web server (the
> other servers already had one). Lately the power grid around
> here has been experiencing ten second blips which would knock
> the machine out of commission. This fixes the problem, so short
> power outages are now a non-issue.
> COST: $150
> . The biggest change coming up involves our Internet connection.
> We're changing upstream providers to provide a connection with
> twice the speed with a lower monthly cost. I can't reveal
> details as per our contract, but our monthly expenditures will
> be significatly lower. However, there will be a one month
> overlap period when we transition from our old provider to the
> new one, so we'll be paying twice for the same month at one
> point. There may also be installation fees, although this should
> all be recouped by the end of the year. The projected monthly
> savings are what allowed us to purchase new equipment as well.
> COST: unknown
> What I'd still like to do:
> . Put the mail server into a rackmount enclosure $250
> . Upgrade the mail server $500
> . Upgrade the SQL/file server $500
> . Buy rails for three rackmount systems $170
> . Buy more disk so that people can upload photos, $300-$500
> etc. (we currently have about 200GB of data)
> Thanks again for all of your help so far! We can, of course, always
> use more funds to do bigger and better things, so the fund drive is
> still open.
> Also, once all of our hardware upgrades are finished, I'll be asking
> you questions about what features we should work on improving first
> at hort.net.
> Support hort.net -- join the hort.net fund drive!
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