how many servers does macrumors run on?

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    twoodcc

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    i was just curious how many servers host macrumors? also, i was just curious how much bandwidth do they go thru in a day?

    i have been setting up my own web server, and was just curious how my server would stack up to a lot of traffic (and what exactly is a lot of traffic?)
     
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    As of july 08, Which probably has doubled by now:D

    5 servers.
    2 for forums
    1 for database
    1 for www.macrumors.com (front page + articles)
    1 for other (attachments, guides, other)

    A combination of quad and 8 core.

    37 million page views the past month.

    read post 5 from the big man himself
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=520927
     
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    The servers haven't changed since July, although there is now a further server that handles some of arn's other sites.

    You mean EC2 & S3 :) Those services are best suited to handle significantly variable traffic rather than the 'normal' hosting of sites; they are quite expensive if you're running fast servers all the time. We do use them extensively for the keynotes however.
     
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    twoodcc

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    thanks for the link and info. i guess i wasn't the only one curious about this.

    wow, 5 servers. 1 for just the database. i wonder how big that database is then.

    37 million page views a month? thats like 444 million a year! thats a billion every 2.25 years!
     
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    I was wondering if they have it like in an office, or just hired them around the world, It would be cool to take pics of the macrumors headquarter !!!:D
     
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    i would assume that they would be in a data center. but you never know
     
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    Their stored 30-ft. under ground. In a secret room beneath Apple headquarters of Cupertino CA.:D
     
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    yeah, as stated above. MacRumors runs on 5 servers. They are housed in a data center in Dallas, TX.

    arn
     
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    thanks arn. i was mainly just curious b/c i am currently running a test web server in my home. i'm testing leopard server on a 2.66 quad mac pro to see how it handles it. just an internal web server right now, pushing my own traffic on my network to see how it goes.

    i'm running some scripts to get the page views up, to see how the mac pro handles it. i've also got some videos and photos being hosted on it as well.

    so far today over 42 GB of bandwidth used. the mac pro's fans are on and everything, so it's kinda loud. but it's not really pushing the processors all that much. it's got 14 GB of RAM, and it's using up a good bit of that though
     
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    5 serveres.. that seems kind of a lot. I run my website on 1 (shared) 12,000+ posts and haven't got any problems yet :)
     
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    twoodcc

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    what type of server?
     
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    I almost got a job in a data center that is in the vault of the old federal reserve in downtown MPLS. That would have been so so cool. The vault is something like 40-50 feet below ground with thick reinforced concrete walls. I think they moved now to a building on my side of downtown.
     
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    cool. i've worked in a data center before (as a co-op). a very interesting job. though they had lots of servers, they also had mainframes and tape silos as well. very interesting indeed
     
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    How do you do load balancing between the two forum servers?
     
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    Nothing fancy, just DNS Round Robin.
     
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    twoodcc

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    thanks, i was wondering that as well. i wonder how big the forum database is also
     
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    Simple, or with lbnamed? And how does one set that up on a nameserver? (I know, probably the wrong board to be asking about this, but a vBulletin-based board I'm tech admin for (see signature) may soon need another webserver (or possibly just a separate database server), and Wikipedia is singularly unhelpful here).
     
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    Simple, just by adding a second line in the zonefile for BIND, so you end up with something like

    forums.macrumors.com. IN A 74.86.227.40
    forums.macrumors.com. IN A 74.86.210.200

    vBulletin.com's server forum is a good place to start if you need advice on optimisation and/or expansion.
     
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    very interesting. i am just hosting my own internal smf forum, and it's a small forum right now, but i am still interested in all this.

    i guess i have a thing for databases for some reason.
     
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    I would posrep you if this forum had reputation! Thanks muchly, I didn't know BIND did it automatically.
     

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