The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Friday, June 20, 2003

Abrupt move

Since March 3rd, 1999, tower has been in service as a web and email server for a few sites. At some point in late 2000/eary 2001 we moved tower down to DialTone Internet (our friend Chris allowed us to colocate with his server; in return we would help run his machine). Fast pipes, good power, no real problems. The only complaint I ever had with DialTone was their rather paranoid policies towards security; getting in to service the machines is a painful process, but security is a tradeoff with convenience and it's not like we have to go down there all that often.

But over time the number of sites has slowly increased, as well as the amount of email it's processing, but it's becoming apparent that it is slowly reaching the end of its useful life as a colocated server.

It's still running:

[spc]tower:~>uptime
  5:16pm  up 441 days, 17:29,  2 users,  load average: 0.38, 0.68, 0.63
[spc]tower:~>

And there are projects that Mark and I would like to do that tower cannot handle; it is, after all, a 33MHz 486 based machine:

[spc]tower:~>more /proc/cpuinfo 
processor       : 0
cpu             : 486
model           : 486 SX
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
stepping        : 3
fdiv_bug        : no
hlt_bug         : no
f00f_bug        : no
fpu             : no
fpu_exception   : no
cpuid           : yes
wp              : yes
flags           : vme
bogomips        : 16.59

For the past six months or so, Mark and I have been in discussion about what system we wanted to replace tower and where to host the replacement server. At one point we almost had a replacement system but that fell through. Now though, we have one system pretty much ready to go, with another one that will be at our disposal Real Soon Now (woo hoo! Load balancing, redundancy, mirroring, here we come!). And we've found a new colocation facility, since DialTone has been planning on moving and we would prefer a local facility in case we need to service the machine.

We were planning on a smooth transition to the new server(s) and we were pretty much on track and probably would have been doing this in a week or two.

Until today.

That's when Mark found out that DialTone no longer wants colocation customers and we have until Monday to move our server.

Well.

Love the advanced warning there. A whole weekend to locate, negotiate and move a server to new facilities.

Good thing Mark and I have been planning this anyway (okay, DialTone stopped taking new colocation customers shortly after we moved in, and the impending move prompted us to start locating a local company anyway) but the short notice is rather abrupt though.

More details as things fall into place …

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