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New infrastructure ordered odilitime 03/08/2017 (Wed) 09:48:54 [Preview] No. 5773
After a long period researching a new host and waiting for the right inventory to become available. We have found one. We're getting the keys tomorrow. Our new set up is $100USD/mo, a little more than our old server but it's much better hardware (3 times the cpus and ram, double the disk space) and we believe this is a better arrangement moving forward.

This includes an $85USD/mo 12 cores (24 threads) of 2.6ghz and 2x2tb HDD set up (HW RAID) in RAID 1. It has 6 bays and it is rent/lease to own, which means after 12 months we can reduce our monthly cost. It'll be a little slower than what we're on now (3.5ghz) but service levels should be more consistent.

Then the remaining $15USD/mo. is a front end caching VPS with encrypted disks (root and swap). We will use this to hide our backend server better, prevent DDoS and help put the nail in Cloudflare's coffin.

We'll be migrating to these new servers over the next week. Please hang with us and let us know any problems you may have.

We rely on your donations to stay independent and have our own hardware. This is a first major step in improving our infrastructure and having a long term plan to ensure we'll be around when needed. While we have a couple months buffer, I'd like to ask if you like what we're doing, to see if you can help kick down some bitcoin to ensure our continued existence.

Edited last time by odilitime on 03/08/2017 (Wed) 09:55:58.

Anonymous 03/14/2017 (Tue) 08:54:02 [Preview] No. 5801 del
Anyone else notice the site seems slower?

Anonymous 03/14/2017 (Tue) 13:24:34 [Preview] No. 5803 del

We're busy raiding 8chan.

We'll be back.

odilitime Board owner 03/15/2017 (Wed) 00:00:18 [Preview] No. 5804 del
We're not on the new server yet. It's going to take a couple weeks to transfer the data apparently.

Anonymous 03/15/2017 (Wed) 05:49:53 [Preview] No. 5805 del
When you get mobile app support I'll be back. Idgaf about your servers. Ads always help. Cya

Anonymous 03/18/2017 (Sat) 07:10:06 [Preview] No. 5823 del
Your mobile page sucks

Anonymous 03/18/2017 (Sat) 09:04:23 [Preview] No. 5824 del
Good. Either get the fuck off your iphone or get off the board, normie.

Anonymous 03/18/2017 (Sat) 23:16:42 [Preview] No. 5834 del
Does the ridiculously high 350 MB file size affect the server cost? There aren't any cheaper servers you can find? Can you replace all existing animated GIFs with thumbnails so they don't auto-play when people load the page to reduce a bit of unnecessary bandwidth usage?

odilitime Board owner 03/19/2017 (Sun) 10:32:32 [Preview] No. 5837 del
We're trying to avoid ads. We have one android app currently:

Ok, why is it bad? How can we make it better? Buttons/links too small? Zoom problems? For bonus point include some screenshots.

>Does the ridiculously high 350 MB file size affect the server cost?
Yes and no. It does effect the cost because we have to have a 2nd disk of the same size for RAID1 and then we have to back it up. Even with 350 MB files and being online over 1 year, we've never hit 1TB nor had to run the vacuum script. 1TB drives are so cheap these days, it's hard to find anything smaller (for example the old server we're leaving has 8tb hard drives). Also we got such a great deal on our new set up, it's hard to compete with the value.

>There aren't any cheaper servers you can find?
In the short term, yes. We looked at VPSes, $35/mo for 1TB but it was with a provider that fucked us over originally, so I didn't feel confident they're not going to increase that price either. The are other providers will cheap solutions but we ran out of time to research and vet them. Plenty of shit-tier VPS providers that over ratio their boxes and have lots of problems (See troubles with NextChan, LibreChan, Kiwifarms and 8ch.pl)
In the long term, no. This lease to own option allows us to purchase the server hardware (a very nice dual hexcore box) at $20/mo more than we were paying previously for our dedicated server. In a year this will allow us to have really nice hardware and drop our costs to VPS levels.

>Can you replace all existing animated GIFs with thumbnails so they don't auto-play when people load the page to reduce a bit of unnecessary bandwidth usage
Yes, I've put in a lot of work to make this a user selectable option. However it's still not ready yet. GIFs really don't use much bandwidth (especially with how LynxChan optimizes the thumbs for them).
The thing that saves us the most bandwidth is people using infinow.net domain, that uses CloudFlare's CDN caching to save bandwidth but CloudFlare hasn't had a great track record and we're considering removing them as bandwidth is not a large cost center for us. In fact in this new infrastructure set up, we optimize our packages bandwidth from 20TB down to 5TB (while still making it to flip the switch if we get hit with a lot of users all of a sudden). But it's hard to find a month when we're using even that.

Anonymous 03/25/2017 (Sat) 17:50:12 [Preview] No. 5865 del

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