Not a Rio!

Posted on March 29, 2006, under apache, general, niagara.

Ok, so yet more generosity from Sun today. I’ve been told we can keep the T2000! Incredibly, the T1000 is still on its way, and that will be with us some time next week – but I can now recycle the cardboard from the T2000. Brilliant!

We would actually be more than comfortable deploying a T2000 as a host for ftp.heanet.ie, but things are not that simple. We’d have to migrate the 12TB of data from XFS to UFS, for a start. We’d also prefer to buy a server, with a support contract and so on (update: the donations actually come with SunService contracts), anyway. But the T2000 would give us better performance, and a much better NFS stack, which greatly expands our options for the future. When we next purchase an ftp.heanet.ie, Niagara is at the top of our list.

So, the T2000 will go to RedBrick, and we’re working on something else for the T1000. In the immediate future, it will serve as an excellent development and testing machine for Apache, and we’ll use it for the dtrace work (now well underway, by the way). It will also be incredibly useful for us to have a machine for ongoing comparison purposes, and maybe even some OpenSolaris hacking.

Stay tuned for more benchmarking work though, results will be coming soon.

Update: SUN have also very kindly offered to cover Nóirín’s travel costs to ApacheCon Europe in Dublin (read how this will help her, here). Nóirín has been doing a lot of work behind the scenes editing my blog-posts into readable English (and also improving the spelling to that above the level of a 10 year old!) and with Sun’s help, the universe has been particularly efficient at getting the kharmic reward in order.

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