Anand heeft een interessant artikeltje gepost over de nieuwe server cluster van AnandTech. Deze setup bestaat uit 4 Thunderbird 1GHz webservers, 2 Dual PIII Xeon 550 webservers en 2 Dual PIII Xeon 500 database servers. Als software wordt Windows 2000, IIS, Microsoft SQL Server en Allaire ColdFusion gebruikt. Onder normale omstandigheden zit de hardware op 5 tot 10% van de maximale load. De grote overcapaciteit is nodig om de enorme toestroom van bezoekers te verwerken als AnandTech weer eens een primeur heeft:
We put together a total of 5 new servers, this was in our most recent trip to Pittsburgh (we are hosted at a datacenter there) that many of you caught wind of from our front page post. Each of the servers was configured identically, and all were to be used as Web Servers, with the exception of the fifth server which would act as a mail/stats/admin box for AnandTech but would also work as a Web Server should the need arise.
Since these servers would be running alongside our current web boxes we saw no need to have even more data redundancy and ditched the idea of setting up RAID 1 arrays on each one of these boxes. In fact, since the disk usage on our previous web boxes was so low, we decided to forgo SCSI all together and simply used some 20GB Ultra ATA/66 drives in these new servers. There is very little disk access required by our web servers and there was really no reason to have 5 more RAID 1 arrays of Ultra2 SCSI drives if we weren't going to use the added performance those drives would offer.
With that said and done, AnandTech is currently running off of a total of 9 servers, two of which are dedicated solely to keeping our wonderful Forums readers running quickly and happily, one being our stats/mail/admin box, and the remaining 6 running AnandTech (1 acting as a Database box). And with this many servers, they were definitely all placed in Rackmount cases, 5U cases for the Xeon servers and 4U cases for most of the rest. Mushkin was the supplier we turned to for our rackmount cases, and they actually offered pretty good rackmounts for a company that specializes primarily in memory. The units have been housing and cooling these 9 servers perfectly thus far, and we haven't had any complaints at all.
Check voor meer info ook deze thread op het AnandTech forum (thanks SuB voor de tip).