Additional Capacity

So, I haven’t blogged much lately but there is a reason. Over the past month we have been hard at work expanding the infrastructure behind and Akismet. Here are some of the things that we have done over the past month or so:

  • Migrated out of San Diego
  • Brought online almost 100 new servers in 3 new datacenters — Dallas, TX, San Antonio, TX, and San Francisco, CA
  • Tripled the database hardware behind
  • Now serving blogs out of 3 datacenters in real-time
  • Akismet is now served from 2 datacenters

Here are a couple pictures of some new hardware racked and powered on just before we put it into production last week.

From top to bottom (left):

  • 21 x HP DL145
  • 4 x HP DL365

From top to bottom (right):

  • 18 x HP DL145
  • 4 x HP DL365
  • 1 x 3U HP Storage Array
  • 1 x HP DL385


And the back….


Thanks to Evan League and Brian Maples of Layered Tech for doing the build-out pictured above and sending the photos over.

Author: Barry

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109 thoughts on “Additional Capacity”

  1. I just cannot believe how clean the cabling looks!

    Good job though. And I suppose that some of the mishaps of the past few weeks will be a thing of the past, now that this is in place.


  2. Wow! That costs a fortune! Who does actually pay for all this stuff, the power and you guys working for

  3. Wow, you’re like, 60 wide on the web tier (if those are all web servers…) I like the 1U thin servers, cheaper and smaller footprint. It’s nice to know that you are architected nice and wide for redunancy and it’s cool that you show us. Most companies are paranoid enough that they would keep these images under wraps. Here’s to WordPress, an extraordinary free service – Cheers.

  4. Yeah, they’re ok – but EVERYONE knows the really good servers have a sign on top that says “Def Con 3” on it with a spinning amber fuzz light…and lazers, don’t forget the lazers…

  5. Awesome, makes me feel more powerful. Thanks guys for managing very well.

  6. Ultimately, the goal is to produce a final product from the ground up that I myself would be envious of owning. Build, cable, and rack every server just as you would if it was your own. With that mind set no details will go overlooked… Thanks!! Glad everyone likes it… ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. it looks like some sort of alien apartments to me… but holy crap is it sweet. Thanks for all you do

  8. Wicked cool but… Where the f** do you get all the money needed ? The VIP hosting program pays for this ? Did I miss any VC fund ? I’m just curious & confused ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Congraulations. You should plant some trees to cancel out the extra heat you’re generating though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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