What hardware is behind BYC?

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  1. Im4Eggcellence

    Im4Eggcellence Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, as a professional computer programmer, techie, and general nerd, I'm curious as to exactly what hardware/software is behind the scenes here. Anyone care to elaborate a little?
     
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    You can PM Nifty-Chicken, the owner. He is the man behind the curtain....The Wonderful Wizard of BYC. [​IMG]
     
  3. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    We run everything on a LAMP environment. Our servers are in a colo where we run on Intel Xeon Dual Quad core (yes, 8) CPU machine with 15K RPM hot swap SCSI/SAS Hard Drives in a RAID 10 config.

    The colo has continuous battery backup, generators, more than a ton (literally) of cooling capacity, high tech security, and fire suppression. I'm a few thousand miles from the server, but fortunately I have full root access and can do pretty much everything except swap out hardware. Fortunately the NOC is staffed 24/7 so if/when I need help I can simply call and talk to someone.

    Even though our datacenter provides extremely reliable systems and backups I am pretty picky about backups. I do daily backups of the entire forum database and keep up to 7 copies of these daily backup at various locations all over the planet! You can read more about how I backup all of BYC here: http://www.nifty-stuff.com/daily-mysql-database-backup.php

    So
    , does that info feed your inner geek?
     
  4. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's magic that makes BYC run... and pixie dust.
     
  5. Im4Eggcellence

    Im4Eggcellence Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, thank you that was a very nice geek snack [​IMG] It's amazing how much you can do with a LAMP environment these days... it's come a long ways. So what disto of Linux are you running? And any idea of the total size of the DB?

    It's a very impressive site, I've been quite impressed with the response times realizing that there is obviously a lot of SQL/DHTML going on in the background.

    The website developer app is quite impressive too for it's speed. Until recently, I was doing website work for the Nat'l Park Service - they have a template system built on top of the PaperThin Common Spot Content Server product and it's performance in web content generation was a real dog in comparison.

    Thanks again for the "tour". [​IMG]
     
  6. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, thank you that was a very nice geek snack [​IMG] It's amazing how much you can do with a LAMP environment these days... it's come a long ways. So what disto of Linux are you running? And any idea of the total size of the DB?

    It's a very impressive site, I've been quite impressed with the response times realizing that there is obviously a lot of SQL/DHTML going on in the background.

    The website developer app is quite impressive too for it's speed. Until recently, I was doing website work for the Nat'l Park Service - they have a template system built on top of the PaperThin Common Spot Content Server product and it's performance in web content generation was a real dog in comparison.

    Thanks again for the "tour". [​IMG]

    x2!
     
  7. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wooaa....pixie dust indeed! Not being anythinggeeklike......it is indeed a miracle. Thank you for taking such good care of us!
     
  8. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

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  9. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

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    The first paragraph of Nifty's post might as well have been written in a foreign language! I barely understood any of it! [​IMG]
     
  10. Oldfort_mailman

    Oldfort_mailman "The Fortfather"

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    Quote:I finished up my degree in information technology five years ago but since I was already full time at the post office I never use it. After reading the previous posts about the site and how it runs and on what software, all I could say if asked about it is that I have no earthly idea and "I am apparently not smarter than a fifth grader."
     

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