Dell Blade Server Upgrade

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Gadgets and Cool Toys, Premium resources

Blade servers3Today my friend Shawn and I had to upgrade the computer servers for premiumposts.com because of the tremendous success of the website! When I first started premiumposts.com way back in March of 2006 I was only getting about 2 unique visitors a day (1 from my home computer, and one from my work computer). However, now because of the immense popularity of the site and all my loyal readers I am receiving upwards of 30 unique visitors (from all over the world) every single day!!!!! (Amazing I know). If you look up premiumposts.com on Alexa you will see that it is indeed ranked as the 2,483,449th most popular site in the World! Due to this huge explosion in popularity within the past couple months I have decided to get some new Dell Blade Servers! It ended up costing me just under $90,000.00 dollars but I figure that since I am already pulling in almost $40.00 dollars in ad revenue every month, the servers will pay for themselves within 187 years!

Here are some details about the new blade servers: The Dell blade chassis houses 10 loaded Blades, each consisting of 20 dual-core 2.8Ghz Xeon processors (112Ghz total), 120GB RAM, and 20 146GB 15,000 rpm drives (2.9TB total). I also installed a 48 port gigabit switch, a rack-mounted redundant power supply for the switch, and 2 load balancers (one of which is a hot spare). I am keeping my fingers crossed, and I am hopeful that this will be enough to handle the traffic. What do you think?

In case you didn’t catch my sarcasm it’s not actually me that is upgrading my servers just yet. I have a hosting plan with Bluehost.com that gives me 15 gigs of storage, 400 gb/month of site transfer, and the ability to host 6 Domains on 1 Bluehost Account for $6.95 Per Month So… for now I think BlueHost is a bit more cost effective.

I did however just help my friend Shawn (founder and CEO of digital Point Solutions) deliver and install his new servers (the ones mentioned above) to their new home at the data center in downtown. First we had to lug the equipment down the hall and out to the parking garage. We then proceeded to cram the nearly 500 pounds of computer equipment into his SUV :)

Loading up the new servers
Once we were there it took a few hours to move around the old servers, hook up all the new equipment and secure everything to the rack. There ended up being about 1.5 hours of downtime were digitalpoint.com actaully had to go off line because we had to physically shut down and move the old servers (pictured below)
and put them next to the new blades on the new rack.

The old Digital Point servers
Within a few hours everything was up and running and the installation was complete! Hopefully digitalpoint won’t have to upgrade again any time soon. Here is a picture of the new setup with the 10 blades on the bottom.

The new DigitalPoint equipment
In case you aren’t familiar with DigitalPoint.com it is the 5th most trafficked website in all of California, and ranked as the 165th most popular site in the world! Digital Point gets upwards of 1,000 hits every second and sees about 5 million unique visitors every month (That’s even more than PremiumPosts.com)! Digital Point receives more traffic than buy.com, latimes.com, sun.com … (anyway, you get the idea… its big)!

Digitalpoint.com is an immensely popular website for webmasters and internet marketing. It is a great resource for anyone who owns or operates a website. The website offers a number of free tools that help webmasters with Search engine optimization and internet marketing. Digitalpoint.com also has a very popular forum (that actually just logged its 1 millionth post). The forum discusses search engine optimization, internet marketing, digital Point software… If you own a website and are looking to improve your search engine rankings and improve your internet marketing than digitalPoint.com is a great resource.

Here are just a few of the free tools available to everyone:
1) Keyword suggestion tool: This allows you to quickly see which phrases are searched upon the most (for determining the best phrases to target for your website).
2) GeoVisitors: This tool will show you the physical location of the visitors to your website/blog.
3) Keyword Ranking Monitor: This tool allows you to track historical search engine result placement data for any keyword/URL combo you choose.

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9 Responses to “Dell Blade Server Upgrade”

  1. Keith L. Dick Says:

    Boy could I have a great Game Server with those… hehehe

    Glad it was you guys doing all the wiring and not me, I’d never be able to figure that out… hahahaha

  2. ViciousSummer Says:

    Shawn wishes that that was his sweet SUV! You should feature the Pathfinder at PremiumPosts.com because it doesn’t get much more premium then that…;)

  3. Stefan Says:

    If it weren’t for Shawn’s hummer getting stolen, my beamer getting a flat and the radiator blowing up in my A-Team Van shawn never would have been able to use that pimp ride…which handles more traffic than those stupid blade servers, to transport those things across san diego.

    I am completely offended…that no one called me to help move heavy stuff.

  4. yfs1 Says:

    I dug this post for two reasons

    1.) It’s both interesting and funny
    2.) It’s the first time someone talked about Shawns servers without posting a picture of that scary cat that handles IT operations

  5. SumitBahl Says:

    Man!!!! You are hilarious! :) :D

    Gave you a Digg!!! Hope you make it to the homepage and your site gets more traffic than your SUV (A-Team Van). :) :D

  6. Ambatchdotcom Seocontest Says:

    Just Dugged it :)
    These servers are already up ;)
    Good post
    Amit Patel _ 3001

  7. Sebastian Says:

    Nice, man Shawn Hogan is a genious. The programming skills, server administration skills, and im sure the networking skills are all amazing. BTW, are those blue things Sun Cobalt mail appliances?

  8. Sketch Says:

    But with Shawn’s skills he made them work and got rich from doing it, so congrats to him.

  9. FreeTheNoob Says:

    Really good servers but still has DB problems for Example accounts being deleted..(My account)
    Well anyways this Topic is really and I am Bored as hell.
    Good Luck on the Lawsuit btw

    -Thanks
    -Chris
    ~Freethenoob

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