Viva Vizaweb

We had kind of a meltdown on Leoville today during the radio show. So many people were hitting the server simultaneously that it bogged down completely. We have two dedicated servers already running 2GHz Celerons and 1GB of RAM each — and run on one, the message boards on another — but they still couldn’t handle the traffic. We peaked at just under 8MBits/second several times during the show.
So far this month has used an astounding 409GB of bandwidth. (That doesn’t include the message boards or this blog. This blog is at 25GB for the month; the boards 41GB. All told the Leoville sites are on track to do nearly a terabyte in October.)

Vizaweb, my host, very graciously donates all that bandwidth, and I’m sure it’s a lot more than they bargained for. Their solution? Instead of giving up and asking me to move somewhere else they’re suggesting an upgrade to a dual Xeon 2.8GHz with hyper threading so it registers as 4 CPUs, two 73GB SCSI hard drives, and more RAM. Wow!

There may be a slight disruption during the move — the blog and the radio wiki will probably close temporarily, and some stuff may not work quite right for a day or two, but once the kinks are worked out we should be so much better off.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Vizaweb!