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Florian that would be interesting read.

I work at a data center and im not sure what we could offer a non profit organization price wise if you want something in another country for redundancy. I have an ubuntu 10.04 vps from here and its very high performing considering i have my business website as well as an audio stream and 2 other sites on it.

Would you guys consider paying for a vps that you would have full control over. If so what specs would you want in a vps? a fully dedicated colocated server would be too costly as we charge per kwH of electricity.

On 02/08/2011 13:00, Florian Effenberger wrote:
Hi Jonathan,

Jonathan Aquilina wrote on 2011-08-01 12:52:

I already have a VPS setup which I use and host 4 sites with at the data
center i work with. Here we have redundancy like no other, 4 fiber lines
from 2 different providers, 2 lines each provider. so if something does
go down, we switch to our immediate backup. each floor as well of our DC
has 2 emergency generators in case of electrical outages, and can run
the DC for 6 days.

I am more then willing to run a back up site on my vps. I am sure it
would be much more effective to either have a round robin DNS setup and
use both sites, or use one then change the DNS entry. What do you think.
I could rsync the site on the main server to ensure that its up to date
and a 2nd push of updates to my vps wont be necessary.

thanks for that kind offer. However, for achieving a real redundancy, what we need would be access to servers that are completely under our control, and that have only the installation we need on it (Ubuntu base system plus our server components). Given the high load the machines produce, a virtual machine might not be sufficient.

We are currently internally drafting a document on load balancing and failover/redundancy. I am happy to share the non-confidential parts on this list if this is of interest - if you can offer something that fits to those thoughts, that would of course be appreciated. :-)

However, a simple rsync solution is *not* sufficient, as our system is more complex.


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