Allow me to geek out for a moment.Link (via /.)
Cory's post today on how to disable the Microsoft GA program was the first real slashdotting I believe BB has had since the move to the new server.
The old server could handle 500 simultaneous connections at once, and we only very rarely reached that cap.
I had (somewhat conservatively) set the server to handle 750 connections, and, to date, we'd used about 450 max at any one time.
Before it even left the Subscriber-only status on /., the server was 100% pegged, all 750 slots used. So, I kept raising it until it could meet demand.
It's now running *1500* slots for connections, and the traffic rate is holding steady at about 1200 simultaneous connections at once. This is *three times* what the old server could handle, and guarantees instant page load times on our part (ads notwithstanding, hopefully Indieclick can keep up!).
Anyway, I thought that was mighty impressive, and thought I'd share. :)
Update: The Systems Administrator Song from Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie totally kicks ass. (Thanks, Jesse!)
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