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Upsizing Linux Servers Getting Easier

Jan 07, 2009, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Gray)

"The last time I upgraded the NewsBlaze server, it took almost three weeks of solid work to get it done. I thought this change might be a bigger problem than the last, so I was prepared for the worst. The new machine has 8 processor cores, the operating system was a move up from Enterprise 4 to 5, the webserver went from v1 to v2, the php (programming language) bumped up from v4 to v5, the perl language was a new release and all of the supporting modules had changes.

"Surprisingly, only two minor edits were needed to the .htaccess file, that controls how www.newsblaze.com and newsblaze.com are treated, and the program that handles logins for the story editors failed. Everything else seems perfect.

"Now, instead of 80-90% processor utilization at busy times, it is 80% idle. I like a machine like that because it gives us room to grow."

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