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Old 07-25-2001, 01:55 PM
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I am the "COMPETENT computer consultant" for MercedesShop. My name is Bill Wood. You can e-mail me at if you would like to discuss this further. No, the owners of PartsShop did not buy a boatload of X66.

Here's a brief outline regarding the status of our server...

We have purchased a dedicated server and are in the process of moving our site to that box. It will take approx 2 weeks to complete since we want to install our software, mirror the 2 systems and finally cut off the old system. During the 2 week period we WILL have some outages. There's no way around it.

The new system is located near Denver in a state of the art server farm owned and maintained by Verio:
Network Operations Center:
- Redundant uninterruptable power supplies
- Multiple redundant back-up generators
- Fire suppression
- Raised floors
- Separate cooling zones
- Humidity control
- Multiple levels of security
Our Server:
- P-3 933Mhz with dual cpu capability
- 512MB RAM upgradeable to 2GB
- 18GB 10,000RPM SCSI main drive
- 30GB IDE drive for daily backups
- 24/7 monitoring
Our Network:
- 2 OC-3's with Qwest connected to Verio Chicago and Palo Alto
- 2 OC-12's with MCI
- All connected to 4 OC-192's
- 4 Cisco 6509 routers
- Juniper backbones with multiple connections

The data center we are in has connections to many different Internet backbones including UUNet, Sprint, Cable and Wireless, CRL, Qwest, Exodus, Agis and Net Axs. We also have private and direct peering DS3's set up between our location and that of American Online and PSI-Net. The data center also operates its own DS3 to Mae East to peer with many of the smaller Tier One providers as well as operating another DS3 to the ATM switch located there.

By connecting to multiple backbones, the data can be distributed through many sources. This architectural design also means that the network connections are not dependent upon any single Internet backbone. Thus when problems occur, traffic rerouting is automatic, thereby ensuring the integrity of the network and continued access for our high-speed dedicated server clients. This takes the term "multi-homing" to a whole new level.

Here is our Tier 1 backbone:

We have been dragging our feet for several weeks before selecting a new server because this is a BIG move and we wanted to make sure we were selecting the right platform for today and the future. We have gone with the best "state-of-the-art" system we could find yet still afford.

I realize this is just a simplistic explanation of our server situation. If you would like to discuss in more detail or have suggestions on how we can further improve our new system, please let me know.
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