Niagara vs ftp.heanet.ie Showdown

I stumbled upon Colm MacCárthaigh's blog describing his experiences with a Niagara T2000 server. Colm describes Heanet as:

"one of the single busiest webservers in the world. We handle many millions of downloads per day, but unusually for a high-demand site, we do it all from one machine. This is usually a bad idea, but as a mirror server has built-in resilience (in the form of a world-wide network of mirrors), and as we can’t afford 20 terabytes of ultra-scalable, network-available storage, we use a single machine with directly attached storage, and rely on our ability to tune the machine to within an inch of its life."

I can't reach www.heanet.ie to see what it is at the moment so heanet might need the 3X transaction performance the T2000 could give him! (And judging by the rapidly rising electric rates we're experiencing in Dublin, the energy savings are becoming significant even for one machine webservers such as Colm's.)

Colm seems to really know tuning. He's done quite a bit with one dual itanium Linux box and Apache. Imagine if he had more time to play with the T2000, Solaris and Cherokee. It would be fun to get Colm, a few of the Sun Ireland Performance guys and Alvaro together over a pint. The next Irish OpenSolaris Users Group meeting might give us that opportunity. Of course this is Ireland, do we need an excuse to get together for a pint?

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