Why we have redundancy in the server

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Peter T Davis, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. Peter T Davis

    Peter T Davis Hammer at the Ready Moderator

    Many of you will recall that on Friday we had quite a bit of downtime, and that the company that manages Coin Talk's server told me that it was a cable connecting the hard drive that failed. Well, yesterday we had even more of downtime, and this time around they're saying that it was actually the hard drive itself that failed.

    What a lot of you probably don't know is that I put extra money into Coin Talk's server so we had an extra hard drive in there onto which a copy of the database is made every day. So, instead of a catastrophic loss, we're missing about a day's worth of posts.

    To me, even losing a day's worth of posts sucks, and I've kicked a couple of holes in the wall here because of it. Well, not really, but I wanted to! Anyway, we're back live, with a new hard drive (and yes, still with the backup drive. It's really a cheap insurance plan, and a lesson for everyone, backup your data regularly!
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  3. Bonedigger

    Bonedigger New Member

    Peter, "Thank-you for the effort and time you've put into this CoinTalk project." Much appreciated... :)

    Take Care
  4. ctrl

    ctrl Member

    Many many thanks! And cheers to regular backups!
  5. scottishmoney

    scottishmoney Unwell Unknown Unmembered Supporter

    Peter I respect you for putting up with all the nonsense of hosting this site, expense etc. and endeavouring on still. I myself have been through website hosts a few times, until I went back to my original host and have stayed there ever since.

    It just bites when the site goes o/l for a bit, and you cannot get your numismatic buzz. But thank you for making this a great forum.
  6. jeankay

    jeankay Coin Hoarder

    Hi Peter,
    And yes, you do deserve a really big hug, or possibly a hip-hip-hooray!

    My hubby has been hosting a website well over 10 years now. I know what he puts into it, not only his time, but his hard-earned money from his regular job.
    A few days ago his server flew the coop. He about had a heart attack.
    10 years plus of thousands upon thousands of photographs were gone in a blink of any eye. This time it was not the internet provider, but the machine itself.
    I know he put a lot of $ into buying the computer and server, and back up storage and power failure back-up batteries, etc., etc.

    In short, he must dish out nearly $1,000.00 to have someone rescue the images and get them back to him so he can get them back online for his members.

    His members are so loyal and grateful for the website that they often send donations to help with the expenses involved.

    Do you have a way for us to help you out?

  7. spock1k

    spock1k King of Hearts

    Maybe when its time for a renewal you should focus on a SLA with HA. That way we wont have you knocking holes in the wall. I would also recommend a DL585 next time you need a box. Let me know if you need any help. :)
  8. jaceravone

    jaceravone Member

    My thoughts exactly! What can we do to help since we are the ones that are benefiting from your hard work.
  9. andycook

    andycook Supporter**

    Nice job. Not every place has that. I will start duplicating my posts for extra redundancy.
  10. Shortgapbob

    Shortgapbob Emerging Numismatist

    Thanks for the effort Peter. It is appreciated!
  11. rzage

    rzage What Goes Around Comes Around .

    Peter thanks alot , I've only been a member for a few months & I've grown to love this place & its people , I actually went to another site when yours was down , hated it , glad you got it going again so fast , thanks again .
    Rusty aka: rzage
  12. vipergts2

    vipergts2 Jester in hobby of kings

    I want to say again, thanks for all the time, effort and money you put in this site. We all enjoy it and life would be much duller without it.
    When I first started looking for a coin forum a few years ago I looked at a few, but this is the only one that held my interest.
    The members and the staff are just great here.
    Thanks again Peter.:hug:
  13. clembo

    clembo A closed mind is no mind

    No problem Peter and if you DO kick holes in the wall just call me.

    Fixing those things is part of what I do for a living. ;)

  14. gxseries

    gxseries Coin Collector

    Thanks Peter, really appreciate your hard work.
    Sorry---but we can't even suggest that or we could lose our Google account.
  15. spock1k

    spock1k King of Hearts

    who you calling staff?
  16. Smaugy

    Smaugy Peg Leg Surfing

    Yea, this site is the first site that I have felt lost without getting my daily fix. Really bummed me out when I couldn't get on.

    Keep up the great work Peter and if there is any way I can assist let me know - financially or otherwise.

  17. Phoenix21

    Phoenix21 *The King Of Jokes*

    Thanks Peter and to the other Admins and Mods for all the work y'all put into here. :thumb: It is really appreciated by me, and I'm sure everyone else. :thumb:

    Phoenix :cool:
  18. vipergts2

    vipergts2 Jester in hobby of kings

    Administator, moderator, anybody that helps Peter keep things running safely and sanely.
  19. Daggarjon

    Daggarjon Supporter**

    Peter, i only know a little about computers :rolleyes: but is it possible to RAID stripe the drives so that an exact image would be created on the 'back-up' drive? so when the main drive fails, you swap the 2nd drive to the first that failed, and continue on....
  20. Magman

    Magman U.S. Money Collector

    That's crazy enough that it just might be too much for me to understand!
  21. jmc7983

    jmc7983 Senior Member

    raid-1 saves the same data to all hard drives of the array. Read errors are not fatal here. Information is safe as long as at least one of the hard drives in the array is working.
    then there are a few others such as raid-0 which combines two separate hard drives together too utilize the speed of both, (faster start up times, and load up times for information on the hdd)
    then there is raid-5 which seperates the same file onto two or more hdd's thus preventing a total loss of all information. does this help you out?
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