Last monday we upgraded our core database server after a power outage knocked the site offline. I haven’t touched this machine since 2005 so it was a major undertaking to do it last minute. We upgraded from a machine with 64 GB of ram and 8 CPU’s to a HP ProLiant DL785 with 512 GB of ram and 32 CPU’s and moved from SQLserver 2005 to 2008 and windows 2008. The new SQL Server is far more powerful, on the previous server when we passed 130,000 concurrent users replication would fall behind dramatically for no reason.
We also made several major changes to the site.
1. Introduction of themes, you can use 5,000 activity points to ad themes to your profile or you can buy a serious membership and get it that way. Even if your membership expires you still get to keep them.
2. I introduced a feature called date night. Every week starting at friday 2pm PST you can signal to the community you are free for a date on the following friday night , serious members will get displayed first followed by everyone else. The next friday the list gets cleared and people can add themselves to the list and signal they are free for a date for the following friday.
3. Launched a new flash uploader where you can rotate, resize and crop your thumbnails.
In the next week we will be upgrading our image serving, we are nearing 10,000 images served per second and existing stuff just isn’t cutting it. We will be moving our 200 million images over to RamSan… Hopefully when all this is done I won’t need to do anything till the site doubles or triples in size again!