New Magnatune server
This past wednesday, all Magnatune services were upgraded to a new server. The were some problems for about 24h (and a 12h outage), but those should now be fixed. There are a few minor things still remaining to be done, which should be completed this weekend, but no more outages.
If you're having a problem with Magnatune, please email us and tell us what you're experiencing, and I'll jump on it right away.
The server upgrade was needed because of greatly increased use of our music since Magnatune became an all-subscriber service five months ago. Unsurprisingly, since Magnatune members can stream and download whatever they want, our services are used much more than when we used to sell one-album-at-a-time.
This is great, as it means all the music I've approved over the past 8 years is getting listened to. It also meant we needed to upgrade our server to handle all this music listening -- this is a good thing!
I know it sounds unbelievable, but until this past Wednesday Magnatune was running on the same server we started on nine years ago. The hard drives storing the music have been upgraded several times, and the OS upgraded as far as it would go on that motherboard (to Ubuntu 7.04), but Magnatune was running on a dual-CPU (an Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.2ghz), 3gb RAM machine. The new server has 24gb of RAM, 8 CPU cores, a big SSD drive, and is running Ubuntu v10.04 64bit. The new load average is 0.28 (down from about 3.0), so we have plenty of spare capacity for growth.
So worry not, ye Magnatune fans, we're doing ok and are in no danger of disappearing.
Posted by John Buckman on September 4, 2010 at 01:56 AM | Permalink
Wow, that is quite the upgrade you did, John! Keep up the good work.
Posted by: William McEvoy at Sep 5, 2010 5:39:59 AM
Congrats to the new server. Personally had no issues at all :) - Keep up this awesome project, my musical horizon has enlarged ever since i heard of (and music from) magnatune.com and this seems to be neverending ;)
Posted by: Ulf at Sep 5, 2010 6:53:35 AM
Ubuntu huh? :) nice one of my favourite sites runs one of my favourite Linux Distros, but why Ubuntu? I understand it as a desktop OS but in a server I would choose Debian. Rock stable.
Posted by: Alex at Sep 6, 2010 10:49:53 PM
Good the hear. :)
Are there any plans to renew the page layout? Because it looks very Web 1.0 (or more 0.9). Also tables and spacer gifs are used for formatting, which I guess was already deprecated 9 years ago.
Posted by: panzi at Sep 10, 2010 5:26:34 PM
Is that just one server? I'm impressed it is doing so well. But then, it is Linux. Must be a whopper of a net connection in a colo.
Posted by: Phil Howard at Sep 18, 2010 8:09:08 PM
I also would have definitely used Debian for this project. I'm using it right now to write this message. Since Ubuntu is built on top of Debian, it shouldn't be that difficult to add whatever functionality you might need for this site. Using the "stable" release of Debian in production environments is very stable, safe and secure. Plus, most importantly, Debian is non-proprietary. Ubuntu cannot make that claim.
Posted by: debianUser at Oct 18, 2010 12:46:31 AM