Additional Capacity

16 Apr

So, I haven’t blogged much lately but there is a reason. Over the past month we have been hard at work expanding the infrastructure behind WordPress.com and Akismet. Here are some of the things that we have done over the past month or so:

  • Migrated out of San Diego
  • Brought online almost 100 new servers in 3 new datacenters — Dallas, TX, San Antonio, TX, and San Francisco, CA
  • Tripled the database hardware behind WordPress.com
  • Now serving WordPress.com blogs out of 3 datacenters in real-time
  • Akismet is now served from 2 datacenters

Here are a couple pictures of some new hardware racked and powered on just before we put it into production last week.

From top to bottom (left):

  • 21 x HP DL145
  • 4 x HP DL365

From top to bottom (right):

  • 18 x HP DL145
  • 4 x HP DL365
  • 1 x 3U HP Storage Array
  • 1 x HP DL385

new-servers-04-2007.jpg

And the back….

new-servers-back-04-2007.jpg

Thanks to Evan League and Brian Maples of Layered Tech for doing the build-out pictured above and sending the photos over.

108 Responses to “Additional Capacity”

  1. Lazo Von Vukovaren April 16, 2007 at 9:46 am #

    I am speachless… You guys rock
    Lazo Von Vukovaren

  2. eteraz April 16, 2007 at 11:00 am #

    It would be inappropriate to say that I am mildly aroused.

  3. raincoaster April 16, 2007 at 11:07 am #

    Because eteraz is immoderate about everything, of course. Tell me, can these new servers sing “Daisy, Daisy?”

  4. Andrew Matthews April 16, 2007 at 11:09 am #

    I like the idea of my blog being hosted on a black box with a bright blue light. Does it go ping, by any chance?

  5. piratenblog April 16, 2007 at 11:10 am #

    @eteraz

    nope, it only shows that you are quite normal (according to todays standards ;)

  6. Sagaro April 16, 2007 at 11:33 am #

    Abso-fucking-lutely cool. Way to go guys…

  7. Shaun April 16, 2007 at 11:41 am #

    I’m jealous.

  8. MrArboc April 16, 2007 at 11:51 am #

    I wonder which magic box contains my blog?

  9. majic April 16, 2007 at 12:53 pm #

    Did you do your own cable management? It looks great!

  10. Brent April 16, 2007 at 1:16 pm #

    I just cannot believe how clean the cabling looks!

    Good job though. And I suppose that some of the mishaps of the past few weeks will be a thing of the past, now that this is in place.

    Awesome.

  11. freakcode April 16, 2007 at 1:51 pm #

    Hm, so that’s why I found that WP was faster, since some time ago!

  12. amiripz April 16, 2007 at 2:07 pm #

    Remarkable machines you have there. Great job folks.

  13. Reynie April 16, 2007 at 2:45 pm #

    Waauw… that’s amazing! ;-)

  14. kristin April 16, 2007 at 2:46 pm #

    nice cabinet. all pretty and organized

  15. Matt April 16, 2007 at 4:15 pm #

    What’s up with moving to Texas? Cheaper power?

  16. crazyharp81602 April 16, 2007 at 4:37 pm #

    That’ll make wordpress run better than before!

  17. Holger April 16, 2007 at 4:48 pm #

    Wow! That costs a fortune! Who does actually pay for all this stuff, the power and you guys working for wordpress.com?

  18. dionysius April 16, 2007 at 5:26 pm #

    Very nice, keep up the good work !

  19. VxJasonxV April 16, 2007 at 6:04 pm #

    Why do you have all the UID lights on?

  20. Barry April 16, 2007 at 6:34 pm #

    Because it looked better for the picture?

  21. jazyfko April 16, 2007 at 7:05 pm #

    Sweet… I love hardware… nice blue and yellow color combo. Well done.

  22. Yellowman April 16, 2007 at 7:17 pm #

    Waow ! Awesome, great work guys :)

  23. kystorms April 16, 2007 at 8:21 pm #

    too cool!!!!

  24. Evan April 16, 2007 at 8:33 pm #

    :) Lots of long nights :)

  25. katm April 16, 2007 at 8:35 pm #

    Amazing. I’m drooling… I’m such a geek.

  26. surrogate April 16, 2007 at 9:01 pm #

    Does this new stuff aid in time travel? Looks like it should.

  27. cowsbythefence April 17, 2007 at 12:10 am #

    I feel special.

  28. Mark Jaquith April 17, 2007 at 12:36 am #

    That cabling looks like a close up of a fabric’s weave. Very nice.

  29. Lackfer® April 17, 2007 at 1:42 am #

    bueno.!

  30. jbinmpls April 17, 2007 at 1:44 am #

    Wow, you’re like, 60 wide on the web tier (if those are all web servers…) I like the 1U thin servers, cheaper and smaller footprint. It’s nice to know that you are architected nice and wide for redunancy and it’s cool that you show us. Most companies are paranoid enough that they would keep these images under wraps. Here’s to WordPress, an extraordinary free service – Cheers.

  31. pipit April 17, 2007 at 3:53 am #

    Nice blue led, remind me, my blog is one of them :)

  32. Kartik Mistry April 17, 2007 at 5:14 am #

    WP Rocks!!

  33. kOoLiNuS April 17, 2007 at 5:59 am #

    nice setup … do you run a free operating system or what ?

  34. rowjie April 17, 2007 at 8:13 am #

    nice! congrtaulations!

  35. maltesen April 17, 2007 at 9:53 am #

    Rock on…

  36. nederhop074 April 17, 2007 at 12:03 pm #

    Hell Yeah!

  37. Calvin April 17, 2007 at 1:51 pm #

    Awesome! Have fun with those. ;-)

  38. Sakib Al Mahmud April 17, 2007 at 2:05 pm #

    nice

  39. neelkanth April 17, 2007 at 2:41 pm #

    wonderfully well

  40. T1ps April 17, 2007 at 4:16 pm #

    Nice… it’s seriously nice.

  41. Carlos Couceiro April 17, 2007 at 8:33 pm #

    Thank you for existing.

  42. Mia April 17, 2007 at 9:27 pm #

    Hawt.

  43. ryan_oke April 17, 2007 at 10:45 pm #

    Wow… keren…

  44. Ian Lumb April 18, 2007 at 1:47 am #

    Awesome! Thank you! -Ian

  45. Admin April 18, 2007 at 5:57 am #

    Awesome! You are the best. I love WP!

  46. T.U. Dinesh April 18, 2007 at 7:14 am #

    kewl guys … am hooked to wordpress :)

  47. afokkema April 18, 2007 at 8:44 am #

    superb.. Nice hardware and thanx again for creating WP.

  48. Patrick Ryan April 18, 2007 at 9:18 am #

    Given the density perhaps Blade Systems will be a good alternative. It’s nice to see pictures like these :)

  49. rumours April 18, 2007 at 11:55 am #

    Very WordPress here :?

  50. anaet April 18, 2007 at 4:58 pm #

    Look like Human Body Energy system… it is nice

  51. Amidee April 18, 2007 at 10:16 pm #

    Just… whoa.

  52. mercenario April 19, 2007 at 2:38 am #

    Sesenta y un comentarios de agradecimiento, 61, 62…

  53. dailypiglet April 19, 2007 at 2:38 pm #

    my god it’s porn for geeks. those are sweet, thanks for thinking of us that like to see such things :)

  54. Mad April 19, 2007 at 8:21 pm #

    Lovely thanks!

  55. skablifrisk April 20, 2007 at 12:22 am #

    Does this mean that love must not die?
    My humble thanks.
    /Skablifrisk

  56. Vikrant April 20, 2007 at 8:14 am #

    oh, they look cool :)

  57. punctuation April 20, 2007 at 11:46 am #

    Yeah, they’re ok – but EVERYONE knows the really good servers have a sign on top that says “Def Con 3″ on it with a spinning amber fuzz light…and lazers, don’t forget the lazers…

  58. vermeulenblog April 21, 2007 at 5:01 am #

    I meant to say WordPress rocks.

  59. VDO Vault April 21, 2007 at 3:15 pm #

    I wonder which box(es) my virtual collection is living on?

  60. manabenz April 21, 2007 at 11:47 pm #

    Do you think it’s capable of running Word? Surely not!

  61. berdua April 22, 2007 at 4:16 pm #

    Awesome, makes me feel more powerful. Thanks guys for managing wordpress.com very well.

  62. verbocity April 22, 2007 at 6:28 pm #

    Impressive hardware, nice cabling. You guys are sure doing a great job.

  63. Evan April 23, 2007 at 3:32 am #

    :)

  64. Rob April 23, 2007 at 12:48 pm #

    Like Majic, I envy your cable management.

  65. nicolieb April 23, 2007 at 4:22 pm #

    Great! Thanx for making this possible!

  66. Brian Maples April 23, 2007 at 5:51 pm #

    Ultimately, the goal is to produce a final product from the ground up that I myself would be envious of owning. Build, cable, and rack every server just as you would if it was your own. With that mind set no details will go overlooked… Thanks!! Glad everyone likes it… :-)

  67. ocanto April 23, 2007 at 7:41 pm #

    Great work! You rock!

  68. orbitrod April 28, 2007 at 4:37 am #

    Very Nice!

  69. HelloWorld April 28, 2007 at 2:27 pm #

    Peace people

    We love you

  70. ppedersen May 2, 2007 at 3:23 am #

    Awesome! Very well done to you and your team!

  71. Johan May 3, 2007 at 10:45 am #

    Proud to be a member of WordPress family

  72. loura May 3, 2007 at 3:37 pm #

    Awesome ;)

  73. erikcurtis May 3, 2007 at 7:22 pm #

    Kinda reminds me of tract housing.

  74. Svend May 4, 2007 at 1:54 am #

    it looks like some sort of alien apartments to me… but holy crap is it sweet. Thanks for all you do

  75. zairlic May 5, 2007 at 1:22 am #

    ceao

  76. Ozh May 7, 2007 at 9:08 pm #

    Wicked cool but… Where the f** do you get all the money needed ? The VIP hosting program pays for this ? Did I miss any VC fund ? I’m just curious & confused :)

  77. Trent May 13, 2007 at 11:07 pm #

    Just a kid in a candy store aren’t you Barry ;)

    Trent

  78. Sakimichi May 18, 2007 at 9:57 am #

    Nice~!

  79. Evan League May 24, 2007 at 12:20 pm #

    :) i love those servers

  80. Ece June 15, 2007 at 6:57 pm #

    Just a kid in a candy store aren’t you Barry :)

  81. Ben July 24, 2007 at 12:52 pm #

    Congraulations. You should plant some trees to cancel out the extra heat you’re generating though. :)

  82. WordPress.com is great, congratulations!

  83. Cross December 25, 2007 at 6:40 pm #

    It’s great, more power.

  84. keithcarpenter December 29, 2007 at 2:52 pm #

    Thanks for keeping the words pressed.

  85. gajamoo January 16, 2008 at 10:19 am #

    Thanks

  86. crazyburns January 24, 2008 at 5:40 pm #

    The images are gone. Please bring them back.

  87. Barry January 24, 2008 at 7:29 pm #

    I see the images…

  88. evan March 11, 2008 at 2:05 am #

    i kinda miss getting to look at this setup :-/

  89. David March 14, 2008 at 3:38 am #

    You should Evan :)

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