May I introduce: *drum roll*….
Our newest server member is a nice little 1U machine manufactured by HP, a ProLiant SE316M1. This third VM host adds to our web cluster and will host various virtual machines, for instance a third database machine.
When we will incorporate the server into our rack, we are planning a major rebuild and restructuring of the rack and all components. We also want to set the course for our infrastructure to handle all the load and be more reliable in the future.
Especially our OlydorfApp, which will reach a beta phase in the upcoming weeks, will benefit from this update. Since OlyNet is a non-profit organization run by students only, there is not a lot of money for new infrastructure or hardware. That’s why we decided a while ago that we will utilize refurbished hardware, which we can afford. But as these systems show a higher risk of failing, we are trying to build redundancies everywhere.
Some day, we will describe the environment composing our web cluster in more detail in a separate article. Until then, you may already experience our infrastructure by using our app.