Some of our new Equipment has arrived
Today we got some of our new equipment.
and the rails to install:
These 2 R710s from Dell have 36GB RAM and two 5600 Intel Xeon Processors each and they are destined for our rental client while we ramp up our index. There is also a Barracuda load balancer and an 8 port gigabit HP unmanaged switch. These servers are covered under a 3 year warranty.
We are going to receive 2 more R710 servers which we will use for our initial crawl on uncapped bandwidth thanks to a deal with an internet backbone provider near San Jose. Those servers will have to be loaded with much more RAM.
With this mixure of renting our assets we don't need right this minute, and using what we do need this minute, we optimize our usage. We still have reserved instances in the Amazon Services EC2 cloud, but Amazon meters our bandwidth usage charging us for it on a pay per use basis. For a robot indexing the internet metered bandwidth is the equivalent of an electric chair death sentence.