Moved To New Powerful Servers

Hi to all our readers, we know that you might have been facing some problems while accessing the website for past few days. However, it was not a problem with our servers, it was a planned move to move to a more powerful and stable server.

For the past one year we have been running the site on a Ubuntu Hardy server, however, we have now made the switch to Karmic Koala, for several reasons.

  • Karmic Koala is the latest version of Ubuntu and is more powerful than Hardy.
  • Karmic Koala has a huge support base as compared to Fedora and RHEL.

For those of you who are interested in the new setup, here are some juicy details:

  • Our new server is from Slice Host and runs on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala), is powered by Quad Core processors and has RAID10 storage.
  • It has 4GB of dedicated RAM.
  • Our cache server to host images and other assets is powered by Dreamhost.
  • We run a custom setup of Nginx, MySQL 5, and PHP 5 with PHP Fast CGI.

We have seen a huge jump in the site load times and this will eventually benefit our readers. Please let us know if the site loads faster or slower for you.

As further planned maintenance, we will be redesigning the homepage and other aspects of the site to make it load blazing fast no matter what type of connection you use.

These changes will be gradually rolled out over the month, so hopefully by end of January 2010, Techie Buzz should load in 1-2 seconds for most of our users.

Oh and yes, we will still continue to bring you the best news and views as usual. Thanks once again for all your support.

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Keith Dsouza

I am the editor-in-chief and owner of Techie Buzz. I love coding and have contributed to several open source projects in the past. You can know more about me and my projects by visiting my Personal Website.I am also a social networking enthusiast and can be found active on twitter, you can follow Keith on twitter @keithdsouza. You can click on my name to visit my Google+ profile.

  • Congrats Keith. It would really help everyone. Keep up the good work =)

  • Indian Art

    I think the webpage loads faster and the site has gotten better already!

    Good Job! Keep it up!

  • Slicehost sounds good. I went to the slicehost website and found out that the 4GB slice offers only 1.5TB of bandwidth. So is it like more than enough for your blog considering it’s vast nature? And the Cache server you mentioned about is it some kind of a CDN from Dreamhost? We are on Servint VPS Basic plan and planning to upgrade considering /. spikes we keep getting.

    Thank you

    • @The_Digitizor – 1.5TB is enough since we host images and other assets on a different server with unlimited bandwidth. The bandwidth that gets used on Slicehost is basically the text and site loads.

      • What kind of caching solution are you using – WP Supercache plugin or self coded stuff? something like APC or memcached.

  • Looks good Keith! Seems to load very fast for me (i'm on cable). I use dathorn for shared domains. Highly recommend them, unless you need a dedicated server. Thanks for all the hard work!

  • Upgrade in servers would been site is booming :)
    Good stuff Keith, keep 'em coming.

  • As i feel, the site really speeded up.

  • when possible, i always use a dedicated server for my webhosting needs eventhough it is expensive;:-