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Keeping it all running
We take a look at some cutting edge activity going on
behind the scenes at the world’s biggest marine website
t
he servers on which YachtWorld.com operates have to For the techies amongst you, the hardware platform we chose
deliver around 50 million pages of boat listings, photos is the hp Blade system C7000. this is a highly flexible 10U chassis
and web sites every month to the people who search that can carry 16 physical servers. We currently utilise 10 Blade
for their next boat. A huge number, by any standards. In servers in each chassis and run around 50 virtual servers on those
addition, YachtWorld also operates databases and systems for ten physical servers. each physical server has a dual-quad core
hundreds of yacht brokers, dealers and builders every day, to CpU, 32 Gb of rAM and two hard disks in a rAID1 configuration.
improve efficiency in their own business. this adaptive infrastructure serves to enforce YachtWorld’s
the amount of servers needed to host and serve this data position as a leading technology company by significantly
has steadily grown every year to the point where, by the end enhancing availability, continuity and security. It is fast, powerful
of last year, YachtWorld.com needed around 60 servers to and highly flexible. to learn more, just type “virtualisation” in to
provide a fast, reliable and secure service. running such a huge your favourite search engine.
amount of hardware requires a lot of
management and administration. It
also consumes considerable power
and creates a significant amount of
heat. In order to reduce the financial
and environmental costs we recently
completed a full “virtualisation” of our
server infrastructure.
Virtualisation is the pooling and
sharing of technology resources,
including servers, storage and
networking. through virtualisation,
resources can be allocated dynamically
across our full suite of applications and
processes, by separating the logical
functions of computing, storage and
network elements from their physical
functions. elements from these pools
can then be manually or automatically
allocated to meet the changing needs
and priorities of systems and websites
we manage.
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