[SAC] Server specifications

Daniel Morissette dmorissette at mapgears.com
Thu Oct 19 15:11:55 EDT 2006

Jason Birch wrote:
> I'm currently favouring fully managed servers such as Rackspace and
> LiquidWeb because of the security they give us for uptime, and because
> they take away the need for us to pay for day-to-day OS and core
> application management.  I have added a couple unmanaged servers to the
> list, and if anyone has any particularly good experiences with
> high-availability co-los, I'd appreciate some guidance so that we can
> present some alternatives.  However, I don't know that we want to take
> on responsibility for our own hardware; our resources are stretched
> enough as it is.

If you're looking for alternatives, FYI the dl.maptools.org server has 
been hosted at iWeb on a dedicated server (iWeb MyServerNow) for almost 
a year now and everything has gone very smoothly so far. See 

I did a quick search and didn't find the SLA terms, but I believe Frank 
has his gdal.org domain hosted there as well and could comment on his 

Maptools.org generated 189.6GB of downloads in September and this number 
is increasing by 10-15GB per month these days, so you cannot go with a 
provider where bandwidth is expensive or where you get less than 

In our case we have other co-located servers with another more expensive 
provider and used to host the maptools.org stuff there too, but we ended 
up moving just the maptools.org downloads and websites to iWeb because 
bandwidth was much cheaper there... and we kept our more critical stuff 
with the other provider.

You might want to consider a hybrid config like this as well.

Daniel Morissette

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