2006 of ibiblio

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ibiblians change

Just one year ago, January 1, 2006, Fred Stutzman left ibiblio for the PhD program at the School of Information and Library Science. Ken Chestnutt joined us, coming from Accipiter and bringing some strong large datacenter management skills, good humor and strong cooking skills.

A few months later Don Sizemore rejoined us, coming from NCSU. Don was an ibiblio student employee as an undergraduate in Journalism and later as a Master's student in Information Science. Don's deep understanding of the ongoing culture of ibiblio and his experience in user support have helped us greatly during our datacenter move.

ibiblio datacenter move

We negotiated a very good new relationship with MCNC and the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) in 2006 as a result we cut our bandwidth and hosting costs by 2/3. And that includes an increase of bandwidth up to a new level of 500 Mbs. The new hosting facilities have already proved much more reliable than our previous hosting and networking set up on campus. Not only is our uptime improved but our ability to deal with surges of requests has improved far beyond our wildest hopes (see ibiblio metrics note below).

Part of the benefits of moving to MCNC was improved usage of National Lambda Rail and a closer network research relationship with NCREN. Thanks to ibiblio traffic, the NLR link from MCNC to Atlanta is consistently the heaviest used link on NLR.

Here's the MCNC press release about the move.

We did the move of the entire datacenter with the planning and design and muscle power of Ken and Don and help from student employees -- Jonathan Mills in particular.



2002 2006
800 Collections 1600+ Collections
3 million ftp+www/day 15+ million ftp+www/day*
1 terabyte of data 8 terabytes of data
1 large server, 2 peripherals 22 www/vhosts
2 database servers 5 database servers
4 radio stations 7 radio stations

  • On December 12, 2006 -- Edvard Munch's birthday -- the Google logo link placed ibiblio's WebMuseum as the top Munch resource. That day we handled over 24 million requests in 24 hours! A great testimony to our server architecture and our great new hosting facilities at NCREN.
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