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Just a quick heads up that we are upgrading many of our servers over the next few days, which includes the server Ozzu sits on. We are going from Redhat to CentOS and getting better hardware. For those of you interested before Ozzu (this site) was on:

Intel Xeon 3060 2.4 Ghz Dual Core Processor
4 GB Ram
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 64 bit
SAS HDD

We are migrating to:

Intel Xeon-IvyBridge E3-1270 V2-Quadcore 3.5GHz
8 GB Ram
CentOS 64 Bit
SSD Drive
SATA II Drive

We are also migrating our DNS servers which affect both Ozzu and all of our customers to CentOS from Redhat.

The main reason we are migrating away from Redhat is that Redhat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) has changed how their licensing works and due to that we would be charged and additional $45 license fee per processor per month. This adds up. CentOS remains free, and thus our reasons for migrating to it.

There may be a bit of downtime over the next few days as we migrate everything over, but shouldn't be much. Everything should remain the same or better with our upgraded processors, double RAM, and use of the SSD drive.
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why not ubuntu?? and has the site and customer sites gotten that big for the bigger box?
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Josh, at the moment for the server you are on, that one is not being upgraded. It will be in the near future though as that is also using Redhat and we will be switching to CentOS. The reason we are switching to CentOS is it is very close to mirroring Redhat Enterprise Linux, and that has worked well for our server configurations (and all of our server tools are geared for that). Ubuntu would be a great choice as well, but doesn't mirror as closely to Redhat and the environment that we know has worked well for us.

The only servers at the moment that we are upgrading that affect you would be our DNS servers. You do not need to do anything though, as everything will be transparent for you. The names of the DNS servers are the same and the fact we have two of them means the chances of any downtime for you are near zero. We will actually be having four DNS servers running during the transition and will not be shutting the old ones down until I see the traffic at zero on the old.
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As far as the upgraded server for Ozzu (this site only), we don't have customers on our this server because Ozzu can use a great deal of resources at times and we don't want it in a shared environment that could negatively affect our customers or the users of this site.

The upgraded server costs nearly the same. Prices of commodity hardware continue to drop so from time to time its nice to upgrade because you can get much better for the same price, or near the same price.

Our DNS servers for instance, went from a dual core to quad core for the same price we were paying before. More than enough power for a dedicated DNS box, they are extremely under utilized, but I am sure no customers will complain about that. They are also in different datacenter locations so that if for some reason there was ever another explosion like that happened in the past, only one DNS server would go down and not both. So DNS will always be working for our customers unless the state of Texas was to vanish off the map -- then we may have a problem ;)
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Josh, one last huge reason we can't/won't goto Ubuntu is that CPanel does not work on that distro. You can see the distros they support here:

http://cpanel.net/cpanel-whm/system-requirements/
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Bigwebmaster wrote:
So DNS will always be working for our customers unless the state of Texas was to vanish off the map -- then we may have a problem ;)


Don't be hating on Texas... ;) :) LoL.

But speaking of Texas are the server in the Dallas or Houston Datacenter?

I am not as concerned about my sites currently as I know they are not bringing in that much traffic.

But anyways it’s always a good thing to know you’re able to get better hardware for the same price.

Long Live Ozzu! :)
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One of the DNS servers is in Houston, and the other is in Dallas.

The DNS servers have already been switched, went smoothly. Won't take the old ones down for a few days.
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Ozzu itself has now been switched as well. All complete! :)
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A+ work BigWebMaster. Smooth transfer!

Cannot wait to see the new version of Ozzu.

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