So I leaned how ebay works today. I haven't used it in a long time. I was looking at new servers and the price was $1300 with 1 hour to go.
There was a "make an offer" button. I put in $899 and hit the button. I was under the assumption it sent an email to the auctioneer and they could get back to me. Instead it sent an immediate accept response with the bill. If I had known it worked this way, so automated, I would have tried lower. Still it is a great deal.
A new Dell 1950 III , Intel Xeon E5450 2x 3.0GHz Quad Core, with 16GB RAM and dual 1TB drives. The new drives are only 7200RPM vs the old ones which were 15K. I am curious if the tradeoff in size is worth the speed. It has 4 slots compared to the 2 on the old system, so many I will invest in a small OS SSD to fast boot.
I might have been able to built one from scratch for cheaper, like I did with the original super micro server, but it would not have been as sure to work as the Dell 1950 which I am already using.
Anyhow, this will allow to me to experiment with KVM and cents 6 virtualization.
This should also solve the running out of space for the site media. Not necessary but if anyone feels they want to contribute feel free to donate
Now if only I could afford SSDs for it
Earlier this year we bought four of the Intel SSDs to prototype them in a new Dell 1950 Poweredge Server in a RAID-0 configuration (striped data for pure performance). We have a multi-tiered slave database architecture so Iâ€™m not worried about RAID-level redundancy. The results were amazing! We tasked the Intel SSD prototype server as a database slave in our production environment to safely introduce the new technology into our operations. When we initiated synchronization from the master database server, the SSD server was about 90 minutes behind the master. Typically, when a slave is this far behind the master it would have taken a slave server about 30 minutes to re-sync. Well, with the usage of SSDs, it only took about 100 seconds to re-synchronize with the master database!