State of the Portland PostgreSQL Performance Pad

Wikipedia recently donated two Dell PowerEdge 2950s for the Pg QA Platform. Mark Wong & I have made a few trips out to the colo to get them racked up and online (with Chelnik‘s help, of course.)

We were quite surprised when we received the servers; Wikipedia included full rackmount kits, instructions, and cables, all in the original packaging. More than we expected, and much appreciated!

Unfortunately, after installing the OS, one of the PowerEdges had a spontaneous failure of its RAID controller. Troubleshooting continues, but at this time it looks like that box is destined to be a “parts car”. Naturally, one of the other servers took that as a cue to reject *its* raid controller. (Why does this happen?) That server was hooked up to the Powervaults, so we don’t have a NAS right now.

Once we get all this sorted out, we’ll be consolidating projects on to the remaining servers.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the new equipment, and to CMD for continuing to sponsor hosting at SpireTech.


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