Subject: Re: [NYCGA Internet] Re: IWG Core-Site Organizational/Workflow Meeting Tonight 10/20
From: Chaz Cheadle
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 08:25:34 -0400

Can you let us know what the setup will be?
Dedicated DB server(s)? virtual cloud webservers? loadbalancers? Commodore64?


On Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 7:56 AM, Ted Schulman <> wrote:
We are currently working with Panix to setup our data center.


On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 7:13 PM, leroykazwellbrown <> wrote:
Have we looked at dreamhost as a provider? I'm not sure if there are
needs that rackspace fills that dreamhost does not but, as I
understand it, they remain an employee owned, carbon neutral company.
And their rates seem to be comparable.

They look to have some specialized WordPress support as well.

I don't have enough data on our requirements and each company's
capabilities at the moment to directly recommend them for this project
(though I use the myself for my own efforts and find their support to
be very good), but I wanted to mention them as, if affordable, I think
it would be very prudent on our part to attempt to do business with
organizations that align their practices with the general ideals of
the movement as much as possible, wherever feasible, if for
credibility's sake alone if not direct ethics.

They also appear to have a free hosting option for non-profit
organizations, though I do not know what our legal standing is at the

Any thoughts?


On Oct 21, 12:21 pm, Tom Gillis <> wrote:
> Hello all -
> After a few all-nighters with the team, I have an upadate on
> our progress:
> The new version of is up - the site is run on wordpress
> multisite.  Our current deployment is LAMP on a Rackspace cloud
> server.  It's stable for our current needs, but won't scale
> indefinitely.  (We also have a smaller staging server up, also on
> Rackspace).
> We had some good conversations with some specialists in
> high-availability server administration 2 nights ago and came up with
> an architecture for this site, which we would like to start
> implementing next week.  No preference on hosting provider - Rackspace
> has some beneficial features - being able to create, resize or clone
> servers and have them come online within minutes, and having static
> internal IP addresses available so servers can communicate quickly and
> securely across a local network connection in their datacenter.
> The architecture for the site will probably involve 4 to 6 virtual
> servers - a master DB server, slave DB server, media server (we could
> aslo replace this with a CDN service) and multiple web servers running
> nginx and php (consensus among server amins is that nginx is going to
> handle high traffic better than apache).
> Another thing that needs help getting sorted out is a
> reliable outgoing smtp server, for email alerts, signup + lost
> password emails, etc. is already sending several thousand
> emails per day and a sizable percentage of them are bouncing either as
> spam.
> I'll be at home and available for a phone conference until around 3:30
> today - after that I'm going to head in to the city until the early
> evening.
> On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 8:35 PM, Dan Matthews <> wrote:
> > I would very much like to attend but at home in New Jersey tonight. I would
> > be thrilled to join the discussion via phone, skype or any other
> > conferencing method available. In leu of my actual attendance, I have posted
> > a case for the adoption of an agile development and project management style
> > which can be read
> > here:
> > I will be in #nycga-iwg to answer any questions until
> > around midnight eastern regardless of if a call in is possible.
> > Thanks all.
> > -Dan