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  1. SID297

    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

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    Upgrade Time - SVTP Needs a New Server (or 2)

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    It's been about 4 years since our last significant server upgrade, and about 8 years since a major overhaul. Needless to say, in that time computing and data center technology has progressed immensely; and our hardware needs a replacement. As you might expect, this is not an inexpensive proposition; especially when you consider that we want to throw in a good deal of software upgrades as well. We're looking to spend between $7,000-10,000; depending on what the final setup we end up going with looks like.

    That's where you guys come in. We're reaching out to the SVTP Community to help us offset this sizable cost, and there's several ways you can help (many of which actually doesn't cost you anything you wouldn't be spending anyway). The primary ways to help out would be to sign-up as an SVTP Premium Member or make a direct donation through PayPal to [email protected]. If you are interested in becoming an SVTP Premium Member you can do so by clicking the link below:

    SVTP Premium Membership Registration

    However, there are also several things you could also do to help support the site that won't cost you anything you weren't going to spend already. First, if you are running an Ad Blocker add-on for your browser please whitelist SVTP in your settings. 3rd Party Ad revenue makes up a large portion of SVTP's operating budget and blocking those ads takes a surprising large bite out of that income. We work to only run a limited number of safe and reasonable 3rd party ads. Please consider whitelisting SVTP so you can help support the site merely by using it.

    Speaking of ads, if you see one that may be relevant to you please consider clicking it. That's another way the site generates revenue, and that also will not cost you anything.

    Third, please support our SVTP Vendors. We work hard to partner with the best companies in the aftermarket industry to bring you the best deal, specials, and information for parts and services. They pay vendor fees here in order to advertise their businesses and we want them to get a significant return on that investment.

    Forth; any time you order new go-fast parts from anyone, but especially SVTP Vendors, please let them know that you are an SVTP Member. It brings the need to support the community to their attention, and it may just get you a discount.

    Fifth, we all shop on Amazon.com from time to time. SVTP is actually an Amazon Affiliate Partner. Simply put, that means if you click this link (https://amzn.to/2GMnRBo) and make any purchase on Amazon they will send us a small cut of the total. It's not a tremendous amount, but with the amount of business Amazon does it has the potential to add up. So next time you're going to make a purchase on Amazon, please consider clicking our Affiliate link and then doing your normal shopping.

    Finally; if you use YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, or FaceBook please Subscribe, Follow, or Like our SVTP accounts and content. By helping us increase our reach and presence you also help SVTP become a more attractive investment for sponsors. On top of that, you will be able to keep better informed about all of our latest projects and Ford Performance related news.
     
  2. 13COBRA

    13COBRA Resident Ford Dealer Premium Member

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    Thanks for all you do Travis.

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  3. rezarxt

    rezarxt free pizza man Established Member

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    Have you looked into possibly pushing all this onto AWS? I'm guessing you've probably run cost benefit analysis on it already. If not, just an idea. We're pushing more and more of our stuff onto AWS and saving a lot of money versus our traditional servers. It definitely depends on the application though.
     
  4. SID297

    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

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    Yes, and AWS is still too expensive for us. It is getting cheaper though, and that may very well be an option the next go around.
     
  5. wallie40

    wallie40 Active Member Established Member

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    I agree with AWS. I have deployed pretty much every single web app, middleware, and DB into AWS instead over the last year. We have mandatory projects to get out of NAP7(Vegas) and 70% into the cloud.

    Good luck with your upgrade Travis!

    -Paul
     
  6. Dusten

    Dusten Well-Known Member Premium Member Established Member

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    I let my membership lapse and it's time to dust off my og membership card(piihb included) and renew
     
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  7. RDJ

    RDJ ZERO shits given Established Member

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    you own a dealership. you should man up and donate a car to raffle off
     
  8. 08mojo

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    I see the anonymous donations are starting to roll in!
     
  9. 13COBRA

    13COBRA Resident Ford Dealer Premium Member

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    At that point, why wouldn't I just pay the $10k? lol

    Was hoping that people seeing someone actually donate would motivate them to do the same.
     
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  10. SID297

    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

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    Either way you want to do it would be fine with me. :D
     
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  11. 08mojo

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    I know, was just giving you shit. I recently bought a premium membership and did the same as you to encourage others to join.
     
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  12. greenscobie86

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    Interested to hear what kind of hardware you want to spec out for this? Are you running this out of your basement or something? I know the DNS service SVTP currently uses is Cloudflare as well, but would love some insight on the actual specifics.

    Just wondering how you did the cost analysis and what kind of bandwidth/storage SVTP uses and what the requirements are?

    I am 100% AWS and with no upfront reserve pricing and things like cloudfront + Route53 I think this site can be build to be fairly bullet/futureproof for a long while.
     
  13. IronSnake

    IronSnake Cam chop make de booty pop Established Member

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    I didn't realize I had adblocker on (pre-installed work puter). So I whitelisted SVTp. Will consider going premium here once I get some moonies
     
  14. bullitt2735

    bullitt2735 Active Member Established Member

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    I think I found a much simpler solution to the new server issue svtp.JPG


    I'll get on paypal when I get home, happy to donate
     
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  15. Drive XR7

    Drive XR7 NE Ohio's Fastest Established Member

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    This. I'm a Cloud Architect and have moved 400+ apps to AWS for a Fortune 10 organization, but I'm contracting now.

    Using on-demand resources can get expensive, but you can take 30% off the top with a 1-year RI purchase or 70% off with a 3-year RI purchase. Using smaller T2.medium instances in auto-scaling for your web tier keeps cost down while it scales down at night during less demanding times. RDS is generally more expensive than an EC2+DB, but if it gives you time back from having to manage the DB it may be worth it. If you have any Non-prod environments for upgrades and testing, turn that shit off at night and back on only when you need it.

    There are tons of ways to cut costs in AWS, you just need to know what to look for.
     
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    Drive XR7 NE Ohio's Fastest Established Member

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    Also, Google Cloud Platform is downright dirt cheap right now, in an effort to attract customers. But of course it's less mature. May be an idea to explore.
     
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    SID297 - Thanks for all you do and thanks for all the information. I will definitely re-up my premium membership.
     
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    03Sssnake TK-421 Established Member Beer Money Bros.

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    not a fan of google and their half baked shit, you nailed it.... it's not matured, nor is it likely to.
     
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  19. RDJ

    RDJ ZERO shits given Established Member

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    well there ya go. Problem solved
     
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    You are a Bernie supporter, eh? lol
     

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