Offmyserver, a rackmount server provider,
recently completed a migration of 50 servers to the FreeBSD operating
system for Host Department, a large web hosting and hosting reseller
company. The servers were previously running Red Hat Linux 9 and Red
Hat Linux Advanced Server.
“Based on our experience with high traffic internet systems where
reliability is a must, the FreeBSD operating system has proven itself
many times over. FreeBSD is in use at some of the highest traffic sites
on the internet and our customer needed the best throughput available,”
said Matt Olander, Offmyserver engineer. “The FreeBSD operating system
delivered on all of Host Department’s requirements including ease of
administration, reliability, and security.”
The initial migration of 20 systems happened one year ago and the
systems have been very stable since, said Offmyserver production
manager, Austin Stewart.
“Unlike the previous operating system we had, which was getting
compromised at least once a month and caused our sysadmins small to
major headaches, FreeBSD is simply untouchable,” said Jimmy Rianto, CEO
of Host Department, LLC.
“The FreeBSD systems are able to work and combine multiple huge hard
disks which sum up to many terabytes of disk space,” said Rianto.
“Our free hosting servers [which run FreeBSD] never crash, while
running over 520,000 websites and get millions of requests per day,”
said Rianto. Host Department also hosts more than 32,000 domain names
for their premium hosting services using FreeBSD.
The Offmyserver hardware used for this migration were primarily dual
Xeon mirrored SCSI systems. The backup server was one of the first 4TB+
systems using the 3ware 9500 series card in production, said Olander.