Server RAM Upgrade. Again.

From the server grease monkeys at my host:

Hi Gabriel, I logged into your server to investigate the problem and I’ve found that
you’re in dangerous territory concerning memory:

> root@exchange:~# free -m
> total used free shared buffers cached
> Mem: 256 250 5 0 0 1
> -/+ buffers/cache: 249 6
> Swap: 95 95 0

That shows you have 6MB of free RAM, but at some point you’ve exhausted
your entire SWAP Allocation (see last line). If the load had been any
greater, your server would have been killing processes (which would show
in /var/log/messages) in order to remain stable.

So to make the long story short, I had to buy 96mb. more RAM to handle the load. The load usually spikes around lunchtime, exactly when the office girls take a break to check out Kikay. I know that sounds funny, but it’s my best guess and historically, our stats support it. During weekends, hardly anyone views it, with less than ten views per hour. Then on weekdays, especially around noon, 30+ views per hour, viewing as much as 82 pages at the same time.

On one hand, I’m ecstatic. Who’d have thought the sites would ever need such power? It doesn’t even run any special apps or anything, not even email (which I’ve yet to set up), and it’s eating up 256mb., requiring 350mb now.

On the other, I really need to get cracking with Marketing and Sales activities. This is getting expensive, and if my plans work out, even more so in the coming months.

Enough coding. Time to put a tie on.

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