[Members] jabber.org reliability/uptime

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Thu Jan 12 11:26:58 CST 2006


I agree that we need to improve the uptime on the jabber.org server. 
There are many aspects to this:

1. We are running quite a motley collection of software, as you can see 
if you look at http://status.jabber.org/ -- this was necessary in the 
old days but we need to run a more coherent deployment, not what we have 
now (which is held together with duct tape and pieces of string).

2. We service a *lot* of users and are the most popular node on the 
network for server-to-server, so our server gets slammed pretty hard 
(even other high-traffic servers like gizmoproject.com or mxit.co.za 
don't have to handle nearly as much s2s traffic).

3. We need to rebuild the kernel on the machine that hosts the 
jabber.org server because it has gone offline (no ssh access) and has 
needed to be restarted several times in the last few months, resulting 
in more serious downtime.

Now that Peter Millard (the main admin) is back from his cancer therapy, 
he and I will have more time to work on this. We are investigating our 
options for software, hardware, and hosting.

Peter


Bart van Bragt wrote:
> As long as I can remember jabber.org has been having problems. Downtime, 
> people being unable to login, failing server connections, dropped 
> messages, problems with registration, etc. It seems obvious that 
> something on that server is having some fundamental problems  :)
> 
> Do we know what this problem (or those problems) is/are? Are these 
> problems fixable? If so, what's needed for this? More manpower? A fund 
> raiser?
> 
> Most people that want to try Jabber end up getting an account at 
> jabber.org, it's just the most visible jabber server. Now if those 
> people are constantly having problems with communicating with other 
> Jabber users because jabber.org is having problems these people are 
> going to drop Jabber pretty quickly and go back the (proprietary) IM 
> networks that they used before and that did work as advertised... IMO 
> that's not what we want :) We want world domination and I don't think 
> we're going to attain that when the main Jabber server that we have 
> isn't functioning (close to) 100% of the time...
> 
> What can I do to fix this? Donate time? Money? Write software? Burn 
> black candles and pour goat blood over my computer? Or is it just me 
> having problems with jabber.org?


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