tMP Goes Dedicated... From today a new super fast server powering tMP

Discussion in 'tMP Site News & Suggestions' started by TheMusicMan, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    [imgleft][/imgleft]tMP Goes Dedicated... From 7th March - a new super fast server powering tMP

    We're rocketing folks!!! From today - Monday 27th March - tMP has been moved onto our very own P4 2.8GHz dedicated server, and you should all see an immediate noticeable performance improvement.

    Up until now we have been on a shared plan, allbeit a huge one, but with often > 250 users on tMP at any given time, the load this creates on the shared server is extremely high - sometimes in excess of 10. Now though with our very own dedicated machine we should all experience significant performance improvements, and tMP should fly and appear far more responsive. The only www sites located on the server are tMP and all of my hosted client sites.

    tMP continues to grow, and in recent months we have seen a huge rise of the number of people online and using the site - which generates masses of activity. As such, I will always support tMP and help in any way I am able to. I hope you all find this a further improvement to the free service we offer for all brass enthusiasts and music lovers... wherever you are. (doesn't mean you can't help if you want to though :) more on that at another time)

    I hope you continue to enjoy tMP!:tup
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  2. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Well done John. Just one question, why differentiate between Brass enthusiasts and Music lovers? :D A plumber could be a brass enthusiast but not a music lover, I suppose. ;)
  3. Matthew

    Matthew Active Member

    Nice John, that will benefit everyone, thanks. :) So, you'll need more coffers in the pot to help pay for this improvement I expect? (dedicated servers aren't cheap) :)
  4. davidwalton

    davidwalton Member

    Dedicated servers costs start from around £30 per month.

    For anything half decent, from £50.

    Yes, having your own server has a big impact compared to shared hosting. Nobody else using available Bandwidth or Server resources.

    For Info, FastHost is a good source for Servers. Costs are reasonable, and being in the UK, support is there by phone.
  5. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Certainly will Matthew... though a dedicated solution certainly provides much improved performance enhancements - these do come at a cost yes... I'll be making a post about this soon enough. Rest assured though, that tMP will always be free, and I am in no way going to start charging for what is currently available now on tMP for free...

    Having said that... subscriptions, donations, sponsorship, banners and personal support et al are always appreciated though. :)
  6. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    I wouldn't pay £30 for a dedicated solution though David... you pats your money and you takes your choice in this game. Besides, you wouldn't get a very good spec'ed machine for that price, neither would it be fully managed. Expect to pay around the $180 - $280 / month for a quality, managed, high enough spec machine.
  7. davidwalton

    davidwalton Member

    Yes, but I manage my own Servers, so don't need to pay for someone to do that side. £30 is the start price though, which can get you a 2Ghz machine with 256mb RAM, and 20 to 40GB Hard disk.

    As long as the Data Centre housing the servers is reliable.

    I do pay £99 for one of my servers, but is dedicated to a single business, with another server at £50 for support services. Both are fully managed by us, and we installed the operating systems and did the setup. They just plugged it in. BTW- Prices exclude VAT :(

    Obviously, the more you can do yourself, the cheaper things are.
  8. vonny

    vonny Member

    Wow great stuff John - I'm all for a powerful tool ;)

    Yvonne x
  9. Cornishwomble

    Cornishwomble Active Member

    I appreciate that you've never forced anyone to pay for the site or put us on a guilt trip for not contributing.

    However I also appreciate that it isn't free and does cost you and with what tmp has given to me over the last 3 years, I've now signed up as a supporter to show my gratitude
  10. Steve

    Steve Active Member

    However much it costs, its still more than each members annual subscritpion fee ;)

    Thanks John, and thanks Roy. Every little helps.
  11. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    WOW - that's very generous of you Roy, thank you very much sir, I really appreciate the comments and the gesture. :tup
  12. Cornishwomble

    Cornishwomble Active Member

    No worries, mind you also hoping it might speed up my 2005 live award banner :biggrin:
  13. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    In the words of a famous - though rather dull Dad...

    "D'oh !!!".

    Sorry Roy... I'll sort these for you ASAP.
  14. super_sop

    super_sop Supporting Member

    thats great john, its loading a heck of a lot faster:clap::tup
  15. rutty

    rutty Active Member

    I wouldn't touch Fasthosts with a bargepole. I've read too many horror stories about their customer service to even consider them, but then other people's experiences may differ. Maybe they've improved over the last few years.

    I've noticed a considerable improvement in site speed John. Nice work. Let's hope you can get some more supporters to help pay for the improvements :)
  16. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Thanks Dave... it certainly seems to have improved performance yeah...:) Let's hope I can attract a few more voluntary subscribers which would certainly help offset the costs of these performance improvements. If we had only 1.5% of tMP members as subscribers - this would be a massive help to the coffers... :)

  17. Charmed

    Charmed Active Member

    Must admit I haven't seen much difference on my computer at home, but now, on the works computer, wow, dont even have time to make a drink while its loading like before. Much better! Can 'irritate' much more in my half hour break now. :biggrin:
  18. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    That sounds good Susan, seems like your home internet connection has better contention for bandwidth but when in work, there are perhaps many more people after the same bandwidth which causes some degree of delay. A faster response from tMP server though would pop your request to the top of the pile and maybe this is why you are experiencing a performance improvement in work yet not when at home.

    Glad it is helping though.:tup
  19. Matthew

    Matthew Active Member

    The speed is definitely much better. :)

    Put your hands in your pockets, if you can and subscribe! It's only a few quid and well worth it after all. :D
  20. persins

    persins Member

    I've also noticed the improved performance!
    I suppose you get what you paid for so I'm just about to sign up as a supporter too!!
    Cheers John for this great service!!