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Some rough statistics:

Hardware |Virtual Machine running on an AthlonXP64 2.4GHz host, 512MB RAM, 20GB HDD assigned to the VM
OS |Red Hat Linux
Web Server |Xitami
FTP Server |Xitami
Mail Server |QMail
Virtual Hosts |14
Mail Accounts |10
Web Server Hits (all virtual hosts) |~2000/day
Mail Deliveries (all accounts) |~150/day
Spam Mail Rejected (all accounts) |~500/day
Hacking Attempts Logged |~200/day
Data Received (all services) |~200MB/day
Data Transmitted (all services) |~700MB/day
CPU Utilization |less than 2% on average

On September 25th, 2011, multiserve shed its corporeal existence, and now exists as a mere arrangement of electrons within some other machine. The ghost of multiserve continues to serve its role however, directing the network with speed and simplicity. More speed now than ever, and using less electricity at that!

This server is yawning most of the time, you gotta love Linux efficiency. :-)

The current "incarnation" (if one can say that of a virtual machine) of multiserve was "built" on 2011-09-25. Previous incarnations:
1997 to 1999 |486SX 33MHz,8MB RAM,700MB HDD,Slackware Linux
1999 to 2004-11-07 |486DX2 66MHz,16MB RAM,2GB HDD,Red Hat Linux
2004-11-08 to 2008-03-04 |Pentium 120MHz,64MB RAM,3GB HDD,Red Hat Linux
2008-03-05 to 2011-09-24 |Pentium II 400MHz,128MB RAM,20GB HDD,Red Hat Linux

The amazing thing is, all the previous reincarnations of multiserve were due to old age (hardware failures), not because we specifically needed something faster... until now. It would be impossible to do on a 486 all the things we now do on a 2.4GHz chip, even the Pentium II was getting a bit underpowered when we pulled the plug. Due to the wonders of Linux (and the fact that I do a lot of tight coding in C) relatively old PCs did just fine in the role of multiserve, and now I'm finding a virtual machine tucked in the corner of another PC is a perfectly suitable environment for adaptable Linux. Three years ago I predicted "Perhaps sometime around 2012 multiserve will reincarnate in the body of a Pentium III or Athlon." One year early and a wee bit a better CPU than expected, even if shared.

And as of 2008-12-04 multiserve has a son, bigbox. bigbox is fed by fibre (it lives off-site) and will likely take over all of multiserve's more bandwidth-intensive services.

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