AnandTech Hardware Upgrade - four is better than twoby Jason Clark on August 22, 2004 12:05 AM EST
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AnandTech UpgradeTo keep up with the AnandTech tradition, we'll open the covers on the latest upgrade performed at the AnandTech NOC Facility a few months ago. This latest upgrade focused on an enterprise database platform change, and a security infrastructure upgrade. We apologize for the delay, but there has been so much going on after the upgrade that this article took a bit of a back seat.
Planning for the upgrade started back in October of 2003. Our planning involved a review of the storage requirements of the databases, and growth predictions for the next 2-3 years. Next, we started research on a Firewall for the network. If you can believe it, we had been running Windows 2000 servers on the public internet with no firewall. Were we lucky? Probably, but we were meticulous in applying security updates as they came out and made good use of local security policies in Windows (especially after SQL Slammer hit us one morning).
It seems that all of our trips to the NOC to perform the various upgrades over the years have always been eventful to say the least. This upgrade actually went extremely well, which is attributed to some careful planning and the excellent staff at Elite Internet Communications (our ISP).