[kwlug-disc] [OT] linux server power
Insurance Squared Inc.
gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Mon Jan 31 09:33:24 EST 2011
In terms of lowering my electrical costs, I'm leaning towards getting
rid of both the servers in my basement and replicating everything on one
of our desktops.
Server 1: handles our Voip
Server 2: handles our internal client database, runs apache because our
webserver pushes our website purchases to our internal database in real
time, and it handles archives and backups of our website and desktops.
From there we have two desktops that are currently left on all the
time. All four machines running linux.
I'm starting to think that the voip and database/web stuff can run on my
wife's desktop. She only does admin work so doesn't really use any
processing. No reason she can't run asterisk and apache/mysql in the
background. The only thing that puts any strain on the machine is a
windows virtual machine she runs.
The backups I'm still working through. My wife's computer has an SSD
drive in it, I could add a large sata hd and run the backups to her
machine at night. I zip an entire copy of everything every night, for
archive purposes and that does use some horsepower. I'm pretty sure I
can get around that requirement with a bit of work though. I'd have to
see how much sound running a sata drive ads as well, right now her
machine runs very silent.
Then I get rid of both servers in the basement. Next, all the equipment
other than the actual computer (screens, speakers, printers, scanners)
go on a seperate power bar that gets turned off every night. Since the
two computers we have are newer, I would expect that they're not overly
energy hungry. The only thing on outside of business hours then is 1 or
two base computers, down from 2 computers, 2 servers, 2 laser printers,
2 sets of speakers, 2 monitors and a large scsi scanner.
How does that plan sound to everyone?
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