Question

Move from single server to distributed setup

  • Posted on January 2, 2015
  • AustioAsked by Austio

Hello,

I currently help with a site that has a large geography of users. Predominantly they are in India but also have traffic in the United States and Africa.

Currently they have all assets, application server and database on a single device in Digital Ocean.

Their speed for network has been really bad. Probably due to the limited pipe between US and india.

The first step i will take is to move the assets/images to S3/CDN. That should alleviate a lot of it.

After that I am not sure the best step to take. Should we move the server to the Singapore Datacenter? I normally do an app/database setup so that things can be distributed a little easier. For the database though how would we get a master slave replication accross datacenters?

Any advice is really appreciated, thanks!

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This question was answered by @jtittle:

@Austio

It’d be easy to switch Data Centers, so you could always setup a test Droplet by taking a snapshot of your current Droplet (you’ll have to shutdown for this) and then use it as the disk image for the new Singapore Droplet. The snapshot would be a 1:1 mirror of your current setup & config.

From there, you could test the new network by routing traffic from a sub-domain to the new Droplet, either just for you or for a group. That’d give you the best overall experience so you can make a more informed decision.

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