The Discourse Datacenter

Jeff Atwood March 8, 2013

We’re in the process of migrating to a new datacenter at so that we can offer world class hosting to our three launch partners.

Here are a few pictures of the co-located server rack that will be the new home of Discourse.

This enormous hallway at Hurricane Electric inspired parts of the Matrix, apparently. The servers are through that door.

Rows and rows of servers.

This is our row.

And here’s the rack itself. Only a few things in there now, as we have to move the bulk of the servers from our existing host,, on Thursday March 14th.

We’ll have more posts in the future about the hardware running Discourse, but the basic unit of work is the server I talked about in Building Servers for Fun and Prof… OK, Maybe Just for Fun. It’s very fast, and inexpensive, too!

So, expect at least 4 hours of outage on Thursday March 14th, 2013, and possibly as much as 8 as we migrate to our new datacenter. Apologies for any inconvenience – but we think this will be the last move for a good long while.

Edit: move complete! Here are some glamour shots of the new servers all cozy and racked at their new Hurricane Electric home:

If you’re curious about the hardware inside the rack, see The Discourse Servers for lots more details!


  1. Jeff Atwood
     March 14, 2013 5:33 pm

    All the above idling at a mere 3 amps, by the way, as you can see in the small green LCD on the datacenter power strip on the left side of the above picture. :)


    For LOTS more details!

  2. Andrew
     March 14, 2013 9:14 pm

    Labels? Might I suggest labeling servers front and back and both ends of each cable. It really costs very little, in time and money, and will save you heartache at a later stage.

  3. Jason Crowther
     March 15, 2013 5:06 am

    ++ for the (mostly) color coordinated zip ties.

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