MediaTemple GridServer v. 2.0

MediaTemple is updating GridServer … the grid computing architecture that this blog and many other sites are running it.

It’s been a long hard road for MT with plenty of problems. In reverse chronological order:

Hopefully this will address all (or at least most) of the outstanding issues, including MySQL latency and just general slowness.

(And btw, yeah, I know that it’s not v. 2.0. But v. 1.2 doesn’t sound nearly as impressive. A point release? Give me a break!)

Here are the details, straight from the MT announcement email:

Highlights of (GMR v.1.2)

– Core count (800+). After the release of (GMR v.1.2), the combined processor cores in all Clusters will total over 800 and produce massive processing horsepower for customers.

– MySQL GridContainers (in private beta). (mt) Media Temple has completely re-architected the MySQL system on the GRID. This gives each customer their own container server with dedicated resources, an industry first, that’s running an unshared copy of MySQL. Please consult the new “MySQL Container Project Log” to learn more about this new database architecture and to sign up for participation.


– Improved Email Functionality. Numerous changes made to the email sub-system including improved email delivery times, resolution of random duplicate emails, virus scanning and improved MailProtect anti-SPAM recognition. An overhaul of the allow-lists envelope sender component, and new sender-verify override feature are also included.

– Improved FTP. Faster FTP connection setups, improved overall transfer rates and large FTP transfers include better connection handling.

– 400% increase in storage performance. The GRID has achieved massive improvements in overall storage performance resulting in faster page load times, script execution, mail delivery, and a plethora of overall system benefits.

– Network Speed Increase. Reconfigured back-end network fabric that utilizes next generation hardware and software to improve speed and reliability of intercommunication between every GRID segment.

– New Clustered DNS. Improves speed of internal name resolution within the GRID which results in overall performance enhancement in applications such as web, email, containers, etc.

– More and more.
– 25% faster control panel access.
– Enhanced CRON system.
– Reworked directory password protection tool.
– New stable kernel releases installed for future enhancements.

We hope you that you enjoy the many improvements of (GMR v.1.2). (mt) Media Temple would like to thank all of the users that contributed feedback that lead to these improvements. Our customer’s direct feedback and experiences has been incredibly helpful and our systems are now more powerful and running better with your help. As always, we encourage users to continue telling us what you like, what you don’t like, and what you’d like to see in the future. GMR (v.1.3) is already in development and its release cycle is expected to be much shorter than (GMR v1.1) to (GMR v1.2).

[tags] mt, mediatemple, gridserver, gs, john koetsier [/tags]