TPB Move to the Cloud

TPB Move to the Cloud

The Pirate Bay has made an important change to its infrastructure. The world’s most famous BitTorrent site has switched its entire operation to the cloud. From now on The Pirate Bay will serve its users from several cloud hosting providers scattered around the world. The move will cut costs, ensure better uptime, and make the site virtually invulnerable to police raids — all while keeping user data secure.

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  1. royale

    I’m not sold on dickhole, massive or not. It seems a little confusing.
    Personally I think you should keep working with knob jockey, or perhaps run with bell-end.

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  2. Leonid

    A quick heads up:
    1. There is no hardware – not TPB’s anyway.
    2. All servers are virtual – hence live migration. Likely based on KVM with an openstack compute frontend with custom extensions from specific cloud providers.
    3. Clouds are fantastic, but they are businesses – subject to laws in the countries they operate, irrespective of where the TPB’S VMs currently live geographically.

    Less dickhole, more knowledge.

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  3. Leonid

    Their load balancers and "transit routers" are also virtual.

    It’s the only way to ensure diskless operation is not hardware bound.

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  4. Leonid

    VM RAM isn’t hardware bound. That’s pretty much the reason for VMs.

    You get a container with a virtualised chipset (440BX in the case of ESX/ESXi) which runs as a process within the hypervisor or DOM0.

    That process is able to move between similar servers CPU-wise. That’s why it’s no longer touted as being bound to bare metal – it’s simply resource scheduling.

    I know roughly what I’m talking about. I own a company that delivers a private cloud out of two Australian datacentres and will start building it’s third on Tuesday. So at some point end of next week I’ll be in the datacentres building XEn and KVM servers, connected to 10GBase-T networks and a Hitachi HUS-130 array, all connected to the net via dual 100Mbps redundant links through a pair of Cisco ASA5540s.

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  5. Leonid

    Don’t feel bad. Very few people understand virtualisation on a level lower than its management, and fewer still understand clouds. It’s not helped by shitty marketing and legalities.

    The Microsoft licensing agreement for service providers runs to over 2000 pages including appendixes and addendums.

    Plus there are at least three distinct types of clouds with a subclass of private and public under each. I’ve been working with clouds since 2003 before they were called clouds – and to this day there’s argument as to what’s a cloud and what’s just off-site infrastructure.

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