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deviantART: The Real Thing by spyed deviantART: The Real Thing by spyed
I won't get in to specifics about what each and every server here does, but this is deviantART in all it's glory as of two nights ago. In short, the left hand side consists of the file serving and thumbnail serving. The right hand side consists of the databases, web servers, and other misc servers.

The location of our facility is a devious secret. Guarded by a clan of :ninja: :spyed: :ninja:
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CuteLittleAnimeGirl Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
wow... :D
EkoGlitch Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What the hell would happen if the server died?!:O ...I'd be dead that's what:D, but no, seriously?
BiggestNarutard Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
:glomp: ILU DA :iconglompage:
FLCLover Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007
just a bunch of shit computers, if u ask me. but, no one asked me.
daleala Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I saw a photo of the dA servers recently, so different than what they were like back in 2004 :>
lenavvargo Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its beautiful *sheds single tear*
depthskins Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2006
spyed, not like i want to know the details but I'd appreciate your help on this.

I'm doing this assignment on art group or movement and most likely I choose DA. I've gotten most of the information I want but the hardest to get is the techical side of dA. I want to talk a bit about the technologies used because I know some advanced shit is used here. It would add credits to my assignment if I can highlight how technology plays a major role in dA. So for instance you can give me estimated figures on bandwidth, storage, etc. Nothing precise, it can be off my couple thousands, but just something to go by, u know? I'd REALLY REALLY REALLY appreciate if you can get back to me on this. Note me or something. Thanks.
spyed Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Well the truth is that's a confidential area of what we do, so it's going to be hard to get information even from me. But if you have some specific questions I'll see which ones I can answer.

You can ask me publically or in a note, the answers would be the same.

-- A
depthskins Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2006
I understand. Thanks atleast for responding and giving some hope for answers.

Is it possible you can highlight the major web technologies used by deviantART?
On average, what's the amount of bandwidth used? No need to be accurate, just give me an idea.

and since I'm asking...
Where do you, the CEO, see deviantART say 5 years from now?
spyed Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
mysql, php, javascript, apache web server, and a system we call DIFI.

we serve around 400 mbits per second of images and text.

The potential for deviantART within 5 years is rather limitless. I see us embracing hundreds of additional forms of art work and empowering a massive community of artists far further than we have even today. We'll do this by providing a long list of tools and resources that will aid in the creation, promotion, distribution and sale of art.

Without getting too specific, anything an artist of any kind might want to do on the web is fair game.

Good luck with your project!

-- A
depthskins Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2006
This is the design for project: [link]

I hope it's all good for me to use fella. Nothing harms dA in anyway but only aims to give it more exposure.
Thanks for your help and patience.
Bethuel09 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005
ninjas are indeed very cool...:nod:
MattGAllan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2005  Professional Photographer
spyed Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
just a couple of'em.. big mistake :)
MattGAllan Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005  Professional Photographer
Heh, I'd of thought as much.
Yuzu-Yukino Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
... O__O ... O-M-G-! o_.' ....LOL XD now i can say that DA is BIG!
lunarstar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
I think I speak for everyone when I say..
is IT?!
It looks so ordinary. And vulnerable. Man, anyone could just wipe the whole thing out if they knew where it was.
doofsmack Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2005
All those servers... It's... beautiful. :happycry:

How accurate is this photo as of today?
WallabyCeleborn Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2005   Photographer
I'm pretty sure it's located on Earth, but... you never know. It must be a nightmare running that thing, Wallaby bows down to DA greatness.
crodgers Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2005  Professional Photographer
Dude you got a Dell!


I work here supporting the EEC storage so of course I would have to notice.
starfantazy Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
i know its probably more as of today, but i just would like to say thanks :hug:. and did so today lol, finally became a subscriber
MrGone2001 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2005
Is there a current photo of the gear? My rack at home looked a lot like this in 2000 (when the photo was taken), I'm guessing :devart: is a much bigger proposition these days...

Looking for any techs/admins in Australia? We have a good timezone (offsets US and EU nicely), and the nature of the DA community strikes me as being well suited to Google-style geographic clustering and caching?

Kudos to you, Jark and Matteo BTW - I'm sure it was tough in the early days, all great things grow from humble beginnings (and maniacal obsession!!)
gohrum Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2005
the clan xD?
jeje, maybe it can be located in california?
peterfa Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2005   Writer
damn, those are blades
mossig Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2005
what equipment you guys use for it all... the processors and such
Ghouldaddy Featured By Owner May 26, 2005  Professional Photographer
so THAAAT's what it looks like :D
ashes2infinity Featured By Owner May 11, 2005
that server is both majestic and technologically pornographic - can i photomanip-tuck it, please?
I usually steer clear of any online community but i'm all like, becoming involved 'n stuff...I don't have work yet so i can't subscribe, but be patient with me and it will happen.
I'm here all the time lately, unless I'm bustin' my hump on the graphics.
psycho275 Featured By Owner May 10, 2005
Sweet! :D

Any chance of you submitting a newer photo? ;)
Caddielook Featured By Owner May 5, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the core of dA... awesome!
Razorbed Featured By Owner May 4, 2005
Just wanted to know the server connection (UL/DL)....

Could you tell me ?
betong Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
Cool =)
MissM69 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005
Hmmm very interesting :ninja:
cyberphobia Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
ok, sweet..
cyberphobia Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
ok, sweet..
William--Kain Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2005
I kind'a pictured something more grand, and I definetly pictured something more organized :evileye:
Bjornieman Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2005
The left side Sometimes it tends to fail and the thumbnails don't display properly (read: AT ALL). Luckily it happens less often now.
CeeJ-TanK Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005
whats the specs of that beast?
SGResu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005
xEXILEDx Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005
Does it still look like this....?
meshroom Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2005
i bet it's a tad bigger now. :o
purevil Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2005
very nice.... :)

wot software do it run ???

D3VIL-design Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2005
Woah :ninjaplot: there has to be a way to get all those :ninjaplot:
Esc-earth Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2005
GOD ALLMIGHTY !!!... All our work in that "thing"...?!:)!!... Dude !!!... Keep it up... but ...please... PLEASE>>> MAKE A BACK_UP !!!!....AND A BACK_UP of THE BACK_UP !!!...AND ... A BACK_UP OF THE BACK_UP OF THE BACK_UP...AND... hmm... u get the picture... :)
Gosp Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Lookin at this glom feels like... home!!!!
redewe Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
ALMFWTSLL1261992 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
so very organized... tis amazing!
InfiniteShadow Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2005
It's odd reading ABOUT the servers, and realizing that I am using those exact ones to put up this comment. BWAH!
Hayth Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2005
That's very impressive. Ninjas? Uhh Ok.. But sexy? Wow, people literally without a life.

But it's real impressive that the whole deviantART is on that.
kurobei Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I spend an unhealthily large portion of my life connected to these boxes. Oh dear.
designate Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2005
That's awesome.
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