New server request

DAve dave.list at
Tue Apr 8 14:42:51 IST 2008

Currently we get hit with 200k to 300k connections a day that hit an 
RBL. We see 15k to 25k pipeline attempts. We spam scan almost 50% of our 
mail and we Virus scan everything that comes in. We process 4gb of mail 
a day on two servers, total around 50k to 65k message we actually 
deliver. We process 16,908 whitelist and 14,348 blacklist entries from 

Mail delivery for our clients *INCLUDES* outbound scanning and filtering 
through my smtp servers (different hardware) and coming back in through 
my MailScanner servers.

I can get that done in 5 minutes round trip time for a message. 90% of 
that time is spent in the MS server, queues, waiting for pickup, etc. I 
think that is pretty darned good.

That is apparently not good enough. Every month or so I get told that 
mail delivery in incredibly slow and I need to look at the servers. I 
do, and every message I check takes around five minutes.

I need a recommendation for the root'n toot'nist, rockem sockem, nuklear 
powered, rocket fuel fed servers money can buy. I want to push a batch 
of 30 messages through a full featured install of SA, Clamav, and local 
rulesets in less than 5 seconds. Tops. When my sales director hits send 
in his outlook, I want the message to deliver so fast his laptop jumps 
from his desk.

I think I need striped SAS disks with 15k spindles, four CPUs, and 16gb 
of ram. I am open to realistic suggestions, though humor is still 
welcome. I intend to submit a quote this week.



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