New server request

Alex Neuman alex at
Tue Apr 8 14:51:30 IST 2008

Are you using SA with sa-compile'd rules? Local caching DNS? /var/ 
spool/Mailscanner/incoming and /root/.spamassassin mounted as tmpfs?

On Apr 8, 2008, at 8:42 AM, DAve wrote:
> 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 MailWatch.
> 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.
> Thanks,
> DAve
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