New server request

Julian Field MailScanner at
Tue Apr 8 15:06:16 IST 2008

You can delete the /root/.spamassassin/bayes_seen quite frequently too, 
it will speed things up too.

Alex Neuman wrote:
> 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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