We have added 9 new content servers. More than double what we had before!
The first month of support via Patreon was higher than expected, and as a result we added the promised 6 servers according the the goal amount. In addition, we added 3 more as a bonus - for both anonymous donations as well as because of the amazing first month of support.
With these additional servers, our total bandwidth and throughput has dramatically increased.
All of this support for servers will come in handy, even more so when we need to buy a monster server for conversions which should be arriving in the next few months. Even faster if we get the support ahead of schedule!
We'll certainly need a beast as we'll be creating at least 360p, 540p, 720p, and 1080p (depending on original resolution) for each upload - both new AND old!
As a bit of insight to what we'll need - the server we are looking at right now for this purpose will cost $145 monthly. This server would act as our upload, conversion, and distribution hub for all other servers.
Unfortunately, this addition of content servers will not help with the main site load issue during heavy traffic. This is a separate issue that still needs resolved.