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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > How The Pirate Bay Moved to the Cloud

How The Pirate Bay Moved to the Cloud

How The Pirate Bay Moved to the Cloud

Added: Friday, September 26th, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
The Pirate Bay is one of the most popular websites on the Internet, accounting for several million daily visitors. However, the most popular torrent tracker does not have a giant server park. Today it operates from the cloud, on 21 virtual machines, which can be quickly moved in case of necessity.
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A couple years ago The Pirate Bay made an important decision to switch its entire operation to the cloud. Thus, instead of investing into their own hardware, the website now serves its users from a number of cloud hosting providers located all over the world. The operators explain that such infrastructure saves costs, guarantees better uptime, and makes the portal more portable and harder to take down.

However, it must be admitted that the operational change also had a downside. Before, The Pirate Bay had a dedicated page listing its hardware and server setup, and true geeks kept a close eye on it. Now the website no longer owns any crucial pieces of hardware, but you can take a look at the virtual setup TPB is running on now, provided by TorrentFreak.

At the moment, The Pirate Bay uses 21 virtual machines hosted at different providers. Two years ago there were only 17 – this increase was in part due to the steady increase in traffic. 8 of the virtual machines are used to serve the web pages, while another 6 handle searches. The website’s database currently runs on 2 machines. The remaining 5 are used for load balancing, statistics, the proxy site on port 80, torrent storage and for the controller.

Overall, the virtual machines use 182 GB of RAM and 94 CPU cores. 620 GB of the total storage capacity is not all used, and it is quite modest considering the size of the website. All the machines are hosted with commercial cloud hosting providers, who do not know about TPB being among their customers. The site’s traffic goes through the load balancer masking what the other virtual machines are doing. In other words, none of the IP-addresses of the cloud hosting providers are linked to The Pirate Bay.

Of course, the cloud servers can be disconnected if the police demand them to, but with the current setup it would be easy for the site to continue operating from another provider soon enough. So, right now the most vulnerable part of the service is its domain. Just in 2013, The Pirate Bay burnt through 5 different domain names because of the takedown threats from registrars.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Friday, September 26th, 2014



Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET lover (2014-09-26 14:20:20)
Simmoncelli avatarHmm now i get why the site was down for a while. LOL

Thnx for the post Oz

2
posted by (2014-09-26 15:21:34)
noel2u2 avatarYes, I have to say that the site operators are doing an excellent job of staying on top, ahead of the fun police and ensuring that a service like this is always available. I personally have taken the steps of joining a VPN that runs at about 70% my normal internet speed on a connection from Oz to the US East Coast. Well worth the money and peace of mind to be invisible. I support the Extratorrent.cc site by seeding as long as possible. I have a 500Gb download account and have no problem leaving my computer running for days at a time. I have to admit I haven't so far had anything to upload.. but seeding is just as quick for me.

3
posted by (2014-09-26 15:31:55)
No avatarnoel2u2

US VPNs are required to keep a list of all what you do. Also the US courts are much more active legally then Australia. What you have done is jumped into the fire.

I suggest a European VPN

4
posted by (2014-09-26 16:59:08)
No avatar@3 what are good European vpns? I'm currently using hotspot,

5
posted by (2014-09-27 05:34:30)
No avatarI use h**p://hidemyass.com/vpn/r18406/
Been using for 3 years now, very fast and good customer support

6
posted by (2014-09-27 15:12:49)
thankyougod avatari use ipredator.se ... created by the piratebay.se people only .... you can surely trust them ... a real peace of mind ....

7
posted by Blocked (2014-09-27 20:44:39)
HenryJonesJr avatarthey'd only need 3 cloud servers if they got rid of the fakes and virus infested torrents they are famous for.
lol @ the referral link posted by dj4beat. hint: not a real dj

8
posted by (2014-09-27 21:18:29)
piratelover69 avatarHats off to TPB (:

9
posted by (2014-09-28 08:13:01)
vapourtrail avatarIf you open a seedbox account with one of the Euro operators say seednet.eu you can easily set up your own VPN through your own cloud server they provide full tutorials and its easy and costs around $15 a month you can tunnelise all your traffic and they wipe the logs daily

10
posted by (2014-10-01 18:24:16)
No avatarI do not like the cloud, very insecure, But for something like this, works perfect. Great



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