major.io words of wisdom from a systems engineer

Performance and redundancy boost for icanhazip.com

It’s been a few years since I started a little project to operate a service to return your IPv4 and IPv6 address. Although there are a bunch of other sites that offer this service as well, I’ve been amazed by the gradually increasing traffic to icanhazip.com.

Here’s a sample of the latest statistics:

  • Hits per day: 1.8 million (about 21 hits/second)
  • Unique IP addresses per day: 25,555
  • Hits per day from IPv6 addresses: 1,069 (a little sad)
  • Bandwidth used per day: ~ 400MB

The site is now running on multiple Cloud Servers at Rackspace behind a load balancer cluster. In addition, the DNS records are hosted with Rackspace’s Cloud DNS service.

This should allow the site to reply more quickly and reliably. If you have suggestions for other improvements, let me know!