Server upgrade is planned for tonight or Wednesday night
The time has come for another server upgrade.
There will be 30-60 minutes of downtime after midnight as we make this move.
The way hardware continues to improve, we continue to be able do more with less. So, we're jumping into a machine with a little less RAM than we currently have but with faster and more of everything else. Faster network (the fastest in the industry), faster SSD drives that are also bigger (the top server-grade units), faster CPUs (by a lot).
As part of the move, we get a new OS and new everything else such as database server, mail server, and new caching tools. We should see speed gains from the software as well as the hardware.
We will see what this gets us as far as giving you all a better experience. We are switching back to a provider we used on v1 and v2 of IDB because they have the best network, SSD drives, CPUs and support currently. We don't use support but it's nice to have in case you need it.
And, our monthly costs drop again!
Also, we had a hunk of software code deep inside IDB fail a few days ago. This has caused post-by-email to fail. It's also caused the stock prices on the top of some boards to not update. And it's caused the guest counts on the top of all boards to not prune off the old visitors so the counts keep climbing. The guest counts will reset once we migrate the site.
- Admin (Paul)