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New Server.

Posted by jase
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Tue 30 Jan 2018
at 10:01
  • msg #1

New Server

Please be aware that we will "shortly" be moving RPoL to a shiny new server in a different location (Silicon Valley, California).

RPoL has been running off it's current software for about nine years now.  The operating system is out of date and no longer supported.  The hardware was upgraded once, three years ago, but the hard drives are the original and one has failed.  It's time to move to a newer operating system and newer equipment.

Our current host (NetDepot) has been very good to us but pricing has unfortunately increased for a modern equivalent of what we currently have.  Additionally virtualisation allows for a dedicated-like experience at a fraction of the cost.  In this instance 19/52s of a fraction, or around 36.5% of our current cost (if you want to be all user-friendly about it).

We'll be going from 3 GB memory to 8, a faster CPU (though less cores), and storage will be nice and fast on SSD (rather than 9 year old spinning disks).  Initial testing is promising and the new server looks very fast (up to 4 times faster for a very complex page), though take that with a grain of salt as it's not under any load at the moment.

Due to the fact we have to move a lot of data between locations there will be some downtime while the new server is updated with the latest from the current.  I will do dry runs before the final migration to give you a better estimate of the time it will take.

I'm not sure when exactly.  NetDepot have informed us they need to move our server in the next few days so it'd be nice to get it done by then, but I don't think I'd have sufficient testing by then to be comfortable to pull the trigger.

(Also posted in General RPoL where you can discuss this if you wish.)
This message was last edited by the user at 10:04, Tue 30 Jan 2018.
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Wed 29 Aug 2018
at 09:30
  • msg #2

Re: New Server

As those monitoring the forum thread regarding this notice will know, the previous planned migration did not go ahead due to performance and reliability issues with the selected host.  As a result we had to go back to the drawing board and select a new host.

We've been running the test site off a new host based in New York for a while now and are very comfortable with the reliability and performance it has provided.  As a result (and the point of this message)...

The website will be migrating to the new server in approximately 24 hours.

A maintenance notice will appear when the migration is about to happen.  Be aware that the site will stay under maintenance until the migration completes, which might take up to thirty minutes.  Unfortunately there is no way to shorten this maintenance window as there is a large volume of data to migrate.  Once the migration is completed the maintenance notice will clear and you will be free to continue on as normal.  Those using https may also see a brief website unavailable message as the web certificate is installed.

Any queries or issues please use the forum thread.
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Thu 30 Aug 2018
at 09:30
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Re: New Server

Thanks one and all for your patience.  The move has has been completed, please report any anomalies either via the forum thread or rMail.
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