Happy Monday folks!
Last week we carried out some initial maintenance as part of a complete replacement of all of our servers.
We will be completing that work this week and wanted to give you a heads up on when it will be carried out.
Monday 21st - Web Servers12pm UTC — we'll be switching to two new load balanced web servers with faster CPUs, four times as much memory, and brand new SSDs.
Expected downtime - None
Possible issues — Missing images or styling/script failures — please post in this thread.
Tuesday 22nd - Database Server10am UTC - we'll be moving to the most powerful server I've ever seen — 40 super fast CPU cores, 512GB RAM, and 20TB of RAID 10 SSDs. It really is a monster.
Expected downtime - The site will be in read-only mode for 2 hours while we back up, transfer and restore the database to the new machine.
Possible issues - hopefully none, but please post in this thread if you see anything strange or lose any data.
Wednesday 23rd - Email and Scanner Servers10am UTC - we'll be switching to 2 brand new servers for the scanners and email systems. Again, faster CPUs, four times as much memory, and brand new SSDs.
Expected downtime - Email will be offline for about an hour. Scanners will be offline for around 10 minutes.
Possible issues - hopefully none, but please post in this thread if you see anything strange.
Hopefully disruption will be kept to a minimum and we'll have a much faster site at the end of this process.
Thank you for your patience during this time!
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