Site Moving Servers: Information and Status

by Michael Hoppes ~ February 11th, 2013.

I realized awhile ago the site was just not performing up to acceptable speed. Even after re-coding the site to improve performance over the caching solution, the team pages especially take too long to generate. As such, it seems the site has out-grown the hosting service I have been using since it started it minimal traffic (to now over 500,000 pageviews by humans [plus search engine traffic...] in the past year). The development of the SRS, CRS, and RPRPI, which all have high computational needs, seem to be the straw to break the back.

As such, I have ordered a new server and will be transitioning to it this week. If you encounter any problems with the site, please try again later. If they seem to persist for over a week, please let me know.

Hopefully this new server hardware makes all the tasks of running the site easier as well as increase the performance and page load time of the entire site. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this move process.

I will update this post with more information as needed.

Warning: Some tech speak may follow:

For those interested, the old server was a shared hosting setup by MediaLayer.com (“Application Hosting”) which I highly recommend for anyone starting out or with small needs and the new server is a managed dedicated server by WiredTree.com. The new server will be located in Chicago, the same as the previous server. Here are the server specs:

Hardware
Processor: Intel Xeon E3 – Socket 1155 (4 cores, 3.3GHZ 8MB Cache, HT)
Memory: 4GB DDR3 ECC
Primary Disk: 240GB Intel 335 SSD

Additional Options
Control Panel : cPanel / WHM
Public Port Speed : 1000Mbs Public
Private Port Speed : 1000Mbs  Private
Route Optimized Bandwidth : 10TB Premium Transfer
Chassis : Standard SuperMicro Rackmount
IP Addresses : 8 IP Addresses
Operating System : CentOS Linux 64-bit + cPanel/WHM

Status:

Monday, 8:50am, Server ordered, told 24-48 hours to setup.
Tuesday: 2:50am, Server setup, waiting for humans to wake up.
Tuesday: 5:33pm, Files/Configuration started to move…
Tuesday 8:08pm, Setup done(?). Change nameservers.
Tuesday 8:09pm, Realize I shouldn’t have done that, start fixing problems….
Tuesday 9:03pm, Happy with new server. Turn to wife and say “Wow. The new server is FAST.” and smile.

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