Mars Server Upgrade [08/28/2007 - 09/3/2007]


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Starting on Tuesday August 28th we will be upgrading our Mars server. We expect only about 1-2 minutes of down time at most for each account to be migrated over. This migration will only involve us switching the server, we will not be changing IP addresses so this should be cause any DNS issues. The only issue we see coming up would be due to large sites taking a while to restore resulting in some data being lost if they are modified constantly. We however expect this to not cause many issues as the upgrade of Mercury went unnoticed by the majority of our customers and their visitors

The reason for this upgrade is our Mars server is showing it's age only being a dual cpu server. We've started deploying quad cpu raid-10 based systems and it was Mars turn to receive the upgrade. The new server will be the following specifications

Quad Core Xeon 3220 - 2.40GHz (Kentsfield) - 2 x 4MB cache

4 GB DDR2 667

4x250GB SATA II Raid-10

This is a much more powerful server compared to the current Mars one. It adds 2 extra CPU's to the mix and along with that it adds two more hard drives and will use the much performance and redundancy oriented raid-10 configuration. With raid-10 we could potentially lose up to two hard drives and continue to still function. We will also be able to swap out drives that fail on the fly which means no down time.

If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact our support department.

Start date: 08/28/2007

End date: 09/3/2007

Duration: 7 days (Estimated)

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Starting on Tuesday August 28th we will be upgrading our Mars server.


And I'm guessing this is why I've started seeing indications from WinSCP (my favorite ftp-like program) that the MARS ssh host key has changed?

No biggee, just wanted to double-check ...

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