Hardware Migration [10/23/2009] - [10/27/2009]


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We will be migrating the accounts on the Mars server starting on Friday October 23rd and this will last until Tuesday October 27th. The reason for this upgrade is our continued commitment to having exceptional quality of service. The Mars server is showing it's age in specification so we feel everyone would benefit from a much needed upgrade.

For the migration process we will be moving accounts in sections based on IP address. We anticipate no more than 5 minutes of down time per account in order to make the switch. We migrate the account data then re-route the IP address to the new server. Thus there is no down time associated with the upgrade.

The time frame given we estimate will not be nearly this long. In the past we have migrated to other hardware without any down time in less than three days. So our 4 days just gives us plenty of time to do it right and make sure there is no interruption in service.

The specifications of the server will be similar to that of the Skyline & Skyline servers that received their upgrades recently.

Old Mars:

Xeon 5430

4GB RAM

4x250GB SATA II Raid-10

New Mars:

Dual Xeon 54xx

12GB RAM

4x300GB SAS Raid-10

You'll notice three times as much memory and SAS drives which are significantly faster than the SATA counterparts. The CPU's is still something that is up in the air at this point. It's subject to availability but it'll be at least Dual 5430 so the new machine will have twice as many CPU cores.

If you have any concerns about this migration please do not hesitate to contact us.

Start Date: 10/23/2009

End Date: 10/27/2009

Estimated Down Time: less than 5 minutes

Duration: 4 days

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I say that and now it's back on although it might not get started until late tomorrow due to the hardware availability issues. We're going to be using a Dual Xeon 5520 instead as we were able to put on onto our current Dallas VLAN.

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