Hardware Migration [03/05/2010] - [03/08/2010]


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We will be migrating the accounts on the Titan server starting on Thursday March 5th and this will last until Monday March 8th. The reason for this upgrade is our continued commitment to having exceptional quality of service. We've seen an increasing number of drive failures for our servers running Raptor drives. Titan is the last web server we have running them so we're going to migrate it to new hardware that uses SAS drives.

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 are as follows:

Old Titan:

Dual Xeon 5430

12GB RAM

4x300GB SATA Raptor Drives 10K RPM Raid-10

New Titan:

Dual Xeon 5520

12GB RAM

4x300GB SAS 15K RPM Raid-10

So we'll be using the next generation Xeon CPU's as well as making use of 15K RPM SAS drives over the 10K RPM SATA Raptor drives.

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

Start Date: 03/05/2010

End Date: 03/08/2010

Estimated Down Time: less than 5 minutes

Duration: 4 days

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This has started. For the next few days there will be a oldtitan (old server) and a titan (new server) hostname. Best to not force hostname but rather access things using your domain so it redirects you to the server you're on.

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