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New servers, some DNS changes this week April 21, 2008

Posted by ClustrMaps Team in News.
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In order to avoid a recurrence of some of our hosting provider’s (quite brief) power outage problems last month, several steps are taking place beginning this week: the hosting provider is getting ready to bulk-move their data centre to an even more secure site, and we at ClustrMaps are taking additional pre-emptive steps of our own to provide redundant servers at a completely different physical location.

There is nothing that users need to do: To avoid any outages, we will be changing the DNS entries so that the new servers automatically supersede the old ones. The only noticeable effect should be that there is a small delay in the overnight batch runs that do all the map drawing and dot-clustering. This delay is needed to ensure that all the servers are perfectly synchronised after the switchover. The switchover is scheduled to take place beginning on Monday 21st April, and should be completed by the next day. If you have ‘typical’ daily totals, you may notice a minor variation because the period between updates will be a bit longer than 24 hours. On the other hand, this variation will be un-noticeable to most users.

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