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Another move coming right up

Ok, after all the pain of the last week you’d think I’d be over it… I am. But I have to move to a new server because otherwise DearDiary will be on a server on its own and it can’t afford to pay for that – so it has to go where all the other sites go 🙂

We’ve just invested in another new server – but this time it’s one that works. For anyone that’s interested, it’s a Quad Core Intel Xeon, with 4G of RAM, 2 x 250G SATA II Hard Drives. To say it flies would be an understatement. It’s housed in Seattle, so anyone in that general area should get their eyebrows burned off with the speed 🙂

It’s got a number of extra features that mean future upgrades will be a lot smoother and if something goes wrong I can access the machine from here in Australia just as if I was sitting at the keyboard and screen in Seattle. This means I can check BIOS settings, reload the operating system if need be, and do just about anything as if the machine were housed in my office. I can’t of course replace defective hardware, but I can even turn the machine on and off!

In the future if need be, we can add dedicated database servers, load balancing and all sorts of goodies to improve performance and reliability. Having said that, we won’t need to yet – this is a future growth thing!

But all that means we have to make another move – to a new provider (the current budget provider doesn’t do any of the enhanced management stuff).

So – tomorrow (Monday, Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT+10)) the DearDiary service will be moved to the new server. You will see some outages and freakish things happening again. Panic ye not – it will all be good. All the other sites hosted by Kabarty have already moved – DearDiary and Hamipiks are the last to go.

Steve and Rose.

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7 Comments

  1. [PRIVATE COMMENT]
    Uh…any chance of a beta test against the new server before the switch is thrown, just to make sure that everything works and checks out, and knock out kinks before shutting the old server down?

  2. Thanks for this site.
    Thanks for all the work, time and money you devote to it.
    It means alot to alot of people.
    Thanks for the heads up. Knowing that it might be down makes it easier.
    God bless you,
    Jami

  3. [PRIVATE COMMENT]
    I’m gonna tell you something.

    During the throws of DD absence…I confess the thought occurred to me, "What if it’s broken forever?"

    Ack!

    I did an hour’s worth of research on other blog sites… even looked at the dreaded deardiary.com
    one. And I have to tell you, NONE of them compare to the features, and customizing, and photo storage levels of this site. Not to mention the some of the cumbersome navigation and long page loads of the other places that just put me off. I went to one site and could hardly FIND the blog portion among all the dumb stuff on the pages, that were so filled with extraneous doo doo.

    So, I just thought I’d let you know, yes, I had a roving eye. But all it did was make me appreciate what we have right here !

    Keep up the good work, and like Princess Buttercup, I can say with complete honesty,

    "I will never doubt again."

    😉

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