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We're looking at adding another web server, a load balancer, and a new switch in the next 2-3 days. This should help spread out the load a bit better (we're currently getting about 45 hits per second on a single dual Xeon web server) but it might mean that there will be intermittent down time while we set up the load balancer. We'll try and make things as seamless as possible but you never know. Once the load balancer is in place, we should be able to add new web servers and scale horizontally as needed from here on out which should mean minimal downtime due to upgrades.

This might help fix some of the problems the last few days that we've experienced due to the high traffic, we were already at a threshold where more unique visitors was starting to mean a drop off in page views (due to the increased page load time). So having this influx of users wasn't necessarily a good thing for our system stability.

-Azulus

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We're looking at adding another web server, a load balancer, and a new switch in the next 2-3 days. This should help spread out the load a bit better (we're currently getting about 45 hits per second on a single dual Xeon web server) but it might mean that there will be intermittent down time while we set up the load balancer. We'll try and make things as seamless as possible but you never know. Once the load balancer is in place, we should be able to add new web servers and scale horizontally as needed from here on out which should mean minimal downtime due to upgrades.

This might help fix some of the problems the last few days that we've experienced due to the high traffic, we were already at a threshold where more unique visitors was starting to mean a drop off in page views (due to the increased page load time). So having this influx of users wasn't necessarily a good thing for our system stability.

-Azulus

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As some of you may have seen, we had 10 minutes or so of downtime 2-3 days ago during our database server switch. Things went "swimmingly" and the new server is handling the database load just fine (that wasn't particularly our bottleneck though). The actual site is now running off the NAS as well now which puts us into position to launch additional web servers beside the one we have now (namely our old database server). I'll keep everybody updated with whatever changes are made, but things are looking good.

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