RiotACT server outage – Sunday evening

Kramer 29 September 2008 30

[First filed: September 27, 2008 @ 22:01]

On Sunday evening, the new RiotACT server will be going into the Transact data centre to replace our current box, which has really been struggling recently. We expect the server to be offline between 6pm and 9pm, while we get the data transferred and the hardware swapped. I know it will be hard for some to be without RiotACT for an evening, but I assure you it will be back bigger and faster than ever.

Thanks to Velocity Internet who continue to provide our server hosting on their mega fast internet connection.

Kramer
RiotACT Server Admin

Velocity Internet

UPDATE: And the new beast is now succesfully in place thanks to Kramer’s brilliant work. It’s currently chewing through your queries with contempt (1-2% of capacity in use compared to 50-60% on the old server in a similar period). That should be an end to those vexing database errors for some time. (he says tempting fate).


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Overheard Overheard 1:13 am 30 Sep 08

Wide Boy Jake said :

johnboy said :

Well if there was I don’t think we’d be giving a stuff about the website.

I don’t know about anybody else, but when our power was off for four days during and after the bushfires and I couldn’t get access to the Net I felt isolated and cut off from the rest of the world.

I don’t know whether to laugh, cry or just beat my head against the wall at this comment.

“Cut off from the rest of the world” ??!!

Without trying to sound too pointed, most people during this time were actually finding out about the ‘c’ word, Jake.

Community.

Switch off the laptop/PC and go and talk to some people face to face.

You can do it anytime, any place, anywhere, but this site actually enables that, and it’s been one of the surprising and unexpected joys of my 2008 to meet some really great people courtesy of RA.

They won’t bite (unless you ask them to and they’re up for it).

Granny Granny 6:42 pm 29 Sep 08

Gosh! I thought the meteor strike was disastrous ….

; )

johnboy johnboy 5:56 pm 29 Sep 08

A disaster wiping out the transact data centre and kramer’s house in belco would be a couple of orders of magnitude worse…

Wide Boy Jake Wide Boy Jake 5:52 pm 29 Sep 08

johnboy said :

Well if there was I don’t think we’d be giving a stuff about the website.

I don’t know about anybody else, but when our power was off for four days during and after the bushfires and I couldn’t get access to the Net I felt isolated and cut off from the rest of the world.

Wide Boy Jake Wide Boy Jake 5:48 pm 29 Sep 08

Site is a lot faster now, no longer have to wait 5 to ten seconds for it to load.

johnboy johnboy 1:46 pm 29 Sep 08

Well if there was I don’t think we’d be giving a stuff about the website.

Kramer Kramer 1:44 pm 29 Sep 08

The server is in the Transact data centre, whereas the backups go to my place in Belconnen. As if there could ever be a disaster in Canberra which could cause distruction on such a scale across the city 😉

Jazz Jazz 1:05 pm 29 Sep 08

rest assured we have plans for things to come.

caf caf 11:54 am 29 Sep 08

Kramer: I was thinking you should put it in at Nerdvana – in a “2003 Bushfires” scenario with widespread long power outages your house wouldn’t help for too long 😉

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 9:58 am 29 Sep 08

Well done Kramer. Running very slickly today. Perhaps I can stop composing messages in Notepad now…

Cameron Cameron 9:39 am 29 Sep 08

Nice job K man 🙂

peterh peterh 9:24 am 29 Sep 08

I am certain that the resellers amongst us are already formulating their plans for DR and will come forward soon…

or not.

me, I am on 2nd last day of Fin year, so better get back to it….

Kramer Kramer 9:18 am 29 Sep 08

DR !?! Please Caf! I do too much DR as part of my day job to worry about it with Riot!

Seriously though, we do run backups of the site (which were the main reason for crashes on the old server), but we’re still a little way off having a redundant hot site (although my house isn’t too far off – I just need a much faster internet link & a UPS).

Granny Granny 9:17 am 29 Sep 08

I’m sure some of you could manage it in all your spare time.

*chuckle*

Forward planning is so important, after all ….

captainwhorebags captainwhorebags 9:14 am 29 Sep 08

RiotSAT-1

caf caf 9:12 am 29 Sep 08

So, what’s next on the techy side of the Riot? A disaster recovery site, so that the next time Canberra is laid waste by natural disaster, we can still dial in from the refugee camp and complain about the coffee?

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 8:49 am 29 Sep 08

Performance of RA seems to be a millions times better. Sweet!

Granny Granny 10:54 pm 28 Sep 08

And we have lift-off ….

Way to go, Kramer!

canberra towie canberra towie 7:57 pm 28 Sep 08

Kramer said :

Even if you have an uber fast ADSL 2+ connection and live next door to the exchange, you’re still driving on the GDE of network performance compared to the four lane freeway of a real data centre network.

LOL good one !!

Aurelius Aurelius 5:49 pm 28 Sep 08

Vic,
If you can read RA for free, perhaps you should balance it by getting a Premium subscription? :p I sure JohnBoy would be pleased 🙂

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