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Scheduled Maintenance — 5AM to 10AM GMT

As some of you probably have noticed, has not been her usual speedy self today. The technical reasons for this are somewhat complex, but it boils down to some network problems with a couple of our bandwidth providers.

Last night they attempted to complete a upgrade to their routing infrastructure and during the maintenance some related hardware failed causing the downtime yesterday/early this morning. We are still combing through the logs, but it looks like we suffered from 2 simultaneous network outages in 2 different datacenters, making things even more difficult.

I have been working with our providers throughout the day to attempt and fix the various networking oddities we have been seeing, but they have been unable to. As a result, they have scheduled another maintenance from 5AM to 10AM GMT on Sunday 8/26 so they can revert the changes (upgrade) from last night. This will hopefully correct the myriad of issues we have been dealing with over the past 24 hours and bring everything back to normal.

We have been working throughout the day to move various things around so that the impact to the site during the maintenance is minimal, but you may experience some issues as the traffic is re-routed around the links which are undergoing maintenance.

Thanks again for bearing with us and things should be back to normal in no time.

Posted: Sunday, August 26th, 2007 at 3:03 am


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