Server Migration

December 9th, 2010: Filed under  by Alexander Catapang @ 3:45 pm

I have not been very happy with my dedicated server host lately. I’ve been with them the past few years (since this site has been launched), and things have been generally smooth, but they have undergone recent changes and I felt the service has been going downhill since then.

They have also increased prices, so if I need new servers, I can no longer get new ones at the same price I used to pay. Plus, I have experienced some minor issues that I will no longer write in detail. In the end, I have decided to transfer to a new server host. Prices are comparable to what I was paying before, and service so far has been great. There’s a lot more tools at my disposal to automate things, including mobile apps so I don’t need to be in front of a computer to manage the servers in case of emergency.

The past few days, I have been migrating the entire site to the new servers in several stages, to keep downtime as minimal as possible. Many of you may not have noticed anything unusual at all actually.

I now have less physical servers to manage, but at the same time, these servers are faster than the old ones, so it kinda evens out. I was also able to save as much as 40% in monthly server costs, which comes in handy these days. So less servers to manage, faster servers, lower overall costs … I’m a happy guy. 🙂

It took a lot of effort, as I also have to learn new things in the process, since I’ve decided to go with a different server set-up than what I was used to. Prior to ordering the servers, I did a lot of local tests to cover potential issues when I work on the production servers already.

Getting the new servers is also in preparation for the launch of my newest project, which is what’s keeping me busy these days. I am sorry that I have not been able to update the HeyBingo site except the usual maintenance, but perhaps in the future there will be some major changes to be done (for the better).

In the meantime, since you are able to read this post now, it means the server migration has been fully completed. As usual, I will be monitoring things the next few days in case some new issues appear, but so far everything has been smooth and I’ve only encountered minor issues that were easily corrected.

Happy holidays everyone!