Planned site downtime this weekend

Written by Tim Smalley

March 27, 2008 // 7:27 p.m.

Tags: #bit-tech #downtime #hosting #infrastructure #move #planned #server

As a result of our hard work, and you reading all of the content we've been publishing, bit-tech has seen some phenomenal growth over the past twelve months - we only have you, our readers, to thank for the success.

I am sure that some of you may have noticed that we have had a few short periods of downtime in the past six to eight weeks - the long of the short is that our traffic, which is at all-time record levels, has outgrown the current server infrastructure.

We've always strived to keep bit-tech as fast as possible with efficient code so that, even during the busiest periods when our servers are being assaulted by the hordes, you're still able to read our content without long delays between page loads.

The good thing is that we're pleased to say that we will be moving bit-tech to a new datacentre this weekend. We're deploying more hardware in order to cope with our projected growth over the next twelve months, and we will be adding more servers as and when they are required.

Things will kick off early on Saturday morning, where we'll be closing the forums for a few hours while we transfer both the site and forum databases to the new servers. During this time, we will also be transferring our DNS records, which will mean that you may not be able to reach any of the bit-tech sites via their respective domains.

If you are unable to reach us via the domain name, the new IP addresses for the site and forums will be as follows:
  • www.bit-tech.net - 91.198.165.67
  • forums.bit-tech.net - 91.198.165.69
We apologise in advance for any problems you might have reaching the site over the next few days, but we hope for normal service to resume by Monday at the latest.

For those wondering where we'll be moving, TSOHost is where we're going. It's owned by Adam Smith - a long-time bit-tech reader who has been reading the site almost since the day we started this craziness back in 2001.

Once again, thank you for your patience and support on behalf of all of us at bit-tech!

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