I wanted to keep the community updated on the upgrade of ActiveRain to the software platform Rails 2.3.14. We have discussed previously, ActiveRain has been working on the software upgrade from Rails 2.2.2 to 2.3.14 using an outside consulting company called Pivotal.
ActiveRain is basically three "applications" which are 1) ActiveRain, 2) Outside Blogs, and 3) Localism. On December 21st, we upgraded ActiveRain to Rails 2.3.14. That went relatively smoothly. We caught a couple of bugs here and there, but nothing major. One December 27th, we upgraded Outside Blogs and Localism to Rails 2.3.14. The upgrade of Localism and Outside Blogs has increased the load on our servers dramatically both from a processor and memory perspective. This has caused the site to become much slower since December 27th (as some of you have noticed).
We are currently testing a number of hardware and software changes to improve the situation (increasing the memory on each server, changing the load balancer, loading different software on the servers).
As soon as we know more, we will inform the community. If we find the right combination of hardware and software, you will likely know as soon as we do!
We apologize for any inconvenience this is causing today or over the past week.