ActiveRain Server Upgrades and Scheduled Downtime 2/16/2012

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Server migrationOn Tuesday evening, February 14th, starting at 8pm Pacific Time ActiveRain will be down for scheduled updates to our servers.  ActiveRain will be down until midnight or 12:00am on Wednesday morning.  

Updated: On Thursday Evening, February 16th, starting at 8pm Pacific Time, ActiveRain will be down for scheduled updates to our servers. We expect this downtime to last for 4 hours, until Midnight Pacific time.

(On Tuesday night, the first scheduled downtime, our development team ran into a last minute issue, that had they continued could have compromised the stability of the site. Instead of push forward, we decided to pull back and retest in order to make sure things go smoothly with the upgrade)

In fact, we will be moving from having our servers hosted with a host company, to having our servers hosted at the Market Leader data center, nice and close to home here in Washington. We are excited to bring our servers back under our control, something we haven't had around here since 2007 when we had considerably fewer members and tons less content.

For the last week, we have had a group of 100+ ActiveRain members testing the new configuration on the new servers. These people have donated some of their time to test the new server configuration and stamp out any bugs. We are very thankful that our members have been willing to help us with this extensive move.

I wouldn't call myself a computer guy........in fact, when we are talking about computer hardware, I'd call myself completely clueless. Luckily, The technology team at Market Leader has some very bright and talented people who eat, sleep and dream computer hardware. In conjuction with the ActiveRain development team, (led by the fearless Chris) they are working around the clock to get ready for this server migration. 

We are excited about this move because it puts ActiveRain in a better position to continue to increase the performance of the site. This expanded capacity should result in improved page load speeds and better usability for our members.

This isn't the finish line in or efforts to upgrade performance on the site, but it's a major step in the process. We are very excited to have things moving a little bit faster and thrilled at the opportunity to continue to give you a better site through which you can share your experiences, educate one and other and prove your expertise in your local market.

 

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  2. Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 02/14/2012 09:55 AM
  3. Lynn B. Friedman 02/14/2012 11:54 AM
  4. Kathy Streib 02/15/2012 06:31 AM
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  6. Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional 02/15/2012 07:43 AM
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Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
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Well everyone, you shouldn't expect to see any marked improvements just yet.......because we didn't make the upgrades last night. The technology team worked feverishly during the downtime to get the data center move completed and at the 11th hour, they ran into an issue that could have compromised the stability and the speed of the site had they continued.

So instead of risking that stability, we decided to hold off on those changes last night. We are going to try again to update the servers and move the data center on Thursday night, from 8pm to 12am.

Feb 15, 2012 04:52 AM #89
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Luis Iniguez
Option One Real Estate - Fontana, CA
Search Inland Empire Homes For Sale - Short Sale Agent

Thanks for the update.  Planning is always important.

Feb 15, 2012 05:08 AM #90
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Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group
Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates - Amherst, NH
Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate

Glad to hear you are working on this...hard to stay loyal to AR with such waiting times...

Feb 15, 2012 06:22 AM #91
Rainmaker
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Jodie Carpine
OurHouse - Spokane, WA
Owner/Designated Broker, ABR, AHWD, ePro, GRI, MRP

We will now look forward to what Friday brings!  ;-)

Feb 15, 2012 06:27 AM #92
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
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Bob and the crew- Thanks for keeping us updated.  I know it's not like unplugging one gizmo and plugging another one in so I do appreciate all you guys do.  

Feb 15, 2012 06:29 AM #93
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Thanks for the update. Better to be safe than sorry.

Feb 15, 2012 06:50 AM #94
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Thanks for sharing - I'll make sure I finish my AR assignment before that...

Feb 15, 2012 06:59 AM #95
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Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I kept trying to get on to AR last night and the system was down after 8 PM PT.  Was that a separate issue?

Feb 15, 2012 12:34 PM #96
Rainmaker
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Lindsey Hasford
Edina Realty - Elk River, MN
Bringing you home...

Good to know. I wondered how the updating took such a short time the other night.

Feb 15, 2012 04:53 PM #98
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Thank you for the heads up, will adjust accordingly.  

Feb 15, 2012 10:47 PM #99
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Lee & Pamela St. Peter
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Well done guys, well done!! Thank you...
Pamela

Feb 16, 2012 01:11 AM #100
Rainer
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Kate Akerly
Kaminsky Group - Manhattan Beach, CA
Manhattan Beach Residential Sales

Thanks for letting us know.

Feb 16, 2012 01:22 AM #101
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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Another night and I can go to sleep before 12m. Thanks for the update and good luck with the change over.

Feb 16, 2012 01:42 AM #102
Rainmaker
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Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay

thank you so much for the communication. It always helps to know so we can manage our time best. 

Feb 16, 2012 02:29 AM #103
Rainmaker
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Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

Thanks for the correction! Luckily I don't do the late night ActiveRain swoop in, so I won't have withdawls.

Feb 16, 2012 03:10 AM #104
Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

ActiveRain Rocks!  Notices in our e-mail, daily drop and in a post..................thanks for all you are doing to make things better for all of us!

Feb 16, 2012 05:23 AM #105
Rainmaker
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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Thanks for the heads up, I will try to do my blogging earlier today

Feb 16, 2012 05:53 AM #106
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Thanks for the update that the servicers will be down on Thursday as well.  I guess I can watch some TV tonight.

Feb 16, 2012 06:09 AM #107
Rainmaker
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Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Thanks for the two email reminders. If there was no warning or if there were no warnings you can be sure some people would gripe about it :) Just glad it's being resolved :)

Feb 16, 2012 11:47 AM #108
Rainmaker
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Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Well Active Rain, you spilled over a little on time frame but you are working great now.  Even seems a little quicker!

Feb 17, 2012 05:59 AM #109
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