Heads up – Site down

Just wanted to let you know of the impending doom, er – downtime.

Dear archshrk (note that I don’t capitalize my name),

We are pleased to inform you that we will be installing new hardware on the core switches that are used by the webserver that hosts your account. In order for these upgrades to be performed the server will be disconnected from the Internet for approximately one hour.

Due to the magnitude of the upgrades which will occur across all core switches, altering the underlying technology that our data center infrastructure is built upon, our normal redundant mechanisms can not be used. The redundant systems have to be concurrently upgraded along with the live systems.

Afterwards, you will benefit from increased router capacity across our whole network and infrastructure.

The upgrade can take up to an hour and will occur on October 23, 2008, sometime between 12 am and 6 am Central Time.

During this upgrade, your website will not be online for approximately one hour. Writing and editing of files in your web space will not be possible.

This will affect all my websites so please be patient. I, on the other hand, will be sleeping through the whole thing.

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