Beginning at 10:10pm Pacific time tonight, MotorsportReg.com will be in maintenance mode for up to four hours while we migrate the production system to newer, faster hardware. Unfortunately (at least in the maintenance window respect), we are transitioning between 32-bit and 64-bit servers and we are unable to bring up the new database server in parallel. This database dump, transfer and reload is why we have the longer allocated timeframe.
We have been testing for the past two months including several large scale load tests and are excited to report that not only are they much faster, they have plenty of headroom to continue handling our explosive growth.
At all times during the transition tonight, users will be provided a maintenance message so they will not be left wondering if your links are broken or your events are offline. We have also preemptively lowered our DNS time-to-lives so that upon successful testing, full DNS transition will take only a few minutes rather than the 48-72 hours typically associated with an IP address change.
During the transition, we will be updating our official status page at http://status.MotorsportReg.com and Twitter @pukkasoft as needed. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions.
For the technically minded out there, we're upgrading to Enterprise-class machines with 2 x Quad-Core 2.4ghz Xeon processors, 16GB RAM and completely redundant RAID arrays of 15,000RPM SAS disks to ensure data protection. As always, we continue to use an enterprise-level colocation facility with the expected redundant power, fire, cooling and physical security. It costs more, but it's how we maintain an average of approximately 1 hour of downtime per year.