As Ben mentioned in our previous post, our top priority right now is improving the stability of The Old Reader. To start, we’re going to get The Old Reader a much needed hardware upgrade. This week, we’ll be relocating the application to a top tier host located in the United States, tripling database capacity and adding over 10 times the network capacity.
The move is going to entail exporting all of the posts from about 6 million subscriptions, moving that data approximately 5000 miles and then importing it into the new database servers. This is a big move, and unfortunately it’s going to require about 48 hours of downtime.
The new environment will be ready to roll on Tuesday at which point we will begin the transfer and maintenance window. We’re shooting to begin that maintenance window at approximately 12AM GMT Wednesday. During this time, we’ll be frequently updating Twitter, Facebook and Status page to make sure you know as soon as it is back up and running.
We really do apologize that we’ll be down for so long. We’re avid users ourselves, and a couple days without The Old Reader is pretty tough for everyone. However, on the other side of this migration lies the stability and capacity that our favorite reader truly needs. Thank you for using The Old Reader and for your incredible patience.
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