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Friday, February 15th, 2013

Sorry about that downtime…

If you’re a loy­al read­er of the NPI Advo­cate, you may have noticed that this blog abrupt­ly dis­ap­peared off the World Wide Web around 1:30 PM Pacif­ic Time yes­ter­day (along with the rest of nwprogressive.org) and you may have won­dered, Wow, what hap­pened? What’s going on? After all, it’s pret­ty unset­tling to load up a favorite web­site and get a gener­ic Not Found error mes­sage.

The answer to that ques­tion is that the serv­er where NPI’s Core site and the NPI Advo­cate were host­ed up until ear­ly this morn­ing expe­ri­enced a hard­ware fail­ure. More specif­i­cal­ly, a hard disk died and could not be revived. It had to be replaced instead, and the files on it checked for integri­ty.

Disk dri­ve fail­ures are a fact of life, and while disks often quit work­ing with­out any warn­ing, it is pos­si­ble to mit­i­gate the down­time and dis­rup­tion they cause.

We don’t feel that our host did a very good job of that. By the time the par­ti­tion where nwprogressive.org resided was restored, half a day had elapsed, and tech­ni­cians were still work­ing on restor­ing oth­er cus­tomers’ accounts.

We chose in late after­noon to reroute traf­fic to a tem­po­rary error page else­where, since we did­n’t know how long the down­time was going to last. As the day wore on, we decid­ed the time was ripe to relo­cate to a new host, and, by ear­ly morn­ing, the migra­tion was large­ly com­plete. So far, we’re pleased with our new digs.

In fact, pleased would be an under­state­ment. The serv­er nwprogressive.org is on now runs very up to date soft­ware and seems well-tuned, which means this blog is a lot snap­pi­er. (What’s not to like about decreased load times?)

Thank­ful­ly, none of NPI’s oth­er projects — Per­ma­nent DefensePacif­ic NW Por­tal, the Olympia News­riv­er, and Check the Attacks — were affect­ed because they are host­ed sep­a­rate­ly in a state-of-the-art dat­a­cen­ter. (In Brief is host­ed by Tum­blr).

Even­tu­al­ly, we will migrate the NPI Advo­cate to the same loca­tion, and we’ll use our new host as an emer­gency back­up in case of down­time there.

We’re big believ­ers in the adage, When life gives you lemons, make lemon­ade. Yes­ter­day’s down­time may have knocked us offline for a bit, but we’re back, and we’re back stronger. Thanks for stick­ing with us. And don’t for­get, our 2013 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala is com­ing up on April 5th. Buy your tick­et today!

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