We have been working hard for about the last year to plan and execute some pretty huge upgrades for all of our customers. For a couple of years now we've been using a Nimble CS500 SSD Accelerated Storage Area Network to provide highly available storage to our servers. This worked great initially but as we've grown we've run into some issues here or there with the storage platform not meeting our expectations.
We are moving all servers to a StorPool Highly Available, Distributed, Self-Healing SSD Storage Area Network. Our testing has shown that not only do we get more than 900% increase in I/O operations per second but we are also increasing the total bandwidth available to our storage platform by 1,200%. While our Nimble Storage platform was SSD Cached where data read from the platform may or may not come from SSDs, all data read from our StorPool cluster will come from SSDs.
The end result of these migrations will be a faster and more consistent hosting experience across all of our hosting platforms - Shared, Reseller, Premium. All VPS are already migrated to the new storage platform and all new orders for Shared, Reseller, and Premium hosting after August 15, 2017 are already on the new platform as well.
We will be migrating all servers over to the new storage platform on or before September 15, 2017 and we have already begun copying data in the background from the old platform to the new. As a part of this migration we will be scheduling some downtime and we will post about it here as well as emailing all clients directly with details.
As we will be scheduling and announcing the downtime within maintenance windows and making you aware of these windows - we have a limited ability to migrate accounts manually prior to the maintenance window. Please understand that while we understand nobody wants to have downtime - that we cannot possibly migrate everybody individually prior to the primary migrations and we will do our best in this regard.
If you have any questions or concerns about any of this please feel free to either reply to this thread or to open a support ticket directly.