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Lilly 2.0

A little over a year ago (July 2014) I posted about the new server Lilly coming online during a busy summer. The name as most know was a hint about my daughter Ms. Lilly Grace coming to join us soon, and join us soon after she did!

Well as she’s gotten a year older this past weekend reaching the big 1, It’s time for Lilly the server to get to 2.0, and this launches this Friday.

If you want to get to the comparison of stats, network, and such well here’s a snapshot of what the current Lilly server has to offer:

CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU L5520 @ 2.27GHz
Number of cores : 6
CPU frequency : 1600.000 MHz
Total amount of ram : 10240 MB
Total amount of swap : 2048 MB
Download speed from CacheFly: 17.2MB/s
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 1.95MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 15.6MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 11.5MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 7.18MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 9.93MB/s
I/O speed : 51.5 MB/s

Well the new version 2.0 kicks things up a bit, here’s what folks using Lilly & Ruth will have to look forward to:

CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E31230 @ 3.20GHz
Number of cores : 8
CPU frequency : 3192.810 MHz
Total amount of ram : 15892 MB
Total amount of swap : 8031 MB
Download speed from CacheFly: 105MB/s
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 55.6MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 106MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 36.9MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 46.1MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 21.8MB/s
I/O speed : 62.6 MB/s

Better CPU, More Memory, More Swap, More Speed – This server is a great upgrade, which customers should benefit from greatly! It includes as a standard now CloudLinux – which with cPanel offers folks the ability to roll back PHP versions, MariaDB which shows some great speed improvements, and did I mention speed? 🙂

The plan as it stands (and direct customers on Ruth & Lilly will get emailed later tonight) is as follows:

  1. Monday – Email all customers on Ruth & Lilly about migration.
  2. Tuesday – Address any and all DNS & Software Issues with Customers.
  3. Wednesday – DNS servers adjust TTL to reflect a 5 minute refresh – this will make the move super fast (If you manage your own DNS, contact me for how to adjust these similarly)
  4. Thursday – Final Checks on Lilly 2.0
  5. Friday – Migration begins at 11PM Pacific.
  6. Saturday – Final review & TTL reset to standard 4 hour value.
  7. Sunday – Chuck Rests.

This will be like all migrations quick and painless, but as always if  you notice even a HAIR out-of-place, open a ticket, and let’s get it reviewed, as the spin-down time for this old server is fairly quick, I don’t want to keep the hardware online for longer than needed.

If you have ANY questions about this move, please get in touch. For some customers this won’t mean anything, you just want your website hosted and online, however for others it does mean the extra tools like SSH access, git, and a few other developer requested goodies, so hopefully everyone will get something that is a great addition to their website.

That’s it for now! Have a BLESSED Monday!

Some Network Maintenance

Just got the following from the datacenter for the servers Faith & Shepherd:

 Network Maintenance (Tuesday, July 19, 2011 between 11:59PM and 01:59AM CDT(04:59 – 06:59 GMT))

Summary of Maintenance:

The purpose of this maintenance is to upgrade core networking capacity. Best practice and procedures will be employed throughout the maintenance.

Customer Impact:

There should be no noticeable customer impact during this maintenance window. However, we wanted everyone to be aware of the activity. There will be a number of network engineers on-site to ensure the process goes smoothly.

If you have any questions or concerns please open a ticket for further assistance! These happen now and again and rarely effect the servers directly, at worst may be some network outage, but your data and the server won’t be effected.

Server Move Fun!

Well the primary server which FlockHosting.com lives on was moved – you may or may not of noticed, downtime was really nothing as the site stayed live on both servers – however you may note the Customer Zone is still down, and that’s probably the old copy – once the “Maintenance” notice goes away your live on the new server. I am still double checking everything and making sure were good to go, but the move looks smooth and clean, and work on the wiki and new site will continue this week.

Thanks for the patience the last few months as things continue to revamp here and there, the Wiki is already laying out good – hope to unviel it before the first of the year if not target date for new website, and support wiki is Jan. 25th… and oh yes – fun things happening on that day (or so I hope!)

Have a Blessed Weekend! And stay tuned for more news!

Year End Review + 2011

Year in Review

So a year in review – short and sweet – I think I woke up after a break, FlockHosting is coming up on it’s 10 year anniversary in 2012 – as a one man show it has been quite the journey but I think I coasted and napped a little for a year or two in there really just trying to survive and keep my sanity 😉 but this year things have been moving!

With a website rebuild brought some new pricing options which really sort of flopped with everyone except churches, which was a blessing to me to offer a set of great deals to Churches out there, but I am going to kick that up a notch with the rebuild going on now, I want to continue to bless Churches, offer them more! (more on this in the 2011 section) – but the same for folks just wanting to have a site, more resources, affordable prices, and steady flow of deals!

New Backend Software – things on the cPanel interface have been improving both in speed, functions and features – this year has seen some great improvements to the backend, speed has improved, but also adding in Installatron and Softalicious – both offering some great auto-install scripts to get your website up and online.

Customer Appreciation Month – this was another big blast for me, getting to really bless those who have really blessed the heck out of me over the years, some of these folks have been with me since the first year, but each customer is a blessing and it was great to give out some great upgrades, still rolling them out – but looking forward and actually already planning next year!

Lots of little things in the background, some things just this past week like a mobile app designed for the billing system which actually lets me deal with orders, tickets, etc. all from my phone! So I can respond to your tickets, process new orders and deal with some issues on the road! And some new things in the works for….

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Rebuilding FlockHosting.com

So the usual “hard” project for me has started. Re-Design. Re-Building.

FlockHosting started out very humble, some carefully crafted code, some 10 years ago, a basic billing system I actually wrote from scratch, and a trouble ticket system that was free and clunky 🙂 It’s come a long way, and it’s getting a make-over in the front end as well as the backend.

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