That was a long and hard-working day at the Spin Rewriter office... If you can really call 28 hours of constant effort by everyone at the office a "day". A huge thank-you to everyone involved, from server admins to our amazing customer support experts!

Even before we announced our scheduled migration to a newer server infrastructure on Monday, we had been looking into every possible way to minimize the downtime that inevitably comes with the migration. I believe we did a decent job... although the migration itself was still a major effort, and took a bit longer than planned.

You can read all about the migration with constant status updates here...

But now that the migration is over (and successful!), we couldn't be happier about it!

Mainly for two big reasons:

1) We've decided to go forward with the migration for a good reason — namely, performance. And looking at the performance metrics that we've been running on our entire codebase ever since the migration, we can hardly believe what we're seeing.

The new infrastructure absolutely FLIES! In some areas we're seeing 400-450% improvements in speed, and that's before we've even rolled out any hardware-specific optimizations! This is genuinely incredible...

2) Our previous operating system was only guaranteed security updates until the end of 2019 — which is fast approaching. We've decided to make the most of the inevitable downtime so we've taken the opportunity to update the operating system across our entire infrastructure. Truth be told, this cost us another 3.5 hours of service unavailability, but we believe the payoff will be more than worth it.

Our systems are now guaranteed full security updates until 2024! And as a geeky, techy, security-oriented person this makes my heart sing. 😃

You've probably already noticed the difference in speed and responsiveness when using Spin Rewriter — and we'll keep on working really hard to make the absolute most of this big upgrade to our infrastructure. I'm sure you're going to love it!


Published on: November 15th, 2018

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