The CubedHost Operations Team has scheduled a series of maintenance windows to upgrade the hardware, networks, and improve overall services in Phoenix, AZ, Ashburn, VA, and Chicago, IL. This is in an effort to continue our constant improvement of hardware offerings tuned for our specific use as a Minecraft GSP.

Ashburn, VA

Ashburn will receive an upgrade to E-2186G CPUs with 64GB RAM, 2x 512GB SSDs, and a starting clockspeed of 3.8GHz and max of 4.7GHz. These systems will be tuned to operate at the maximum frequency at all times. On a single thread basis, these processors performs 24% better than the E3-1240v5 CPUs currently located in Ashburn, VA.

Scheduled Date: Thursday, July 11th, 2019
Scheduled Time: 10AM to 2PM CDT
Migration Window: 4 hours
Expected Downtime: Up to 4 hours
Service Impact: All Ashburn, VA nodes

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix will receive an upgrade similar to Ashburn: E-2186G, 64GB RAM, 2x 512GB SSDs, etc. On a single thread basis, the E-2186G performs 26% better than the E3-1240v3 based on public benchmarks.

Scheduled Date: Monday, July 15th, 2019
Scheduled Time: 10AM to 2PM CDT
Migration Window: 4 hours
Expected Downtime: Up to 4 hours
Service Impact: All Phoenix, AZ nodes

Chicago, IL (Pending Shipments)

Chicago is still one of our newest US locations, dating only about a year and a half back. It will be inheriting the hardware previously in Phoenix and Ashburn, but we will only be placing the hardware from Ashburn into the pool for Chicago Minecraft servers. This is an upgrade from the E3-1230v2 CPUs to E3-1240v5 CPUs, 64 GB RAM, 2x 512GB SSDs. On a single thread basis, this is a 13.5% performance increase over the E3-1230v2 series. For servers in our second Chicago facility, the performance remains the same as they are similar processors.

In order to simplify our network in Chicago, IL, as we utilize two different providers in the region, we will be doing this in two parts; two days for the individual providers.

Please Note: The dates have NOT been chosen as it requires the hardware being shipped from other facilities. We anticipate this being no more than 3 - 5 business days after the Ashburn, VA migration. We anticipate the set date to be around August 5th to 7th. We will be preparing the network ahead of time and ensuring its stability.

Scheduled Dates: TBA (chi1-chi20), TBA (chi21-chi24)
Scheduled Time: 8AM to 12PM CDT
Migration Window: 4 hours
Expected Interruption: Up to 4 hours
Service Impact: chi1-20 at the same time; chi21-24 at the same time

We will also be upgrading the Chicago MySQL server from an E3-1230v2 to an E3-1240v3, as well as some new Western Digital 4TB HDDs to increase MySQL storage in the region.

Scheduled Date: TBA
Scheduled Time: 8AM to 12PM CDT
Migration Window: 4 hours
Expected Interruption: Up to 4 hours
Service Impact: All Chicago, IL servers utilizing MySQL

Service Impact

Due to the type of migration this is, entire regions will be taken down at one time in order to complete the migrations, as it will not be possible to complete them on an individual basis. Chicago, IL is a split migration from two facilities.

We thank you for your patience with us during these migrations, and we do anticipate overall improved performance post-migration. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the migration, please reach out to us at any time by using the blue button on the bottom right of any page on our website or control panel, otherwise, you may email us at [email protected] 

Best regards,
The CubedHost Team

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