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The CubedHost Operations team has scheduled a maintenance window for Dallas, TX to upgrade the hardware selection in the region, improve overall network connectivity, and increase service capacity. Due to the migration to new hardware and network, it is expected to see a loss of service and network connectivity for a few hours while this takes place.

The following details outline the scheduled maintenance window.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 @ 10AM CDT
Affected Nodes: All Dallas, TX infrastructure (nodes 1 - 9)
Anticipated Duration: 2 - 4 hours of service interruption
Potential After-Effects: 12 - 24 hours of impacted network connectivity

During this migration, we will be taking every precaution possible to expedite the migration of services and minimize downtime while we coordinate with our datacenter. In the unlikely event that network connectivity is impacted for a prolonged period, it is more likely to see higher latency on a temporary basis, usually no more than 24 hours.

Regarding the hardware upgrade, the following specifications are powering the existing DAL infrastructure: Intel Xeon E3-1240v6, 2x 512GB SATA3 SSDs.
DAL will be the second of many of our US-based locations to receive the following new hardware: Intel Xeon E-2236, 2x 512GB NVMe SSDs.

The E-2236 has roughly a ~20-22% single-thread performance increase based on public CPU benchmarks compared to the E3-1240v6. Additionally, the swap from SATA to NVMe SSDs alone will show improvement to world loading/saving.
To better benefit from this change, if you haven't already, we'd highly recommend using Paper as opposed to vanilla Minecraft or Spigot, if possible for your server.
Contact us if you're interested and have any concerns about switching over to Paper. We're always happy to help!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the migration, or in general, please feel free to reach out to our support team at any time via the blue button at the bottom right of any page on the CubedHost website or via email to [email protected].

Please Note: Due to the current global events, our support team is experiencing higher than normal support volume and it may take longer than normal to receive a response from our team. Rest assured, you will receive a response in the order that your message is received.

We appreciate your patience through this maintenance and look forward to better servicing you and your players on the new, improved hardware and network!

Best regards,
The CubedHost Team

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