Many apologies to our European visitors for the extended downtime this morning. Unfortunately, our database backup scripts caused us to run out of memory on our machine this morning, making it unresponsive and requiring a power cycle. The subsequent loss of power caused a further delay as the RAID array required resynchronisation. However we are now back online!
Clearly, server issues have become quite the problem over the last few months, which is almost entirely due to increasing memory requirements as our forum grows and the software driving it becomes more complex. For various reasons of both practicality and finance, the easiest way to alleviate this problem is to replace our 7-year-old server with something which is a little more up-to-date and will provide further room for the growth of SFN.
I'm therefore pleased to say that this process has begun, and over the next week I should be able to update you on when the new server will come online.
In the meantime, please bear with us and look forward to a snappier SFN!