Many of our long term visitors will know that we've had some slowdowns recently on the site, also without the obvious issues of upgrading the forums.
We've determined that we need to replace at least one database server that we bought five years ago, so we'll be ordering a new one next week. It will be a new 128GB server. Costing $5400 before any additional discount from Dell (typically another 10%) and includes 2 6 core Xeons (vs the 1 4 core in the current db machine) we're also going with an additional two SSD drives (as well as two sata drives) and may need to replace at least one or two Apache servers, although the old db server could be repurposed for this too. The Apache servers are even older than the db server that will be replaced
I want to give thanks to Kris Kwilas at Stardock for organising this, and Brad Wardell for pushing through this much needed upgrade as well as Dave and Marcel for endlessly tweaking our current setup to allow Neowin to run as smoothly as it can despite the obvious need for the upgrade.
Without going into too many details, we've had to turn a few things off (mostly just for staff, not our members) in order to keep the site up and running for our visitors. As with any site, we have outgrown our current hardware and well, we're doing something about that.
So I want to give thanks to our loyal visitors for whitelisting Neowin or buying a Tier 2 subscription, this is where your money goes, to make your visit here more worthwhile in the long run.
Also thanks to our staff who have been very patient throughout the upgrades, and things breaking/going missing in the background.