Hello everyone!

In the effort to increase the availability of Orain and to make sure we minimize down times, today we had added a new web server. You can read more about the technical details of the server at techwiki. The new server is the same as our prod4 server except this one is dedicated to running MediaWiki only. prod4 offers multiple services such as memcached storage, IRC RC feeds, static images etc. which is a performance sacrifice we made.

For now; we have enabled prod5 on a 10:1 probability of serving requests and have made it dedicated to allthetropeswiki and metawiki. This means, all connections to allthetropeswiki and this wiki will be served only by prod5. For other wikis; there is a 10 to 1 chance. As time goes on, I hope to reduce the probability and bring prod5 onto a 1:1 load balancing meaning requests are evenly distributed.

You can see which server you are being served by either looking at the source code of the wiki (you will see something along the lines of "wgHostname":"prod5" at the bottom of the source) or via the API (you will see <api servedby="prod5">). If any one has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us here. I will be watching this thread closely over the next few weeks.

Over the next month, I am looking into enabling IPv6 on all Orain wikis are well. Please keep an eye out for any notifications regarding this over the coming week.

Thanks, only behalf of all Orain staff, John (talk) 23:56, 16 July 2014 (BST)