During the last few months, EAP has experienced significant growth.
We thought we were properly managing our servers during that time. However, over the course of several calls with our engineers, we were told that our servers were only at 40% of their total capacity.
Upon doing a deep dive with an advanced technical team today, they found that during peak usage we had a solid 5 core demand on a 4 core server.
In other words, we had demand during peak usage that exceeded capacity by 20%.
This Is Obviously Problematic.
Here’s how we’re addressing this problem:
1) We’re 4X’ing The Capacity Of Our Servers
This solution is obvious. The resources of our servers will be 4x greater. This means all site load speeds will be accelerated starting tomorrow. The servers are being updated Saturday, July 8th at 1-2am.
2) Automated Tasks Pushed To Off-Peak Hours
Your twice a week blogs will now publish at 2 am to avoid using up server capacity during peak hours. We have several internal dev operations that will also be pushed to off-peak hours.
These changes will ensure your LeadSites are achieving optimal load times when they’re needed most.
3) We’re Opening Another Server
In addition to increasing our server capacity, we’re creating another server to divert resources as well. This will help us maintain server capacity well into the future.
4) Deep Dives Into Server Performance
Going forward, we’ll be using New Relic for in-depth weekly reviews into our server resources. This will help us identify problems like this much sooner. All the while improving the entire performance of the LeadSites network.
We have a list of 100+ optimizations we want to roll out over the next few months. A majority of these updates will help increase site speed and load time for you.
Finally, I’m Sorry.
I’m sorry if your site was slow or down at any point during this growth phase. We did not have the proper resources in place to keep up with our growth, and that is our fault.
These updates will hit your site Saturday morning, July 8th at 1-2am CST.
They should drastically improve server performance immediately. Our intent is to make this the first step in a month-long process to upgrade server and site load speeds sustainably on the LeadSite’s Network.