System and Network Update

Here is a list of the system changes that were started last month and will last for a few more days.

Early in February it came to my attention that our network access provider was sold to another company. This sudden change provided me with an opportunity to consider alternatives instead of contracting with the new network owner.

I am happy to report that I’ve elected to switch and migrate the TAPACOM equipment onto two new networks. I expect that the migration will be completed by March 15, 2011.

What this will mean:

  1. You and the public will not have access to your web sites during this period. When people visit your web site, they will see a Maintenance Mode splash screen.
  2. Email accounts have already been migrated. They should be functional. If you find any difficulties with your email please contact me right away. I recommend you contact me by telephone first (call 808-550-8554) and followup afterwards with an email. When you discover issues, please be sure to describe the symptoms with as much detail as possible.
  3. Most of you will not be able to update your web sites before I’ve completed the migration. I will let you know when your web sites have been returned to service.
  4. When your services have been migrated I will notify you and will ask you to test all functions: email, FTP access, mailing lists, contact forms, WebDAV access, webmail, web file manager access, etc. Please don’t delay and report to me any issues you may find.
    DNS (domain name service) records have already been migrated. Please check to see if your web sites are reachable, and if you find any issues, please report them to me right away.
  5. As mentioned above, TAPACOM services will be provided on two separate networks. This will help to strengthen uptime reliability by splitting services and also making them redundant. I’ll be implementing solutions for each gateway service to be a backup if the other network service is interrupted.
  6. Your web sites and other Internet services will also be on faster hardware. You may or may not feel any differences in throughput.
    Your web sites will also all be upgraded to current versions of PHP, MySQL and WordPress. These are more secure and provide a number of new web site functions.

The new web server will include many new services, including:

CALENDAR SERVER – Share calendars, schedule meetings, and coordinate events. With push technology, you can notify everyone about changes instantly.

WIKI SERVER – Collaborate and communicate through wiki-powered websites complete with group calendar, blog, and mailing lists.

ADDRESS BOOK SERVER – Access and synchronize contacts across multiple computers and the devices you own.

MOBILE ACCESS SERVER – Provides always-on, always-secure access to firewall-protected services from virtually anywhere in the world.

FILE SHARING COLLABORATION – Share folders and exchange files between Mac and PC systems without the installation of additional software.

These new services may well be worth implementing as a part of your online strategy. I’d be happy to review these with you and answer any questions you might have concerning your web sites and Internet services.