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Geocaching.com goes into training

December 14, 2010

Geocaching.com have a major outage starting at 8pm Tuesday (PST) or 5pm Wednesday (NZDT) for those of us here in NZ. The site could be down for a long as 6 hours, so make sure you’ve got your gc.com fix before it goes down. Why is it going down you ask? The official word from Groundspeak is:

As Groundspeak and Geocaching.com have grown, the demands on our production network infrastructure have increased significantly. As a result, on Tuesday December 14, 2010 at 8:00 PM PST (GMT -8), we will be performing a number of major upgrades to our production network. These upgrades include a new network design as well as new hardware to help increase the performance, scalability, and security of the network.

We’re estimating that the downtime may take up to 6 hours, and during that time, all Groundspeak sites and services including Geocaching.com, the Groundspeak Forums, Pocket Queries, Geocaching Mobile Applications, and other 3rd party applications that access our API will be inaccessible.

While we’re giving ourselves a 6 hour window to cover anything unexpected that might come up, we’ll be doing everything possible to minimize the downtime and are confident that we’ll have the site back up much sooner.

Thanks,

Elias

Working on the ‘performance’ and ‘scalability’ leads me to believe they are implementing changes that will help them grow, expand and maybe introduce new functionality for use with other GPSr manufacturers. Okay, so I’m stirring a little with that last bit. However, when I read the announcement I did get visions of the Rocky training sequence…

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