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Hey Christian

I already have a VPS setup which I use and host 4 sites with at the data center i work with. Here we have redundancy like no other, 4 fiber lines from 2 different providers, 2 lines each provider. so if something does go down, we switch to our immediate backup. each floor as well of our DC has 2 emergency generators in case of electrical outages, and can run the DC for 6 days.

I am more then willing to run a back up site on my vps. I am sure it would be much more effective to either have a round robin DNS setup and use both sites, or use one then change the DNS entry. What do you think. I could rsync the site on the main server to ensure that its up to date and a 2nd push of updates to my vps wont be necessary.

On 01/08/2011 12:47, Christian Lohmaier wrote:
Hi Jonathan, *,

On Mon, Aug 1, 2011 at 11:06 AM, Jonathan Aquilina
<>  wrote:
Is there an offsite server based outside germany or anywhere else in the
world that hosts a backup of the website in case main server needs to go
down for maintenance it falls over to the backup server?
Offsite? No. Or depends on how you define it. We got backups and can
set up a replacement rather quickly when the current server goes AWOL,
however all those machines are at the same hosting company, so when
that hosting company exhibits a problem, we're cut for that time.
(pootle-server would be at different location, but we couldn't access
our backups to set up a replacement)

We're currently in the process of defining an automatic fallover.

So again in clear words:
* We have backups, and have servers that can act as a stand in.
* Currently setting up those replacements would be a manual process
(copying from the backups to a replacement machine, and adjusting DNS
* We are not prepared for the hosting-company to have general network
failures (but they surely will be very fast to solve those anyway)
* Making an automatic fallback is already in the works.

from your other post:
The website is crucial that it doesnt go down, especially if upgrades to the server the site
is currently hosted on is needed
Oh, the machine has undergone several updates already that demanded a
reboot, but downtimes caued by a reboot are so short, it's not worth
taking action...

what would the LO/ TDF in general do if the site went
choose one of the remaining servers as replacement, play in a current
backup on that server, change DNS entry.


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