It is just over a year since we last upgraded the server's resources and no doubt some of you (you know who you are) have been seeing issues with the forum's performance over recent months.
While these could be temporarily resolved through massaging Discourse and the VM there's only so much you can do when you're facing ever-increasing use of the forum.
As such, Bytemark have once again very kindly increased the specifications of the VM hosting the forum:
This is a significant amount of extra resource and should
sate the ravenous hordes keep everything running smoothly for another year assuming the same level of growth.
Unfortunately Discourse have changed their logging and statistics recording so I can't extend the previous charts. However, I'll put together something using what's available once the server has been running a little while with the new configuration. Before-and-after comparisons are always nice.
I've said it before, but I'll say it again: Bytemark really are pretty cool.
Please send them some love.
Seriously: go out and thank them for what they do for the open-source community. For example, post something on one of those "social media" thingies with #manjarolovesbytemark . If you're on this "Twitter" thing then mention @bytemark and they should be able to see your appreciation.