Site Performance Update — November 17, 2011
As many of you may have experienced, the site's performance the past week has been relatively poor with, slow loading pages, and even complete load failures. We've, finally, tracked down the issue to a 10,000 connection limit of the firewall; a limit we were not previously aware of, or had the ability to check. The fix is already in the works; so, hopefully, the pages will be quicker to load in the coming weeks and months. Other than that issue, however, the site’s servers have been handling the near ×10 traffic increase very well.
Update [2011-11-19]: The connection limit on the firewall has been temporarily by-passed by setting up a temporary server outside of the cluster. Since then, the site traffic has nearly doubled from what it was this past week. Various other performance tweaks are on-going to ensure good site performance as we approach a ×20 fold traffic increase.