RFN On Cloud:
Radio Free Norrath has successfully been ported completely over to the Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud. This gives us greater bandwidth to dedicate exclusively to RFN. The server has passed several important "all-up" tests, and is now running full time. It's going to cost me now, but that's what the fundraiser was for! It's taken a long time to come to what I consider to be a workable solution, but we finally have one!
The way RFN is working now is that the Raven is hosting the web site (images, HTML, etc) but the EC2 server is actually serving up the music, which means a nice division of labor, and much greater on-demand bandwidth for listeners.
ShoutBox on Cloud:
Ditto ShoutBox, which now runs neatly on the Amazon cloud. I really don't need to, I COULD run ShoutBox on the Raven's server, and I may eventually. The current issue is that SB requires MySQL server, and the Raven runs on MSSQL. I don't fancy running two competing SQl servers on one machine. Some day, I'll go to a 100% MySQL solution, and that will solve a bunch of problems. Also make some new ones.
In order to reduce demand on the cloud server to a bare minimum, I am going to start caching the list of ShoutBox users, and updating it every five minutes. What this means is that there's going to be some lag in showing who is currently active in the ShoutBox, though it's only going to be a delay of, at max, five minutes. Still, this should significantly speed up loading of the Raven's main page, and loading time of guild home pages.