Next week will mark a major milestone in our transition to a more enterprise-level web solution. We have already migrated our static web sites over to the CIS virtual cloud, now we are about ready to start moving our web application sites as well. We will move several over in the course of the next week … photo.tamu.edu, experts.tamu.edu, campustour.tamu.edu, cal.tamu.edu, and calendar.tamu.edu. Those remaining are in the process of being rebuilt and will be migrated over as they are finished.
This change has already been an interesting one. The environment features several load balanced nodes, each with a copy of each web application. We were attracted to this setup by the redundancy factor it gave…we have already been saved on other sites by having that second machine to pick up the load. One unexpected consequence has been applications that deal with files on the local machine. In the load balanced environment you have to make sure to keep these files synchronized so that each node serves out the same information. We had to rewrite some of our code in order to take this into consideration, but I think we have it now and will be going live shortly. We look forward to the stability and robustness that this setup will provide.
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