Preparations are underway to bring multiple upgrades to the Store Locator Plus® location map and directory services over the next few months. Part of those preparations include upgrading the underlying architecture that runs our services. One of the key elements behind our WordPress plugin store, the documentation site, our demo site, and others is the database engine.
Tonight we implemented a database upgrade that improves the security and performance of all Store Locator Plus® services. This upgrade was required by AWS for all MySQL compatible database installations. The end-of-life (EOL) was set for February 2023 which was far too close to the “busy season” for many of our Store Locator Plus® SaaS users.
With that in mind we opted to perform the upgrade on August 1st. This week is typically the slowest traffic week of the entire year, just before thing start to ramp up again for the busy fall and pre-Christmas season. After a week of testing and analysis, tonight was the night to make it happen. WIth full backups in place and the failover/recovery nodes on the cluster working as expected, the decision was made to put the latest version of the database engine online.
While a few customers experienced up to 5 minutes of downtime this evening, most customers saw zero downtime as the new version of the database came online and the prior servers were retired.
This is one of many steps we are taking to continue to improve the performance and security of our servers. For our SaaS platform users it is one more thing we are doing to ensure your map, directory, and location search services remain fast and reliable for years to come.
Over the course of the next month we will continue to improve our infrastructure while the development team works on an improved user experience and additional features for all Store Locator Plus® users.
Thank you for being a Store Locator Plus® customer.