We have scheduled maintenance for tomorrow night 1/20/2015 around 11PM EST.
We will be migrating the server that hosts your website(s) to a VLAN. Switching to a VLAN environment increases performance by grouping users into logical networks and limiting broadcast traffic to users performing similar functions or within individual workgroups. As less traffic is needed to be routed the latency added by routers is reduced. Switched networks by nature increase performance over shared media devices, primarily by reducing the size of collision domains.
VLANs provide independence from the physical topology of the network by allowing physically diverse workgroups to be logically connected within a single broadcast domain.
VLANs have the ability to provide additional security not available in a shared media network environment. By nature, a switched network delivers frames only to the intended recipients and broadcasts frames only to other members of the VLAN. This allows the network administrator to segment users requiring access to sensitive information into separate VLANs from the rest of the general user community regardless of physical location. In addition, monitoring of a port with a traffic analyzer will only view the traffic associated with that particular port, making discreet monitoring of network traffic more difficult.
This first part is expected to create some downtime, only in the neighborhood of 15-30 minutes however at about 11PM EST tomorrow night.
The next step will create no down time and will happen about 72 hours after the first. The important part here is that your IP address will change. We will notify you of the old to new IP address and any programs/services etc that you use your IP address for will need to be updated.