Email on the Albany Network - RESOLVED
Posted on 28/06/11 03:59PM
== Update 5PM ==
Mail service was restored just after 4PM. The last of the queue messages are being delivered now and we expect that to complete in the next 5 minutes.
Over the course of the last couple of months our providers have been building and testing a new mail storage platform designed to address the scalability problems with the previous platform. This is largely due to more clients storing a lot more email on the servers than they used to, as well as clients checking a downloading their email more regularly, including through mobile devices. This all puts more load on the email servers. The final transfer to the new platform was being tested in preparation to do the migration next week. Unfortunately, this outage has occurred before our providers had the opportunity to migrate.
The new platform is expected to eliminate the intermittent IMAP connection problem that has been occurring and allow our providers to scale the platform without future performance issues.
Again, we apologise for the impact this outage has had. We look forward to providing you a much stabler mail service in the near future.
We apologise for the continued downtime with the email service. Our providers have outlined the issue and what they are doing about it below.
File system errors were reported on one of our providers mail stores. To prevent potential data loss they chose to do a file system check immediately. All incoming mail is being queued while this happens, but no mail can be downloaded. The amount of mail on the email storage means the file system check is taking an extraordinarily long time. We expect the file system check will be complete before 5PM at which time the queued mail will be delivered and available for download.