The WA9PIE DX cluster is now hosted by the Google Cloud

The WA9PIE DX cluster is now hosted by the Google Cloud

The WA9PIE DX cluster system has moved to a hosted environment in the Google Cloud.

Made public by WA9PIE:
In late July, the hosting service where WA9PIE-2 resided suffered a disk/storage failure that destroyed the files and data that ran the system. This caused an outage for a few weeks while engineers at the hosting service attempted to recover the system. That recovery was unsuccessful and WA9PIE-2 was rebuilt from scratch on servers within that data center.

But as a technology professional, I don’t like outages. This isn’t the first time my hosting service has let me down. But it will be the last.

As of 0300Z on 9-AUG-2016, the WA9PIE-2 DX cluster has been rebuilt in the Google Cloud. This approach has a number of benefits. It’s on faster hardware that is able to scale up (processor, memory, and disk) as usage ramps up. It has dedicated Internet bandwidth that is at a top “peering point” in the Internet. It is in a highly reliable and highly available data center. Whereas, at peak, the former WA9PIE-2 environment supported several hundred connected users and more than a dozen of the world’s top cluster nodes as peers, this environment is limited only by the amount of computing power in the Google Cloud. In other words – we’re not going to exceed Google’s capacity.

The approach for WA9PIE-2 was born out of the need to (a) decrease the propagation time of spots from around the world and (b) eliminate the need for users to maintain several simultaneous DX cluster telnet sessions at the same time (a few software titles provide this ability). Only a few nodes in the world have this design and even fewer of them are hosted in a commercial data center. WA9PIE-2 is directly connected to cluster nodes around the world where over 80% of the world’s spots originate. This eliminates the need for users to maintain multiple telnet sessions. WA9PIE-2 does not filter spots and – therefore – enables users around the world to select their own filtering as desired by band, mode, or region.

The WA9PIE-2 cluster has also automated the update for DXSpider, the AD1C country and prefix data, the USDB (FCC database), Keplerian data, and other databases to ensure that the cluster is always up-to-date.

WA9PIE-2 is the recommended DX cluster node for Ham Radio Deluxe software. But everyone is welcome to connect.

(Original story source:  WA9PIE)