So tomorrow morning I'll be looking to beef up our infrastructure in a big way. I don't have time to comparison shop, so I'll be provisioning more hardware from our current provider, ServerBeach. But if another vendor wanted to be the hero in this story, there's a great opportunity.
As it turns out, one vendor did step in as the hero in this story. This afternoon I got a call from ServerBeach VP Robert Miggins, who said he had read about our need for a lot more processing power and wanted to work with us to help.
The result of our conversation is that we'll be bringing some serious hardware online with more than enough capacity to reopen the public beta and take us through our launch.
Much credit is due to ServerBeach—and to Robert himself—not only for listening, but also for being willing to accommodate the unusual flexibility needs of a modern web startup.
Our new hardware should be online and fully operational by tomorrow. When it is, I'll post a note here.
Update: We want to make sure we don't run into the same problem again, so we're carefully planning how to reopen the public beta while at the same time bringing our new servers online. We may also work a new release of the client into the mix, so this will take a few days longer than we first expected. Look for v1.0b12 to be released tomorrow (Friday) and the public beta to reopen this weekend.