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We just started working with Braintree as a payment provider, so I'll be spending a few days to implement the support for it. Having Braintree will allow for better support on microtransactions, and better fraud management.

Had a meeting with LionHeart on Friday about the plans for tackling inflation, and he'll be helping us implement the new gold granting system. Very exciting stuff!

Now that zOMG is up, I finally have time to look into fixing other bugs. Finally fixed the marketplace bug where items quantity end up as negative value after selling a stacked item.

There was a Gaian who worried about zOMG making the overall site slow down, so I started explaining the layout of Gaia's server infrastructure. Thought some of you might be interested:

Currently Gaia Online runs on it's own 174+ web and database servers, while zOMG itself has 10 servers that were in stasis since zOMG was shut down 2 years ago. Those servers were not used for two years because Gaia's 90+ web servers were not at capacity. As all services are independent, zOMG would not affect Gaiaonline itself.

If there is any hit on performance, it might be caused by more returning zOMG users who came back on Gaia and started being a part of the forum community again. Still that should have a minimal impact as we were over capacity.

Gaia today runs all of our servers inside inside a co-location facility in San Jose, CA. It's quite fun to visit the facility and see the hundreds of servers humming along. Though this setup will only last for another year or so, then we will be moving to a cloud computing service such as AWS. It takes too much effort to keep servers running by ourselves, and having to drive to the facility at 3 in the morning because of a faulty hard drive is not fun.

Hope that clears things up! But either way, if you notice any specific performance related issue, please provide specific information and I can look into it.

Also note:
We have a few servers dedicated to serving graphics, but those jobs are all handled by content delivery systems now. Hence the funny URL on image links. We work with two firms to have a redundant solution.






User Comments: [31]
AnneLaurant
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Sun Mar 19, 2017 @ 03:08pm


Thanks for the clarifications and the new info! Looking forward for more improvements around here and there.


fwuaffy
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Sun Mar 19, 2017 @ 04:37pm


Thanks for the hardwork (^.^)/ We'll be rooting for ya!


C h a n y e o 1
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Sun Mar 19, 2017 @ 05:04pm


I'm curious to see how you will tackle this inflation~


Utaaa
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Sun Mar 19, 2017 @ 05:07pm


Tfw you live right next to san jose


Anamosa Valentine
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Sun Mar 19, 2017 @ 05:52pm


As always, you're working very hard for us! You're such an inspiration! heart

And thank you for your explanation of the zOMG servers! Wow, I didn't think things were that big! o.o


Pudra
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Sun Mar 19, 2017 @ 05:57pm


That was an interesting little eye-opener. cat_3nodding


Chrsi
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Sun Mar 19, 2017 @ 06:59pm


Thanks for everything! Really curious to how inflation will be tackled. Rooting for you blaugh


Sifen Yamishi
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Sun Mar 19, 2017 @ 07:14pm


Nice to see that we're looking into cloud based storage for the future on the site. A lot of tech giants are doing this, so having Gaia head in that particular direction should help put us on the map.


agent47x
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Sun Mar 19, 2017 @ 10:43pm


Thanks for keeping us posted biggrin

I dunno, I'm so glad you're back ;A; It's only been a few months and things are already improving so much. Thank you for everything.


Victoria Alex 123
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Sun Mar 19, 2017 @ 10:49pm


Thanks for everything that you do. heart


-Totalanimefan-
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Sun Mar 19, 2017 @ 11:15pm


I live in South Bay~ I would love to be able to come to the headquarters. Haha


Opossumbly
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Mon Mar 20, 2017 @ 12:00am


Good Luck with the inflation! gonk


Alexius08
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Mon Mar 20, 2017 @ 12:17am


I'm excited to see your plans on tackling inflation.


DJ Twissta
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Mon Mar 20, 2017 @ 01:48am


Thank you for the update!

I miss seeing the "What's next" type of things in your sig! lol


Gregory Oliver Daniels
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Mon Mar 20, 2017 @ 02:11am


But does being AFK in Towns 2 for days on end affect the lag that's in Towns 2?

I heard it doesn't.


I just hate seeing AFK'ers I guess...


Like, I don't see the point of it I guess? Just log off.

Why be off for hours upon hours??

*shrugs* Kids these days....


Jisen Meizuki
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Mon Mar 20, 2017 @ 04:15am


Thanks for the update on the servers as well as the Marketplace?

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Now that zOMG is up, I finally have time to look into fixing other bugs. Finally fixed the marketplace bug where items quantity end up as negative value after selling a stacked item.


While I'm glad that I don't have to see negative, you also made another error to the MP. sweatdrop

Whenever I listed the extra, the items quantity turns to "0" instead of whatever number of items I have left. In addition, when I listed the item, the item itself remains in my inventory as if I have an extra instead of a single. I had to go to another page of my inventory and click back in order to "refresh" my inventory to see the item I listed "disappear." Dunno if you know what I'm talking about. sweatdrop

And I still have the glitch in my MP store that Zero Omega and probably the Help Center haven't bother to fix since September. I had been contacted by the Help Center through email in February when the Help Center was down, but I have no heard from them since. However, my issue is a different topic compare to what you've been doing. >____>;


roselessfaith
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Mon Mar 20, 2017 @ 04:28am


Thank you for all your hard work!!


Been here since 2004...
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.Arriana.
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Mon Mar 20, 2017 @ 04:52am


You are the BEST. I love that you share so much about Gaia, instead of hiding it away for no reason. It shows how much you care heart


ayumi_baby star
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Mon Mar 20, 2017 @ 08:47am


happy to hear 4laugh


Felkyr
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Mon Mar 20, 2017 @ 03:44pm


Man f*** going out to fix hardware when you should be sleeping. You'll burn-out, and no one wants that. It's good that you'll be switching the site to a remote host who handles all of that stuff for you.


Vanishing Into
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Mon Mar 20, 2017 @ 10:11pm


Great to hear your thoughts and what's going on so far. smile Keep up the great work! Also, hello neighbor! smile


Grimblez
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Tue Mar 21, 2017 @ 01:10am


I'm with you on this, Lanzer!


Xio
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Tue Mar 21, 2017 @ 02:00am


I love seeing your updates, so we know what's going on even when we can't 'see' it. Thank you for your tireless work!


ILovePikachuForever
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Tue Mar 21, 2017 @ 03:59am


Thank you for all of your hard work!


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I adore Pikachu. & I play LK a lot so.
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rachaelly
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Tue Mar 21, 2017 @ 05:51am


I love hearing all these bits of trivia--so very interesting!


baby_kitty_258
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Tue Mar 21, 2017 @ 08:10pm


so much work, so little time, so give yourself a break and have some fun. leave some of the busy stuff to your minions. you deserve it. just saying we love you Lanzer, we love your transparency and you have brought Gaia back to life. whee whee


*edit...
AMG! Lanzer, I lurve you!!! Can we please have a special quest, so that i can complete a badge achievement that i missed (simply because i didn't know at the time... emotion_kirakira )

I am referring to this: The Midas Touch

Last Updated: Fri Apr 02, 2010
Progress: 0/1
Description: Find and open a Golden Egg during the Easter 2010 event.

I literally have nine 10.0 FF, three 12.0 FF, and one unopened Egg... but no 2010 event badge... * stressed * //youhavenoidea..... can this be granted in 2017 ... dare i say it ... instead .... ninja ninja


OV8ION
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Wed Mar 22, 2017 @ 02:46am


:/ if all the data is in "the cloud", won't it be easier to hack?


SilentSpace
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Wed Mar 22, 2017 @ 09:03am


Go gaia! Go Lanzer and his team! emotion_kirakira


SSCeles
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Wed Mar 22, 2017 @ 08:46pm


I can't wait to relive the nostalgia of zOMG. *salutes* heart


Nire_CrimsonFantasy
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Thu Mar 23, 2017 @ 10:57am


Hi Lanzer!

I tested zOMG today (was worried about lag on opening day) and it went pretty smoothly. Only had a few lag hiccups while battling, but that was normal before too. I think it was actually better because there were hardly any people on my server. Like, I only saw a handful and I was on for a few hours. Thought there'd be more but oh well more introverted soloing for me! mrgreen

So glad I kept my rings. 3nodding Thanks so much for once again coming to Gaia's rescue and getting zOMG back up and running. Thanks to the devs who helped you too, but considering how long the game was down it's clear no one was planning to touch it before you came along. Hugs for you! heart


Vibalent
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Thu Mar 23, 2017 @ 04:27pm


I've always wondered about the database infrastructure and servers. It's an interesting piece of trivia. But at least now I know why the site was running a bit slow at times.

And thanks for for continuing to tirelessly work on bugs, glitches, and the site!


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