TR Emeritus (TRE) will technically reach its End-Of-Life (EOL) come March, 2017.
Not that the [email protected] has decided to call it quits, but that the current infrastructures which TRE’s website are hosted on are reaching its EOL, meaning that the affected software will no longer be supported, i.e. no more security patches, updates or support.
Of importance and which is vital to the continued safe running of a website is the Operating System (OS) on a server. CentOS 5.xx will reach EOL on 31st March 2017 [ LINK ] and all of TRE’s servers are running on CentOS 5 since it was revived in 2011.
Then comes the control panel (which will discontinue support for CentOS 5 in March 2017) and all its supporting software, which has or are reaching EOL soon.
Although the TRE website can continue to operate normally on an outdated OS, but trying to support a system on an aging OS and software is akin to trying to live in an aging apartment building. Ill-fitting fixtures, flickering electricity, and malfunctioning plumbing are just some of the daily struggles in those old buildings.
Unless the team has no intention to add any new features or additional functions to TRE, the aging OS and software will not be able to support any new features, if needed in future.
Additionally, the servers on which the TRE’s website are hosted on ( Intel Core i7 – 3930k ) are also running old, being initially deployed quite some years ago.
What the above means is that the team would have to do a complete overhaul and upgrade to the infrastructures for the TRE website, from hardware to software to scripts.
In a nutshell, unless the team has no intention of keeping TRE alive for the long term, it is an important overhaul that has to be performed.
As this is a tedious process beyond the pay-grade of our in-house techie, we are planning to start the process beginning of March with the assistance of our Data Center engineers and W3 Edge, a superb optimization agency which was responsible for the initial hardening of our website and caching servers.
The entire overhaul will take quite some time to complete and is expected to cost the team a not-a-peanut US$5,000 approximately. The costs are DC Engineer – US$50 per 15 minutes, W3 Edge – US$1500 or more, re-scripting for the outdated PHP which TRE is using for its website – US$300 an hour.
During this period, we will try to maintain our website in an online status, but we cannot guarantee that it won’t go offline intermittently.
Although the team will try to absorb the costs as much as possible, we would appreciate any financial assistance from our readers to lessen our burden.
Any once-off donations big or small to help us defray the cost, is appreciated.
Thank you for your continued support.
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