SWTOR begins to move servers to the cloud!
Next week, we will be setting up our game servers to be moved over to the cloud. This is an initiative we have been testing for months beginning with moving the Public Test Server over to the cloud last year, and testing a new server on AWS in April of this year. We are thrilled to announce the next steps in this journey with our players.
We have been making strides in our efforts to modernize and update the game. Some of the benefits of this particular migration are:
Backend updates that are crucial to the continued health and stability of the game can be streamlined more efficiently
The resources required to maintain our current systems can be reallocated to focusing on enhancing the game experience
We will be able to leverage and integrate updated tech such as newer hardware and software. Through cloud modernization, we can update numerous tools and automation workflows which will help us maintain the game for long term.
Once finalized, SWTOR may be capable to extend its servers capabilities to reach new players
When is this happening?
We want to minimize long term impact on play time, so we will be moving servers over in small batches beginning with a single server first.
We are targeting August 15th to migrate the Leviathan server over to the cloud.
It is important to note that when we do the migration, we will have to bounce all the servers, meaning they will be taken down momentarily but brought back up immediately save for the server(s) moving to the cloud. On August 15th, players should expect the Satele Shan, Darth Malgus, Star Forge, and Tulak Hord servers to bounce; however, Leviathan’s estimated downtime is expected to be 6 hours. Downtime will begin at 7am CT/12pm UTC.
Upon successful completion of the initial migration, we will communicate out the next batch of servers that will be moved over and a timeline of when this will happen. We will follow the same migration process detailed above.
As always, we will communicate additional details, or any timeline changes on our social channels and forums! Be sure to keep an eye on these spaces to stay up to date on everything happening with SWTOR!