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  • FS2020 | MSFlight Simulator 2020 21/05/20 Development Update

    FS2020 | MSFlight Simulator 2020 21/05/20 Development Update

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  • VATSTAR Birthday Bash 2020

    VATSTAR Birthday Bash 2020

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  • FS2020 | MSFlight Simulator 14/05/20 Development Update

    FS2020 | MSFlight Simulator 14/05/20 Development Update

    Development Update Here is an update on the current postponed deliverables: MAY 28th – EPISODE 8 (IFR) is our current target release date EARLY JUNE – Partnership Series update will be released Alpha 3 Has...
  • FlightGear v2020.1 Released

    FlightGear v2020.1 Released

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  • Honeycomb Aeronautical Airbus Throttle Pack

    Honeycomb Aeronautical Airbus Throttle Pack

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  • FSX/P3Dv4.5+ | Aeroplane Heaven Ctrl-ezy Pucara Update

    FSX/P3Dv4.5+ | Aeroplane Heaven Ctrl-ezy Pucara Update

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  • P3D/FSX/X-Plane | UK2000 Scenery 2020/2021 Roadmap

    P3D/FSX/X-Plane | UK2000 Scenery 2020/2021 Roadmap

    Exciting News: We can now confirm that we are developing the Isle Of Man for FSX, P3D and X-Plane 11. We will be releasing the scenery after Glasgow 2020HD, so expect a July/August release. You can...
  • Canadian Xpress May 2020 Monthly Challenge

    Canadian Xpress May 2020 Monthly Challenge

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  • Wizzsim Moves away from VPS Hosting to a Dedicated Server

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  • FS2020/P3Dv4.5/P3Dv5 | Aeroplane Heaven Announces Concorde

    FS2020/P3Dv4.5/P3Dv5 | Aeroplane Heaven Announces Concorde

    Aeroplane Heaven have announced that they will be developing Concorde for P3D V4.5 and V5, plus the new Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020: Look who poked her nose in the hangar the other day... A big...

Last weekend, August 10th and 11th, VATSIM's Network Services department embarked on an ambitious project to complete the modernization of our user-facing FSD servers. We provisioned 6 brand new FSD servers and retired the majority of our legacy infrastructure.

Previously, VATSIM used a combination of servers provided by staff members as well as servers donated by individual members of our community. We provisioned the network this way to achieve a large enough scale to operate. This was necessary but caused delays in running patches and upgrades through the network as there were many parties whom we had to contact.

Some of our community donated servers are still being used. We plan on phasing these out over the coming months. Those owners will be contacted individually. The Founders, BoG, and the membership all thank them for their donation and support. VATSIM could not have survived for the past 18 years without their generosity.

When it comes to our scale, VATSIM certainly has the numbers behind it. We have users connecting to the network from all corners of the globe. Our project has included the selective provisioning of servers to meet the needs of our members, no matter where they are in the world.

Key Features Of The New VATSIM Infrastructure

    • Hosted on SSD based Virtual Machines with large bandwidth uplinks.
    • Our infrastructure now uses a private backbone network with physically diverse paths for communication between nodes. Reducing our reliance on the public internet and thus decreasing latency and improving stability.

All infrastructure will be managed using Salt (https://github.com/saltstack/salt). This will allow VATSIM's System Administrators to deploy additional FSD servers, services, and changes into the network in a matter of minutes. Deployments are standardized to ensure systems are uniform.

This project was just one step towards our goal of the complete modernization of VATSIM's technology, and I can honestly say that I am extremely excited for what the future has in store for us.

Happy Simming!

Matt Cianfarani
Vice President - Network Systems
VATSIM.net
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