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Cloud Migration

Started: 2021-08-25 08:16:27

Submitted: 2021-08-25 08:28:43

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If you're reading this post, I'd like to welcome you to my new server in THE CLOUD.

"My other cloud is Karl the Fog" sticker

My long-time hosting provider, tummy.com, is closing at the end of September, so I need to find a new home for my blog and the other assorted services I run. I have provisioned a small VM on Google Compute Engine in us-central1-a. I picked this particular service and region mostly because I've visited the Google data centers in Council Bluffs, Iowa (home to us-central1), so I've at least walked the halls and seen the rooms where my new VM lives.

Yannis, Jaeger, and Yang at the data center mural
Yannis, Jaeger, and Yang at the data center mural

Along the way I did a lift-and-shift to move my massive photo archive into Cloud Storage. It's now strongly-consistent and replicated cross-region; and it all ought to be entirely transparent to you unless you happen to notice that the images themselves are now being served from storage.googleapis.com.

I think pretty much everything ought to be up and running. Please let me know if you run into any issues.

like a lot of geeks, I can run risky meatspace things
through my head until a faulty value comes out that
suggests there's no need to actually do them.
- Caleb John Clark, "Linux and the Lady", Salon.com 27 September 2000