Second Life Cloud Uplift Update From April Linden

On Wednesday 21st October April Linden who is the Second Life Operations Manager announced the latest update on moving Second Life to the cloud (AWS). According to April there are now over 1, 000 regions running in the cloud as of now.

Over the next few weeks or so things might be a little rough April mentions in the blog post. The goal is to finish the cloud migration by the holidays. Hopefully this means Halloween but I do think it’s going to take until Christmas before it’s fully completed.

Now 1, 000 regions on AWS is a small number compared to the the total on the grid. As of 18th October there are 24, 979 so it’s still going take time to move all the regions across into the cloud. But 1, 000 is good progress I think compared with what it was like just a few months ago.

The lab have been working on this for a few years now and it’s good to know good progress is being made.

Here is the full blog post below…

Hi Residents!

I’ve come to ask for a favor.
We’re in a really exciting time in the history of Second Life. We’re in the home stretch on moving the grid to the cloud. We hit a fun milestone a few days ago, and now there’s over 1,000 regions running in the cloud!

Everyone in the Lab is working hard on this project, and we’re moving very quickly. I just got out of a leadership meeting where we went over what’s currently in flight, and there’s so many things moving that I lost track of them all. It’s amazing!

The favor I’ve come to ask you for is your patience.

We’re doing our very best to fix things that come up as we go. This means that we might need to restart regions more often than you’re used to, and things may break just a little more often than we’ve all been accustomed to.

In order to get this project done as fast as possible and minimize the time (and resulting bugs) we have to spend with one foot in our datacenter and the other in the cloud, we don’t want to limit ourselves to restarting regions just once a week. We’re ready to get this project done! We’ve seen how much better Second Life runs in the cloud, and we’re ready to have everyone on the grid experience it.

I’m sorry that things might be a little rough over the next few weeks. It’s our goal to finish the cloud migration by the holidays, so that everyone, Resident and Linden alike, can have a nice quiet holiday with our friends and families.

We can’t promise we’ll make it by then, but we’re sure giving it all we’ve got. The mood around the Lab is really positive right now, and we’re all working hard together to make it happen. I’m really proud to be a part of the team that’s transforming Second Life as we know it.

Thanks so much for hanging in there with us. We know it’s frustrating at times, but it won’t last for too long, and there’s a better future on the other side of this. We truly appreciate your understanding and patience as we finish up this project.

Thanks everyone. 💜

April Linden,

Second Life Operations Manager

Hopefully everything will according to plan and the uplift will be finished before the end of this year. However as always there is a small chance there could be delays pushing the migration into early 2021.


One thought on “Second Life Cloud Uplift Update From April Linden

  1. Holidays means Christmas. How exactly does SL ‘run better’ in the cloud? Any ideas on what we can expect to see?


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