Update: all servers have been upgraded to the better hardware, enjoy!Hey EMC! As you all know we are working towards getting the EMC platform to the new Minecraft 1.5 version. A lot goes into this process and as usual we are going to release as soon as possible without sacrificing the stability of the servers. I wanted to make this post to give some transparency into what is going on with the technology behind Empire Minecraft.Over the past several months Aikar has provided us with many tweaks and improvements to both improve the performance of EMC game servers but also to fix bugs and implement new features (the new vault is awesome!). My life had changed to where I wasn't able to provide near the time into EMC as the early days. But Aikar stepped up to the plate and has been doing an excellent job as our lead developer. The result is the servers are running smoother than ever.In addition as part of the 1.5 update we will soon be adding another world to every server. This world is going to be called “Wastelands” and is like the Wilderness EXCEPT it gets completely reset on a regular basis (exact timing TBD). This has been discussed in previous threads so I won't get into too much detail.So finally the news is that to support the new world, Aikars continued performance improvements, as well as exciting new features we have planned, we are getting all new hardware for the servers that power the EMC platform. We are going all out and each server is going to get a solid state drive, a hefty increase in RAM, and a much better CPU. In a nutshell this means the EMC experience is going to run even smoother. If you are a nerd and want the numbers I will include them in the next post of this thread.In order to get all of this new hardware in place we will experience some short down times for each server over the next few days. We will strive to keep the impact as low as possible, and we (staff) will continue to keep everyone updated (in-game and on the site). So please be patient if you can't get on your favorite SMP for a few minutes or experience other issues.