Today we've introduced a new node to our cluster called THEA which increases our European capacity by 17% in request terms but actually increases our load capacity by about 30% for that region in processing capacity.
This is running the same hardware configuration as our LETO node we introduced in November last year for North America which means it's running one of the latest EPYC processors from AMD which features a very high thread count and Instructions Per Clock (IPC).
We've done this for three main reasons.
Firstly request load has been steadily increasing over the past few months which means we needed to expand our footprint to support new customers. We did that already for North America late last year with LETO and now in Europe with THEA.
Secondly we have been planning to migrate our server nodes to higher specification servers anyway. This new baseline includes using the latest generation of high core count processors from AMD and PCIe based NVMe flash storage. Both LETO and THEA meet these new criterias.
Thirdly as you may have read about yesterday the attacks against us are increasing in frequency and severity. This reality means it's important we have extra capacity beyond what is merely required to run our service.
And while we do heavily rely on our CDN partner CloudFlare to scrub attack traffic for us having our own infrastructure be able to withstand some of the attack traffic we're receiving still plays an important role. They can't always react fast enough or immediately decipher which of our traffic is legitimate and which is malicious due to our service being an API that is accessed by headless servers for the vast majority of requests.
So that is our announcement for today. We will be announcing a new feature early next month so make sure to check back for that. Until then, thanks for reading and have a wonderful week.