On Tuesday January 5, Linden Lab announced on the official blog they had completed the move of Second Life data from their old servers to the Amazon Cloud servers.
All the interconnected services and databases that collectively provide you with Second Life have been migrated to Amazon’s cloud servers. The "uplift" to the cloud will help bring better simulator performance and also improves our ability to diagnose problems and scale our systems for future growth and improvements.
They showed a picture of "the former cage in our colocation facility that housed our servers since 2009, now cleaned out and completely empty." They also showed a video of the old hardware being destroyed.
Many have asked us what happened to the “old” hardware that steadily
served up Second Life for so many years. Most of it was too old to have
any value and has been scrapped, but it is important to note that as
part of our standard security protocols, all of the drives have been
shredded and destroyed. Thanks for all the memories, old friends!
While the physical move is complete, there remain some optimization tweaks that we will continue to make to further improve performance over the coming weeks, and of course there are always bugs to hunt. We are truly grateful for your patience, especially during the final few weeks of 2020 as we worked furiously to finish the last parts of this migration.
Of the video, Zidders Roofurry would post in the comments with song lyrics:
Oh grind up the homes where the avatars roamed
and the neko's and furries once played.
Where ever was 'heard' many a virtual word
and via Windlight our stars were displayed.
Roam, roam SL's range
as the servers to clouds are all changed.
Now afloat with our words our dreams fly like a bird
And our Second Life is Amazon conveyed.
To see the Linden blog post in full, Click Here.