As per a blogpost released on the official Bitfinex website, the premier crypto exchange will be going offline for a period of upto 7 hours on the 7th of January, 2019.
This shutdown, according to Bitfinex, is part of a scheduled ’data migration program’ that will see the firm transfer its cryptographically stored information onto its new dedicated bare-metal servers.
On Monday 7th January 2019, Bitfinex will be offline between three to seven hours as we complete the final stage of our data migration to dedicated bare-metal servers, in a move designed to significantly enhance platform speed, security and performance.https://t.co/uzeW1rSUZl
— Bitfinex (@bitfinex) December 29, 2018
More On The Matter
In addition to all of the aforementioned details, Bitfinex and its Ethereum-based decentralized exchange, Ethfinex Trustless, are all set to move from their existing AWS cloud module to a “self-designed infrastructure” that will be hosted in a data centre located somewhere in Switzerland.
On the matter, a spokesperson for the firm was quoted as saying:
“Data migration to dedicated bare-metal servers is atypical in our industry, and we have modeled our approach on traditional stock exchange operations. It has been a considerable undertaking, but one we felt was integral to provide a service up to the standard that professional traders are used to in other sectors.”
Even though this latest move could result in a significant amount of downtime for the exchange, Bitfinex believes that moving forward this latest move will help the exchange bolster its existing security and efficiency protocols.
Last but not least, users should mentally prepare themselves not use their wallets or any other feature on either of Bitfinex’s platforms for pretty much the entirety of the day (i.e. Jan 7).