The host over at my Regular-ish Site are in upgrade mode:
On May 29th, between 4:00pm and 10:00pm PST, we will be performing a few upgrades on your shared MySQL server, [name redacted].
We expect the process to take up to 30 minutes total, and once this has completed, your MySQL server will be running Ubuntu Bionic and MySQL 5.7.
You may notice that your MySQL databases are unreachable for brief periods, or your website may behave unexpectedly while we complete the upgrade. This is normal, and your sites and databases will be back online as soon as the upgrade is complete!
The full name is in fact Bionic Beaver, and this release dates to April 2018, though it should be good for four more years.
Ye olde Main Site will be placed in semi-stasis on Thursday, per this letter from the host:
Our technical operations team is constantly working to improve our services. As part of these improvements, we will be moving your MySQL databases to a new server while upgrading the MySQL version to 5.6. This migration will take place this Thursday, the 1st of October, starting at 10AM PDT. Migrating the databases from their current location will take all day to complete, however you will only experience 5 to 10 minutes of downtime when your databases are actually moved. During this maintenance, please try not to make any updates to your site (it will just prolong the migration). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause!
I expect this place will be running, or at least ambulatory.
The current stable version is 5.6.26; 5.7.7 is out as a preview release, but the host has a rule about installing preview releases, and I don’t blame them.
DH says a saturated link may be causing some slowdowns on the way into MySQL boxes. I had no trouble pinging mine, but getting non-cached pages may be tricky until they figure out what’s happening to their hardware.