The Sanger datacentre, which hosts most Ensembl resources in the UK, will be shutting down from the afternoon (BST) of Friday 26th August until the afternoon of Tuesday 30th August 2016 for essential maintenance. This will impact Ensembl services and we apologise for any inconvenience.
The following websites will be unavailable between 1230 GMT (UTC) on Friday 26th August and approximately 1300 GMT on Tuesday 30th August:
- The archive websites (such as http://dec2015.archive.ensembl.org/)
- Vega and Pre!
You will still be able to access Ensembl using one of our mirror sites, such as useast.ensembl.org, uswest.ensembl.org or asia.ensembl.org. Logins and Tools (such as the VEP or BLAST) will not be available on the mirror sites during this period. Note that the mirrors only provide access to our latest version (ie Ensembl 85), so there will be no way to access either the archives or GRCh37.
Ensembl Genomes, encompassing bacteria.ensembl.org, plants.ensembl.org, fungi.ensembl.org, protists.ensembl.org and metazoa.ensembl.org, will all be functional.
The public MySQL database servers
The public database servers at ensembldb.ensembl.org and martdb.ensembl.org will also be affected during this period and will therefore be inaccessible via either the Perl API or direct MySQL queries. The mirror databases useastdb.ensembl.org and asiadb.ensembl.org will be accessible using ports 3306 and 5306, as usual. If you are running any pipelines that use the Hinxton database servers we recommend that you stop them before the shut-down, or that you reconfigure them to use one of the mirror databases.
The Ensembl Genomes database at mysql-eg-publicsql.ebi.ac.uk, port 4157, will not be accessible via either the Perl API or direct MySQL access.
The Ensembl and Ensembl Genomes FTP sites will both be down. There is no alternative way to access the files on the FTP sites.
The REST servers
The REST API servers, including that for GRCh37, will be available.
Ensembl helpdesk and the dev mailing list will both be closed. All emails will be held in a queue and dealt with when they are back up, although there may be some delay once we are set up again. You will receive no confirmation that your query has been sent until the systems are back up.
We will be monitoring BioStars for Ensembl questions, just tag with “Ensembl” to make sure we see it. We will also be available for short questions via Twitter and Facebook.