The problems this morning were nothing nefarious or anything about which to be overly concerned.
Our hosting provider was having some rather serious -- relatively short lived -- networking problems on the "private" network used to communicate
direct between servers. Many of their customers with more than one server (we have several) experienced the problem... essentially, when our servers
were unable to "talk" to each other, the multiple retries eventually stacked up and slowed down everything.
Our servers never actually went down. And no data was lost.
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