We're not very pleased with our current colocation provider and so we're looking to move to a different company in a different city. Our business is an online school that's accessed world wide (which means we need 24x7 availability to our application, but maybe 1-2 hours max of downtime is affordable). Colleges and Universities around the world offer our curriculum as their own, so part of those agreements say we can have no more than X amount of downtime in any given month if they are to pay us.
So I have a plan, but I want to put it out in the open to see if anyone else see any problems with it that I may be overlooking, or maybe if you have a better plan you can suggest.
Our setup: Intel Modular Server, FreeBSD with jails, apache, mysql, php. The domain where the students log in is something like portal.mydomain.com
I was thinking that we could put up a second instance of our server at Site B (the new site) and give it a new domain name (portal1.mydomain.com). We could then force all traffic from portal.mydomain.com to redirect to portal1.mydomain.com. At that point we would make the DNS change for our original domain name to have the new IP address. Then we would give it 48 hours for DNS changes to propogate. At that point we would then just change apache on the new instance to respond to portal.mydomain.com instead of portal1 and then everything is business as usual.
Are there any holes in this plan I'm overlooking? Is there a better way to do it?