Since half October 2011, the OBIS web server and database server are no longer on the Amazon Cloud, but were migrated to servers hosted and kindly made available by the Flanders Marine Institute (Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee, VLIZ). There were some teething problems, causing among other things errors when users tried to download data, and problems creating new pages (which is the reason that these news items are written with some delay). Everything seems to be sorted out now, the web site is responsive, the database server faster than the one we had on the Amazon Cloud.
Both VLIZ and the Indian National Centre for Oceangraphic Information Services (INCOIS) have offred to assist the OBIS network by offering resources. The VLIZ offer has now become a reality, and a much-appreciated one. INCOIS is working to set up another set of servers, so that it will become possible to create mirrored servers for OBIS, increasing the proportion of up-time for OBIS.