Today I set out to migrate Free Radical's database from a small, disk-limited server running on the same host as the FR application server to a vastly beefier system. This should make larger database operations a lot faster, and backup processes won't bog down the system anymore. It also frees up a lot of RAM, CPU, and disk toward running the Mastodon services.
I apologize for the longer than expected downtime. Let me summarize: I learned an awful today.