PonyBox Way Ahead Update 11FEB2024
 By PonyBox   •   11th Feb 2024   •   225 views   •   2 comments
The past year PonyBox has been analyzing long term goals and current impacts to continued operations. Its amazing to look back and see the road traveled as we close in on 20 years of continuous Ponybox operations with only a few issues and downtime along the way.

In 2021 PonyBox suspended major game updates due to the significant decline in operating income. The cost to program, test, and upgrade servers and hardware to support major updates was no longer feasible. Since then PonyBox has maintained support with a goal to continue operations as long as server and data center costs could be supported. In late 2022 PonyBox entered into a sustained negative income state and began leveraging saved surpluses from previous years. Throughout 2023 the monthly loses increased to a point in the summer of 2023 income was negligible in relation to operating expenses.

In May 2023 PonyBox received notice from our supporting IBM data center in Texas that it will be closing in 2024 and that all customers would need to find a new data center hosting service in another location. Thus began a new search for an economical solution to reduce server costs while maintaining a good level of service.

A decision was made in September 2023 to remove donation options on PonyBox while new options were explored and suspend horse news articles from Winniefield Park who has been amazing to work with the past 10 years and never skipped a beat on great content the past decade. Unfortunately to date our search for new opportunity to fit our model is running into significant barriers. The cost of data center servers, support, and required hardware and software firewalls to protect us from cyber attacks has increased exponentially the past 2 years, along with most products you buy daily.

We are continuing to look for a solution, but at this time our search is challenging from a cost perspective. Will be posting updated news releases as we progress and ongoing decisions, and appreciate the family that has come from PonyBox and the veteran members that have stuck with us and contributed substantially in support over the years.

Thank You,
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So, is there something the ponybox community can do to help support the cost increase? Subscriptions, donations? Im willing to help. I just need to know how!

You can send a private message and we can maybe talk through email? Im willing to fund some of whats needed. I just need to know what were looking at.
  13 days ago  •  211 views
JT Performance   
We would love to be able to donate and continue contributing! Whatever we can do to help!
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