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July, 2010

  • 5 July

    Twitter has 99.1% uptime for June

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    According to uptime service monitor Pingdom, social networking site Twitter had a June uptime figure of 99.17%. Although this sounds high, it is actually low by industry standards, especially for a large site like Twitter with so many resources at its disposal. The 0.83% downtime figure equates to 5 hours …

June, 2010

  • 14 June

    What to do when your server goes down

    First of all: do not panic. What may appear to be an outage, may actually be an issue with your network connection or Internet congestion. Once you have eliminated the usual suspects, there are a few steps you can take to resolve the issue quickly and get your dedicated server …

May, 2010

  • 14 May

    Amazon EC2 cloud service experiences power outage… again

    Earlier this week, Amazon’s EC2 cloud service experienced yet another power outage. This time, a car crashed into a local utility pole and knocked out the power. The generator transfer switch failed. A number of East Coast customers lost service for about an hour. A very similar incident occurred in …

  • 13 May

    Germany's .de experiences major outage

    The majority of the Internet’s 13.6 million .de domains were unavailable from between 1:30pm and 2:50pm German time yesterday. DENIC, the .de operator, reports that the names went “kaputt” after empty zone files were accidentally uploaded to the DNS root system. Information on the number of names affected varies. According …

  • 10 May

    Amazon addresses cloud computing power issues

    After power outages on Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing service resulted in a loss of service for some users on May 4 and May 8, Amazon has announced that it is working on a change in its power distribution to address the issue. The company said the changes will, “significantly reduce …

  • 4 May

    THAT caused a web host outage?

    Usually when a web host goes down, the cause is something very mundane. Maybe a router went offline or a hardware upgrade didn’t go as planned. In the case of Rackspace in 2007, however, something no one could have expected knocked one of its data centers out: a truck. In …

  • 3 May

    Customers of The Planet experience outages

    Dedicated server owners at The Planet’s facility in Houston, Texas, experienced an outage lasting around 90 minutes last night. Customers were pleased to once again have access to their sites, only to experience more downtime this morning. Since then The Planet has brought all its servers back online. The hosting …

April, 2010

  • 1 April

    Why uptime matters

    Ever notice that most hosts have 99.9% uptime. There’s a good reason why they try so hard to keep things running. While a few percentage points might not seem like a big deal, over the course of a year they can really add up. Just take a look at the …

March, 2010

  • 30 March

    Thanks, LiquidWeb

    Normally my VPS provider, LiquidWeb, does a very good job. In my one year with them, I have experienced zero downtime– until this this week. While it’s true that no provider is perfect, I think the company could have done a better job of handling a recent hardware problem. For …

February, 2010

  • 22 February

    WordPress.com blog hosting suffers outage

    The WordPress.com blog hosting service suffered a two-hour-long outage today. The downtime had nothing to do with the WordPress CMS, but instead rendered the 10 million sites using its free blog hosting service unavailable. The cause of the outage is still being investigated, but right now it seems as though …