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So what's up with Multiply?

jawtheshark (198669) writes | more than 6 years ago

Toys 7

It's been down for me since this morning...

Update 23:20CET
Works again, ignore this journal entry.

Update 23:21CET
No it isn't. I got the message page once, and now it's again "Multiply is temporarily unavailable as we perform site maintenance.".

It's been down for me since this morning...

Update 23:20CET
Works again, ignore this journal entry.

Update 23:21CET
No it isn't. I got the message page once, and now it's again "Multiply is temporarily unavailable as we perform site maintenance.".

7 comments

ok (1)

MousePotato (124958) | more than 6 years ago | (#20715001)

I'm out of the loop... what is multiply?

Re:ok (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 6 years ago | (#20715165)

It seems you are... Many of us have "emigrated" to http://www.multiply.com/ [multiply.com]. I crosspost technology stuff, but what's going on in my life is posted there. Of course, right now, you won't find out what it's about since they're down ;-)

Multiply (1)

Tet (2721) | more than 6 years ago | (#20718737)

I find it's quite frequently down for maintainence in the early hours of the morning (European time). There really isn't an excuse for that. It's not hard to keep a web site up and available. But apparently the Multiply guys can't manage it.

Re:Multiply (1)

kesuki (321456) | more than 6 years ago | (#20719747)

running a site with loads of bloggers isnt as easy as it seems, the database sizes grow to astronomical sizes... slashdot has a whole server farm, and they split the db onto multiple servers which makes for some pretty complex server gymnastics. furthermore, much of the db (at least the past month if not 2 months) has to be stored in ram, with HDS as a fallback only... slashdot is using a similar concept to what google does, having spare servers ready to take up the role of any individual machine that fails.. and keep in mind that the slashdot engine/farm is running the whole OSTG family of products and youve got a real nighmare needing terrabytes of hd space for dls, needing tons of bandwith etc.

true multiply is likely just in the blog space, but if youre not familiar with complex serverfarms youre likely to run into downtime issues.

and there are only so many people who can program and maintain a server farm really well, its the kind of thing that takes real experience.. which is why the gamefaqs guy got hired by IGN they needed someone who could really write an engine and maintain a server farm, and he had many years experience with gamefaqs.

Re:Multiply (1)

Tet (2721) | more than 6 years ago | (#20721097)

running a site with loads of bloggers isnt as easy as it seems

Well, I confess I haven't done it personally. I have, however, run some fairly large sites in other market sectors, with multiple reasonably large databases on the back end. Yes, running replicated databases on multiple servers has its problems, but they're not insurmountable and downtime really shouldn't be necessary, and certainly not on the scale the multiply seems to experience.

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