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The Year In Downtime

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the down-but-not-out dept.

Hardware 32

1sockchuck writes "Lightning, floods, car crashes, and coding snafus had starring roles in major Internet outages of 2010. Data Center Knowledge reviews the year's business downtime, including outages for banking and e-commerce sites and several incidents that knocked state government services offline. Meanwhile, Pingdom focuses on downtime for major social media sites and Wikileaks. Then there's the guy who got drunk and shot up a server."

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First post? (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34646832)

Unless the Server is down.

Re:First post? (1)

socz (1057222) | more than 3 years ago | (#34646866)

... for me to poop on!

At my place of business, the power cuts out when you plug in too many service into the battery back up system, and it blows a fuse!

Re:First post? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34647994)

At my place of business, the power cuts out when you plug in too many service into the battery back up system, and it blows a fuse!

Cool story bro.

strange brew that's also good for you (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34646842)

That would be home made Kombucha. Reduces/improves down time for some.

Re:strange brew that's also good for you (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 3 years ago | (#34647274)

Are you one of those Californian hippies? Kombucha is some good shit, man. We've had such bad downtime lately from all the storming and flooding, epecially in San Diego.

Some people would be happy to postpone their field tests until the next year, but for me it's a missed opportunity to get the hell out of the office for fresh air. Plus, the street leading to my gym is also flooded. I'm having a sad.

Lack of funding (5, Interesting)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 3 years ago | (#34646846)

And then you have the cheap bastards and/or business without money. Time and materials are often needed to perform preventive maintenance. So, I'd say were seeing a lot more reactive vs proactive support as a result.

Re:Lack of funding (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 3 years ago | (#34647120)

And then you have the cheap bastards and/or business without money. Time and materials are often needed to perform preventive maintenance. So, I'd say were seeing a lot more reactive vs proactive support as a result.

Preventative maintenance on server farms has pretty much been proven a losing proposition.

Nothing is usually done on a routine basis in medium to large server farms until some automated reporting software indicates a significant malfunction.

With today's fail over technology, even that is often easier to deal with AFTER a blade fails and its work load is instantly migrated to a hot spare.

There is just not that much preventative work you can do these days. Its all AFTER the fact replacement.

Re:Lack of funding (3, Interesting)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 3 years ago | (#34647222)

If you think firmware on modern devices is perfect, you're sorely mistaken. Just as with any other software, firmware on shipped servers can be buggy and lead to data loss. That can range from a nuisance to extended downtime. Things like BIOS, back-plane, RAID controllers, and HDDs may require updates to prevent data corruption or total loss. These are all things can be scheduled ahead of time in a controlled manor rather than be blindsided with issues during normal business operation.

And that's just strictly hardware. OS, backup job review, and patching are all part of the preventive maintenance routine. If you wait till it's too late, you could be kicking yourself later and wishing you HAD spent the money over time rather than one lump sum in man hours with extended down time.

Re:Lack of funding (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34648464)

Having fail-over tech IS preventative maintenance.

Re:Lack of funding (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 3 years ago | (#34649560)

No! It is not. That's like saying having two bridges side-by-side is preventative maintenance. But that would be incorrect. While it's great for down-time mitigation, in totality the infrastructure still must be maintained.

You wouldn't let your company limp along on the last remaining failed over server for an extended period of time, would you? The answer should be "No".

Re:Lack of funding (1)

afidel (530433) | more than 3 years ago | (#34650026)

Of course you can do PM. You check the charge level of each cell in your battery packs, you check the temp in all the critical portions of the converter stages of the UPS's, you test the ATS by killing the utility power and run the generators under real production loads which also tests your AC units ability to quick cycle and that's just the infrastructure side.

Re:Lack of funding (1)

rankgatente1979 (1963426) | more than 3 years ago | (#34652818)

And that's just strictly hardware. OS, backup job review, and patching are all part of the preventive maintenance routine. job review [szm.com] . [szm.com]

Unimpressed (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34646946)

These sites should be embarrassed. My wife had 100% uptime in 2010. Did not go down once.

Re:Unimpressed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34646996)

My wife had 100% uptime in 2010. Did not go down once.

ITS A TRAP!!!

Re:Unimpressed (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34647218)

Ditto

Re:Unimpressed (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34647306)

What about your mistress?

Re:Unimpressed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34649604)

What talking to 2 women??

Re:Unimpressed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34649732)

I am sure your wife doesn't serve millions of users on the internet.

Re:Unimpressed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34651380)

she tried, but she couldn't pass the test of thorough /.ing.

Add Skype (4, Informative)

Luthair (847766) | more than 3 years ago | (#34647026)

to the list, apparently today they're running into problems. I've had Skype crash while idle a first for me, intermittent connections and now BBC is covering it.

Re:Add Skype (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34647182)

The fact that the BBC is covering the (apparently ongoing) Skype problems, while we get this shitty article, shows just how bad Slashdot has become.

Too bad... (1)

f.ardelian (1931920) | more than 3 years ago | (#34647286)

BBC is covering it.

... BBC doesn't work for me.

Dang Sewer Project (2)

memyselfandeye (1849868) | more than 3 years ago | (#34647050)

I would like to add our brand new little 'stimulus' rural sewer company that cut the main, and ONLY, fiber line to our little M&P ISP's backbone while digging a hole. No internet for 2,500 people and businesses on "Main Street" (we actually have one of those) for about a day. Keep in mind the fiber is actually above ground here - and runs right past my house, which is not fun to think about when I pay the bill for my 12/2.5 MB line, but that's neither here nor there.

Then they cut it again, in the exact same spot a couple months later when they came back to fill the hole.

Re:Dang Sewer Project (1)

KUHurdler (584689) | more than 3 years ago | (#34647352)

Man, someone might want to think about redundancy. (And I don't mean redundant power outages).

Re:Dang Sewer Project (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34647698)

Build another sewer? Good idea!

Re:Dang Sewer Project (1)

baegucb (18706) | more than 3 years ago | (#34648954)

Thank you for your anecdote. (undoing mod points too, oh well)

Skype down on Dec 22nd... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34647132)

Considering how pervasive Skype is, I think it's pretty bad...

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Reality Check Network with Torrent / Tubes (1)

ian_from_brisbane (596121) | more than 3 years ago | (#34648596)

Most noticeable one for me was when Reality Check Network went down knocking over hundreds of torrent and tube sites as well as thousands of other non-torrent and non-porn sites.

And on a related note, Skype is down... (1)

eagl (86459) | more than 3 years ago | (#34648640)

Getting dizzy watching the little skype connecting arrows go round and round today...

In his defense... (1)

b0r0din (304712) | more than 3 years ago | (#34648692)

the guy who shot his server found out it had been voting for Bristol Palin on Dancing with the Stars.

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