Yahoo Beefs Up Store Infrastructure

Yahoo Small Business has beefed up the back-end for its online store offering, which suffered a high-profile outage on Cyber Monday. To avoid a repeat, Yahoo has made improvements to its network architecture, doubling the system capacity for its store operations. Yahoo will also begin publishing online store data to multiple data centers simultaneously. This approach offers several benefits, according to Yahoo’s Sheridan Rawlins:

  • Similar to our image-caching technology, which uses a content delivery network, shopper requests for your store’s pages will now be served by the closest available data center to the shopper. This should improve page serving times and the overall reliability of shoppers interacting with your site.
  • Should a major event such as a natural disaster occur and one data center becomes unavailable, the other data center can service all requests with limited impact to your shoppers. Previously a major data center outage would mean bringing the other data center online before being able to service requests.

For more details, check out Rawlins’ post on the Yahoo Store Blog.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.