Downtime

The Year in Downtime: Top 10 Outages of 2012

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The major downtime incidents of 2012 illustrate the range of causes of outages – major disasters, equipment failures, software behaving badly, undetected Leap Year date issues, and human error. Each incident caused some pain for customers and end users, but also offered the opportunity to learn lessons that will make data centers and applications more reliable. Read More

Why Does Gmail Go Down?

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There have been a number of Gmail outages over the years, usually involving software updates or networking issues. Here’s a look at these outages, and what they may tell us about today’s issues. Read More

Syria Experiencing Internet Blackout

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The country of Syria is almost completely cut off from the Internet, according to leading monitoring services. “In the global routing table, all 84 of Syria’s IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet,” Renesys reported. Read More

As Mobile Shopping Surges, Response Times Suffer

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Holiday retail sales were strong on the holiday kickoff weekend, but as mobile traffic surged on Cyber Monday, mobile sites and apps slowed down. It appears that while retail sites were prepared for the traffic, many retailers failed to test mobile services vigorously. Read More

Retailer Web Sites, Apps Brace for Black Friday

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The shopping holiday season is heating up, and we’re about to hit the major black Friday and Cyber Monday peak. Never has uptime been more important and downtime more costly for retailers than during this season. Here’s a look at key factors in retail performance, and how major players are preparing their infrastructure. Read More

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