Technical Details of Facebook Outage

Facebook was offline for more than two hours today after a configuration change created a feedback loop that overwhelmed a database cluster. The only way to fix the problem was to take the web site offline. Read More

Digg Downtime Debacle Debated

No, thius isn't Digg's new home page. Not most of the time, anyway.

Does the downtime at social media hub Digg reflect challenges in deploying NoSQL databases like Cassandra? Or is it simply a case of a company launching a new site architecture before it was ready for prime time? Read More

Drunken Employee Shoots Up A Server

Police in Salt Lake City say an employee of a mortgage company opened fire on a $100,000 server with a .45 caliber automatic, and then concocted a cover story that his gun had been stolen and used to shoot up the IT equipment. Read More

Twitter’s June Uptime: 99.1 Percent

How important are the number of “nines” in your site’s uptime? In a world where getting things right 99 percent of the time is normally a win, 99 percent uptime is widely perceived as a failure. Case in point: Twitter’s uptime for June. Read More

Performance Issues for

There are widespread reports of performance problems for, the Internet’s most prominent retail site. The problems don’t appear to be affecting Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud computing business. Read More

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