Blogger.com was offline for an hour early Wednesday as Google's popular service encountered performance problems. Blogger is one of the oldest and largest blogging services, hosting several million free blogs. Google "apologized profusely" for the service interruption.
"Blogger and Blog*Spot had an unexpected outage for an hour this morning, starting around 7AM PDT," Google reported on its Blogger status page. "As of 8AM, all but a few blogs are working properly again." The company didn't offer any additional details on the cause of the outage. The Google search engine and other services were unaffected, as the outage appears to have been isolated to Blogger and blogspot.com.
Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
July 1st - 31st 2007
iWeb Technologies Inc. is the most reliable hosting company site for July 2007, followed closely by DataPipe, Swishmail, New York Internet and INetU.
This is the third appearance atop the survey this year for iWeb Technologies Inc, a Montreal-based hosting provider that has grown through acquisition, buying eight other hosting companies since 1998. iWeb offers shared hosting, dedicated servers, colocation and domain registration. It had earnings of $637,000 on revenues of 2.3 million for the quarter that ended March 31.
Datapipe, NewYork Internet and iNetU each make regular appearances on our reliability leaderboard, and continue their strong performance this month. Swishmail, which provides business e-mail services, makes its first appearance in the top 10 this month.
Four of the 10 most most reliable hosts run their web sites on Windows, two on Linux and three on FreeBSD.
Dedicated hosting customers of Affinity Internet's ValueWeb and Gate.com brands reported lengthy downtime as a planned outage for a data center migration extended well beyond the scheduled 12 to 15 hour maintenance window. The server move between Affinity's Miami, Fla. data center and a Hostway facility about 270 miles away in Tampa, Fla. began Friday night at 8 pm, but late Sunday night many customers reported that their sites remained offline, with some saying their server outages were nearing 48 hours.
Hostway acquired Affinity Internet in April a deal that combined two hosting services focused on the business market. The U.S. hosting market has been undergoing an active period of consolidation, with WebSite Pros buying Web.com and Endurance International merging with IPower in other deals.
The main pages for both Hostway and ValueWeb remained online throughout, as only dedicated hosting customers appear to have been affected. A forum post by a Gate.com manager indicates that all servers had been connected and powered on in the new location by 2 pm Sunday, but acknowledged that servers remained offline.
UK hosting provider Fasthosts suffered extended downtime on Monday night, which has been attributed to an electrical problem. Fasthosts, which was bought last year by 1&1 Internet, hosts more than 605,000 web sites, making it one of the UK's top three web hosting operations. Fasthosts told customers that the outage resulted from a problem in the electrical equipment that distributes power to servers. While there was no fire, a fire alarm was triggered, which in some scenarios can prompt staff to cut power to parts of the data center for safety reasons.
Last night's downtime can be seen on this performance chart:
A dynamically updating chart of the Fasthosts.co.uk web site performance is available. Netcraft offers a web site performance monitoring service that provides similar charts, along with e-mail alerts when an outage occurs.
Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
June 1st - 30th 2007
Tiscali is the most reliable hosting company site for June 2007, followed closely by DataPipe and EasyNet. This marks the second time Tiscali has edged out Datapipe, duplicating the result from last November.
Tiscali, a European provider of hosting and Internet access services, finished atop our table three times in 2006 and once in 2005. Tiscali is based in Cagliari, Italy, with operations in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and Czech Republic. The company offers shared hosting, dedicated servers, colocation and domain names in addition to a wide range of telecom services.
Web.com, which is ninth in our rankings this month and led the table in January 2007, was acquired by WebSitePros last week.
Two of the 10 most most reliable hosts run their web sites on Windows, four on Linux and two on FreeBSD.
Yahoo's web sites experienced brief performance problems earlier today, with users in some areas experiencing more significant problems than others. Yahoo is one of the world's busiest web sites (currently the number two Web destination for users of the Netcraft toolbar), and thus the outages have been noted by the Internet Storm Center and news outlets. The yahoo.com home page was inaccessible for several hours from our London monitoring station and responded more slowly than usual from several locations in the U.S. Yahoo search appears to have experienced lengthier availability problems than the home page and other Yahoo services.
Yahoo's performance problems can be seen on this chart:
A dynamically updating chart of the Yahoo.com web site performance is available. Netcraft offers a web site performance monitoring service that provides similar charts, along with e-mail alerts when an outage occurs.