Substantial parts of Cogent Communications' network are offline, with the company attributing the outages to a pair of fiber cuts. Cogent says the outage is regional and focused on the Southeast United States, but the company's home page is not responding from any of our seven monitoring stations around the globe. One of the fiber cuts is between Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. and the other is between Houston and Tampa, according to updates on a network operators mail list. Here is a performance chart for the Cogent home page at www.cogentco.com.
A dynamically updating chart of the site performance for www.cogentco.com is available here.
The web site for Paypal is experiencing sporadic outages and sluggish response time tonight, with similar performance issues seen from multiple monitoring points. Performance problems for Paypal can have broad impact because the service processes payments for thousands of online businesses. The service, which enables any individual or business with an email address to send and receive payments online, has 86 million users worldwide. This chart shows the recent site performance for www.paypal.com.
A dynamically updating chart of the site performance for www.paypal.com is available here.
A gaming "virtual world" has been knocked offline for the second time in a month by malware distributed by players within the game. Second Life, an innovative online game with more than 80,000 users, took its entire system down for more than five hours Thursday after an instant messaging bot overwhelmed the game grid with a huge volume of messages. A similar incident on Oct. 23 also caused a lengthy system outage when a user program automatically generated more than 5 billion spheres inside the game.
A user-designed multiplayer world, Second Life encourages programmers and graphic artists to create virtual goods and services to sell, and allows players to convert game currency into real-world cash via an online exchange.
Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
October 1st - 31st 2005
Familiar names occupy the top positions in this month's survey of the most reliable hosting company sites, as Datapipe, Rackspace and Interland share the top slot for October. This is the sixth time this year that Rackspace has won or shared the top slot, while Datapipe (four times) and Interland (twice) have also made multiple appearances atop the list. There's one new face in this month's top 10, HostingZoom, a Houston-based mixed hosting company that hosts its company site on a server at The Planet.
Five Linux sites are found in the top 10 this month, along with two sites running on Windows 2000, two on Windows Server 2003 and one on FreeBSD. This continues the strong performance by hosters running their web sites on Linux. Of the 12 providers who have appeared atop the reliability survey for at least one month, six are hosted on Linux, while three use Windows 2000, two host on FreeBSD, and Windows Server 2003 and Solaris 8 are each used by one provider.
Internet backbone provider Level 3 Communications reported "wide spread network instability" overnight, causing connectivity problems for many ISPs and hosting companies that rely on Level 3 for high-speed Internet access. The outage lasted several hours before service was restored. A discussion on the North American Network Operators Group mailing list offers additional details on the outage.
Level 3 is one of the largest providers of wholesale dial-up service to ISPs in North America and also connects millions of broadband subscribers to the Internet through its cable and DSL partners.
The Apple Store was offline for more than an hour following the launch of a new video-enabled iPod, which was unveiled today after months of anticipation. While the launch of a new Apple product routinely leads to brief "restocking" outages for the Apple store, today's downtime was longer than usual, perhaps due to web traffic generated by the pent-up curiosity of iPod lovers.
The video iPod has a 2.5-inch screen and will sell for $299 for the 30-gigbyte hard drive, and $399 for 60 gigs. Apple's iTunes store will now sell music videos and some TV programming at $1.99 per video.