Hunkered down in a data center on an upper floor of a New Orleans office building, a skeleton crew of staff at DirectNIC have kept the domain registrar operating throughout Hurricane Katrina and the catastrophic flooding that has engulfed the city. "We haven't lost service once during this entire disaster, and we have three weeks of backup power secured," CEO Sigmund Solares said on the DirectNIC website. "Our staff is safe and well - some have been working around the clock in New Orleans to keep clients running smoothly, and other employees have left to safer locations to keep an eye on the network from afar."
DirectNIC is housed on the 10th and 11th floors of a 27-floor office tower near Lafayette Square, a portion of the city that has escaped the worst of the flooding. Employees have live-blogged their efforts and posted photos of the storm's impact on the DirectNIC facility. An on-site webcam broadcast video of looting on surrounding streets. DirectNIC is the world's 11th-largest registrar, with more than 1.1 million domains registered. It is part of InterCosmos Media group, which also operates hosting/colocation provider Zipa.
Major weather information sites remained widely available Sunday and Monday as Web users sought the latest information on the path of Hurricane Katrina, which left catastrophic damage in its wake along the U.S. Gulf Coast. The home pages for both the National Hurricane Center and Weather.com performed well throughout Sunday evening and Monday morning as Katrina approached landfall.
Media reports have suggested both sites were unavailable for extended periods. Netcraft's seven monitoring stations found that while response time was slower from some locations (especially for the NHC), there were no outages for either site. The National Hurricane Center said its site received 22 million page views Sunday, with traffic on all NOAA sites approaching 5,200 hits per second at peak demand.
A computer worm disrupted the networks of U.S media organizations today, but has had no visible impact upon major web sites. The worm, which uses a vulnerability in Windows PnP to target Windows 2000 machines, knocked computers offline at CNN, ABC News and the New York Times. The damage appears to be limited to internal corporate networks, as the web sites of the U.S. Fortune 100 show no unusual outages, including the 18 companies in the index hosted on Windows 2000. Likewise, Britain's FTSE 100, which has 36 sites running on Win2K, shows no suspicious performance problems either.
Working exploits for new Windows vulnerabilities began appearing on the Internet last Thursday, just two days after the security holes were outlined in Microsoft's monthly security advisory. Over the weekend the Zotob worm appeared, compromising unpatched Windows 2000 machines.(more...)
Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
July 1st - 31st 2005
Pair, a Pittsburgh, Pa. shared hosting company, is a regular in our survey, with numerous top 10 appearances in addition to being the most reliable provider in February 2005, July 2004 and February 2004. Jumpline was previously the most reliable provider in April 2004. The Columbus, Ohio provider specializes in virtual private servers. France Telecom made its first appearance in our reliability survey in May.
This month Linux, Windows and FreeBSD all have 3 sites each in the top 10, with one running Solaris.(more...)
The web site for the World of Warcraft online game was unavailable for much of the day Tuesday, with many of its game servers offline for maintenance as well. The "virtual world" now has more than 3.5 million subscribers, including 1.5 million new paying customers from China. Users on numerous World of Warcraft servers have been reported performance problems in recent weeks.
A dynamically updating chart of World of Warcraft's web site performance is available here.(more...)
The Mozilla Foundation site has been experiencing intermittent performance problems, which began early Sunday. Mozilla.org is the home of Firefox, the free web browser which has been downloaded nearly 75 million times. Version 1.0.6 of Firefox was released last week, but it's not clear whether the update contributed to Sunday's sluggish performance for the Mozilla.org site, which was slowed by heavy demand during the browser's launch last November. UPDATE: Mozilla reps say a software misconfiguration, rather than heavy traffic, was responsible for the site's performance problems (details here).
A dynamically updating chart of the Mozilla site's performance is available here.(more...)