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...)
The web sites for the BBC and Reuters struggled to remain available early this morning amid heavy traffic from Internet users seeking the latest news about this morning's terror attacks on the London transit system. Performance for both sites has improved throughout the day. Multiple simultaneous explosions rocked London's subway system and a passenger bus during rush hour this morning, leaving more than 30 dead and hundreds injured. The blasts came as a meeting of G8 leaders convened in Scotland.
In the hours immediately following the attacks, the BBC web site limited the number of images on its home page, which reduces server load during periods of high traffic volume, as image files tend to be larger than HTML files. That helped the BBC site remain largely available, albeit with intermittent outages and slow response times. The Reuters web site showed better response time on our uptime charts, but in many cases that response was a system message stating that the server was too busy to respond. Within several hours, the Reuters site appeared to be operating normally.
Major US news sites were seeing no performance problems, and major UK corporate sites experienced only minor problems, with only scattered, brief outages among FTSE 100 companies.
A power outage at an Advance Internet hosting facility has hobbled the web sites for the company's chain of more than 30 newspapers, including many large metropolitan dailies. The Advance newspapers have switched to text-based sites to continue publishing, but are currently unable to display advertising, making the outage a potentially costly event.
Affected sites include NJ.com, Michigan Live, Cleveland.com, The Portland Oregonian and the online classifieds site BestLocalJobs.com and Best LocalAutos.com. One of the affected papers, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, is in the midst of covering the impact of Tropical Storm Cindy, which hit the New Orleans area yesterday and has left more than 240,000 local residents without power as well.(more...)
Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
June 1st - 30th 2005
Rackspace, Interland and 1and1.com share the top slot as as the most reliable hosting company sites this month. Rackspace, was also the most reliable hoster in February, March and April 2005. Datapipe, which was the most reliable performer for the second half of 2004, has now been among the top 10 performers every month thus far in 2005. This month's results end a string of nine consecutive appearances for iNetU among the top 10 most reliable hosts.
This month Linux, Windows and FreeBSD all have 3 sites each in the top 10, with one running Solaris. The second-place showing by Interland continues a string of strong performances for Windows 2000 hosts, which have ranked either first or second in reliability in each of the past three months.(more...)
The web site for LinuxWorld magazine was offline for more than two hours yesterday, the latest in a series of performance problems over the last month. While many of the outages have been brief, the sites for LinuxWorld and its parent company, tech publisher Sys-Con Media, were down for more than 12 hours on June 12.
A dynamically updating chart of the availability of linuxworld.com is available here.(more...)