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    Anyone experience any server downtimes these holidays?

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    Nope, but I suspect there is a reason for you asking.

    When I was first using a shared plan, and there was a forum where users could ask question, report issues, etc... The busiest section was the one where people were reporting their site was down, problem was, people were reporting that the server they were on ( they name each server uniquely ), but someone else 2 minutes later would post that they were on the same server, and their site was up.

    Back a few months ago when GD had a big issue with their DNS and internal router tables, thousands of people were ranting and raving saying their site was down.

    Not available to you and down are 2 completely different things, and there are 20-30 failure points ( on average ), between many users and their web hosting server. But the second a router loses power, or their ISP supplied DNS gets corrupted, people assume its their site is down...

    Now, to get off my rant... What do you ask ?

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    Not only did I not experience downtime, but I had a site that experienced its annual traffic doubling and no issues whatsoever.

    I'm with WZ, though...who's your host, and why do you ask?
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    Oh nothing diabolical, I was just reading how Netflix was down and wondering how great their engineers' holidays must've been. So I's wondering if anyone else had a blast..

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    Funny, I had heard they had a network blip, before the holidays ... I think I was traveling that day, but every time I connected, it was working...

    I can bet their engineers have so many redundant systems, the hiccup came from a faulty piece of hardware that didn't failover properly ( you can plan, and test, but its never 100% ), it probably took more time to verify where the problem was than it took to actually fix it.

    When your infrastructure and networks are as massive as theirs, knee jerk reactions to an issue usually end up causing more problems, so procedurally, when the outage was detected, a couple of people started their testing, once they found their problem, several specialist laid out a plan to put a fix in place, it was then tested and simulated to determine if the fix would cause any problems, once that was verified, the fix was put in place.

    I can say, this is the first year ( in many ),that one of my clients networks was not attacked over the holidays, the holidays are a prime time for hackers to go after gaining access ... Because normally, there are less people monitoring and or reacting to their attackers.

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    I saw similar sorts of attacks as well, particularly forum spammer bots. My one bot trap logged 100 unique IPs on Christmas Day alone.

    As WZ said, when it comes to a situation like that with a company as big as Netflix, there is probably a procedure from an operations manual in place for this sort of a situation.

    Step 1: find problem.
    Step 2: prepare solution, making sure that all other alternatives have been considered.
    Step 3: test solution thoroughly.
    Step 4: deploy.
    Step 5: be on high alert for the next 48 hours or so.
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    Holidays are usually a great time as the load is not high.


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