outages

GoDaddy’s outage shows the importance of DNS

It’s a company’s worst nightmare: the website is down, and there’s nothing that can be done about it fast enough.

Thousands upon thousands of business owners were put in that position the other day as GoDaddy, one of the world’s largest domain registrars, experienced a DNS outage that left countless domains utilizing its DNS servers unresolvable.

Latest Amazon outage highlights cloud challenges

When it comes to building and operating the infrastructure to power some of the most popular services on the internet, it’s no surprise that many companies have decided that Amazon can do a better, more cost-effective job than they can.

Amazon’s AWS infrastructure-as-a-service offerings, of course, aren’t perfect. Outages, some of them quite large and ugly, do happen.

Retailers ‘Like’ external JavaScript, but it doesn’t always like them back

The past several weeks haven’t been kind to Facebook. Its long-anticipated IPO was nothing short of a disaster, and since its public debut, the company’s stock has been battered.

Clearly, finding investor friends on Wall Street hasn’t been an easy task for the world’s largest social network, and it may discover that finding retail friends on Main Street won’t be any easier after site outages last week left some ecommerce sites in a lurch.

Amazon adds a caching offering to AWS

When it comes to building high-performing web applications, there are plenty of tools that developers can employ to improve efficiency and reduce unnecessary resource utilization.

Caching is typically one of those tools, and in the market for caching solutions, the open-source Memcached is, for many developers, sort of like a trusty old hammer.

Originally developed for use on LiveJournal, Memcached is still used by some of the internet’s largest sites, including Facebook.