Monthly Archives: August 2012


Let’s face Dilbert’s Boss on outages.


Tracking Outages

The idea of tracking data outages spawned from an early discussion on the outages forum including feedback from an outages survey about having a status page for (un)planned outages as a central resource. The purpose of such effort is to have a wider focus that one could view as opposed to having to check dozens of provider status pages.

There were many ideas put forth but nothing really panned out and things kinda fell on the back burner.

Some of the questions raised during these discussions were:

  • This effort will require community support. We can’t imagine having insight into every planned and unplanned outages.
  • Initially we see this effort having an administrative/scaleability burden since we’ll need (trusted or vetted) folks who can keep it current/meaningful.
  • Since providers (carriers, colo, hosting, etc) guard their (un)planned outages close to their chest, not sure even as a customer, one can release the information to a public calendar when you as a customer are bound by their policy.

For further read click here for the results of this survey.

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