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Feb 18, 2020   |  By Richard Bashara
Welcome to 2020, where Google Drive can fail for some of you but not others, you can’t access your passwords, and you can’t withdraw cash on vacation. This stranded on a desert isle dream was reality in the month of January, which saw drama in the financial services and internet infrastructure sectors. January’s downtime reinforces just how connected we have become, and how reliant we are on infrastructure that can seemingly fail on a whim.
Feb 13, 2020   |  By Richard Bashara
Synthetic monitoring takes care of all of the small interactions on our website that QA can’t catch. If you’re building an application for the web, a transaction check is an integral part of proactive downtime resolution. What we call transaction monitoring, or a transaction check, is a set of instructions that a probe server follows.
Feb 12, 2020   |  By John Arundel
When his phone wakes him at two in the morning, operations engineer Andy Pearson knows it’s bad news. There’s a major server problem, and hundreds of client websites are down. Automated monitoring checks detected the outage within seconds, and paged the on-call engineer. This time, it’s Pearson in the hot seat. Pearson quickly confirms the issue is real and, escalates it to his boss, tech lead Lewis Carey.
Jan 28, 2020   |  By Richard Bashara
December was a busy month with systems we don’t normally see experiencing server downtime. Our first story, in particular, is an excellent example of how complicated monitoring can get as infrastructure grows. We saw every level get hit, from the government to big-name players, with ransomware being one of the major thorns in our collective sides. But we also bring you the heartwarming tale of the little Minecraft Server that could.
Dec 23, 2019   |  By Sharon McElwee
One thing we’ve always known: there’s no such thing as 100% uptime for any website. Too many variables are at play to keep a site from staying up all the time. From traffic surges to hardware failures and everything in between, keeping sites up and running is a full-time job for SREs and IT pros. Here at Uptime.com, we track major downtime all year long to provide websites of all sizes with lessons in how to catch downtime and resolve incidents quickly.