Government // Enterprise Architecture
News
12/7/2010
03:16 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Tumblr Access Seesaws Following Major Outage

Routine maintenance took the blogging site offline for a day, just as it struggles to increase capacity to meet growing demand.

Top 20 Apps For Managing Social Media
(click image for larger view)
Top 20 Apps For Managing Social Media
Tumblr was up, down and up again Tuesday as the popular blogging site struggled to recover from a snafu during regular maintenance that made the blogging site inaccessible for most of Monday.

Soon after posting an apology and explanation for the outage Tuesday, the site went down again, with the all-too-familiar "we'll be back shortly" message replacing the site's homepage. "Because of Tumblr, I truly hate the word 'shortly,'" a frustrated user wrote on Twitter. The site returned soon after and, as of midday Tuesday, was back up.

The problem started Sunday evening when the site's engineers took down a critical database cluster. What was supposed to be routine brought down the site's entire network for roughly the next 24 hours.

On Tuesday, Tumblr acknowledged that it has stumbled in trying to keep up with traffic, which has climbed to more than 500 million page views each month. "We are determined and focused on bringing our infrastructure well ahead of capacity as quickly as possible," said the company's blog.

In trying to boost capacity, the company says it has quadrupled its engineering team this month alone. The added manpower wasn't enough to prevent the latest outage, which the company apologized for. "While you might feel like you've gotten used to seeing errors on Tumblr recently, know that this is absolutely unacceptable to our team," the company says.

Tumblr's mea culpa comes as users have openly vented their frustration with the site on Twitter. In June, Twitter hit a record 2 billion tweets per month, which translates into 64 million tweets per day, according to Pingdom.

Tumblr has also been growing. Each day, Tumblr's 7.5 million users make 5.3 million-plus posts, according to the site. About 50% of the posts are photos, with the remaining half split among text, links, quotes, music and video. Tumblr is best known for its tools that make blogging very easy. Competitors include TypePad, WordPress and Posterous.

For Further Reading

Tumblr Suffers Major Outage

John Mayer Drops Twitter For Tumblr

Tumblr Lights Dashboards For iPhone, Android

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest Septermber 14, 2014
It doesn't matter whether your e-commerce D-Day is Black Friday, tax day, or some random Thursday when a post goes viral. Your websites need to be ready.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.