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    Houston, Citi Has a Problem Posted on November 12th, 2014 by Mehdi Daoudi

    Ever type a URL into your browser’s navigation bar and omit the ‘www.’ prefix? Of course you have, because most sites are set up nowadays to make the ‘www.’ unnecessary for the end user. So on Monday when I tried to pay some bills I was greeted with incredibly long wait times. Kind of defeats […]

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    Why Outages Are the Scariest Thing for DevOps – and Businesses Posted on October 31st, 2014 by Craig Lowell

    Forget the ghouls, witches, and monsters. The scariest thing for a DevOps person is the effect that a web outage will have on his or her company. For example, take Facebook. The social media giant is projected to eclipse $10 billion in revenue for the first time ever this year, but with those soaring projections […]

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    Holiday Shopping Guide: What To Do When Failure Happens Posted on September 11th, 2014 by Brandon DeLap

    No matter how much you monitor and how well you prepare, web failures are going to happen; it’s an unfortunate reality of life in the DevOps world. Sometimes it’s a redirect to a boring 404 page, a shopping cart gets deleted minutes before a sale ends, or your entire infrastructure experiences an outage during the […]

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    The Widespread Effects of Facebook’s Latest Outage Posted on June 19th, 2014 by Craig Lowell

    Every day, hundreds of millions of users access Facebook, either through the site’s homepage, or through widgets and APIs on other sites. So when the social media giant experiences an outage in their service, the ripple effects spread far and wide. That’s precisely what happened for roughly half an hour on Thursday, June 19 from […]

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    John Oliver Brings Down the FCC’s Website Posted on June 4th, 2014 by Craig Lowell

    As you likely already know, net neutrality has been a pretty hot topic in Washington and around the country (including the Catchpoint offices) over the past several months, with the FCC unveiling a new proposal last month which would regulate the way that ISPs work with companies who provide content. Not surprisingly, the issue caught […]

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    The Dropped Box that Trembled the World Posted on January 14th, 2014 by Devan Gotowka

    This past weekend, the media was ablaze with another online outage – and this time it was not a major ecommerce site, social network, or cloud provider. Dropbox, a very popular file sharing system, had a 48 hour outage after a scheduled maintenance to update the OS on their servers. During the update a scripting […]

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    Healthcare.gov failing again?! Is There a Web Perf Doctor in the House? Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by Mehdi Daoudi

    We’re at the end of the busiest online shopping weekend of the year, Black Friday to Cyber Monday. All eyes are on the major ecommerce websites as they drop their prices and handle millions of users and over $1 billion in sales per day. So it’s a surprise that the site with the biggest problem […]

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    Mastering Disaster – NY Velocity Ignite Presentation Posted on October 24th, 2013 by Mehdi Daoudi

    Recent web failures, like the highly publicized crash of Obamacare’s website last week, have put unfortunate businesses in the spotlight and the lucky ones on high alert.  Even companies with sterling web availability records, like Google & Yahoo, have fallen victim to often unavoidable, yet very public, outages.  Websites are simply failing more and more […]

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    How the NYT Was Up When It Was Down Posted on August 15th, 2013 by Mehdi Daoudi

    Yesterday, the big web news story of the day was the NYT outage.  But the bigger performance story of the day was not the fact the NYT was down for a few hours, but rather, how the NYT team did all the right things to handle the outage. On our end, Catchpoint synthetic agents started recording […]

  • Facebook Outage: Wake Up Call For Websites! Posted on June 1st, 2012 by Mehdi Daoudi

    Back in October 2011 we wrote about web pages turning into airports without air controllers. Web pages have become a very complex ecosystem relying on many third-party tags for advertising, behavioral targeting, social plugins, etc. This is all fine and many of these are great solutions. However, very few websites have adopted a policy of ensuring […]

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