Friday, November 03, 2006

Hosting as a showstopper

WiktionaryZ is down. It is probably an index in the database or some such that prevents the system to come up. To make matters worse, Erik the only person with access to the server is on his way to Jamaica from Berlin. This means extended downtime. Extended downtime is not good for a project; it leads to disgruntled users it prevents the further adoption of the project.

WiktionaryZ will in the near future (ie this year) host what some call "professional wikis". They are extensions to specific domains. The people that have this need require certain standards. One of these is 24*7 support, another is back-up support.

There are two points to it; hosting will not be on Erik's server when the new content is merged into WiktionaryZ. The second is that a known single point of failure is only acceptable as long as you are willing to pay the price of failure. It is good that we are increasingly unwilling to pay this price it is gratifying to realise that our hosting WILL be elsewhere at the end of the year.

For those who do not appreciate it; having WZ hosted by Erik was a good thing. It was the option that we had.



Blogger GerardM said...

The server was up. Now we know that there is a table that needs a rebuild.

==What was wrong==
I was told that the problem was a power supply unit that failed.


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