Why It Was Raining Whales On Twitter This Week

Within the past week, we’ve been seeing the fail whale more than ever on Twitter.  Twitter has announced that the outages came from one of their internal sub-networks being over capacity.  They are “working hard to address the core issues causing these problems.”  

Twitter’s blog post on the subject described what the problem was, and how they intend to solve it:

What happened?
In brief, we made three mistakes:
* We put two critical, fast-growing, high-bandwith components on the same segment of our internal network.
* Our internal network wasn’t appropriately being monitored.
* Our internal network was temporarily misconfigured.

What we’re doing to fix it
* We’ve doubled the capacity of our internal network.
* We’re improving the monitoring of our internal network.
* We’re rebalancing the traffic on our internal network to redistribute the load.

Many of Twitter’s problems come from unexpected growth.  As Twitter is moving forward, they’re promising fewer whales each day.  More info can be found here, on the engineering blog.

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