Vamshidhar Kommineni

November 22, 2006

Websites and outage for maintenance

Filed under: Technology — Vamshi @ 12:57 am

Went to visit Netflix to add a movie to my queue before it slipped out of my mind again and encountered this at 12:50 am:

The Netflix web site is temporarily unavailable due to scheduled maintenance.

It is anticipated that the site will be available again at 1:30 AM Pacific time.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes you.

Please visit us again soon.

It’s amazing that large websites like Netflix need to and can take their sites down for maintenance. Netflix can probably afford to do this because they are a US only site (I think, but their site is down, so I can’t verify :) and 12:50 am is pretty much dead of the night across the US (except Hawaii, but no one ever takes poor Hawaii into account). To me, it indicates how far we still have to go in providing real high availability systems to everyone.

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