(The Hosting News) – Social networking site Twitter faced unexpected downtime yesterday morning, coincidently preceding the start of the 2012 Olympics in London.
Later in the day, the company detailed the root cause of the website failure, blaming it on an issue at the company’s data center facilities. Discussing the matter, Twitter VP of Engineering Mazen Rawashdeh pointed out how data centers rely on parallel sysems in the case of failure.
“What was noteworthy about today’s outage was the coincidental failure of two parallel systems at nearly the same time,” Rawashdeh commented.
Rawashdeh also noted that Twitter was “investing aggressively in our systems to avoid this situation in the future” and apologized for the occurance.
Twitter wasn’t the only online presence to face downtime preceding the much-anticipated Olympics. Microsoft cloud platform Windows Azure faced significant downtime of its own while chat service Google Talk wasn’t operating for the majority of its users.
“Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue,” initially stated Twitter’s Status page during yesterday’s data center issues. Meanwhile, a BBC report noted that the downtime lasted for almost one hour and wasn’t completely resolved even after the site returned.
Twitter has had its fair share of downtime in the past. Users have often been presented with the widely recognized “fail whale” when the site reaches overcapacity.