Twitter Hit by Data Center ‘Double-Whammy’

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Social site enthusiasts were surely disgruntled yesterday when access to Twitter was cut off for a short time in the morning. According to the BBC, the issue persisted for nearly an hour. Once the site had returned, problems continued.

The cause of the incident was later identified by Twitter VP of Engineering Mazen Rawashedeh through the company’s blog. Rawashedeh noted how data centers rely on parallel systems in the event of a problem.

“What was noteworthy about today’s outage was the coincidental failure of two parallel systems at nearly the same time,” he stated. Interestingly enough, Rawashedeh referred to the data center issue as an “infrastructural double-whammy,” also apologizing for the service interruption.

Twitter wasn’t alone in facing the hassle of downtime yesterday. Other key web platforms to faced offline activity included Microsoft cloud system Windows Azure and Google Talk. Last month, a cascading bug was blamed for a similar instance of downtime inflicted upon the popular social networking site.