Yahoo! Sports Downtime Caused by Data Center Configuration

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Yahoo on Wednesday provided a postmortem report regarding the downtime of its fantasy football website occurring this past weekend.

The problem arrived after the company corrected a hardware issue with new configuration for its “filers” machines, responsible for processing real time data. That intended correction, however, ultimately led to the entire system going down at the worst time possible: Just as NFL games were kicking off on Sunday.

To deal with the problem, Yahoo looked at transferring its system to an alternate data center. However, the provider sidestepped that attempt when realizing it would mean the loss of live scoring.

An alternate route? “Ultimately, we were able to move our mobile apps to a back-up data center, free up storage to get the PC version of the game working, and get the mobile apps up in a “read-only” state – meaning you could see scores and data, but you still couldn’t set lineups and interact,” stated the company in an email sent to Fantasy users.

Yahoo! also emphasized everything is working fine now and with apologizing for the issue, is offering users free weekly scouting reports in addition to 20% off its Yahoo! Sports Store for one year.