On Sunday, the increasingly popular blogging service went down for what they claimed to be a scheduled maintanance on one of their database clusters, which worryingly carried on through Monday, echoing to the disaster that happened last year to social bookmarking site Ma.gnolia. The service has now been restored to the relief of millions of Tumblr users, though it has been intermittent across the globe.
“But we are determined and focused on bringing our infrastructure well ahead of capacity as quickly as possible. We’ve nearly quadrupled our engineering team this month alone, and continue to distribute and enhance our architecture to be more resilient to failures like today’s.”
Not the best news for the New York-based startup, which has seen its monthly US pageviews in October grow at an astonishing 1,540% compared with the same period last year. According to figures by comScore, Tumblr served up 1.2 billion pageviews in the U.S. in October, with heavy traffic building up since June this year.
In November, the service also raised a new round of funding of around $25 million to $30 million, according to Fortune, placing the company’s value to be around $135 million. It’s expected that part of the funds would go into building a more robust infrastructure to handle the staggering traffic, and major outages like Sunday’s won’t happen for a long time — which, in Tumblr-speak, would hopefully mean “never”.
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