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Digital Ocean Downtime and Disclosure

Review Signal went down last night. My first alert was at 8:52 PM EST and it didn't come back online until 12:53 AM EST. That is four hours of downtime. The culprit was apparently a failed UPS at Digital Ocean's NY1 facility.

This outage took down Review Signal and it's tracking systems. There was no data collected during that period in time. Which coincidentally would be the time likely to have the most complaints about Digital Ocean.

I am aware they are rated as one of the best providers on this site and missing a critical downtime plays in favor of their rankings. This blog post is serving as a disclaimer and disclosure of that fact. Digital Ocean's rating is likely to be inflated some marginal amount. I was trying to manually track the volume of tweets I missed and I believe it to be in the neighborhood of 100-200. A large portion of those were coming from their official Twitter account. Not everything was a complaint. But for argument's sake, let's say 100 negative reviews were posted last night by affected customers. Their rating would be a drop from 80% to around 77% which would still be within 1% of the next highest rated provider. [source]

I am disappointed that I missed collection on such an event, but the impact for consumers seem minimal. It should also get smoothed out over time as more people share their opinions of the service.

Going forward, I hope to re-build some of the infrastructure and data collection systems to be more robust and spread across multiple providers.

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Kevin Ohashi is the geek-in-charge at Review Signal. He is passionate about making data meaningful for consumers. Kevin is based in Washington, DC.

One thought on “Digital Ocean Downtime and Disclosure

  1. avatarLuigi

    I have some droplets to on NY 2. Everyday is a downtime day, i can’t recommend this server to nobody unless they want pain in the ass all day long. Mysql always closing and stuff.


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