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  1. #1
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    List of the causes of downtime

    OK guys I wanted to make a survery what is the top reason of server/site downtime in the hosting indsutry, but before I make the survery I would ask people for recommendation what to add

    For now we have the usual

    Outbound/inbound attack
    hacker
    Ddos
    Overconsumption of server resource
    DNS misconfiguration
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    Bad network configurations

    Bad network hardware (ie. bad switches,cables,ports,routers)

    Terrible server administration

    Bad configuration of services / bad optimization

    Slow upstream provider

    Poor performance hardware

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    Host going out of business

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    just kidding

    Accidental click on 'SHUT DOWN' button

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLaw
    Accidental click on 'SHUT DOWN' button
    lol, I would add tripping with the power cable
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    Spammers
    Hackers
    DDoS Attacks
    Updates/Upgrades
    Hard Drive Failing
    Data Backups
    cPanel/WHM Screwing up
    ..so much more..
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    Hornet fighter jets taking out the datacenter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quartz_
    Hornet fighter jets taking out the datacenter.
    Haha, or tidal waves taking out the data centers in Florida!
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    Hey, it could happen Wrong coordinates and oops?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quartz_
    Hey, it could happen Wrong coordinates and oops?
    lol, well hope you guys all have off shore or at least backups that are located 1000+ miles from location.
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    Why would you try to make a list of reasons for downtime? I think the biggest one not in your list is "Human Error"

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    WAIT, don’t forget:

    Our server isn’t down; your ISP is the problem.

    (Of course, some situations it could actually be their ISP or the routing in between.)

    BTW: This is a joke, in case anyone misses it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysteerie
    BTW: This is a joke, in case anyone misses it.

    Ah thanks i might remember to laugh about it next year .

    But sometimes (happened once to us) is that the site that one of your customer is hosting with you forgets their ftp login and keep trying again and again and again, and hence firewall kicking his ip in the deny list, hence boooooom site dead for the client, hence a downtime from their viewpoint.

    So downtime is vaguely defined as it can be either from customers end or from the providers end, but reasons are infinite and you cannot even imagine them, so how reliable your survey will be is another story.

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    Power Supply failure (...no, not power failure).

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    Quote Originally Posted by paidhosting
    Ah thanks i might remember to laugh about it next year .

    But sometimes (happened once to us) is that the site that one of your customer is hosting with you forgets their ftp login and keep trying again and again and again, and hence firewall kicking his ip in the deny list, hence boooooom site dead for the client, hence a downtime from their viewpoint.

    So downtime is vaguely defined as it can be either from customers end or from the providers end, but reasons are infinite and you cannot even imagine them, so how reliable your survey will be is another story.
    Haha, this is why we remind our clients to go to sites like www.siteuptime.com and type in there website to see if its really up or down to really determine.
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    Getting taken over by WHP

    ...oops

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyAnonymous
    Haha, this is why we remind our clients to go to sites like www.siteuptime.com and type in there website to see if its really up or down to really determine.
    Thats too much work for customers, i prefer to keep customers work-free and not bother them with details as to check someplace else, that i do myself and post them the link , i remember one client forgot to switch his dns to mine and opened after few days, a ticket that he cannot ftp into his account. For a second he got me worried cause i couldnt either , than i went to dnsstuff and found out the hard way . Good thing he was using it for ftp and some backup stuff and had no live site else he would have certainly said he my site is down .

    Those are the 2 instances when my services or server was down for my clients . So server downtime is a weird thing it can be on users end or on providers end so defining it right would be good thing.

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    Physical abuse "Hard BOOTED" my Ftp server quite literally

    Pets offer endless possibilitys if you servers at home
    I could tell you a joke about UDP. But I'm not sure you would get it!

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    Fraud hosting companies busted.

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    Oh yeah and too much overselling..
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