Huge UltraDNS Outage takes down Netflix, Rackspace & Expedia!


Can your Customers Reach Your Website?

You may have been aware that a large DNS provider, Neustar UltraDNS experienced an extended outage on Thursday 10/16/2015 which caused many of the largest websites in the world to be unavailable for over an hour and a half.

Recent large scale internet outages affecting many of the top websites around the world raise many questions about who can access your websites at any given time.  If an event like what happened Thursday can take down sites like Netflix and Expedia, as well as hosting providers like Rackspace, how can you be certain that everyone that wants to access your site from different locations around the world is able to do so?

Monitor Your Website from Around the World

Dotcom-Monitor has dozens of different tools to give you the visibility and insight into exactly how your online assets are performing from dozens of locations outside your network around the world.

Some of the key features of the Dotcom-Monitor tools include:

  • Website downtime alerts
  • Daily website performance reports (average page load speeds)
  • 3rd party element monitoring (make sure CDN elements load properly)
  • DNS Traceroutes to pinpoint troublesome nodes
  • Confirmation of successful web transactions such as a path to purchase in an online shopping cart
  • Email server monitoring
  • VoIP server monitoringDNSOutageError
  • And much, much more…

Murphy’s Law

Let’s face it, if something can go wrong, it is only a matter of time before it does, and when that happens you can’t afford to be down.  Whether it leads to loss in consumer confidence, lost revenue or other negative effects, you want to minimize the downtime and optimize your website performance.

What can we learn from the UltraDNS outage?

It doesn’t matter whether you think you are on the most stable platform available, unexpected outages still have not been eliminated from the web at large.

Using the Dotcom-Monitor tools you can rest assured that your web assets are working as expected and that you will receive notifications via email, text message or phone call the moment something goes wrong with your sites and servers.

As you can see from a recent quote in this article in the New York Times about the UltraDNS outage, Dotcom-Monitor is here to help you monitor the internet and let you know the moment there is a problem.  Sign up now for a free 30 day trial to see how your website looks from locations around the world. Be proactive so that you know the next time there is a problem getting to your site.