More Enterprise 2.0 bad news: Ning is down

More Enterprise 2.0 bad news: Ning is down

Summary: Just yesterday, I described poor reliability as a key weakness in the Enterprise 2.0 model.


Just yesterday, I described poor reliability as a key weakness in the Enterprise 2.0 model. Today, as if on cue, Ning, a social networking startup founded by Marc Andreessen, is offline:

Ning is down

Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer reliability, consistency, and high availability in my mission critical software. It's bad enough when a consumer site such as Netflix goes down; it's far worse when a business platform such as goes offline.

Is Enterprise 2.0 actually ready for prime-time?

Topic: Social Enterprise

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  • E 2.0

    Web 2.0 is not a formula to be successful. It is not a cash cow for everyone. It is a about a new business model where everyone is dare to try. Maybe,instead of writing, you like to code some old fashing technology and proof you can make it.

    • Here is the problem

      One often hears that Web 2.0 is the next thing that will change the world. Sure, that may even be the case. However, I'm less interested in promises than in reality. IT buyers and users need and expect reliability.

      By the way, I hold traditional applications to the exact same standard. See my post today about the LAX computer failure:
  • Pardon our interruption

    Ning, Netflix, salesforce, Yahoo, Google Facebook, sites using 365 Main, and many more sites have had outages. Even Cisco, which knows a lot about networking, was inaccessible for three hours last week.. That is the state of the art it would seem, and IT is still figuring out the equations and economics of five nines on the Web
  • 5 9's = 100% failure

    nothing is 100% foolproof except that everything will fail at some point in time. Everything that is built relies on tolerances, and as such everything eventually goes out of tolerance.

    The real question is how to perpetuate the 5 9's indefinitely thereby never allowing the last 0.001% to be realized. This is merely a statistical issue. For example if you need to get to the airport on-time you need to allow for traffic, car breaking down, flat-tire, other scenarios which could cause problems. Mitigating these problems could be as simple as having two cars travel together, checking traffic real time, making sure the spare tire is inflated and you can replace if necessary, get there early.

    Most of the solutions to these problems are common sense, but we don't take the time to use it. Having backup systems also fail means that 1) you didn't test them often enough, 2) you don't have backups to the backups. Think about it this way. Years ago you could buy a Volkswagen Jetta and get a free mountain bike... While I think that the commercial didn't speak to Volkswagen's reliability it did speak to having a backup to a flat spare tire...

    Then again there's always hitching the Internet Super-Highway :) How do you create a digital thumb?