The great 2010 Tumblr outage came to an end early Monday evening. The site returned to normal operations slowly, and those that use the site were overjoyed to hear that not only was their site returning to normal, but also there was no data lost as a result of the outage. Both of these are major pluses after twenty-four hours of downtime for the site.
Earlier it had been reported that a database cluster was to blame for the outage. As promised, Tumblr did reveal the cause of the outage once the site was back up and running. It was a database cluster, but there was more to it than that. Tumblr reported the following via their own blog on Monday: “During planned maintenance that was not intended to interrupt service, an issue arose that took down a critical database cluster. This brought down our entire network while our engineers worked feverishly to restore these databases and bring your blogs back online.”
The blogs are back online, and things are back to normal. Started in 2007, Tumblr has seen growth that continues to move forward. More than five hundred million page views each month are what the site is currently boasting as current traffic. In March, the site announced that it receives two million posts and 15,000 new users daily. Not bad for a site that started with 75,000 users in 2007.
Tumblr is working towards being able to handle that growth. With new offices and new staff to be hired, Tumblr is looking ahead to the future. This week’s outage looks completely unplanned. An unfortunate outage that outraged users and sent them running to their Twitters to complain, but all is well on the Tumblr front now. Users are happily settling back into their Tumblr routines. This outage will only be a memory months from now. The only question is – what did you do for twenty-four hours without Tumblr?