Skype Outage Explained

By  |  Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 8:22 am

Skype’s CIO has blogged a detailed explanation of why the service was down for 24 hours last week. Like the even longer Skype outage of 2007, this one was an interesting reminder that a service that relies on peer-to-peer technologies rather than centralized servers can still be crippled if large quantities of those peers run into trouble all at once.

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  1. SirWired Says:

    This is telling me one and only thing: Never, Ever, do anything important on a service that relies on leeching capacity from it's own users.

    IM, free video calls, etc.? Okay on something like Skype. But if I was a SkypeIn or SkypeOut user that relied on those services for an important part of my life, I'd be moving somewhere else right now.