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This morning at 09:47 UTC CloudFlare effectively dropped off the Internet. The outage affected all of CloudFlare’s services including DNS and any services that rely on our web proxy. During the outage, anyone accessing CloudFlare.com or any site on CloudFlare’s network would have received a DNS error. Pings and Traceroutes to CloudFlare’s network resulted in a “No Route to Host” error.
The cause of the outage was a system-wide failure of our edge routers. CloudFlare currently runs 23 data centers worldwide. These data centers are connected to the rest of the Internet using routers. These routers announce the path that, from any point on the Internet, packets should use to reach our network. When a router goes down, the routes to the network that sits behind the router are withdrawn from the rest of the Internet. More >
I kick myself for not signing up for Google Apps earlier. I wanted a custom e-mail address using my website’s domain name and the easiest option is signing up for a free Google Apps for Business account.The 7-year-old service provides Gmail, Calendar, Docs, and file storage for businesses. Until now, you could sign up for a free account as an individual, or pay a few dollars per month for a business account. On the Google Enterprise blog Thursday, the company announced that it’s killing off those free accounts. More >
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Eliminate CEO/CIO differences; abolish tech support, eliminate mega-projects just a few practices that need to go, Gartner says
October 19, 2011 12:05 PM ET
ORLANDO — With CIO budgets heading for their 11th consecutive year of growing at 3% or less, it’s time to offer up some sacred cows for sacrifice.
That was the sentiment at a Gartner Symposium/ITxpo session today that outlined a number of ways IT can get out of its comfort zone and look for new ways to handle the explosion of information, collaboration and mobility. More >
By Jon Brodkin | Published October 10, 2011 10:44 AM
We’ve been tracking the twists and turns of the Dropbox mega funding round feeding frenzy for over a month now. In July Sarah Lacy wrote that they’d be raising $200 million to $300 million at a $5 billion or higher valuation. A week ago MG Siegler wrote that the auction process was over and Dropbox was considering bids as high as $10 billion.
The company has now chosen which investors will lead and participate in the round, we’ve heard from one of our sources. The final valuation will be less than $6 billion, and we’ve heard that the original estimates of a $200 million – $300 million round are still accurate. We do not yet know who’s leading the round or otherwise participating, but that information will probably become available soon.
In the end Dropbox didn’t choose the investor with the highest valuation bid, we’ve heard. Look for the round to close and be announced in the coming weeks.