21.co issued an update on last week’s five-day unannounced outage. If you join the 21 slack channel (highly recommended) you can read it here. A quick summary for others (and I do mean quick, as I am pressed for time):
- They’re sorry and it w0n’t happen again.
- They remind everyone that the service is in beta and is at present meant for developers having fun building side projects. I commented that there has been some grade inflation and people have higher expectations of beta than they used too.
- They explain that they pulled the release schedule ahead for a planned update from ipv4 to ipv6 because a security researcher reported an unrelated exploit in a known area of vulnerability. Risks that were acceptable in early testing have become less acceptable as the service matures and it was determined that it was time to act. A future blog post will explain the architectural changes in more detail, at present suffice it to say they are moving from a P2P to a partly hub & spoke model.
A very good explanation and a good resolution.