Skype is Back Up

August 21st, 2007 at 12:00 am

Skype is now back online. After 30++ hours of downtime last friday, Skype comes back to life with apologies and more ads.

Om Malik of Giga Om summarizes what happened that caused the outage.

1. Microsoft issued Windows updates on Thursday, Aug. 16th.

2. Millions installed those patches, rebooted, and tried to log into the Skype network — pretty much all at the same time.

3. Combined with a lack of P2P resources, the flood of log-in requests put the Skype network under extreme stress.

4. This, in turn, exposed an unseen software bug “within the network resource allocation algorithm which prevented the self-healing function from working quickly.”

The big question now is, can we still trust Skype? That I leave up to you.