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Navisite Does It Again – Clients Offline

Clients of WorldFire Business Marketing and Services are currently offline of 3-4 hours for a blade server update at Naiviste.  I will update this blog as the updates progress.

Navisite simply does not understand the business they are in.  After speaking with Tech Support, I found out that 40-50 servers of former Alabanza clients are down for this “update”.  They are updating the firmware to the blade servers for “better performance”.  I just don’t understand, how a firm with the “expertise” that Navisite supposedly has constantly has server issues, constantly has to update various issues with these servers, and the updates always require the servers to come offline.

There is simply no understanding from within Navisite of the affect of these updates on smaller companies that cannot afford redundant hosting servers for their web sites.  Companies that are reliant upon high quality service and are not receiving it.

I can honestly say that I’m still an unhappy hijacked former Alabanza client.

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Navisite Issues Arise Again

Well folks, we’re 4 hours into another Navisite networking issue.  This time, the issue is unknown and communication is again very poor.  Very little information is being shared from Navisite to it’s customer base and frustrations are certainly mounting.  At this time, the issue appears to be limited to servers / clients that were purchased from Alabanza, I don’t have a way to see if clients outside of that network are being affected, so the reach of the outage is unfortunately unknown.

I am unsure of why such downtimes are taking place.  The network operations center we were transferred to was supposed to be a highly redundant, highly available network so this outage is really very suprising.  In 5 years with Alabanza, I saw one major outage, and that was due to a large underground fire.  This is the second major outage from Navisite for it’s Alabanza clients in less than 60 days.

I hope that Navisite investors and those who use this company will begin asking why these issues are arising, and what will stop them from happening in the future.

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Web Site Outages

We are currently experiencing network issues, we will update as soon as we have more information.  Please be patient as we look into this issue.

 Update – This is an Email we’ve received from our NOC regarding the issues. 

The purpose of this email communication is to notify you that there is currently an issue with your environment that may or may not impact you. A ticket has been opened for this and our engineers are currently investigating the issue. More updates will follow as information becomes available.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, or if you would like to request a formal incident review, please contact the NOC, your Client Manager or the Client Care Center.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this incident may have caused and appreciate your patience.

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Update: Status of Servers

Our main server is back online, however, numerous servers are still out at Navisite.  The current story out of Navisite is that this issue has to do with a patch associated with the Virtual Servers they are running in their datacenter.  This is absolutely amazing that they’ve reached a point like this with their operation.

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Still more thoughts on the Navisite debacle…

The thoughts and comments keep coming on the Navisite debacle of last week.

 Here is a great article on what Navisite should have done, and unfortunately didn’t do.  I must say that what dissapointed me most about this entire debacle, of course after the hosting issues, was the lack of information and the disinformation that was distributed by the Navisite team during the first 72 hours of the datacenter migration fiasco.

 As a navisite client, I’ve been very dissapointed with how this situation was handled and hope that they will do the right things for their clients.

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Community Thoughts on the Issues Surrounding Navisite

I have come across a number of articles and blog posts regarding the recent navisite datacenter migration of the Alabanza data center from Baltimore, MD to Andover, MA.  If you are unaware of this serious issue, make sure to take the time to find out what unreal items have taken place to over 175,000 domain owners across the world.

 Here is a list of links to articles on the topic.

Now, there are also numerous discussions among the major web hosting and web design community boards about this issue.

Of course, I could go on and on, but I definately wanted to get the news out that this is not a small event, and that there are still some sites that are down and not online today, 7 days later! 

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Navisite CEO Offers Information on Alabanza Datacenter Migration Fiasco

A note from the desk of CEO Arthur Becker

Dear Alabanza Customer,

I want to extend my most sincere appreciation for your patience and forebearance as we resolved the technical issues that disrupted service during the planned data center migration from Baltimore, MD to our SAS70 certified facility in Andover, MA.

I understand that this has affected your business and your customers, and apologize for the inconvenience and disruption. This is not the standard for NaviSite. While we had planned this migration for months, we did not anticipate a number of scenarios that became major issues during the execution of the migration. Despite the fact that we have acquired a number of companies during the past few years and both consolidated data centers and migrated data, we had never encountered the series of problems that we saw earlier this week.

In preparation for this migration, NaviSite made significant investments to refresh and update the underlying server infrastructure for the Alabanza customers in our Andover data center. This new platform is built upon several state-of-the-art technologies including SUN virtualization hardware with VMWare and EMC storage area networks. The environment is designed to dramatically improve scalability and reliability, and provides more elastic computing. In addition, given NaviSite’s commitment to the Green Grid initiative, the new infrastructure is also more environmentally friendly.

During the migration process, NaviSite mobilized an unprecedented number of technical and support personnel to focus on restoring service with a 24×7 coverage, and opened up multiple communication channels, including its web site and inbound telephone centers in the US and in our India office to inform and assure customers.

As our technical experts identify the root cause(s) of the process failure we will design appropriate remediation programs to accommodate the service disruption. We will also host an all hands conference call for our Alabanza customers in the near future so that we can communicate the reasons for this service disruption in greater detail.

Once again, thank you for your forbearance, patience and understanding.

Best Regards,

Arthur Becker
Chief Executive Officer
NaviSite, Inc.

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Navisite Datacenter Migration – November 9th, 2007 – 8:30 AM

Another update from Navisite –

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We continue to make progress with the environment and while you may not have direct visibility into the support staff, there has been and will continue to be an extended client care and technical engineering staff maintained in the data center on a 24×7 basis to resolve migration issues.

A significant number of servers came out of our QA process last night and were handed off to clients for confirmation and we are now down to a final set of tickets which is becoming more of a combination of migration issues and production run-time support.

We truly appreciate your patience throughout the migration. We recognize your pain points and all of us have been working to fix these issues as our only priority.

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