I’m not going to comment on this too much because who really knows what happens behind the scences and who am I to start idle chit chat.
Being very interested in the web 2.0 scene and trying to keep upto date with the goings on, maybe I have some web 2.0 ideas, I was shocked to read an article about the demise of www.couchsurfing.com on the www.techcrunch.com site : techcrunch article
The bottom line was, due to some oversight and employment of inefficient staff, after a hardware failure, the site could not be recovered and all data was lost for the 80,000 profiles within the system. This was despite several days of analysis and involvement from experts.
Now what gets me is why no data was backed up ? surely the site admins took backups and what about the service providers. This should be fundamental to any online site especially a succesful company.
I may only develop small sites but I regularly take manual backups and use inbuilt service provided facilities, one site I run that has 11,000 profiles I even go as far as to take automated daily back ups. Surely this is just best practice ? I must also point out my local backups from remote servers are also backed up, you never know
The story doesn’t end there. After issuing the press release detailing the end of the site within the next few days all had been resolved, albeit still missing 10,000 profiles, the site had risen from the ashes and was once more back online.