magnolia meltdown

How to lose four years of your life in a few days - a lesson to IT startups. ma.gnolia.com social bookmarking site disappears in a puff of data due to amateur infrastructure. There are some serious questions to ask about this whole amateur cowboy web startup cloud open thing. I've questioned the quality or craftsmanship or durability of what is being built. I've questioned the long-term preservation of it. Now we can also question the expertise of those building it. Think about where your data is and who you are entrusting it to.

For those wondering, this site is housed in a professional data center in Utah USA, with 24x7 managed servers and daily backups to tape, and irregular backups of SQL export source data to New Zealand for disaster recovery. Development is done and tested on a totally isolated server in NZ.