Monday was a historic day in the Tech world and here is why: Facebook stopped reporting where their servers were in the world. When you went to facebook.com you got a black page with nothing, not even a friendly “sorry we are down” page or “currently under maintenance”; because of this, there was no server in the world that knew about facebook.com.
This caused DNS “Domain Names Systems” which is the yellow pages for the internet, to get overloaded and actually caused servers to stop responding because they didn’t know what to do with everyone requesting facebook.com. When you pull up an app or visit a web page the DNS server tells you where that app or web page lives and usually finds it quickly. In this case the DNS server kept asking each other where is facebook.com and they were like “I don’t know lets ask the next DNS server”. This caused a huge spike in traffic and in return, caused much of the internet to stop functioning.
Facebooks own Chief Technology Officer even had to use another social media platform to get their message out.
In summary, the World was on fire and all Nerds will be working together to solve this as we continue to rely heavily on the Internet
Written by: Rick Williams, CEO|Founder CloudSmartIT