I’m driving this afternoon near the Tech Center in Denver when I hear on the radio that “…online World Series ticket sales have been halted this afternoon after the server blew up. There were approx. 8 million hits to the site & the server couldn’t handle it.”
Nice. Fucking idiots. MLB can afford to do it right, but the contract for this probably went to some executive’s nephew, who “… makes websites”. Morons. MLB went on record earlier this week as stating that “… [it is] not the first time we’ve sold tickets over the Internet.” Riiiiiggggghhht.
Apparently, at least 200 tickets (or aggregated sales, not sure) were made before the server went belly-up. I’m wondering how those orders will be fulfilled if the record of the transaction wasn’t properly recorded… no idea if it was, but since they didn’t plan for handling this amount of traffic, one must wonder about the *entire* transaction process.
Update: MLB’s ticket vendor, Paciolan, is stating that they “…experienced a system-wide outage”. Four hours (or more) after the initial failure, they are still offline.
Translation: the traffic caused a cascading failure that no one coded for, and as a result, they have no idea how to fix it because the issue is architectural in nature, not a simple matter of capacity.
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