What Makes HotMail work?


What does it take to keep HotMail running…. 10,000 servers spread around the globe and 100 system administrators.



I’m currently in South-east Asia and HotMail doesn’t seem to work more than – at best – a few times a week. I’m not a user myself, but meeting people all the time who are more than a little exasperated and desperate. I don’t know if it’s Hotmail’s technology or blocking from local ISPs. It’s the same in several countries, though.

peter lake

gmail seems unavailable several times a day. Is this a web2 app scale issue or just not a priority for google.

David Utter

And if you go back seven or eight years to when they ran on Sun boxes instead of Windows machines, you could lose a few more servers.

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