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Yesterday one of the biggest outages in history, if not the biggest outage, happened to the Internet in China. Primarily and directly affected by that outage were most of the people living in China and browsing the Internet in China. Secondary, all companies doing online business in China were affected. The reasons for the outage are discussed below but I would like to focus on what has happened and what this means for all of us - including Compuware - with our Web presence in China. For whatever reason at around 3 pm (China time) 2/3 of any domain requests in China were routed to one single IP address. That single datacenter of course went down immediately by the loads of requests hammering it within milliseconds. At that very moment the Internet in China went down - with a few exceptions (VPN users and those who had the DNS cached within their client). The outage... (more)