The other day, I noticed some slowness, 404 errors and other web irregularities when going to some of my favorite sites (in this case CloudU for an upcoming blog post).
As I went through the frustration of trying to determine “Is it my end or elsewhere?”, I came across a pretty interesting site called Outage Analyzer.
This is a fun little tool that highlights what is going on the world, updated real time, and seems fairly accurate.
In my case (sorry I didn’t get a screen grab at the time), there were 4 outages on the East Coast, and it was fairly easy to see I was affected. 20 minutes later, I checked again – Outage Analyzer gave an assessment that issues were cleared, and sure enough….all was right in the web again. Fairly slick, painless and all through a web interface.
The data given can be drilled down with a few mouse clicks (which is nice) and if you sign in, you can get customized alerts.
I could definitely see this being beneficial to SysAdmins and being added as a bookmark in the Data Center.