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GitHub Down: Upstream ISP Blamed

Leading code repository GitHub faced a seven-hour outage today and developers around the world are displeased. The company, recently acquired by Microsoft in a $7.5 billion deal, says it is “investigating a small portion of our users unable to access the site”. Developer Twitter suggests the outage has been more pronounced…

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GitHub down: The problem is believed to be upstream from the company.

This graphic from ThousandEyes shows the loss of availability…

Network intelligence specialist ThousandEyes told Computer Business Review: “Starting at 0745 UTC a subset of users connecting to GitHub’s Washington data centres, including some users in the UK, have been unable to access the service due to an ISP outage at Telia in Ashburn, VA. We are further assessing the impact and will follow up with additional information as it becomes available.”

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Network traffic visual from ThousandEyes points to Telia outage

ThousandEyes’ Archana Kesavan told Computer Business Review: “It’s definitely an issue upstream from GitHub and seems to be isolated within one service provider, Telia. It could be anything, some issue on an individual node, a configuration that’s gone wrong…  Seven hours is a while though!”

TeliaNet could not be reached for comment.

In the absence of a quick fix, some were finding workarounds…

In other, more upbeat news from the repository over the past 24 hours, it has announced that it is introducing a fresh service from new overlords Microsoft into GitHub Marketplace.

Microsoft’s  Principal Group Program Manager, Azure DevOps, said in a blog on Monday: “With the introduction of Azure DevOps today, we’re offering developers a new CI/CD service called Azure Pipelines that enables you to continuously build, test, and deploy to any platform or cloud.”

“It has cloud-hosted agents for Linux, macOS, and Windows, powerful workflows with native container support, and flexible deployments to Kubernetes, VMs, and serverless environments.”

He added: “Starting today, Azure Pipelines provides unlimited CI/CD minutes and 10 parallel jobs to every open source project for free.”

“All open source projects run on the same infrastructure that our paying customers use. That means you’ll have the same fast performance and high quality of service. Many of the top open source projects are already using Azure Pipelines for CI/CD, such as AtomCPythonPipenvToxVisual Studio Code, and TypeScript – and the list is growing every day.”

When GitHub’s back at 100 percent availability, why not have a tinker?

Meanwhile, Computer Business Review suggests pizza.



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