We really need more systems that can do P2P well centralized is just a special case of P2P - you need a few robust, replicating nodes with high connectivity. It is a critical system where we work because we communicate worldwide often throughout the day, an outage in our messaging has a major impact. I always found it strange, since I expect chat to be ephemeral. Plus one on this -- it would be nearly impossible to make a P2P chat system work on our corporate network since we have layers of isolation between users not to mention about a dozen small branch offices, each with their own independent office, so even if I can Slack the coworker next to me with P2P, I couldn't reach the coworker in Germany that I really need Slack for. When users cannot reach the Slack servers when they're down or bad network connectivity the application exposes a P2P connection and looks for other P2P instances. Others shared of Spider-Man, Finding Nemo, and Dwight Schrute from The Office, which seems like a very apt metaphor for this office-based panic. How in the world could this not have been fixed yet? I'm all for P2P solutions and a more distributed Internet, but I'd like to add a few items to that list.
This is the 2nd time I recall a major outage in the last few months. Service Status History Date Time Ping Time Date Time Ping Time We have tried pinging Slack website using our server and the website returned the above results. So we either need a central chat server on our network, or we use a cloud service like Slack. Again, we're so very sorry for the trouble. Please note that your country, service provider and browser information will be displayed next to your comment to better analyze a possible outage. Corporate firewalls don't allow incoming connections, and limit outgoing connections to specific ports in most cases. With a network of clients, things are trickier and you run the risk of partitioning the P2P network between different client versions.
In the age of working remotely, Slack has become a tool many people use to communicate with colleagues in one place. The system is distributed and each member has to trust more parties. Unfortunately we use Skype for business. You're just pushing the target aside a bit, comparing an external mothership to running an internal mothership. January 9, 2018 Slack, the popular office chat app that allows workers to remain in constant contact with each other at all hours, went down for several minutes Tuesday afternoon, offering a fleeting moment of liberation and panic from some Twitter users. Point being that it's a direct connection to the person that you're communicating with, with no indirection. The context is textual communication tools.
Together with hundreds of expert contributors, Small Business Trends brings you the news, advice and resources you need. Just in time for Christmas, Microsoft is offering deep discounts on the Surface Pro 6 and Type Cover Bundle at the Microsoft Store. I'm saying that it is so much work to do so that, for many organizations, just paying Slack a few bucks a user makes a lot more sense than sinking scarce and vastly more expensive engineer time into reinventing that particular wheel. We are investigating connectivity issues for users as the highest priority. Our internet backbone addiction is seriously crippling us when things go sour. My point is that me and another persons laptop could send packets to each other.
This isn't p2p, p2p shouldn't be confused with self hosted. We're investigating problems with connectivity at this time. Slack Status reports: The fixes we've rolled out are showing positive results, though we're not there yet. Your patience is truly appreciated. Granted - I've never built or run any system on such a scale as Slack - but I think that I would have either 1. Why have a mothership at all? You're there to manage those internal systems.
Now say you want to have an 8 people video conference call, and all of your users have a 2Mbit uplink and need to send 7 copies of their video stream. I agree with you, and I also mentioned it in another comment. As of time of publication, the outage was reaching two hours. Encourage Staff so Spend Time Reading During Slack downtime it might also be a good idea to encourage staff to take advantage of the outage by reading company reports, manuscripts, health and safety literature, and so on. Where's the resiliency and failover? These apps and the people behind them are, in my opinion, looking at decentralization in the most complete way from an application standpoint. Corporate firewalls don't allow incoming connections, and limit outgoing connections to specific ports in most cases. I would love to see an on-prem Slack product.
Previous times we've published this almost exact post: August 16, 2018 Other notable Slack outages:. Many users on Twitter have reacted to the outrage, either showing support for Slack or expressing their frustration. Now you want to say I took your comments out of context. Also just the amount of moving parts. Twitter reacts to Slack outage with SlackDown hashtag Apologies, but Slack is currently experiencing problems.
Walter Thompson New York, told the publication. Some links in the article may not be viewable as you are using an AdBlocker. This is the reason why email still exists, folks. But instead of freaking out, I'll just make a simple suggestion: Get to work. At my last company we kept our code in a private github repo.
Slack's system status page shows things awry for the workplace messaging app. But when I use Slack, it's because I don't want to have to be in the same building as all the people I'm working with. Biggest issue is connectivity issues. Having Problems with Accessing Slack. Slack said connectivity issues are affecting all its workspaces.
These stories get to the heart of the matter. You can pick up the Platinum Type Cover bundle with the I. Not thinking specifically about Slack, but other more mission-critical tools that just. In homes, it typical to find in some countries at least connections that are heavily biased towards the downstream. Slack did not reveal the cause of the connectivity issues, but the company was able to restore the service 45 minutes after it first noted the outage. We don't have to chose P2P or hosted service, when we can have both. Develop a Backup Plan You should start developing a backup plan to cover you if Slack goes down again.