Anatomy of Skype Outage

Straight from Skype CIO:

As a follow-up to last week’s outage, here is a detailed explanation of what transpired, the root cause, and plans to mitigate this from happening again in the future. For starters, it helps to understand that Skype is based on a peer-to-peer (P2P) network, which is explained here. Last week, the P2P network became unstable and suffered a critical failure. The failure lasted approximately 24 hours from December 22, 0800 PST/1600 GMT to December 23, 0800 PST/1600 GMT…

Links:

Skype P2P Telephony Explained

Understanding Skype’s outage from Disruptive Telephony

A brief primer on Skype technology

GigaOm: What K-O’ed Skype Last Week

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