Forgetting to pay about thirty bucks leads to critical services going down.
For about 24 hours in September, two IBM services associated with IBM Bluemix went down. The cause? Expired domain names.
According to an incident report spotted by The Register, global-datacenter.com and global-datacenter.net expired, bringing down Reverse DNS and Global Load Balancing with them. Ouch.
The company says the domain names are now set to auto renew to prevent this from happening again. I think the company would be wise to renew the domains for ten years at a time. It only renewed them for two years.
Perhaps executives at FedEx should take note: the Fedex.com expires next month.