Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Blizzard you are never prepared!
Echos of the most famous saying, you are not prepared, in burning crusade the day of launch are heard...every...single...content..patch. Because there are so many problems. I know what your thinking "But Skonged Blizzard does their best and everything is all complicated...blah...blah..blah" Sorry but Blizzard is not getting a free pass from me. I also work in IT, have for many years, when something big is going to happen you want to be ready. What could be bigger than the final content patch where we face down the last remaining bosses until Aurthus, last talent changes for at least 6 months, and everyone reactivating their account and logging on to try the new LFG system. That a lot of activity and here is my suggestion to better handle the situation.
-Cluster every server with at least 3 of the highest end servers.
-Upgrade network to fiber channel with load balancing.
-Buy more bandwidth or if topped out move to data center with higher bandwidth availability.
Clustering is the new hot high availability in server rooms now. Blizzard needs to , with highest priority for customers, spend the money to rebuild wows foundation on the fastest, most robust, network infrastructure money can buy. Stability and speed come down to one thing in the server room. Cost. To rebuild will take millions, but they can afford it. In fact they lose money when things don't go as planned. Spend the money Blizzard. Every content patch.
Test Test Test
-Simulate max ammount of people connecting, simultaneously.
-Simulate max load and see where you can upgrade.
-Simulate max raids/instances groups
Testing content is important but your priority should be testing the foundation of wow then content. Don't want to put the horse in front of the bull.
-Awesome LFG tool
-Content is superb.
I loved the LFG tool and it has been a long time coming. The New instances are a lot of fun. Content is always top notch.
Just prepared next time.
Posted by Skonged at 9:31 AM