Monthly Archives: October 2013

Quick update

We are still alive!

Some of You were concerned by the lack of new messages on our blog so we took the opportunity to give You an update. Everything is going fine. We don’t have any particularly exciting new features to brag about so we didn’t see the need to bombard You with marketing bullshit.

Here comes a small list of changes since the last blog post. I bet 99% of You didn’t notice a single one of them:

  • we cleaned up the code responsible for handling file links a little. It was seriously messed up and in dire need for rewrite. The old code generated a few dozen different links all of which pointed to the same file. That wasn’t a real problem but we still needed to change it. Currently every valid link not in the form of http://wwwXX.zippyshare.com/v/1234567890/file.html will be redirected to the right address.
  • we have added additional capacity to our aggregation switches in order to prevent congestions during peak hours. Speed should be a little better in some specific circumstances.
  • we have added SSL support to our main site (storage nodes excluded). You are free to browse through You account website using https now.
  • we changed the hosting company for our CDN (additional POPs in Asia, South America, Europe, SSL also supported)
  • we spend quite some time on streamlining the process of handling abuse/dmca notifications.

Currently we are working on the following:

  • changing the mechanism used for communication between our servers to a more bulletproof one.
  • getting those statistics fixed! We had a major crash of our Cassandra cluster about 4 months ago. Before the crash the data returned from our DB did resemble data returned by a random number generator. It’s very unlikely that we will be able to restore the historical data (don’t ruling it out though). We jumped on the “Big Data” bandwagon quite to early (Cassandra 0.5). It seemed to us as a good idea back then. A start over should work better in the future.

Unfortunately in order to get things right this time both the changes mentions need to be introduced together so it might take us a little more time.

What we are thinking about doing:

  • adding some new storage nodes and increasing both the max size and live time of files. No decision reached yet so don’t bet anything on this happening any time soon.

What we are NOT working on:

  • a new layout. We do know that it is time for a major overhaul of our website. We tried to do something about it a couple of times but weren’t able to find a company which would be eager to work on it. All of our layouts so far where created by our programmers and administrators. In case You wondered why Zippyshare is and always was so ugly You now know the truth :)