How Apple DDOS’d the Interweb Yesterday

Fun — the consequences of Apple upgrading iPhones and OSX in one day was that the entire Interweb nearly went down.

It appears that whilst Apple stuggled to cope with demand, ISPs were facing issues trying to keep traffic flowing through their networks, as Apple device owners attempted to download at least 600 megabyte updates.

One ISP, AAISP, was “caught unawares” and yesterday evening saw “silly high usage since around 18:40 [BST]” leading them to think that “something [was] clearly ‘up’ and there [was] some ‘internet event’ happening”.

As Cult of Mac notes, that “internet event” was the release of iOS 5, Mac OS X 10.7.2 and a number of new applications.

Throughout the evening, AAISP engineers posted on the company’s Incident and Status Page, noting just what was happening to its network as subscribers fired up their iTunes clients and updated their iOS devices:

At 8.53pm, they wrote:

This is worse than the world cup traffic!

via Demand for iOS 5 & iCloud was so high, Apple almost broke the Internet.

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