Feeds

Betfair promises problems are behind it

Betting on uptime

Security for virtualized datacentres

Betfair suffered a brief outage this morning – one of several glitches the site has suffered in recent weeks.

The problems at the betting exchange have alarmed customers, who could get stuck with an open position which they cannot close.

An unusually helpful spokeswoman at Betfair explained the problems were related to moving the site's data centres to Ireland earlier in the year.

She said: "Because Betfair works 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we can't just put updates on at night. And because of the move to Dublin we had to put a freeze on upgrades to the site.

"We did anticipate some wrinkles as we dealt with the backlog of improvements after the move. We've had about 30 releases to push through – a really intense period of activity – and a short window to get them done before spring racing starts."

She said no one had felt the problems as keenly as Betfair staff but that the betting exchange had picked its moment as best it could.

Betfair is now licensed in Gibraltar but remains headquartered in Britain for tax purposes – it employs 1,200 people in the UK. It hopes to take its betting exchange business to the US soon. ®

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.