Wheels fall off Aviva Insurance's website for 5 hours
Promises to 'roll over' lapsing policies after outage
Aviva's British insurance customers were left battling to get through to a jammed helpline after the company's IT services suffered a five-hour outage that left its web services dangling.
A Reg reader wrote in to say his attempt to access his account online had been fruitless for two days.
An Aviva spokesperson confirmed over the phone that the insurance company had been experiencing outages since Tuesday, and that the firm hadn't had a full web service for five hours that day and half-an-hour on Wednesday. "This affected customers calling into the contact centre," said the rep. "We're fully functional now. We apologies to all of those customers affected."
He assured us that customers who needed to log in to update insurance polices and couldn't would have their insurance policies rolled over.
The Aviva bod said the firm hadn't had time to sift the data to work out the root causes of the problem, but would update us when it does.
Aviva has an in-house IT team under CIO Cathryn Riley, but also several outsourcing deals, most significantly a 10-year £700m datacentre contract with HP-owned EDS. EDS runs two data centres for Aviva in Norwich, where it is headquartered.
IT was one of the areas where Aviva decided to cut the fat when forced to make savings in 2009, by exiting legacy systems and consolidating IT processes. ®
Nice insurance company you've got there...
shame if something were to... happen to it. Fortunately for a low insurance premium we can cover you and make sure that doesn't happen.
A blessing in disguise?
It's a dreadful site to use. I have never been able to complete the simplest task without problems. And that's using one of the very small number of supported browsers.
If it forces them to rethink the whole thing, it would be worth it.
It was crap anyway!
I was with aviva last year and its online was terrible. Would freqently bug out when doing changes to policy and when i logged in it would say system error - try again later, and then id click back and i would be magically logged in!
They should take a look at swift covers if they want to learn how to do online, all changes are easy and it works nicely!
how odd, the rumour i heard was that a certain other Contractor negligently misconfigured a live server without approval and twas nothing to do with the network.. and there is major egg on face of said other contractor and said conrtactor is doo-doo deep in self-prostrating-slimey-lickyout-bum-crack apology mode..hahahah
Coward - It's amazing how much trouble a broken network switch can cause.