Wednesday, September 14, 2011

YayMicro Growing


YayMicro is going through growing pains as it site is back up and running again.  They had to shut down FTP uploading and have had a slower site then normal the last few month.  Traffic has increased 10 fold with more then 650,000 unique visitors.  Below if a formal letter from the CTO of YayMicro talking about the new servers and future improvement that will be coming to the site.  All this is great news and we look forward to the growing success at company.  Sign up for YayMicro here.


YES, uploading is now up and running again! :)

You can upload by FTP (ftp.yaymicro.com) or use the web interface.

Recently we have experienced a huge increase in traffic to our site. We had 650.000 unique visitors in August, which is a decuple (yes, its a word and means 10x) since January. In August we also started our corporation with ddp images in Germany which opened our database to huge amount of searches from photo buyers all over Europe. In mid September we will know how much sales we get from ddp, for now we can only say it looks very promising. All this new traffic, together with an increased amount of incoming images ended up stressing our servers so much that our site started to respond slow from time to time. At time we could not process incoming images. The slower response time was starting to be a problem for contributors and customers, and we knew that it would only increase since our traffic is still growing rapidly.

The good news is that we for quite some time have prepared to move our system to a more modern and scalable platform. Only problem was that this was still a few months in the future. With the intolerable situation we where in, we had to make the hard decision that we needed to close down uploading until we had moved our system. We hoped that the moving would be fast, unfortunately it was not. These things are quite hard to predict some times - I think we all know an IT-project with a delay or two.

As I’ve said we have invested in a better and more modern system. Uploading is now running on the new system, but that doesn’t mean we are done. It will take some tweaking and testing before the system will be as good as it possible can be. Our goal is to have the best uploading system out there, and we will work very hard to make sure this happens this fall!

Again, I apologize for this down time, and I hope we can make it up to you in the future! If you have any questions about this, feel free to email me personally at bjorn@yaymicro.com. Although I can’t promise to personally answer each one of you, I read all email that I get, and you will all get an answer. I’ll make sure that we at YAY take care of any concerns and questions you might still have!

Kind Regards,
Bjorn
CTO of YayMicro.com

PS! As there are many, many images coming in now it might take longer than usual to get your images approved. Normally it takes 24-48 hours, we suspect it will take a bit longer the next one-two weeks.