United Airlines flights nationwide were grounded early Wednesday morning, creating delays and long lines at airport terminals. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) also suspended trading on Wednesday and stayed down for nearly four hours. Minutes later, The Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) homepage experienced an outage, possibly under intense traffic as a result of the NYSE news.
It reminds me of the maxim, ‘when the tide goes out, you can see who is bathing naked’. The simple fact is that failures such as these frequently point to more deep-seated problems with ageing IT infrastructures.