Instapaper Archive Completely Restored – Access to All Saved Articles Once More Available

Posted in Apps, iOS, Mac on 14/02/2017 by Chris Hauk

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Popular bookmarking service Instapaper has announced full access to all saved articles has been restored. The service says older articles, changes made to more recent articles or articles saved after recovering from the outage are now available.

Instapaper Archive Completely Restored - Access to All Saved Articles Once More Available

Instapaper email to users:

After suffering from an extended outage from Wednesday February 9 at 12:30PM PT through Thursday February 10 7:30PM PT, we brought the Instapaper service back up with limited access to archives as a short-term solution while we worked to restore the service completely.

Today at 1AM PT we completely restored the Instapaper service, including access to all archives. We performed the restoration without losing any of your older articles, changes made to more recent articles or articles saved after recovering from the outage.

We apologize for the extended downtime and the time it took to regain access to your complete archives. Instapaper has operated as a high availability service over the last nine years without many hiccups. The root cause of this outage was both difficult to predict and prevent, and the nature of the outage is extremely rare and unlikely to recur. We appreciate your patience during this time.

We’d like to thank the Pinterest Site Reliability Engineering team for guiding us through the recovery, and the Amazon Relational Database Service team for working with us throughout the weekend to dramatically expedite the recovery process.

If you’re interested in a more detailed overview of the issue that caused the outage and our process to recover the service, you can learn more on our engineering blog.

Lastly, please reach out to us if you’ve got any questions or thoughts, just reply to this email or let us know at @InstapaperHelp on Twitter.

– Instapaper Team

The bookmarking service was unavailable for around 31 hours last week and when it was brought back online, Instapaper told users that temporarily, they’d only have access to the last six weeks of their saved articles.

T’was the System Limits

The service said then that it expected to have all of the articles restored by this Friday, February 17. The reason behind the outage was a system limit for its hosted database was hit, so that prevented new articles from being saved by Instapaper users.

The free Instapaper app for iOS is available on the App Store. [GET IT HERE]


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MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.