We are sorry that some of you may have experienced problems purchasing products from our website. We use a transaction management system called Sage Pay, which is widely used by a number of businesses.
Their system crashed, which meant no orders could be placed. This is what their MD had to say:
A message from Managing Director, Simon Black
Tonight (6th December 2010) Sage Pay suffered service disruption shortly after 6pm for approximately four hours. During this time, many customers were not able to process transactions.
The issue is identified as fully resolved and was not related to our new system infrastructure. I can also confirm that our processing systems are now fully operational.
The root cause
The duration of the issue was due to a number of system diagnostics being carried out to pinpoint the root cause, which we have identified as an obscure problem relating to a background job that was running at the time. This in itself should not have caused an issue, however an existing, but unknown, hardware flaw was triggered — affecting our back-up.
I deeply regret the impact that we’ve had on your business, at what is the worst possible time for our systems to fail.
My team and I are entirely focused on supporting your business. We remain completely available, should you wish to contact us and you can get in touch with me personally.
Simon Black, MD